The First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP, has accepted an invitation from CSGN Chair, Keith Geddes to open the John Muir Trail on 21 April 2014. Access and arts officers from Councils along the Trail met recently in to plan for the opening event and the Chair is also working closely with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the John Muir Trust and other partners on plans for next year's launch. An agency will be appointed to coordinate activity across the council areas.

Co-ordinated by SNH's access team, implementation and upgrades continue along the route. SNH staff are also working to create a dedicated website, maps and souvenirs. A marketing campaign has also been created by the CSGN PR consultants for launch in America to attract US visitors to the Trail and central Scotland generally.