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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

134-Mile John Muir Way to Debut in Scotland in April

Most folks associate John Muir with his boundless efforts to make Yosemite a national park and as the father of the Sierra Club. Yet, the great naturalist is just as celebrated in his homeland of Scotland. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Muir's death in 1914 and as part of the yearlong Homecoming celebration in 2014, the country has developed a 134-mile route called the John Muir Way. The trail begins in Dunbar, Scotland, where Muir was born, and concludes in Helensburgh, where Muir set sail for America in 1849. Estimated time to complete the route is 8-10 days on foot, 4-6 days by mountain bike. Along the way, hikers will savor the following sights: the famed Arthur's Seat, with stunning views over Edinburgh; Glengoyne Distillery; historic castles and palaces such as Blackness, Dirleton, Balloch and Linlithgow; and Antonine’s Wall, a World Heritage Site. Keith Geddes, Chair of Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board and the man who came up with the idea for the new John Muir Way, recommends the section from Helensburgh to Balloch and onto Strathblane (27 miles) as the perfect 3-day hike. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Loch Lomond against the mountainous National Park backdrop. 


Posted by Steve Jermanok on 03/05/14 at 11:00 AM
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Thanks for this one! The legacy of John Muir is marvellous and it's really fascinating to retrace his path through some of his writings. I visited his birth house in Dunbar a while ago, which has been turned into quite an interactive museum experience, definitely worth visiting! After reading your article I'm quite tempted to cycle the route this year actually... :) Cheers!

Picture of Oliver Comment by Oliver
on 03/05/14 at 01:47 PM

Thanks for chiming in, Oliver. Hope to see you on the trail!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 03/05/14 at 01:50 PM

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