John Muir Way

Route

Information

 

 Length of Route

134 miles

215 km

 

Start

Helensburgh

 

Finish

Dunbar

 

Availability

Late March to

End October

 

Navigation

Easy

Excellent Waymarking

 

Grade

Easy to Moderate

 

Map/Guide

Rucksak Readers

 

Baggage Service

Yes

 

 

 

 

John Muir Way

John Muir Way Mural in Prestonpans. Courtesy of John Muir Way Baggage Service.

 The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles (215 km) across Scotland’s heartland, running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast and to John Muir’s birthplace. Launched in April 2014 this is Scotland’s newest coast to coast long distance walk.

 

You will trek through the heart of Central Scotland from rolling landscape to beautiful seascape passing through 5000 years of history.

 

John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland on 21st April 1838 and died at the age of 76 years in Los Angeles on Christmas Eve 1914. His family moved to America when Muir was 11 years old. It has been argued that Muir has become “one of the patron saints of 20th Century American environmental activity. He was also a mountaineer, a geologist, a naturalist, an inventor, a glaciologist and, of course, a conservationist. However, he said of himself “I could have become a millionaire, but chose instead to become a tramp.”

 

With Gemini Walks being based in Central Scotland, situated half way between the start and finish and almost on the Way itself, we can offer local knowledge and experience.

 

Julie grew up not far from the Falkirk Wheel and has watched the local area develop with its rich history and the addition of the world famous Falkirk Kelpies.

 

If tackling the full walk then we recommend 10 days of walking but the beauty of this tour is that it can be easily tackled in part stages. Please email Julie or Michelle for details and they can give advice and tailor a tour to suit your needs.

 

Our 10 day walking tour with 11 overnights costs £915.00 per person for two people sharing a room with twin (two beds) or double (one bed). Click here for details of the tour.

 

Group Discounts for 4 or more persons available on request. Please email us or call 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260) for a quote.

 

For single/solo supplements and costs for additional overnight stays please see the main walking page.

 

The above tour can be tailored to fit your personal plans. For example, if you do not require accommodation in Helensburgh at the start or Dunbar at the end of the tour then we can adjust the cost accordingly.

 

If you would like an informal chat about your Scottish Walking Holiday then call us on 01324 410260 (overseas +44 1324 410260). Thank you.  Julie & Michelle.

 

Gemini Walks Frequently Asked Question: can we take extra days to visit the Falkirk Kelpies and/or spend more time in Edinburgh?

We would be delighted to arrange extra overnight stays but please note that during the Edinburgh Festival the prices become extortionate and all accommodations insist on at least a stay of three overnights or more. Therefore, we highly recommend that you avoid landing in Edinburgh during the Festival.