The John Muir Way stretches coast to coast across the diverse landscapes and rich heritage of central Scotland and offers easy access to nature, history, the outdoors and so much more.
John Muir Day Celebrations
John Muir Day takes place on Saturday 21 April, which would have been his 180th birthday, and also marks four years since the John Muir Way opened. This year's John Muir Day celebrations, coordinated by the John Muir Trust, take place from 14 - 22 April and we have included a list of events taking place on or near the John Muir Way, most of which you can enjoy as part of a walk or cycle along the route.
For a full list of John Muir Day events, visit www.discoverjohnmuir.com. We would love to hear what you get up to, please tag your social media posts with #johnmuirday.
- Art Exhibition – ‘Land Becomes Sea Becomes Land’ Saturday 31 March to Sunday 20 May, 1pm to 5pm daily | Dunbar Town House Gallery, Dunbar
Paintings by Susie Goodwin, local artist and creative director of North Light Arts.‘This exhibition is a reflective journey through my environmental practice over a number of years; my inspiration is the local land and seascapes around Dunbar - the playground of the great environmental thinker John Muir.’
- Art Exhibition – ‘William Keith and John Muir: Kindred Souls’ Sunday 1 April to Saturday 30 June | John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar
Explore the work of John Muir’s close friend William Keith, a respected Californian Landscape painter. The two friends shared similar interests in and attitudes towards nature and, of course, their Scottishness.
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Read the article Discover the John Muir Way at #YSActiveRewards to earn 25 Young Scot Rewards points. Use 25 Rewards points to win one of 25 John Muir Way guidebooks published by Rucksack Readers. Part of #YSActiveRewards - encouraging more young people to be more active more often in the outdoors in 2018!
- One Pound entry to Scotland’s historic sites for Young Scot cardholders Throughout 2018
To celebrate Year of Young People 2018, Historic Environment Scotland is partnering with Young Scot, National Trust for Scotland and the Historic Houses Association, to offer £1 entry to young people who want to explore Scotland’s iconic historic sites. Present your Young Scot card to get entry for £1. The card is available for free to all young people living in Scotland aged 11-26. Celebrate John Muir Day (14-22 April) by visiting one of the many historic sites along the John Muir Way. The £1 offer is available at the following staffed sites: Tantallon Castle, Dirleton Castle, Seton Collegiate Church, Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace.
- John Muir Café – Buy One Get One Free Monday 16 to Sunday 22 April | East Links Family Park, Dunbar
Join the John Muir Day Celebrations with a ‘buy one get one free’ offer on tea, coffee, hot chocolate and tray bakes (any combination) at the John Muir Café at East Links Family Park. Offer runs from 16th to 22nd April. Be inspired by Muir quotes on the walls and a mural of the John Muir Way. Dogs welcome in the new Dog Lounge, with free sausages for pooches!
- Weak and Strong, the Stronger the Better – Buy One Get One Free Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 April, 10am to 5pm | Heroes Centre, Helensburgh
Before starting or completing the John Muir way, pop into Hucksters cafe at the Helensburgh Heroes Centre and celebrate John Muir's birthday with a limited edition JM Milkshake! Or soak in the classic 50's atmosphere whilst enjoying a locally roasted coffee or a pot of leaf tea on a special Buy One Get One Free deal during John Muir Day Celebrations 14-22 April.
- Free Bike Hire on the John Muir Way Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 April | Belhaven Bikes, Dunbar
Explore John Muir’s hometown of Dunbar, and the natural environment which inspired him, with free one day bike hire during the John Muir Day Celebrations 14-22 April. Includes electric bikes.
- Segway Offer on the John Muir Way Saturday 14 to Sunday 22 April | Scottish Segway Centre, Falkirk Wheel
Booking advised. 20% discount with promo code JMW20. Explore winding woodland paths and off-road tracks around the Falkirk Wheel and Rough Castle Roman Fort with 20% off guided Segway Tours during John Muir Day Celebrations 14-22 April. Book online with promo code JMW20.
- Big John Muir Breakfast 2 for 1 Monday 16 to Friday 20 April | Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton, East Lothian
Archerfield Walled Garden is delighted to be taking part in the celebration of John Muir’s Birthday; the John Muir Way runs right past our front door and we love receiving a visit from some of the thousands of walkers that undertake the route every year. This year we will be offering 2 for 1 on our garden cafe's Big John Muir Breakfast in the week leading up to John Muir’s birthday (16-20 April). Our breakfast is sure to fuel anyone walking the route to celebrate!
