The development and launch of the John Muir Way was funded by NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage), Sustrans, Sportscotland, Forestry Commission, Europe (SRDP), Creative Scotland, local authorities and the Green Action Trust (formerly the Central Scotland Green Network Trust).

Subsequent management, development and promotion has been funded by the Scottish Government and European Community LEADER 2014-2020 Programme, Green Action Trust, NatureScot, Sustrans, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, Scotland Loves Local and Local Authorities along the route.

Significant additional investment has been made in kind and directly by the organisations in the John Muir Way Partnership Group, which comprises the ten Access Authorities (Argyll & Bute Council, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, West Dunbartonshire Council, Stirling Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Falkirk Council, West Lothian Council, City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council) together with Forestry & Land Scotland, Green Action Trust, Historic Environment Scotland, John Muir Trust, John Muir Birthplace Charitable Trust, NatureScot, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Canals, Scottish Enterprise, Sustrans and VisitScotland.

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