Active Travel Scotland

As work progresses on the new long distance route to commemorate John Muir, partner organisations including East Lothian Council, SNH, CSGN, John Muir Trust and John Muir Birthplace Trust have agreed the route will be called the 'John Muir Way'.

The new John Muir Way is scheduled to open on 21 April 2014 which marks both the Scots-born naturalist's birthday and the centenary of his death.

"The link between Dunbar and John Muir is an extremely important one for the local community and the John Muir Festival scheduled to take place as part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 provides a great opportunity for the international spotlight to fall on Dunbar as the town of Muir's birth.  Having the new west-east route named as the John Muir Way will strengthen the position of Dunbar as a visitor destination and provides a great opportunity for local businesses to provide services to visitors as they are welcomed to the town.  The project will also build further on the community work of the Council's Museums Service and the John Muir Birthplace Trust which offers information and activities at John Muir's Birthplace in Dunbar High Street throughout the year."

Cllr Norman Hampshire, Cabinet member for Environment, East Lothian Council