Falconry and archery at free Holyrood Park event

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members of the public are being invited to step back in time and try their hand at ancient royal sports and ­pursuits in Holyrood Park.

Archery and falconry will feature as part of the free event organised by Historic Scotland.

And if ground conditions permit, there will also be a display of artificial lure coursing with whippets.

Queen Elizabeth I formalised the rules of this sport which, as a result is historically known as “The Sport of Queens”.

Matt McCabe, interpretation ranger at Historic Scotland said: “Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the long heritage of these ­activities and their links to the rich past of Holyrood Park, together with its importance as a royal hunting ground.”

He promised an entertaining day out, adding: “Come and find out about some ­fascinating traditional outdoor ­activities which are less common today, for example you can come along and try your hand at archery, a favoured sport of kings and commoners through the ages.

“Falconry was another great pastime of centuries past and we’ll have a variety of magnificent birds of prey here for ­people to get right up close to. This is the fifth year we’ve been running this event which is always a popular and entertaining day out.

The activities are available on Sunday from noon until 4pm More information is ­available on 0131 652 8150 or by emailing hs.rangers@
scotland.gsi.gov.uk