Celebrate John Muir Day, the John Muir way!

Celebrate John Muir Day, the John Muir way!

World renowned Scottish-born conservationist, John Muir is to be celebrated with a series of events, encouraging Scots to get out and about and follow his example!

Saturday 21st April would have been Muir’s 180th birthday and also marks the fourth anniversary of the opening of the John Muir Way, one of Scotland’s Great Trails which stretches 134 miles across central Scotland. Running from Dunbar to Helensburgh, the John Muir Way was launched to commemorate the man who was known as the ‘Father of the National Parks’ in America.

The Way can be enjoyed on foot or by bike and John Muir Day provides the perfect opportunity to follow in Muir’s footsteps passing through countryside, coastal towns, cities and villages. The route is suitable for all ages and abilities and can be enjoyed in short loops, day trips or by completing the route in sections.

A host of activities have also been arranged across Scotland to mark John Muir Day including a ‘Paddle Pickup’ on the John Muir Way. Organised by Sustrans and led by Scottish Canals and Scottish Waterways Trust, the water based litter pick up on the Union Canal in Edinburgh will be held on Friday 20 April.

Young people can apply to take part through the Young Scot Active Rewards programme which is encouraging young people to be more active more often in the outdoors during the 2018 Year of Young People. For further information please visit https://rewards.youngscot.org/rewards/1520-apply-join-in-the-paddle-pick-up-active

As part of Young Scot’s partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, cardholders can also celebrate with £1 entry to many of the historic sites along the John Muir Way including; Tantallon Castle, Dirleton Castle, Seton Collegiate Church, Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Place.

Those looking to get out and explore Scotland’s woodlands and shorelines are invited to join the Friends of Kinneil on their annual trek from the historic Kinneil House and Museum to Blackness Castle on Saturday 21 April. The walk will take in the historic Carriden Church and places can be booked online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-the-way-kinneil-to-blackness-and-back-tickets-44159387918.

Kinneil House will also hold an open day with costumed interpreters and entertainers on Sunday April 22 from 12 noon to 4pm.

Those hoping to capture the moment are in luck as Historic Environment Scotland is holding a wildlife photography for beginners class on the Saturday (21 April). The event from 4.30pm to 6.30pm must be booked in advance by calling 0131 652 8150 or emailing rangers@hes.scot

If you would like to help increase habitats for pollinators, Balgreen Community Garden is holding a spring clean and planting event on Thursday 19 April, 10.30am to 1pm. The garden forms part of the John Muir Pollinator Way project, aiming to create hundreds of mini-wildflower meadows that provide shelter and forage along the route for pollinating insects. Those interested can contact admin@waterofleith.org.uk or 0131 455 7367.

John Muir’s Birthplace in Dunbar is also celebrating Muir with an exhibition titled ‘Kindred Souls.’ The event, which is currently running, showcases the work of Muir’s close friend, William Keith, a respected Californian landscape painter. The John Muir Birthplace Trust can be found at www.jmbt.org.uk, on Facebook and Twitter.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT), is proud that John Muir is being recognised through these initiatives.

He said:
“We are proud that the John Muir Way is helping to interest more people in the life and legacy of John Muir. It is also encouraging to see his work inspiring people – both young and old - to think about conservation and how they can make their own individual or collective contribution to improving the environment while getting closer to nature. There’s a great line-up of activities for all the family and we hope everyone enjoys celebrating the special day.”

Rob Bushby of the John Muir Trust helps to co-ordinate UK-wide John Muir Day celebrations, and commented: “Every year, more people are taking the opportunity to explore and share Muir’s ethos, stories and adventures in their studies, work and leisure time. The John Muir Way, along with National Parks, charities and community groups, have some fantastic events, resources and activities lined up from 14th to 22nd April to celebrate John Muir’s 180th birthday.”

The full list of events that can be enjoyed as part of a walk or cycle along the John Muir Way also includes art exhibitions and talks, 2 for 1 offers at cafes, bike and Segway hire deals, £1 entry to historic sites for young people and educational tours.

For further information about the events and the John Muir Way, please visit www.johnmuirway.org/getinvolved – a dedicated website on the 134 mile route with key information to help people plan their trip.

