John Muir Way
The John Muir Way runs for 134 miles (215 km) coast-to-coast across central Scotland, from Helensburgh on the Clyde to Dunbar on the North Sea. The route is as suitable for cyclists as for walkers, and it can be tackled as a coast-to-coast expedition or in sections - ten for walkers or five for cyclists. For an account of its launch on 21 April by Scotland's First Minister, click here.
Its appeal ranges from the Rennie Mackintosh architecture of Helensburgh through the scenic grandeur of Loch Lomond, along two famous canals and past the amazing Falkirk Wheel, beside the Roman Antonine Wall, passing Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and the Forth Bridges to the glories of Edinburgh. It finishes on the wide coastal expanses of East Lothian, at Dunbar with its ruined castle and John Muir’s birthplace.
Note that our 2016 version has been fully revised for the new route section off-road through the Kilpatrick hills (opening officially in March 2016). Meantime we have uploaded the new pages (3.2) in our Look inside feature so you can update yourself free of charge.
This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy your holiday on a bike or on foot:
- background on John Muir's life, the canal heritage and wildlife
- detailed description of the route from west to east
- summary of each section showing distance, terrain and food/drink stops
- details of visitor attractions and side-trips
- planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
- drop-down map of the John Muir Way in six panels (1:115,000)
- in full colour, with over 90 photographs
- further route options and unofficial improvements
- rainproof paper throughout.
Please download this 4-page supplement for our city centre shortcut through Edinburgh. Even if you decide not to follow the shortcut, you may want the detailed directions for climbing Arthur's Seat on page 3.
Although John Muir loved the mountains, he also said "All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land" (Unpublished journals). It was his passion "to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness" and as a boy he fell in love with the wild Nature on his doorstep in Dunbar. Follow this route to discover a surprising degree of wildness as the John Muir Way crosses central Scotland.
John Muir Way book + map bundle
We offer a copy each of guidebook and map at bundled price of £15.99 (£2 less than the combined cover price of £17.98), neatly packaged in a waterproof PVC sleeve. ISBN: 978-1-898481-61-4. This bundle contains the 2016 revised guidebook documenting the Kilpatricks route.
- John Muir Way
- Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry
- 21 April 2014 (revised Feb 2016)
- UK price £11.99
- 72pp+6pp map flap
- 145x210 mm
- ISBN: 978-1-898481-59-1
John Muir Way (folded map)
Folded sheet map costing £5.99 and covering the John Muir Way at scale 1:75,000, published in April 2014, revised in 2015 for the new Kilpatricks route. ISBN 978-1-898481-60-7.
NB: to order map without guidebook, please follow this link to Amazon.