Coronavirus update for John Muir Way users
30 Oct 2020
(First published 19th March)
This article is intended to provide information on the status of the trail only and will be updated as the coronavirus situation evolves. For the latest advice on coronavirus and travel, please visit the Scottish Government website.
The John Muir Way walking and cycling routes are still open at this time. In fact, getting outdoors and taking moderate exercise can be a great way to reduce stress, benefit our immune systems and take care of our mental health.
However, given the fluid nature of guidance on travel and what facilities can operate, if you're planning a trip on the route, please check the latest government advice first. This is particularly important during a period when much of the central belt has travel restrictions in place concerning non-essential journeys between different health board areas.
For further guidance on responsible access to the outdoors at this time, visit the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website. For the section in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, please see their guidance for visitors.
Attractions, Facilities and Services
Please be aware that many of the facilities and businesses on the route may be closed or operating in a limited capacity. If you plan to visit a particular attraction, cafe, restaurant, etc, it's best to check if they are open or require advance booking before you go.
Using the John Muir Way
For those using the trail at this time, please follow a few simple steps to help minimise the impact of coronavirus:
- Keep a distance of at least 2m from other path users, even if this means having to stop to let people past
- Don't go out in large groups
- Be considerate of other path users, e.g. slow down and alert other users of your approach if you're running or cycling to allow distancing
- Take hand sanitiser, wash hands regularly and dispose of any tissues, wipes and rubbish responsibly
Above all, please take extra care out on the trail and stay safe.