A new path passing through Scotland’s central belt has announced and named after the Dunbar-born conservationist John Muir. Born in 1838 in Scotland, Muir emigrated with his family aged 11 to America and went on to become the founder of the American National Parks and a key figure in the conservation movement.
Yosemite National Park -America’s 3rd oldest National Park. It was Muir’s campaign that resulted in the site being protected by being given National Park status
Well known in the States, Muir, despite being born in East Lothian is much less known in Scotland with only 23% of Scots recognising his name. This is set to change with the high profile launch of the walk which runs from Helensburgh through, fittingly to Muir’s birthplace of Dunbar. The John Muir Way covers a range of landscapes, from the stunning view around Loch Lomond, to the pretty towns including Linlithgow, rural, farming and industrial and urban landscapes alike.
Says Keith Geddes, of the Central Scotland Green Network:
“The John Muir Way has been designed to encourage a new generation of Scots to enjoy the great outdoors. Almost three million people live within easy travelling distance of the new path.”
The path can be walked or cycled, is well sign posted and is classed as easy or moderate to complete. 9,000 people a year are expected to you the route.
“I think he would have been chuffed to bits to know that a hundred years on there is now a trail in his name in his native Scotland.
“As he was one of the founding fathers of national parks in the USA, I think it’s only appropriate that the John Muir Way passes through Scotland’s first national park.”
The walk will be opened in April 2014 by First Minister Alex Salmond and will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Muir’s death.
For more information visit http://johnmuirway.org