Countdown to John Muir Way

John Muir Way

The countdown is now well underway for the launch of the coast-to-coast John Muir Way with a fun-filled festival.

The new 134-mile coast-to-coast lowlands trail will officially open on 21st April 2014, during the first ever Scottish John Muir Festival, to mark both the conservationist’s birthday and the centenary of his death.

The new trail which runs between Dunbar and Helensburgh echoes John Muir’s own personal journey growing up in the east coast town of Dunbar before travelling to the west coast of Scotland 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 Trossachs National Park.

The John Muir Way has much to offer both locals and overseas visitors. Some may wish to undertake the challenge of walking or cycling the whole 215km route however it is also ideal for those who prefer a day out amongst some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery.

Those interested in completing all, or part of the route, should visit the “John Muir Way  Slighe Iain Muir” Facebook page or website at www.johnmuirway.org for regular updates.

The hard work involved in developing the route is being carried out by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).  Ron McCraw of SNH, 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 U.S., he inspired people around the world with his writing. We’re hoping plenty of other people  from both inside and outside of Scotland  will enjoy this new coast-to-coast route and learn more about Muir’s beliefs.”

Creating a new John Muir Way is a flagship project for the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN).  Keith Geddes, Chair of the CSGN Partnership Board, which developed the concept of the route, commented: “Watching our idea develop into this inspirational and fitting tribute to John Muir has been an incredible experience. We are very proud of playing our part in commemorating one of Scotland’s most famous sons and hope the next generation will follow in his footsteps and appreciate and protect our beautiful country.”

The John Muir Festival is a series of exciting events over nine days and is a signature event in the Year of Homecoming programme. For more information, see www.johnmuirfestival.com or look for The John Muir Festival 2014′ on Facebook.

For more information on the John Muir Way, please visit www.johnmuirway.org, a new dedicated website on the 134-mile route with key information to help people plan their trip.

Features include an interactive map and section descriptions, nearby attractions, accommodation and food and drink providers, and details on accessibility. The John Muir Way is also on Facebook.

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