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Back to basics at Holyrood Park

9 June 2008

The Rangers at Holyrood Park host two free events this June, delving into the past of the area and going back to basics with traditional crafts. The events demonstrate the diversity of the work taking place at the Ranger Service, and the breadth of expert knowledge that the Ranger team has.

Visitors can join the Rangers for a summer stroll on Wednesday 18 June, with key archaeological and natural points of interest highlighted to those on the Evening Walk. There will be the chance to discover places and facts both old and new, as the stroll takes in various areas of the Park.

On Sunday 29 June families are invited to join in a special craft event, Winding the Willows, where they will have the opportunity to try their hand at traditional willow ware and basket weaving.  Visitors can take away their craft-creations to keep as a memento from the workshop.

Nicky Pettigrew, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;
“We enjoy such a variety of work at the Ranger Service and we are keen to share the range of knowledge that we have with those who have an interest in Holyrood Park. It’s a fantastic place to visit, with diverse points of interest and lots of fun to be had – making it an ideal place to visit, for people from all walks of life.”

Evening Walk is on Wednesday 18 June from 18.00 – 19.30. Booking is essential for this event by calling 0131 652 8150. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear.

Winding the Willows is on Sunday 29 June at the Holyrood Park Education Centre. Visitors can drop in at any time between 11.00 and 14.00.

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  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey. Tel 0131 652 8150.
  • One of Edinburgh’s most famous and popular historic landmarks, Holyrood Park encompasses a five-mile radius of land and has probably 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.
  • Holyrood Park Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger Services at Linlithgow Peel and at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.
  • Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit
  • Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.
  • Historic Scotland cares for 345 properties and sites throughout Scotland – from prehistoric dwellings and stone circles, to castles and palaces, abbeys and cathedrals.  For further details, visit:
  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763