Scots are being encouraged to follow in the footsteps of John Muir by walking the coast to coast route which commemorates the world-renowned conservationist.
Echoing Muir’s own personal journey - growing up in Scotland’s east coast before travelling to the west where he set sail for life in America - the route has been designed to take in castles, historic towns and villages, stunning coastal scenery as well as Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
The 134 mile route stretches across Scotland’s heartland running between Helensburgh in the west through to Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar on the east coast.
In the East Dunbartonshire area, the trail passes through Kirkintilloch and gives people an opportunity to discover the fascinating history of the nearby Antonine Wall.
The trail was launched on Muir’s birthday on April 21, 2014, and has already welcomed both walkers and cyclists from as far afield as the United States, Canada, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, was the inspiration behind the new route and he is urging Scots to go out and enjoy all that Scotland has to offer on their doorstep.
Keith said: “John Muir is regarded as one of the patron saints of 20th Century American environmental activity and I am proud of our work to honour Muir and to protect his legacy for a new generation.
“The route is great for walkers, cyclists and horsersiders and I encourage the public to follow in John Muir’s footsteps, enjoy the outdoors and experience what this fantastic route has to offer this summer.”
For further information about the John Muir Way, please visit www.johnmuirway.org
This dedicated site provides key information about the 134 mile route to help people plan their trip.
Features on the website include an interactive map and section descriptions, nearby attractions and accommodation as well as food and drink providers.
There are also details on accessibility.