You're never far from quality accommodation on the John Muir Way, but if you're looking to spend your nights in historical grandeur, it's worth investigating the castles, towers and estates along the route. Camping with a tent is limited but we've included the sites that we know about and we've tried to help people who bring their motorhomes and caravans with some pointers. If self catering appeals then check out the Scottish Youth Hostels Association and Scottish Independent Hostels. In between there are B&Bs, hotels and inns to suit every taste; these are included in our accommodation lists for each route section and below.
If you do find an undiscovered treasure or two, please email us details and we'll include them on this site.
Canvas Camping Out
By Balloch, Lomond Woods Holiday Park offers tourer or chalet accommodation but sadly no tent camping. Bankell Farm Camping and Caravan Site further on near Milngavie gives campers a warm, friendly welcome. Many of their customers use the site to start their trek on the West Highland Way, so they're well prepared for walkers! Auchengillan Outdoor Centre near Blanefield caters for badged or organised young people's groups (Brownies, Guides, etc.) so if you're part of an organised event, book them up. A new campsite has opened up near Twechar but booking is essential as it's small yet perfectly suited to walkers and cyclists. Spoke'n'Boot offer warm camping pods near Falkirk. Loch House Farm Caravan Park is a small family-run site that welcomes backpackers, and Beecraigs Country Park also offers camping with tents but only in the summer season. Further east you are spoiled for choice with a good selection of sites, mostly based near the coast. Prestonpans, Seton Sands, Aberlady, Dirleton and North Berwick all provide camping opportunities, and the sites are hyperlinked below. Finally, at the end of your journey, Dunbar offers a choice of sites to pitch at and enjoy your celebratory glass.
Caravans and Motorhomes
Bringing your own home to accompany you on the route is an excellent way to explore the route and its surroundings. There are many suitable sites along the John Muir Way which we've listed here, but they are also outlined in the accommodation listings for each route section. Let us know if we've missed something out!
Castles, Towers and Scottish Estates
Take your pick from Scotland's best high-society living near the John Muir Way. Travelling from Helensburgh, Cameron House on the shores of Loch Lomond can offer you an amazing overnight experience. On the next leg of the route, Strathblane Country Hotel offers you elegant surroundings and outstanding personal service in a superb setting beneath the Campsie Fells. Your next overnight extravaganza awaits at Glenskirlie House and Castle by Banknock. Near Edinburgh, Dundas Castle and Hopetoun House can give you history, tranquility and luxury right on the doorstep of the bustling city. Further east, Fenton Tower and Gosford at Gullane all offer exquisite, 5-star luxury accommodation in period dwellings.