Celebrate Scotland with a walk along the John Muir Way
AS SCOTLAND celebrates 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, why not honour the event with a 134-mile walk?
The John Muir Way, which runs through Argyll and Bute, is arguably the ideal way to discover some of Scotland’s unique historic environment.
The route takes in castles, historic towns and villages, stunning coastal scenery as well as Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
As it passes through Argyll and Bute, the trail starts on the coast at the esplanade in Helensburgh, then heads over Gouk Hill to Balloch.
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, chairman of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, 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?’