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Stepping Into The Past With Historic Scotland

8 February 2008

Visitors to Holyrood Park will have the chance to walk off their winter blues in a new free event organised by the expert Ranger Service. At Active Archaeology Ranger Nathan Bryceland will be sharing his knowledge on some key aspects of 2,000 years of Holyrood Park’s archaeology during a private guided tour.

On Sunday 17 February 2008, from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm, visitors will be guided round this unique historic landscape in the heart of the city. The focus will be on archaeological sites and some of the finds that have been made, from ancient hillforts and Bronze Age hoards to the mysterious sculpted heads discovered only weeks ago in St Margaret’s Loch.

Nathan Bryceland, Ranger at Historic Scotland, said ‘As a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest, Holyrood Park is jam-packed with features of archaeological interest dating back thousands of years. Active Archaeology aims to give visitors just a little insight into the wealth of fascinating facts, while enjoying the fresh air and wide open space.’

Places are limited and bookings for this event can be made by calling the Ranger Service on 0131 652 8150. Visitors are advised to wear appropriate, comfortable outdoor clothing. Visitors are to meet at the Holyrood Park Information Centre.

Notes for editors
  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey.  To contact the Ranger Service call 0131 652 8150 or email
  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a 5-mile radius of land and has most likely been a Royal Park since the 12th century.  
  • Holyrood Park is in the care of Historic Scotland which is responsible for maintaining the natural environment and presenting the Park for the enjoyment of the local community and visitors.  The Ranger Service based at Holyrood cares for this unique historic and natural attraction and provides a range of important educational services.
  • Historic Scotland has Rangers operating in Holyrood Park, Linlithgow Peel and Orkney.
  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 splendid properties and sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.
  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
Historic Scotland
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763