John Muir Way

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3.5 Based on 2 Reviews
  • Walking tour
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  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
  • Starts Helensburgh, Scotland
  • Ends Dunbar, Scotland
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  • Scottish Coast to Coast
  • Views over Loch and Ben Lomond and the Trossachs
  • Beautiful coast walking around Dunbar and North Berwick
  • The City of Edinburgh
The John Muir Way tour starts in Helensburgh and ends in Dunbar. The John Muir Way is a walking tour that takes 12 days taking you from Helensburgh to Dunbar and through other destinations in Scotland.

A symbolic walk linking Dunbar, Loch Lomond and Helensburgh creating a Scottish Coast to Coast walk. John Muir was born in Dunbar on April 21st 1838, and as a child developed a deep love of the natural world around his home. He was known to escape from his bedroom window into the Dunbar countryside and he began his "love affair" with nature. He is best known for his conservation voice establishing the ‘Sierra Club’, his writing and for encouraging the establishment of the Yosemite National Park. Scotland has been quite slow to recognize its famous son, The John Muir Trail in California has been famous for years, but it took until 2014 for him to be honoured with a trail in his native land. The John Muir Way is a route that symbolically links Dunbar with Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and with Helensburgh in the west, forming a Scottish coast to coast route. It provides an accessible and varied route across the Scottish low lands, following a mixture of seaside, river and canal side paths, with some forestry walking for good measure. Altogether the route links together some fine landscapes, countryside and places of historical and natural interest.
3.5 - Very Good
Based on 2 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 05 2019
3 - Average
“The John Muir Way trip is a great way to see Scotland up close and personal, enjoy a variety of accommodation and meet some lovely people. I did the trip on my own but never felt apprehensive or concerned. I wasn't able to walk all of the legs due to a hip condition but the helpful guide outlines how you can access public transit to give you a break when you need it.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 20 2019
4 - Very Good
Very Good
“My husband and I travel extensively, and we try to make
sure that every trip we take is a little different - a new
adventure! This trip through Scotland was absolutely
amazing - by walking through the country we were able to
connect with the place and with the people in such a
profound way. While in South Berwick we shared a table and
some beer at a pub with a family from England. While
walking to Dunbar, we walked with a lady foraging for
mushrooms. Walking along the coast we met a birder who
shared his knowledge of the local birds. We had amazing
food and we saw amazing scenery! We would definitely
recommend this type of trip for adventurous souls like us!”
  • Day 1 : Arrive Helensburgh
  • Day 2 : Helensburgh to Balloch 15.2km/9.5 miles, 4.5 h
  • Day 3 : Balloch to Strathblane Distance 29km/18 miles, 7 h
  • Day 4 : Strathblane to Kilsyth 24km/15 miles, 6-7 h
  • Day 5 : Kilsyth (Canal) to Falkirk 19.3km/12 miles, 5 h
  • Day 6 : Falkirk to near Linlithgow 13.2km/8.2 miles, 3 h
  • Day 7 : Linlithgow to South Queensferry. 23.9km/14.8 miles, 6 h
  • Day 8 : South Queensferry to Edinburgh 22.6km/14 miles, 5.5 h
  • Day 9 : Edinburgh to Port Seton 21km/13 miles, 5 h
  • Day 10 : Port Seton to North Berwick 24km/15 miles, 6-7hr
  • Day 11 : North Berwick to Dunbar 24km/15 miles, 5.5 h
  • Day 12 : Depart Dunbar
  • 11 nights twin share accommodation in B&Bs / pubs and small hotels, with ensuite facilities where possible.
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Information pack including route notes and maps
  • Emergency Hotline
  • Meals not listed
  • Entrance Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of tour
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this John Muir Way tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 28 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 November 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

John Muir Way tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this John Muir Way tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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