Last Updated: 13 April 2018 11:47

Latest Local News

Enjoy 2 for 1 tickets to Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow

Enjoy 2 for 1 tickets to Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow

We've got a fantastic 2 for 1 ticket offer for the Eat & Drink Festival Glasgow, a pioneering live experience celebrating the best the country has to offer in the world of food & drink!
Last Updated: 17th April 2018
Festival of Museums launches 2018 line up

Festival of Museums launches 2018 line up

Museums Galleries Scotland has unveiled the most fun Festival of Museums ever with more than 100 incredible events across Scotland from 18 – 20 May 2018!
Last Updated: 16th April 2018
Bumps and Babies Welcome!

Bumps and Babies Welcome!

Over 150 top brands and unique products will feature at Scotland’s biggest Baby & Toddler Show, to be held at the Scottish Event Campus on 27-29 April!
Last Updated: 14th April 2018
Celebrate John Muir Day, the John Muir way!

Celebrate John Muir Day, the John Muir way!

World renowned Scottish-born conservationist, John Muir is to be celebrated with a series of events, encouraging Scots to get out and about and follow his example!
Last Updated: 13th April 2018
Wicked flies into Edinburgh in 4 Weeks for Exclusive Scottish Engagement

Wicked flies into Edinburgh in 4 Weeks for Exclusive Scottish Engagement

WICKED, the spectacular West End and Broadway musical returns to Edinburgh Playhouse from 8th May.
Last Updated: 10th April 2018
Rebels sought for 10th anniversary of writing campaign

Rebels sought for 10th anniversary of writing campaign

Irvine Welsh is backing the Scottish Book Trust's rebellious campaign to get the nation writing!
Last Updated: 28th March 2018
Swing into Spring at Go Ape in Scotland

Swing into Spring at Go Ape in Scotland

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to live life adventurously this Easter holiday at the outdoor forest adventure experience.
Last Updated: 25th March 2018
Gardens By The Bay in Singapore top green travel wish list

Gardens By The Bay in Singapore top green travel wish list

CSGN is encouraging young people across the Central Belt to apply for its inaugural Travel Grant, for a chance to win a trip to a global destination of their choice.
Last Updated: 25th March 2018
The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark

The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark

New Lanark is delighted to announce the return of the Great Tapestry of Scotland with a brand new exhibition open this spring & summer!
Last Updated: 23rd March 2018
STV would like to hear from people who have been scammed

STV would like to hear from people who have been scammed

STV is making another series of Stopping Scotland's Scammers. If you or anyone you know has lost money to a scam, then please get in touch!
Last Updated: 23rd March 2018
Gig in the Goil kicks off the festival season

Gig in the Goil kicks off the festival season

Back for the third consecutive year, Argyll Holidays' Gig in the Goil is set to be bigger and better than ever before!
Last Updated: 16th March 2018
Matilda The Musical Scottish Premiere at the Edinburgh Playhouse

Matilda The Musical Scottish Premiere at the Edinburgh Playhouse

The Royal Shakespeare Company announced that the UK & Ireland Tour of Matilda The Musical will extend into 2019 and will play Edinburgh Playhouse in April 2019.
Last Updated: 14th March 2018
Loch Lomond Shores looking forward to Spring

Loch Lomond Shores looking forward to Spring

Now the snow is starting to thaw, Loch Lomond Shores is looking forward to the spring – and there’s a lot going on at the destination!
Last Updated: 6th March 2018
Event Cancellations due to adverse weather

Event Cancellations due to adverse weather

Due to the adverse weather, a number events across our network have been cancelled or postponed, updates will be posted here as and when we are notified.
Last Updated: 3rd March 2018
Event Cancellations at Scottish Event Campus

Event Cancellations at Scottish Event Campus

Upcoming shows at The SSE Hydro and SEC Glasgow have been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions affecting much of Scotland.
Last Updated: 1st March 2018
Time for tea...

Time for tea...