- John Muir Birthday Picnics Saturday 14th April to Sunday 22nd April | Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire
The Conservation Volunteers will be having a picnic in local greenspaces everyday throughout this year’s John Muir Day Celebrations. TCV are using John Muir’s Birthday to recognise achievements of their volunteers by presenting their John Muir Discovery & Explorer Award certificates. “We hope to inspire others to have their own John Muir Birthday picnics and get outside and enjoy nature.” Rosie Walker, Senior Project Officer with TCV. If you want to see what TCV does and get involved in volunteering, visit: www.tcv.org.uk
To join these volunteering events, contact email@example.com, 07917 555850, 01786 479697. Booking essential.
Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th April – 9:30am to 3:30pm – meet at Balallan House, 24 Allan Park, Stirling, FK8 2QG | Thursday 19th April – noon till 3pm – meet at Kinneil Estate Museum, Bo’ness | Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th (scrub removal to encourage pollinators in Avonglen Quarry) | Wednesday 18th (path building at a Japanese garden in Dollar) | Thursday 19th (Green Gym)
- Wild Day Out Saturday 14 April, 10am to 4pm | Holyrood Park Education Centre
Free, no need to book. Join HES and RSPB Scotland for a day of discovery as you explore the wild terrain of Holyrood Park. Get hands on with a range of fun and family-friendly activities including mini beast hunts, making seedbombs and take part in Edinburgh’s first ever Worm Charming competition. Wild Day Out will offer lots of fun, nature-based activities for the whole family to enjoy so get ready to discover your wild side!
- Arthur’s Amble – Paws in the Park Sunday 15 April, 1pm to 2.30pm | Meet at Holyrood Park Information Centre
Free, booking essential. Come along on a gentle guided walk around Hunter’s Bog and St. Margaret’s Loch to learn more about Arthur’s Seat’s turbulent past, created by fire and ice! Find out about the people who lived and worked in the Park from 7,000 years ago up until the present day and learn more about the rare wildlife that makes the Park so special.
- Artist’s Discussion – ‘Land Becomes Sea Becomes Land’ – and Short Film Screening Tuesday 17 April, 6.30pm to 8.30pm | Dunbar Town House Gallery, Dunbar
Discussion with artist Susie Goodwin on her exhibition ‘Land Becomes Sea Becomes Land’, to celebrate John Muir Day and the land and seascapes of Dunbar. Includes a screening of ‘Demain’, a short film by French film makers who went in search of people all over the world initiating creative and sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Book at 01620 820699.
- Balgreen Community Garden – Spring Clean and Planting Thursday 19 April, 10.30am to 1pm | Meet at Balgreen Community Garden, bottom of Pansy Walk off Balgreen Road, Edinburgh – see map
Free. Help tidy up and carry out some Spring planting at Balgreen Community Garden – part of the John Muir Pollinator Way! Open to the Water of Leith Conservation Trust Volunteer Team and the Community. Let Charlotte know if you can make it on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 4557367.
- John Muir Way Paddle Pick-up Friday 20 April, 1pm to 3pm | Meet at Lochrin Basin, Edinburgh
Free, ages 16+, booking essential. Join the annual celebration of John Muir and his love for the outdoors with an exclusive opportunity for five Young Scot Rewards users to join Sustrans volunteers on a water-based litter pick-up on the Union Canal in Edinburgh, alongside the John Muir Way. The event is organised by Sustrans and led by Scottish Canals and Scottish Waterways Trust. Equipment provided. Apply for one of five places at Young Scot Active Rewards.
- Wildlife photography for beginners Saturday 21 April, 4.30pm to 6.30pm | Meet at Linlithgow Palace
Adult £10, Concession £7, Child £5 – 10% members’ discount. Booking essential. Photography is a great way to explore the natural world. Bring your camera down to Linlithgow Loch and learn some tips from a local wildlife photographer on how to get the best shot.
- Friends of Kinneil John Muir Day walk Saturday 21 April, 10.30am to 4.00pm
The Friends of Kinneil’s annual trek along part of the John Muir Way, from historic Kinneil House and Museum to Blackness Castle (and back) is taking place on Saturday, April 21 – leaving the Museum at 10.30 a.m. This year the walk will take in the historic Carriden Church en route.
- Kinneil House – Open Days Sunday 22 April, noon to 4pm | Other dates between March and October
Free. No need to book.Celebrate John Muir Day with a free Open Day at historic Kinneil House in Bo’ness on 22nd April – one of a series of dates throughout the year. The events include costumed interpreters and entertainers, with tours organised by Historic Environment Scotland and the Friends of Kinneil.
- Abercorn Church – Daffodil Tea Sunday 22 April, 11.30am to 3.30pm |
Abercorn Church – just off the John Muir Way, near historic Hopetoun House in West Lothian – is hosting a “Daffodil Tea” in its church hall (just along from the church). Expect lovely refreshments and home baking – and a bunch of daffodils to take home. Visitors can also visit the historic Church itself.
John Muir Way Activity Guide
Download the John Muir Way activity guide, brimming with ideas and resources for citizen science, adventure, Curriculum for Excellence, volunteering, achievement awards and creative activities!