The Story of the John Muir Way

The Story of the John Muir Way

In 2010, the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) agreed to create a new long distance route named after John Muir. This was the vision of its Chairman Keith Geddes, who proposed extending the original John Muir Way in East Lothian westwards across Central Scotland. The route was planned for completion in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of John Muir’s death, Homecoming Scotland and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. SNH led the work with assistance from the 9 local authorities, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and other key bodies. The route symbolically links Dunbar (John Muir’s Birthplace) with Scotland’s first national park (Loch Lomond and the Trossachs) and with Helensburgh in the west, forming a coast to coast route. It provides an accessible and varied route, linking together the finest landscapes, countryside and places of interest, for anyone to use. The route links together core paths, other promoted routes, trails and cycleways, including the original John Muir Way in East Lothian. It can be cycled from end to end, and there are some opportunities for horse-riding. Its development will encourage many people to become more active, through doing the route either as a single journey, or in stages or sampled by day trips, improving their health, wellbeing and enjoyment of nature, and raising their awareness of John Muir whilst giving local economies a boost through visitor spend. This is one of CSGN's flagship projects demonstrating what can be achieved by effective partnership working.