John Muir Way
The John Muir Way is a pair of long-distance paths. The coast-to-coast route is 134 miles long through the Central Lowlands, designed for walking or cycling. Another route stretches extend it further down the East Lothian coast. The 'ownership' of the route being unsettled, there may be said to be two John Muir Ways, and in addition a number of loops off the main routes for cyclists.
The trail is named in honour of the 19th-century conservationist John Muir, who was born at Dunbar in East Lothian, in 1838 and who became a founder of America's national park system.
Hisotry of the route
The original John Muir Way was a modest affair but a fine route in itself. It was a continuous coastal path, 45 miles long, from John Muir's birthplace, Dunbar in East Lothian, to Edinburgh in Midlothian, running close by the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. The path became a well-established, popular route. Later extensions take the route down the coast of East Lothian. This old route with later extension, running from Musselburgh to Cockenzie, is known as 'The John Muir Way in East Lothian'
In 2014, the 100th anniversary of John Muir's death, a number of tax-eating authorities decided to add to the honour of John Muir by extending the route from coast to coast. The route today is 134 miles long, from the original starting point at Dunbar westwards to Helensburgh on the Firth of Clyde in Dunbartonshire. This version of the John Muir Way may be known as the John Muir Way Coast to Coast.
John Muir Way Coast to Coast
|1||Dunbar to North Berwick||15 miles|
|2||North Berwick to Prestonpans||16½ miles|
|East Lothian to Midlothian:|
|3||Prestonpans to Edinburgh||10 miles|
|Midlothian to West Lothian:|
|4||Edinburgh to South Queensferry||15½ miles|
|5||South Queensferry to Linlithgow||14 miles|
|West Lothian to Stirlingshire:|
|6||Linlithgow to Falkirk||8½ miles|
|7||Falkirk to Kilsyth||13 miles|
|8||Kilsyth to Strathblane||13 miles|
|Stirlingshire to Dunbartonshire:|
|9||Strathblane to Balloch||18½ miles|
|10||Balloch to Helensburgh||9 miles|
The John Muir Way in East Lothian
|Fisherrow Harbour, Musselburgh, to Cockenzie||6 miles||Ash lagoons, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh Racecourse, West Pans, Prestongrange Industrial Heritage Museum, Morrison's Haven, Prestonpans, and Cockenzie Harbour|
|Cockenzie to Aberlady||5 miles||Cockenzie, Port Seton, Seton Sands, Longniddry, Gosford, Kilspindie and Aberlady|
|Aberlady to North Berwick||9 miles||Luffness House, Gullane, Archerfield House, Dirleton, Dirleton Castle, Yellowcraig and North Berwick|
|North Berwick to Dunbar||15 miles||North Berwick Law, East Linton, Preston Mill, Prestonkirk Parish Church, John Muir Country Park, Belhaven Bay, and Dunbar|
|Dunbar Harbour to Dunglass, near Cockburnspath||10 miles||Dunbar Castle, East Links, Broxmouth, Catcraig, Barns Ness, Skateraw Harbour, Torness Nuclear Power Station, Bilsdean, and Dunglass|
The John Muir Way in East Lothian is signposted throughout with green fingerposts. It also connects with other coastal and countryside pathways, for example the 4-mile Railway Walk from Longniddry to Haddington
- The John Muir Way in East Lothian - leaflet
- East Lothian Council: The John Muir Way and North Sea Trail
- John Muir Way Coast to Coast
- John Muir Way on Walkhighlands
- John Muir Way
- The John Muir Way on 'Visit East Lothian'