John Muir Way (2nd ed)

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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. Our all-new 2018 second edition includes the latest route updates approaching Strathblane and in Linlithgow, as well as the Three Lochs Way option leaving Helensburgh. It has mapping at 1:75,000 on 20 of its pages.

The John Muir Way's 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.

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
  • detailed mapping of the John Muir Way on 20 pages at 1:75,000
  • in full colour, with 100 photographs
  • further route options, diversions and an unofficial shortcut
  • 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. For an account of its launch by Scotland's First Minister on 21 April 2014, click here.

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.

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Book data

  • John Muir Way (2nd ed)
  • Sandra Bardwell and Jacquetta Megarry
  • 10 April 2018
  • UK price £14.99
  • 84pp
  • 145x220 mm
  • ISBN: 978-1-898481-83-6

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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