John Muir Way
> Prices from: £ 870.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Helensburgh / Dunbar
> Distance: 134 miles (215 km)
> Duration: 10 to 11 days according to choice
> Availability: All year round
> Grading: Moderate
John Muir Way Highlights
- Make a coast-to-coast traverse of the heartland of Scotland
- Pass the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, in Scotland’s first National Park
- Explore the city of Edinburgh (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
- View the engineering achievements of the Falkirk Wheel and Forth Rail Bridge
- Walk along the beautiful East Lothian coastline to Dunbar, birthplace of John Muir
Officially opened in 2014, the John Muir Way is the newest of Scotland’s official long distance trails, running through the heartland of the country. In a tribute to the 19th-century conservationist and father of national parks, the trail takes you from the West coast at Helensburgh, to his birthplace at Dunbar on the East Coast.
It’s a walk of contrasts, taking in stunning beaches, quiet canals, rolling farmland and picturesque woodlands. At 134 miles it is one of the longest of Scotland's trails, but offers one of the best serviced of Britain’s coast-to-coast expeditions. It is well waymarked and offers few sustained climbs - a great option for someone looking at their first long distance walk!
It is also a route which visits some of the architectural and archeological highlights of Scotland, including the Roman Antonine Wall, Linlithgow Palace, the Falkirk Wheel, the Forth Bridges and the City of Edinburgh.
The route follows three broad sections; from Helensburgh to Kirkintilloch you will encounter footpaths and country lanes through a rolling, rural landscape by Loch Lomond and in the shadow of the Campsie Fells. The central section is mostly canal towpaths, following the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals past the Falkirk Wheel as far as Linlithgow. The final section is mostly coastal walking, from Bo’Ness on the Firth of Forth, along beaches and clifftops to Dunbar on the beautiful East coast, with a brief detour to historic Edinburgh.
John Muir is best known for his time in the USA as a tireless campaigner for the conservation of wilderness areas, an adventurous traveller and talented writer. He is credited with the creation of 4 National Parks and hundreds of thousands of acres of protected forest in America. But it was in Scotland that he spent the first 11 years of his life (born 1838), and it was in the countryside around Dunbar where he gained his love of the outdoors.
Keen to find out more about walking the John Muir Way? Take a look at our photo album or check out our blog The John Muir Way - Scotland’s Newest Walking Trail