John Muir Way recog­nised as one of Scot­land’s great trails

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

THE JOHN MUIR WAY has of­fi­cially been recog­nised as one of Scot­land’s great trails.

The 134-mile route – which stretches across Scot­land’s heart­land, from Muir’s birth­place in Dun­bar on the east coast, through Argyll and Bute to He­lens­burgh in the west – joins other world fa­mous paths which have been hon­oured with the pres­ti­gious award. The John Muir Way is the 28th long dis­tance route to be given the ac­co­lade by Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage. Since its launch in April 2014, which marked the cen­te­nary year of the Scots-born con­ser­va­tion­ist’ s death, the route has ful­filled the key cri­te­ria to earn the highly sought af­ter sta­tus.

Echo­ing John Muir’s own per­sonal jour­ney grow­ing up in Scot­land’s east coast town of Dun­bar be­fore trav­el­ling to the west coast, where he set sail for life in Amer­ica, the route was de­signed to show­case the best of cen­tral Scot­land.

The John Muir Way takes in cas- tles, his­toric towns and vil­lages, stun­ning coastal scenery as well as Scot­land’s first na­tional park, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs Na­tional Park, and has al­ready at­tracted both walk­ers and cy­clists from as far afield as the US, Canada, Ger­many, Swe­den and the Nether­lands.

Keith Ged­des of the Cen­tral Scot­land Green Net­work Trust and the vi­sion­ary be­hind the route, said: ‘The John Muir Way is an im­por­tant part of hon­our­ing the work of John Muir as a renowned con­ser­va­tion­ist.

‘By rais­ing aware­ness of Muir’s legacy we hope to in­spire to­day’s young­sters – and Scots in gen­eral – to join the fight against cli­mate change and help pre­serve our planet.’

Vi­sion­ary Keith Ged­des and Elaine Mac­in­tosh, John Muir Way devel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

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