John Muir Way
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir
John Muir was an explorer, mountaineer, conservationist, botanist, amateur geologist and writer.
He was born on April 21 1838 in the East Lothian town of Dunbar, where he developed a passion for the rugged beauty of the surrounding coast. In 1849, aged 11, he emigrated to the United States with his family.
Muir embraced all nature from mosquitoes to mountain ranges, recognising that everything is connected. His passion for wild places led to a life-long fight to protect them. Muir’s writings helped people understand the importance of wildness and convinced the U.S. Government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks – the world’s first national park system.
The John Muir Way stretches 134 miles or 215 km across Scotland’s heartland, running between Helensburgh in the west through to Dunbar on the east coast and Muir’s birthplace. As the longest journey begins with the shortest step, encouraging Scots to engage with nature on their doorstep could awaken interest and respect for John Muir’s philosophy across Scotland.
The start/finish of the route in Helensburgh is marked by a seat made from Scottish oak and a circular stone plinth with engraved footprints and a John Muir quote.
Helensburgh Heroes is delighted to partner the John Muir Way in providing people who have completed either the full John Muir Way or the Helensburgh leg with their certificates.
If you can not visit the Heroes Centre in person but still wish to receive a completion certificate, you can complete the online form below and request your free John Muir Way Completer E-certificate.