Running from Dunbar on Scotland’s southeast coast to Helensburgh on the north shore of the Firth of Clyde, the new John Muir Way will take walkers along lowland trails passing castles, historic towns, villages and on through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
The route follows the life of conservationist and mountaineer John Muir who grew up in Dunbar before departing for Helensburgh and finally America where he devoted his life to outdoor conservation. Designed to be walked either in its entirety or broken down into stages, the trail will open on April 21 to coincide with the first ever Scottish John Muir festival, marking the centenary of his death.
Ron McCraw of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: ”We hope the John Muir Way will inspire people to both explore and protect Scotland’s countryside. John Muir was inspired by the wildlife and beautiful scenery in Scotland as a young boy, and as an adult in the US he inspired people around the world with his writing. We’re hoping plenty of other people will enjoy this new coast to coast route.’’
Photo Credit: Becky Duncan Photography for Scottish Natural Heritage