City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Walking On The Wild Side At Holyrood Park

By Editor - Posted on 28 July 2008



The Rangers
at Holyrood Park are hosting a series of free walks throughout August where
visitors will have the opportunity to explore the stunning setting, local
wildlife and historical points of interest of the Park.

On Sunday 3
and 17 August, and 6 September, visitors will have the chance to explore different
sections of the five-mile boundary wall at Out
and About ‘Within these Walls'
. Built in the 1540s by
James V the boundary wall at Holyrood Park has its own stories to tell, as
explored by one of the Rangers.

Wednesday until 13 August at Arthur's
visitors can join a member of the Ranger team to discover
the fascinating world of Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat. There will be
the chance to uncover the Park's turbulent past, created by fire and ice,
and learn more about the people that lived and worked the land thousands of
years ago.

Visitors can
join the Rangers for a summer stroll on Wednesday 13 August, with key
archaeological and natural points of interest, in various areas of the park,
highlighted to those on the Evening Walk.

Pettigrew, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;

"Holyrood Park is such a diverse and multifaceted landscape that the Rangers always have
something different to explore with members of the public. Whether its nature,
landscape or historical monuments that are the focus of our walks, there is
always something new to discover."

Out and
About ‘Within these Walls' is on Sunday 3 and 17 August and 6
September from 12 noon to 15.00 each day. Booking is essential for this event
by calling 0131 652 8150. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm waterproof
clothing and appropriate footwear.

Secrets takes place every Wednesday until 13 August from 13.00 to 15.00 each
day. Visitors are asked to meet at the Holyrood Park Information Centre (the
lodge near the Parliament).

Evening Walk
is on Wednesday 13 August from 18.00 to 19.30. Booking is essential for this
event by calling 0131 652 8150. Visitors are encouraged to wear warm waterproof
clothing and appropriate footwear.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton                                                                                        0131
668 8685 07788
923 871

  • Holyrood Park is in Edinburgh, east of Holyrood Palace and Abbey.

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
  • 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
    cathedrals. For further details, visit:
  • Historic
    Scotland's mission is to safeguard Scotland's historic environment
    and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.