Outdoor Activities: 

John Muir Way

Dunbar is the start or end of the John Muir Way - a coast to coast national long-distance walking route (great for cycling too!) which stretches 134miles (215km) to Helensburgh in the west. The route crosses Scotland taking in a range of landscapes and enables users to discover a rich and varied heritage while getting up close to nature. There are 3 sections in East Lothian that link to many other paths – Edinburgh to Prestonpans, Prestonpans to North Berwick and North Berwick to Dunbar. Along the route there are 10 passport stations for you to visit where you can have your passport stamped to record your progress. Once you have completed the whole route and collected your stamps you can claim your free completer certificate. Not only does the passport make a great keepsake but it also unlocks special offers from businesses along the way.

The John Muir Way is named in honour of the renowned conservationist, environmentalist, and founder of America's National Parks, who was born in Dunbar in 1838. He emigrated to the USA with his family where his love of nature developed further. John Muir played a key part in saving Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park amongst others and founded the Sierra Club.  The Club now has around 3.8 million members.

John Muir is internationally recognised as one of the most important and influential people in the areas of conservation and environment.

The New York Times described him as ‘one of the greatest thinkers of America’, and added ‘some inkling of the man's greatness and versatility can be gleaned from a glance at the names of the lasting friends he made among the great men of the country. The most intimate of these included several presidents, among them Taft, Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.’

His legacy and teachings resonate today as the importance of the wellbeing of the planet and the natural environment are at the forefront of global concerns. The John Muir Way opened in 2014 to mark the centenary of John Muir’s death.

You can find out about this remarkable man’s life and legacy when you visit John Muir’s Birthplace Museum.

For more details on the route please visit johnmuirway.org

A new Accessibility Guide to the John Muir Way is now available. All ten sections of the coast to coast route were audited and a series of storymaps produced. These provide a step by step guide to the accessibility of the John Muir Way and have been produced to help anyone interested in using the route to assess for themselves which sections are suitable for their intended use, level of fitness and physical mobility. The maps and notes are equally relevant to walkers, cyclists, horse riders, people using mobility aids, wheelchairs or pushing buggies. Locations of features that may restrict accessibility, or which most people would struggle to negotiate with a wheelchair or horse, are identified on the maps.

Access the Storymap Guide

You can also find links to each section's storymap within each of the ten Route section pages.


Opened in 1971 by HRH Queen Elizabeth II, The Brunton is East Lothian`s premier performing arts venue, providing a year-round programme of events across music, dance, theatre and more. While the theatre is closed, performances have been moved to other venues. You can support the theatre by buying tickets or donating to the charity 🫶 @thebruntonmusselburgh ...

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The fields in East Lothian are awash with yellow oilseed rape.

📷 @emmamartin_photography

#oilseedrape #yellowfields #eastlothian #eastlothianlife

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Leave all your cares behind with a special yoga flow class and delicious brunch at DRIFT cafe with Sally from Kinship Studio. Last Sunday of every month.

🙏🏻 www.kinship.studio

#eastlothian #visiteastlothian #eastlothianlife #yogainspiration #cafewithview

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Pubs, cafes and pavements turn venues as Haddstock takes over Haddington with music, arts and events wherever you turn (27th & 28th May).

Delve into the packed programme at www.haddstock.co.uk and check out the delights the `hidden toun` has to offer this weekend.

#visiteastlothian #eastlothian #haddington #livemusic #somethingfortheweekend

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This is no ordinary stone...legend has it that the village of Elphinstone got its name after a witch called Meg trapped one of her elf servants in a stone after the little imp tried to steal some of her lunch, hence the name `Elf in Stone`. You can find it opposite the primary school.
#eastlothian #visiteastlothian #legend #megschuck #elphinstone

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Idyllic sunset SUPing with @c2csurfschool

#paddleboardlife #eastlothian #sunsetlover #waterside #visiteastlothian #standuppaddle

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Paintbox School of Art is an independent art school based out of Cockenzie House offering a range of courses from weekend workshops and summer programmes to short and full year courses. They teach in small groups so everyone thrives in their own practice. Want to unleash your inner artist? Head to www.paintboxartclasses.com

#eastlothian #visiteastlothian #cockenzie #painting #artclasses

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It`s a festival heavy weekend in East Lothian!

