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Orkney Rangers get crafty

26 June 2008

Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service play host to family events this July, with opportunities for people of all ages to join in the fun and learn all about what the Rangers get up to.

On Wednesday 16 July the activities will have a regal theme, with arts and crafts taking place at Earls Palace in Kirkwall.  At Crowing Glory children can come along to this 16th-century property and make crowns and masks, and listen to stories of the past.

There will also be the chance to get creative on Wednesday 23 July at Lovely Landscape where children will be encouraged to be inspired by the landscape and wildlife at the Broch of Gurness. The Broch is part of Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage and is unique to northern Scotland: guaranteed to provide a striking back-drop for art and design activities.

Thursday 31 July sees the return of International Ranger Day. From South Africa to Sri Lanka, Orkney to Australia, International Ranger Day is celebrated the world over. A display at the Kirkwall library will highlight the varied roles the Rangers play and visitors can discover even more on one of their walks at the Ring of Brodgar, which take place daily throughout July and August at 13.00.

Sandra Miller, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;

“The Rangers are getting all crafty this July with art activities to keep the children entertained during the school holidays. It is a great opportunity for them to have some fun and to gain a further understanding of the fantastic surroundings in which they are growing up.”

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  • Children’s activity – Crowing Glory is on Wednesday 16 July from 10.30 to 12noon at Earl’s Palace. This event is free. No booking necessary

  • Children’s activity – Lovely Landscape is on Wednesday 23 July from 10.30 to 12noon at the Broch of Gurness.  This event is free. No booking necessary

  • International Rangers Day is on Thursday 31 July.  Library display free. Walk free. No booking necessary.

  • The Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service can be contacted on 01856 841 732.

  • Historic Scotland is responsible for 36 properties in Orkney ranging from the Broch of Gurness to the Knap of Howar and the Hackness Martello Tower and Battery.

  • The World Heritage Site Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger Services at Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel.

  • 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 has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For information 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