Eats and Sleeps
You’re never far from shops, cafes, restaurants and accommodation to suit your tastes and needs. In most areas we’ve listed the relevant services on each section page, but for Edinburgh there's so much choice that we’ve just provided links to the relevant web pages to let you choose! We’ve listed a range of facilities as well as covering lower budget accommodation to the more expensive hotels.
If you want to wild camp along the route, it must be on unenclosed land away from residential housing. You should follow the advice on responsible camping, including the disposal of human waste, in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and this website. Campsites are listed in the accommodation section and on the maps of each section. If you are wild camping, leave no litter and follow the following guidelines:
There are 76 (or so) public toilets along the route and we've mentioned them in each section description. Bear in mind they sometimes have seasonal opening times and may be located within other facilities. Many local authorities now operate a 'comfort partnership scheme'. But if you are 'caught short' follow the responsible toileting advice in the leaflet below.
Temperatures can range from an average maximum of 17°C in the Summer to 5°C in the Winter. However, Scotland is renowned for its changeable weather, often experiencing four seasons in one day, so it is best to prepare for every eventuality. The prevailing wind blows from west to east, so if you’d like it behind you for extra help, start in Helensburgh. We've included links to the Mountain Weather Information Service and the Met Office which provide some of the most reliable forecasts for walkers, as well as Visit Scotland’s guide to the Scotland’s weather and climate.
To keep comfortable, wear clothing that is windproof, waterproof, quick to dry and light to carry. Weather in Scotland is notoriously variable, e.g. with summer temperatures ranging from 12 to 25°C and above. A warm hat and gloves as well as a sun-hat and sunglasses may be useful. The terrain is only rugged in a few places, so lightweight boots or sturdy walking shoes will suffice in most conditions. Some sections of the route are likely to be wet and muddy in poor weather.
In addition to food, water, map, phone and a First Aid kit, you may wish to carry sunscreen, insect repellent (midges appear in the west from May!) and tick removers (check your skin after your walk). Unless you are camping, you shouldn't need to carry any heavy equipment. To lighten your load, you may wish to make use of baggage services
John Muir Way Geocaching
Scottish Natural Heritage and Locus Focus have installed four geocaches at sites along the John Muir Way between Strathblane and Milton of Campsie. Each cache links to John Muir and has a local reference. To find out more go to https://www.geocaching.com/. If you are not already registered you can create an account which will enable you to join in and enjoy the discovery.
Please Give us Your Feedback
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