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Celebrate John Muir and follow his footsteps into the great outdoors

One of America's most celebrated heroes, John Muir was an exceptional naturalist, explorer, mountaineer, botanist, writer and pioneer of conservation. But did you know that he was a Scot and that it was in Scotland he first fell in love with nature? Look out for special events celebrating the first John Muir Festival and the opening of the John Muir Way on April 21 this year.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." John Muir.

John Muir Way, East coast ©Becky Duncan/SNH, John Muir Way logo ©SNH

The John Muir Way

Celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014! Look out for the opening of the John Muir Way and the fantastic John Muir Festival taking place along its route in April 2014.

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Our national (park) hero

A pioneer of conservation, itís partly thanks to John Muirís work that Scotland has two National Parks and 47 National Nature Reserves.

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Exploring John Muir's legacy

John Muir was a conservation visionary of the 19th century, his legacy has helped shape the development of national parks and protected areas worldwide. In the centenary of his death, this conference will examine our approaches to managing these designated areas in the UK, and question are they delivering for our 21st century society?

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The John Muir Festival

From 17 to 26 April 2014, don't miss The John Muir Festival, one of the highlights of the Homecoming Scotland 2014 celebrations.

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John Muir in Scotland

Did you know that it was in Scotland that John Muir first fell in love with nature while exploring as a child in his home town of Dunbar in East Lothian?

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John Muir Way - Balloch Trail competition

Solve the puzzle of where the golden nut has been hidden and send in your answer to Scottish Natural Heritage by 1 September 2014 to win a prize. The trail guide can be downloaded from the Treasure Trail website or purchased from outlets in Balloch, Loch Lomond. Disclaimer

If you have an event running in 2014 close to the route of the John Muir Way, please contact Catriona Scriven at SNH.