Cel­e­brate Scot­land with a walk along the John Muir Way

The Oban Times - - OUTDOORS -

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?’

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