Ranger Service

Our rangers educate visitors about Holyrood Park, Linlithgow Peel and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney.

A pair of rangers leading a group of walkers at Holyrood Park.

1 Overview

Our Ranger Service is based at Holyrood Park, Linlithgow Peel and the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, and works on sites across our estate. As well as patrol and survey sites and assist the emergency services, our rangers educate visitors of all ages about our sites.

Rangers give visitors the chance to learn about the many different aspects of the special places they protect. Guided walks, group tours and other events led by the Ranger Service cover history, wildlife, folklore and much more.

2 Ranger Service events

The Ranger Service runs a wide range of walks, talks and events throughout the year. Open to all ages, abilities and levels of knowledge, these events aim to raise awareness, understanding and enjoyment of our sites.

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3 Learning visits

Our Ranger Service takes a flexible approach to working with a broad range of learners.

When working with schools and groups, our rangers aim to:

  • share insights into a site’s wildlife, geology and history
  • encourage a sense of ownership and commitment to the future of our sites
  • help young people to better understand environmental issues

School classes can participate in a programme of structured activities linked to Curriculum for Excellence or opt for a self-guided visit.

Our education service also extends to nursery, college and university groups.

Community groups can explore with our rangers diverse topics of interest, from citizenship to creative writing.

Our Ranger Service teams can:

  • work with teachers and community groups to develop tailored activities suitable for individual groups
  • lead secondary, college and university groups on a wide variety of topics and interests
  • provide extra support with physical or intellectual access for groups with additional support needs


Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel Rangers
Telephone: 0131 652 8150
Email: rangers@hes.scot

Orkney World Heritage Site Rangers
Telephone: 01856 841732
Email: orkneyrangers@hes.scot

4 Holyrood Park Education Centre

Learning groups can use our education centre, with or without a ranger.
The education centre offers:

  • wet weather accommodation
  • toilets
  • classrooms fully equipped for our activities

You should get in touch at least four weeks in advance if you’d like to use our education centre.


Learning Services
Historic Environment Scotland
Holyrood Park Education Centre
1 Queen’s Drive

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Telephone: 0131 652 8150
Email: rangers@hes.scot