John Muir Way


Trail Details
>   Prices from: £ 1000.00 per person
>   Start / Finish: Helensburgh / Dunbar
>   Distance: 134 miles (215 km)
>   Duration: 10 to 11 days according to choice
>   Availability: March to October
>   Grading: Moderate
>   Way-marked

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 magnificent city of Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Marvel at the engineering achievements of the Falkirk Wheel and Forth Bridges
  • Discover the Antonine Wall - a 2,000-year-old Roman fortification
  • Walk along the beautiful East Lothian coastline to Dunbar, birthplace of John Muir

In a tribute to the 19th-century conservationist and father of national parks, the John Muir Way takes you from Scotland's 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 long, it is one of Scotland's longest trails, but also offers one of the best-serviced of Britain's coast-to-coast expeditions. It is well-waymarked and offers few sustained climbs. The trail visits some of the architectural and archaeological 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.

Keen to find out more about walking the John Muir Way? Check out our blog: Discover John Muir's Secret to a Happy Life and our online photo album.


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