John Muir Way

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Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry

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 by Scotland's First Minister on 21 April 2014, click here.

Its appeal ranges from the Charles 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 capital glories of Edinburgh. It goes beside the Firth of Forth to reach North Berwick, then heads inland to finish at Dunbar with its ruined castle and the John Muir birthplace.

Our 2016 version has just gone very low on stock and we are working on a new second edition, due by mid-April. If you wish a copy before then, please email us and we will supply the existing version, but if you don't need one urgently please await the 2018 new edition.

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.

For more, please use the buttons at far right: click to Look inside the book, view a Gallery or read its Reviews. View its Route map or follow our John Muir Way links to other websites.

Click for details of John Muir Way walking holiday providers. For more general links, including bodies that care for castles, churches and ancient monuments, visit Outdoors in Scotland.

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 cover

Book data

  • 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.

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“This book is a delight ...”

Scotland Outdoors May/June 2014

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