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Ranger Service

The Ranger Service is available at Holyrood Park, Linlithgow Palace and within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney (based at Skara Brae).

The rangers have a wide range of duties which include patrolling, surveying, assisting the emergency services and providing visitors of all ages with an opportunity to learn about the many different aspects of the sites including history, wildlife and folklore.

Free Ranger led events

The Ranger Service run various events throughout the year for all the family. These events include themed walks, children's activities, teddy bears picnics and Easter specials and aim to raise awareness of the different aspects of our parks.

Search Ranger events

Maps and Guides

Holyrood Park Map & Guide [pdf, 344kb]
Holyrood Park Climbing Guide [pdf, 448kb]
Holyrood Park Fishing Guide [pdf, 479kb]
Holyrood Park Camping Guide [pdf, 316kb]
Holyrood Park & Linlithgow Peel Bird Feeding Guide [pdf, 367kb]
Linlithgow Peel Map & Guide [pdf, 757kb]
Blackness Castle Ranger Service Map & Guide [pdf, 586kb]
Orkney WHS Ranger Service Map and Guide [pdf, 480kb]

Educational Visits

We have a flexible approach to working with schools offering a programme of structured activities and self-led visits linked to curricular guidelines. Rangers will be pleased to work with teachers to develop tailored activities suitable for individual classes.

In our work with schools, we aim to:
  • promote understanding of the wildlife, geology and history of the sites
  • encourage a sense of ownership and commitment to the future of the park amongst local school children
  • develop a greater understanding of environmental issues among young people

Holyrood Park Education Centre

An education centre is available for use by schools, with or without a ranger. It provides wet weather accommodation, toilets and classrooms which are fully equipped for our activities. Our educational service also extends to College and University groups.

If you would like to use the centre, please contact us at least 4 weeks in advance.

Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site

The World Heritage Site Ranger Service offers a free education service to schools, colleges and community groups to promote understanding of the natural, cultural and historic environment of Orkney.

All the topics we offer are flexible and designed to be adapted to the particular requirements of individual groups.

Examples of topics popular with school visits:
  • Archaeology and History - indoor or outdoor, explore 5000 years of Orcadian history
  • Walk on the Wild side - guided walks around the WHS and look at the different birds, wildflowers and the lochs of Stenness and Harray
  • Walk on the Shore - explore the beaches and shore lines of Orkney

Holyrood Park Ranger Service

Holyrood Park Education Centre
1 Queens Drive

Tel: 0131 652 8150
Fax: 0131 652 8151

Linlithgow Peel Ranger Service

Linlithgow Palace
West Lothian
EH49 7AL

Tel:01506 842 065
Fax: 01506 842 065

Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service

World Heritage Site Ranger Service
c/o Skara Brae
KW16 3LR

Tel: 01856 841 732