🎵 Fisherrow Harbour Festival, music and family fun in the quaint harbourside, Sat 20th May, 1-5pm, Free, Musselburgh

🍻Goatfest Haddington Beer & Music Festival, craft beers and live music with Steeler headlining, over 18s, Sat 20th May, 12-6pm, Tickets £15, Haddington RFC

#eastlothian #visiteastlothian #somethingfortheweekend #musselburgh #haddington #familyfun #weekend #craftbeerlife #livemusic

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Born in Pencaitland and now brewed in Haddington, Winton Brewery is an East Lothian craft brewer with a range of award-winning beers. Always pouring at their Station Yard Micropub in Dunbar or Tap Room in Haddington and also popping up at Goatfest in Haddington this Saturday - a day of food, drink and live music.
Tickets must be purchased in advance @wintonbrewery (18years+ only)

#wintonbrewery #eastlothian #eastlothianlife #craftbrewery #visiteastlothian #drinklocal #beerstagram #scottishcraftbeer

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It`s not often we see a view like this but isn`t our underwater habitat beautiful 📸 @robbiesomertime 🤿 taken while freediving near Dunbar.

#underwaterworld #freediving #underwatershot #eastlothian #loveeastlothian #eastlothianlife #visiteastlothian

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Riding high with Coast to Coast Surf School… surf and SUP lessons, theory and land training plus kit hire from the Belhaven Surf Centre near Dunbar 🌊🏄

Find out more at www.c2csurfschool.com or @c2csurfschool

🎥 @cagoule_tv

#eastlothian #visiteastlothian #surfing #coldwatersurf #belhavenbeach #getoutdoors

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Get ready for a fun day of music and entertainment at Festhailes this Saturday 13th May, with live music, delicious food and family activities at Newhailes, Musselburgh, 2pm-10pm. Last remaining tickets 👉 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/461811048277

#Festhailes #FamilyMusicFestival #Newhailes #LiveMusic #Food #funforallages #EastLothian #VisitEastLothian

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Wild garlic grows in abundance in damp woody places (like the Whisky Bottle at the base of North Berwick Law, pictured) and its fragrant smell is unmisteakeably like, well garlic. Follow your nose, picking the bright long leaves close to the ground not uprooting, and if it doesn`t smell garlicky, don`t pick it! Great for making pesto.

#wildgarlic #foraging #eastlothian #loveeastlothian #wildgarlicseason

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Dunbar Harbour at night 📸 Aga Glaner

#dunbarharbour #aerialview #aerialphoto #nightsky #eastlothian #loveeastlothian #scotland_greatshots

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Spring awakenings – make the most of longer days with mini adventures for all in East Lothian.

✨Restore in nature with WanderWomen

✨Be inspired at Paintbox School of Art, Cockenzie House & Gardens

✨Bring back balance with Kinship Yoga Brunch at DRIFT Cafe

✨Learn new skills at Yarrow Cookery School

✨Grab a slice of surf action at Coast To Coast Surf School, Belhaven Bay

Discover more at www.visiteastlothian.org/mini-adventures-in-east-lothian-part2/
or via link in bio ☝️

Thanks to all those at WanderWomen, Paintbox, Kinship Yoga, DRIFT, Yarrow Cookery School and Coast To Coast Surf School for being part of this film.

Film by Cagoule TV

#VisitEastLothian #LoveEastLothian #EastLothian #miniadventures #cookschool #yoga #brunch #coast #countryside #weekend #surfing #surfscotland #scotland #wildswim

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