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Follow in the footsteps of John Muir

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The coastline at Dunbar, where John Muir grew up

John Muir has an impressive list of accolades to his name. Writer, explorer, inventor, botanist, geologist, glaciologist, farmer and artist – he really was a remarkable man. He had a pretty impressive beard, too.

It all started in Scotland. He was born and raised here until the age of 10, before he emigrated stateside and became a leading scholar in the field of wilderness conservation. Come and be inspired by the place where he first fell in love with the natural world.

Thanks to years of dedicated geological research and studies, Muir quickly became known as the father of National Parks. As we reach the 15th anniversary of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, we’ve thought of a few ways to celebrate the lasting legacy of the great man himself.

Walk the John Muir Way

The Kelpies at The Helix

Lace up your boots! A long distance challenge awaits. The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles across central Scotland, running from Helensburgh in the west to Dunbar on the east coast.

It is no surprise that this route weaves past many spellbinding attractions: the glorious beaches of North Berwick on the east coast, the history of Linlithgow Palace, and the ancient wonders of the Antonine Wall, to name just a few. Andy Scott’s magnificent Kelpies will welcome you as you head into Falkirk.

Spend a day in Dunbar

High Street, Dunbar

The ‘father of modern conservation’ was born and raised in Dunbar. As a child, Muir discovered the beauty of the great outdoors in this coastal town in East Lothian. The John Muir Birthplace Museum shares the story of his life from inside his boyhood home.

Surfers flock to Dunbar for the waves at Belhaven Bay. Reward a morning’s wave-riding with fish and chips by the town’s harbour, or peruse the shops on the main street.

Explore Scotland’s National Parks

Loch Morlich, near Aviemore, Cairngorms National Park

Why not discover all that Scotland’s two awe-inspiring National Parks have to offer?

At the Cairngorms National Park, discover your own inquisitive streak. Mighty and majestic, the huge expanse in the Highlands is home to a fascinating 13th century island castle, acres of woodland and 43 towering Munroes.

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park not only boasts one of our most famous lochs, it also encompasses the mighty Ben Lomond and the jagged shoulders of the Arrochar Alps. Explore the park’s vast and varied landscape, with unforgettable views around every corner.

Looking for more information about this pioneering gentleman? Learn more about Mr Muir’s life and works at Discover John Muir.

Are you a budding environmentalist? Picture yourself as the next John Muir? Check out our landscape & nature pages for more information about Scotland’s fascinating geography, breathtaking natural features and much more.