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.


Spring is doing its thing 🌸 Blossom in a corner of the garden at Lennoxlove House, captured by Tom Duffin.

A stunning structure inside and out, the House was once a Roman stronghold before going on to become a baronial caput by 1250, transforming into a formidable tower fortification during the 14th century Scotland-England conflicts and then becoming a Royal House of Stuart. Guided tours are available.


#VisitEastLothian #EastLothian #lennoxlove #scottishhistorichouses #spring #cherryblossomtree

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"Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods." On the birthday of East Lothian-born conservationst John Muir, we invite you to explore John Muir Country Park, just off the A1 near Dunbar.

#johnmuir #conservationist #johnmuirday #johnmuirway #eastlothian #visiteastlothian #woodlandwalks #restorerevivethrive

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Collect and create. Enjoy the simple pleasure of beachcombing at the Scottish Seabird Centre and make your own piece of art with your found treasure in this guided workshop. Saturday 27th April, 10am-1pm 🔗 @seabirdcentre 📷Emma Martin

#beachcombing #eastlothian #beachcrafts #workshop #craftworkshop #visiteastlothian

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The season is underway at the 5-star @foxlake_adventures where adventure and adrenaline filled outdoor activities await - jump in!


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Hopetoun Monument sits 2km north of Haddington dominating the skyline for miles around. A path runs from a small car park at the base of the hill, winding up steeply through wooded slopes, and a corridor of gorse, before coming out onto the open hilltop and wide, open views across #EastLothian.


📷Tom Duffin

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Freedom on foot or horseback at Yellowcraig Beach captured by Steph Lothian owner of @williamstonefarmsteadings

#yellowcraigs #eastlothian #beachwalk #beachfordays #sanddunes #visiteastlothian

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Discover how the boy born in this modest house in Dunbar became one of the driving forces behind the modern conservation movement 🌿 John Muir Day is marked on 21st April which is also the 10th anniversary of the opening of the @johnmuirway 🔗 Click link in bio for more information on the John Muir Birthplace.
📷 Small Island Digital

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A touch of magic looming at @nts_newhailes 🌈🪄

If you know someone who loves wizards and witches, fairies and elves, and spells and potions, mark 6th July in your diary for Enchanted Newhailes with workshops, broom training and crafts - with half price entry to Weehailes for those in fancy dress.


#EastLothian #VisitEastLothian #Musselburgh #familyfun #familydaysout

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Scotland`s Gardens Scheme showcases a fantastic selection of the nation`s gardens for charity - including Shepherd House at Inveresk.

A constantly evolving artist’s garden that never stands still, with lots of surprises including a shell house built in 2014, rose parterres, a rill and fountains. At its heart are the plants filling every border, spilling over arches and lining paths, which are the inspiration for Ann’s paintings. From April 16th (plus additional dates). Donations go to Trees for Life.

📷Ann Fraser

https://visiteastlothian.org/whats-on/ or find details via the link in bio.

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"In a comparatively small area there is so much to enjoy...as well as wonderful beaches, there are really interesting little towns and villages steeped in history." Tour guide Alasdair Northrop lifts the lid on the lesser-known places of interest in East Lothian, including the miniature Seacliff harbour (pictured). Hear about his hidden gems in our latest podcast episode. Click link in bio.
📷 Blue Fin Art

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Gullane Food & Drink Festival gets underway on Monday with workshops, tastings, demos, tours, talks and more between 8-14th April. A big highlight is the festival market (Saturday 13th). Bring on the 😎!


#foodstagram #eastlothian #visiteastlothian #foodfestival #supportlocal #localfood #eastlothianfoodanddrink #foodlover

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The wonderful garden at Stobshiel House at Humbie is open from 3rd April. Effectively split into four main parts - the walled garden, the shrubbery, the pond and lawns and the woodland areas - each area is laid out and planted to provide the visitor with year round interest from swathes of aconites, snowdrops, narcissi in spring to a vast array of perennials, roses, clematis and annuals.

Proceeds from admission go to the Fostering Compassion charity.

More details 👉 https://scotlandsgardens.org/stobshiel-house/ and further information on What`s On in East Lothian can be found via the link in bio.

#Scotlandsgardens #EastLothian #VisitEastLothian #Humbie #Stobshiel #gardeninspiration #opengardens

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