This is a long distance route with a difference!
The John Muir Way is designed for everyone to use, passing through countryside, coastal towns, cities and villages. It offers a window on Scotland's ancient landscape, its industrial heritage and present day urban life. It is well-serviced by both bus and train. If you want to take in shorter loops and day trips or complete the route in sections this is possible too.
The John Muir Way is 134 miles or 215Km long over easy to moderate terrain and can be completed end-to-end on foot, taking 9-11 days and by bike over 4-5 days. Some sections are also suitable for horseriding.
Most people prefer the prevailing winds behind them, so the map and guidebook describe the route from west to east.
Visit the individual pages on Walking, Cycling, Horseriding and Accessibility for more detailed advice.
Following the waymarkers
The John Muir Way is signed for walkers and cyclists in both directions but we strongly recommend that you also carry a map. As the route is not yet available on Ordnance Survey maps we have created our own PDF versions. Click on the link at the side of the page to go to the map library.
Be aware that signs can go missing or be vandalised, so it's best to have a good understanding of where you are heading before you set out.
A waymarker with a walker and an E will show the direction for a walker heading east. Similarly, a waymarker with a bicycle and an E will be for a cyclist heading east.
In other places the JMW logo is incorporated into other signs such as the blue National Cycle Network sign. These can be a bit harder to spot especially if you are travelling at speed on a bike!
If you think a sign is missing, or has been interfered with we'd love to know - a quick text or email might save someone a long journey in the wrong direction! Please use the 'Contact' tab at the top of the page to get in touch.