The John Muir Way


The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles across Scotland’s heartland, running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast. A large section of the route can be found in the Falkirk area, and is a must for walking and cycling enthusiasts.


The John Muir Way offers walkers and cyclists a unique journey through Scotland’s landscapes, history and heritage.


The route symbolically passes through Scotland's own first national park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and offers a chance to connect with nature, taking advantage of the green spaces that link our coasts, villages, towns and even the capital city.


This is a journey of contrasts, taking in woodlands, beaches and canals, as well as rivers and parks through urban areas. You'll also discover Scotland's ancient Roman history, engineering heritage and several UNESCO World Heritage sites on the way. Whether you're from Scotland or are visiting for the first time, this mixture of landscape, culture and history will give you a view of Scotland not seen from any other perspective.


Good transport links and plentiful accommodation make it easy to plan a coast to coast expedition, or split it into sections to be completed over day trips or weekends. 


The terrain is easy to moderate and can be done end-to-end on foot and by bike.We suggest using mountain, hybrid or sturdy touring bikes to tackle some of the steeper and bumpier sections, though a few parallel lines ("braids") give you smoother and flatter options. Some parts of the route are also suitable for horseriding. If you want to take in shorter loops and day trips or complete the route in sections this is possible too.


The John Muir Way can be travelled on foot or by bike. There are a number of routes to choose from, including Kinneil to Blackness, Falkirk Wheel to Callander, and a tour of Falkirk and The Kelpies. Explore the routes here and download your route map.


Read the story of John Muir here.



dog friendly

* This is a dog friendly attraction, click here for other dog friendly places in Falkirk