As Scotland celebrates 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the John Muir Way is the ideal way to discover some of Scotland’s unique historic environment.
The 134 mile route – which stretches across Central Scotland - takes in castles, historic towns and villages, stunning coastal scenery as well as Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
The John Muir Way is a flagship project of the Central Scotland Green Network to commemorate the world-renowned conservationist and runs from Helensburgh in the west to Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar so walkers and cyclists can explore the country’s rich cultural heritage en route.
From Antonine’s Wall, Linlithgow Palace and Blackness Castle to Kinneil House and the Eagle Rock in Cramond, as well as Seton Collegiate Church and Tantallon Castle, the route takes in a wide and varied range of attractions that showcase some of Scotland’s remarkable history and heritage.
Rosie Wylie, National Community and Tourism Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We are excited to be part of this multi-partner collaboration where history, heritage and nature come together.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors along the route and being a part of the wealth of activities linked with this great trail.”
Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust – which drives forward the delivery of the CSGN, said: “It is fantastic to see Scotland recognising its rich and intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology.
“Scots-born, John Muir is recognised worldwide for his work on conservation and particularly his role in the national parks in America and he remains an influential character, particularly in today’s climate of environmental awareness.
“What better way to explore and celebrate Scotland than through a route designed to celebrate the philosophy and achievements of John Muir.”