Key things to note about this route section.

15 miles, 24 km
Average time to complete:
5 hours' walking, 2.5 hours' cycling


Leaving North Berwick southwards provides you with an opportunity to climb Berwick Law, giving great views of the town, Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, Tantallon Castle and the Bass Rock. Berwick Law has always sported whale jawbones and when the last ones decayed, fibre-glass replicas were installed. After a few miles on country tracks and quiet roads you’ll reach the popular village of East Linton, whose National Trust for Scotland attractions of the Phantassie Doocot and Preston Mill are well worth a look. You now follow the Tyne for a while, until the Way takes you onward to the coast and beaches of John Muir Country Park, before reaching Dunbar. Head for John Muir's Birthplace Museum as this marks the finish of the route.

Path Quality

For this section the route takes you along grass tracks, gravel paths and quiet roads. There are some steps and inclines, which are steepest near Dunbar in the vicinity of the cliff-tops. Berwick Law is a steep climb but this is an optional highlight. There are toilets in John Muir Country Park, East Linton and Dunbar itself.

The cycling braid has a short section of 1.4Km across fields between Blackdyke and Whitekirk. Known as ‘Becky’s Strip’, this hilly path is apt to be muddy during and after wet weather, with poor traction especially for road tyres. Expect to dismount and push. It can be avoided by using local roads.

Public transport

Space for bicycles on trains from Dunbar may be limited so we advise you book spaces in advance.


Rutted and muddy path near East Links Family Park

Please take care on a short stretch of muddy path following forestry operations - this can be avoided by walking through the adjacent woodland.

More Information

Points of interest

Route Terminus

The route ends or starts at the statue of young John Muir outside the John Muir Birthplace Museum.

Visit Website
John Muir's Birthplace Museum, Dunbar

Start or finish your John Muir Way adventure by exploring the life and legacy of John Muir in the house where he was born. Completed the route? Claim your John Muir Way certificate here.

Visit Website
Tantallon Castle

Set on the edge of the cliffs, looking out to the Bass Rock, this formidable castle was a stronghold of the Douglas family. Ascend Tantallon’s towers for spectacular views of the Bass Rock and to watch gannets plunge into the North Sea. Then descend into the depths of a particularly grim pit prison.

Visit Website
Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot

Preston Mill, with its distinctive Dutch-style conical roof, was East Lothian’s last working water mill. Nearby is the beehive-shaped Phantassie Doocot, with its French-style horseshoe parapet, built in the 16th century to house 500 pigeons.

Visit Website
North Berwick Law

Berwick or North Berwick Law is a small local hill, 187m high and just off the John Muir Way. It gives superb views over East Lothian and the Forth.

Visit Website
National Museum of Flight

Discover some of the icons of air travel, including Concorde and a Red Arrows Hawk.

Visit Website
John Muir Country Park

The John Muir Country Park is named after the famous naturalist and geologist who was born in Dunbar. The park offers several woodland and beach walks and is home to a wide variety of birds, plants, butterflies and moths.

Visit Website
Foxlake Adventures

Scotland's first cable wakeboarding park also has zip lines, off-road segways, a cafe and more.

Visit Website
Dunbar Harbour

The harbour is popular with fishing boats and leisure craft in the summer, and with a range of festivals and events in the town it provides a fantastic destination from both land and sea.

Visit Website
Coastal Communities Museum

John Muir spent his childhood in the seaside town of Dunbar. Learn about the customs and livelihoods of the people who would have lived beside Muir in Dunbar and other East Lothian seaside villages.

Visit Website
Dunbar Railway Station

Visit Website


  • Votadini Coffee Shop - East Linton

    01620 860082

  • Tyninghame Country Store

    01620 860581

  • The Crown Hotel, East Linton

    01620 860335

  • North Berwick's Selection Of Restaurants, Cafes And Take-Away Food.

    Visit Website
  • Law cycles - Cycle Hire And Services, North Berwick

    01620 890643

    Visit Website
  • John Muir Cafe

    Located in the East Links Family Park, open to non park visitors.

    Visit Website
  • Gavin Murray Massage

    Massage service opposite the route finish in Dunbar
    07823 469473

    Visit Website
  • Dunbar's Selection Of Restaurants, Cafes And Take-Away Food.

  • Coast to Coast Surf School

    Surfing lessons & hire
    07971 990 361

    Visit Website
  • Belhaven Bikes - Cycle Hire And Services, Dunbar

    01368 860300

    Visit Website
  • Boardside Cafe @ Foxlake Adventures

    Cafe at the wakeboarding park, located between East Linton and West Barns

    Visit Website


56.058212022397655, -2.717047491069138