Dobbies have launched their new and improved Afternoon Tea Menu, just in time for Mother’s Day!
Last Updated: 28th February 2018
Six Degrees of Scotland: Film making the connection between the Oscars and Scotland

Six Degrees of Scotland: Film making the connection between the Oscars and Scotland

As we count down to the Academy Awards, VisitScotland is celebrating Scotland’s own stars of the big screen in a special map linking this year’s Oscar contenders with Scottish film locations!
Last Updated: 28th February 2018
Join BBC One for the return of Mrs Brown

Join BBC One for the return of Mrs Brown

The UK’s favourite sitcom family are back with a brand new series of All Round To Mrs Brown’s and applications are open to be in the audience!
Last Updated: 26th February 2018
Step away from your desk and step up for Sport Relief

Step away from your desk and step up for Sport Relief

Workplaces across the country are being urged to step away from their desks and get moving for just 15 minutes per day for Sport Relief.
Last Updated: 26th February 2018
Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones for Sport Relief 2018

Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones for Sport Relief 2018

Glasgow mum Leigh McLean joins Alex Jones to take on ‘The Mother of All Challenges’ for Sport Relief 2018!
Last Updated: 22nd February 2018
Find your sense of adventure and challenge yourself this half term at Go Ape

Find your sense of adventure and challenge yourself this half term at Go Ape

Go Ape is encouraging Scots to escape from winter hibernation and challenge themselves as the forest adventure sites open for the season.
Last Updated: 8th February 2018
Build On Historic Knowledge with Lego Exhibitions Around Scotland

Build On Historic Knowledge with Lego Exhibitions Around Scotland

Historic sites across Scotland are set to showcase history in LEGO form to connect with visitors of all ages during the Year of Young People 2018.
Last Updated: 6th February 2018
COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

COMPETITION: Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show

Win tickets to the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show at the SEC Glasgow in February!
Last Updated: 29th January 2018
Picasso to Warhol touring exhibition makes its debut in Scotland

Picasso to Warhol touring exhibition makes its debut in Scotland

Curators unveil two unseen Warhol exhibits in famous touring exhibition which makes its debut in Scotland, New Lanark WHS, later this month!
Last Updated: 22nd January 2018
New Lanark launches textile print design competition

New Lanark launches textile print design competition

New Lanark launches Design Competition to celebrate famous travelling Exhibition which makes its debut this January in Scotland!
Last Updated: 11th January 2018
Andy Murray serves up challenge to Scots to sign up for the Kiltwalk

Andy Murray serves up challenge to Scots to sign up for the Kiltwalk

Andy Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion, is encouraging Scots to set the Royal Bank of Scotland Kiltwalk as a goal for 2018!
Last Updated: 9th January 2018
Voting opens for the SSE Live Awards 2017

Voting opens for the SSE Live Awards 2017

Now in their third year, the SSE Live Awards are calling on fans from around the UK to vote for their Best Live Act of 2017!
Last Updated: 9th January 2018
Find your Hoppy Place!

Find your Hoppy Place!

With the Hogmanay celebrations just around the corner, VisitScotland has brewed up its very first craft beer map!
Last Updated: 27th December 2017
COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to this years IRN BRU Carnival with Whats On Stirling!

COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to this years IRN BRU Carnival with Whats On Stirling!

Prepare for a ‘whirl’ of fun... The IRN-BRU Carnival is back and we have five family tickets up for grabs!
Last Updated: 20th December 2017
Castle of thousands

Castle of thousands

New research reveals almost half of Brits have never visited a Scottish Castle.
Last Updated: 15th December 2017

Sponsored Links

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »

Popular Events

Stirling Car Boot Sale & Market
The Stirling Car Boot Sale & Market is held every Sunday at the Caledonian Cattle Market from 7am!
Stirling Comic Con
Stirling Comic Con comes to the Albert Halls on 28th July with over 60 traders selling comics, graphic novels, crafts, art, Funko Pop figures and much more.
Heart of Scotland Choir - Downtown
Join Forth Valley’s funkiest choir and their awesome band in The Albert Halls for a fun-filled family evening on 22nd June!
Sense and Sensibility
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present Sense and Sensibility at Stirling Castle on 10th June!
Children’s Classic Concerts: Peter and the Wolf
Bring your family along for a great afternoon out when Children’s Classic Concerts return with Peter and the Wolf!