John Muir Way and National Cycle Network signs on the John Muir Way section near Kilsyth
John Muir Way
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 MAPS OF SECTIONS OF THE JOHN MUIR WAY
THE JOHN MUIR WAY is a long-distance walking route in Scotland. It was created to honour John Muir, a nineteenth century guy with a big beard who loved the great outdoors. If you are in any doubt about his love of nature and of simply being out there amongst it all, one of his quotes should keep you right:
HELENSBURGH
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Helensburgh. Click HERE to view the Helensburgh map.
The links below will take you to interactive Ordnance Survey maps of sections of the route that pass through towns listed in The Good Soup Guide. To look at other sections of the route, merely click a link that is nearest the section you are interested in, then use the directional arrows on the map.
For more detailed information on the John Muir Way, please check johnmuirway.org.
THE JOHN MUIR WAY is a mostly flat, low-level walk. It largely follows pre-existing routes along minor roads, countryside paths and canal paths, most of which have already been stomped or cycled on for years. There will be slopes now and then, and there is indeed a hill near the start at Helensburgh, but on the whole it shouldn't be too taxing, from a height point of view. The path itself is, on the whole, well laid out and easy to walk on, although after rain there will probably be one or two wet or muddy sections.
If you plan to walk the John Muir Way you should have some experience of walking long distance paths. You should have suitable clothing, Ordnance Survey maps of all sections, and maybe even a compass and the skills to use it. Most of the time you'll not be too far from civilisation, and no mountains are involved, but it is always best to err on the side of caution and be prepared for anything.
That said, you could walk just parts of it. You could, for talking's sake, just walk from Strathblane to Kirkintilloch, a delightful romp of only around 8 miles on a section of path also known as the Strathkelvin Railway Path. The choice is yours. It's all about getting out there, in amongst all that green stuff.

If I might give some advice: don't do too much, leave enough time to explore towns and villages, to visit tourist attractions, to eat the best of Scottish food and drink the finest Scottish ale. For more advice on how best to tackle long-distance walking routes, see our special page, How To Tackle Scotland's Long-Distance Walking Trails. Have fun.
I only went out for a walk,
And finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
For going out, I found,
Was really going in.
When first created, the John Muir Way ran from Fisherrow, just outside Edinburgh, to Dunbar, where John Muir was born, and beyond. It has now been extended, and runs right across Central Scotland, coast to coast, from Helensburgh in the west, through Dunbar in the east, and on to Cockburnspath.

It is 134 miles long, and passes through the following places: Helensburgh, Balloch, Strathblane, Kirkintilloch, Kilsyth, Falkirk, Linlithgow, Bo'ness, Queensferry, Edinburgh, Prestonpans, Dirleton, North Berwick, East Linton, Dunbar, Dunglass/Cockburnspath.
BALLOCH
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that passes through Balloch. Click HERE to view the Balloch map.
FALKIRK
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Falkirk. Click HERE to view the Falkirk map.
KILSYTH
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Kilsyth. Click HERE to view the Kilsyth map.
KIRKINTILLOCH
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Kirkintilloch. Click HERE to view the Kirkintilloch map.
STRATHBLANE
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Strathblane. Click HERE to view the Strathblane map.
QUEENSFERRY
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Queensferry. Click HERE to view the Queensferry map.
BO'NESS
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Bo'ness. Click HERE to view the Bo'ness map.
LINLITHGOW
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Linlithgow. Click HERE to view the Linlithgow map.
NORTH BERWICK
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at North Berwick. Click HERE to view the North Berwick map.
DIRLETON
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Dirleton. Click HERE to view the Dirleton map.
PRESTONPANS
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Prestonpans. Click HERE to view the Prestonpans map.
EDINBURGH
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Edinburgh. Click HERE to view the Edinburgh map.
EAST LINTON
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at East Linton. Click HERE to view the East Linton map.
DUNBAR
This page covers the section of the John Muir Way that starts at Dunbar. Click HERE to view the Dunbar map.
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Helensburgh - start of the John Muir Way
Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium sign at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch - on the John Muir Way
View of Dunglass, from the John Muir Way near Strathblane
View of the Kilsyth Hills from the John Muir Way near Kirkintilloch
Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow - on the John Muir Way
View of a lane in Bo'ness, on the John Muir Way
Approximate route of the John Muir Way across Central Scotland
A ROUGH LOOK AT THE ROUTE OF THE JOHN MUIR WAY (IN RED) IN CENTRAL SCOTLAND
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The Falkirk Wheel, near Falkirk, on the John Muir Way
Visitors on an old stone harbour in Queensferry - on the John Muir Way - with views towards the Forth railway bridge
View of North Berwick, on the John Muir Way
Dunbar, where John Muir was born, and where the John Muir Way ends