You can royally enjoy this

centuries-old pastimes that once entertained royal families in Holyrood Park will be on display for all to see this Sunday in the Capital’s former hunting ground.

Historic Scotland’s ranger service is inviting visitors to step back in time and enjoy ancient sports and royal pursuits for free.

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The event, from 11am until 3pm, will allow visitors an opportunity to try their hand at archery, a favoured sport of kings.

Interpretation ranger Matt McCabe said: “Falconry was another great pastime, and we’ll have a variety of magnificent birds of prey here for people to see up close.”

If ground conditions permit, the event will also be hosting artificial lure coursing with whippets, a sport formalised by Elizabeth I, and later known at “the sport of queens”.