John Muir Way

Cross the magnificent Scottish heartland in honour of the 'Father of National Parks'.

4 to 13 nights
41-133 miles
Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £360 per person

About the trail

Named for the ‘Father of National Parks’, the John Muir Way is an energetic walk that strings together the best sights of the Scottish heartland along low-level, approachable paths. Pack your walk with visits to the Glengoyne Distillery, the Roman remains at the Antonine Wall, the world’s only rotating boat lift, the Falkirk Wheel, and Edinburgh Castle, to name but a handful of possibilities.

Canal paths, smooth trails, and old coffin roads lead the trail along lochsides and through rolling fields, with beautiful coastal views over the Firth of Forth. John Muir was all for making the best of the countryside more accessible, and this celebratory route does an excellent job of it.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to walk the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Trail running available

We also organise trail running holidays along this trail. Visit Contours Trail Running Holidays.

Customer reviews from the John Muir Way

“All expectations were met or exceeded. Maps, luggage transfer and lodgings were very well done. The material sent prior to the walk was most helpful, particularly about local transportation options. Keep up the good work.”
Mr Crocker, USA
“Quite good weather, nice and different landscapes, excellent accommodations.”
Mr Pirson, Belgium
“Brilliant to be back in Scotland. I really enjoyed this one. Lots of scenic variety, ranging from hills and forests in the west, canals and the Antonine Wall in the centre, and coastal walking in the east. Also lots of extras to see and do along the way - I had a boat trip on Loch Lomond, a ride on the Falkirk Wheel, and climbed Arthur's Seat and Berwick Law.”
Mr Julyan, UK
“We had a lovely walking tour. We very much enjoyed the trip and appreciate Contours' assistance with our special arrangements. We have told others of our three wonderful trips with Contours and highly recommended your company.”
Ms Green, USA
“Interesting, fun, scenic.”
Ms Schnitger, USA
"Callander Park in Falkirk" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"A Wringing Spider Web" by Jinru Chen (2019)
"View from Corstorphine Hill" by Thomas Witzel (2018)
"Bass Rock" by Thomas Witzel (2018)
"Forth Bridge" by Thomas Witzel (2018)
"View from Port Seton" by Thomas Witzel (2018)
"Dumgoyne" by Thomas Witzel (2018)
"Preston Mill in East Linton" by Pirson Marc (2018)
"Sycamore Forest before Aberlady" by Pirson Marc (2018)
"Belhaven Bridge" by Pirson Marc (2018)
"Sammy and the Seagulls in Dunbar Harbour" by Pirson Marc (2018)
"Avon Aqueduct" by Arthur Brown (2017)
"Shorefront Promenade at Prestopans" by Arthur Brown (2017)
"Stoneymollan Road" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Helensburgh and the Clyde" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Tyne Estuary" by Mary Brown (2017)
"Dunbar Castle" by Bill Borie (2017)
"Union Canal" by Bill Borie (2017)