John Muir Way

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5 Based on 1 Review
  • duration 12 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16512
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Helensburgh, Scotland
  • Ends Dunbar, Scotland
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
  • Historic towns including Linlithgrow and Falkirk
  • Historical features including the Antonine Wall, Roman forts, Linlithgow Castle and the Forth Rail Bridge
  • Pretty fishing villages
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Start in Helensburgh and end in Dunbar, the tour "John Muir Way" is a self-guided walking trip that takes 12 days. You will be traveling through North Berwick, Edinburgh, Kilsyth and 8 other destinations in England and Scotland. "John Muir Way" is a private tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

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.
  • 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
  • A supplement will apply if you are travelling solo or book a single room
  • Guide - this is a self guided holiday
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Based on 1 review
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 04 2024
5 - Excellent
The John Muir Trail is a delightful walk across Scotland. Walkers enjoy very contrasting landscapes, towns and weather. From the views, the engineering in the lock systems on the canals, to the art, and the architecture the walk... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

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 September 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 28 September 2024, a deposit of 194 USD is required to confirm the 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. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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 traveling 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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