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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? The new John Muir Way was opened on 21 April 2014 and a new John Muir Festival was held from 17 to 26 April 2014 to celebrate John Muir and his legacy.

"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 by trying out a section of the new John Muir Way.

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The John Muir Festival

One of the highlights of HS2014 was the first ever John Muir Festival held in April this year to celebrate the official opening of the John Muir Way.

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John Muir Father National Parks

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 Awards

Fancy a challenge and walk in John Muir’s Footsteps? Look no further than the John Muir Awards – read on to find out more.


John Muir Digital

Celebrating John Muir in the digital age is a transatlantic project that uses cutting-edge scanning technology to digitally scan in 3D the Scottish and Californian homes of Scottish conservationist John Muir. Come and have a look!

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John Muir Way - Balloch Trail competition

The Balloch Trail competition is now closed. The winner is Zoe Drysdale from Glasgow who said "beautiful park, good to have an excuse to explore beyond the play park, nice to see the castle". Answers: The 'red squirrel' stole Sandy's nut which was hidden in the 'rowan tree'.

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