Falkirk Wheel on the John Muir Way

John Muir Way

This coast-to-coast trail across the heart of Scotland celebrates the life and work of inspirational conservationist John Muir (1838-1914). Experience mountains, lochs, canals and coastal scenery as you walk west to east from the shores of the Clyde at Helensburgh via historic Edinburgh to Dunbar, Muir’s birthplace. 

Highlights along the way are picturesque Loch Lomond, the engineering feat of the Falkirk Wheel, the lagoons and sandy beaches around the Scottish Seabird Centre at Berwick, and of course Scotland's historic capital - Edinburgh.
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Viewing format
Difficulty
Distance 14.5 km
Duration 3:57 h
Ascent 338 m
Descent 334 m

From the town of Helenburgh with it's grand houses walk into the hills and enjoy vast views over Loch Lomond.  

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from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 29.5 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 403 m
Descent 338 m

Leave Balloch and the village's castle behind to gain magnificent views over Loch Lomond again before descending and walking through forest to the ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 29.1 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 245 m
Descent 171 m

Leave Balloch and the village's castle behind to gain magnificent views over Loch Lomond again before descending and walking through forest to the ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 21.5 km
Duration 5:25 h
Ascent 132 m
Descent 155 m

With the Campsie Fells within sight walk west towards the small town of Kilsyth; explore the historic sights along the way and enjoy some peaceful ...

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from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 20.9 km
Duration 5:20 h
Ascent 167 m
Descent 152 m

Follow the canal west from Kilsyth, and enjoy the now tranquil canalside landscape before reaching bustling Falkirk and it's main attraction - the ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 14.4 km
Duration 3:41 h
Ascent 78 m
Descent 98 m

Walk along the Forth & Clyde Union Canal to the pleasant town of Linlithgow with it's Royal Palace and loch.   

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 22.8 km
Duration 5:52 h
Ascent 137 m
Descent 169 m

Leave historic Linlithgow behind and walk towards the coast through countryside, pass through Bo'ness, before arriving in South Queensferry below ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 25.6 km
Duration 6:39 h
Ascent 234 m
Descent 149 m

Leave the Forth Road Bridge behind and follow the coast towards Edinburgh before heading inland to navigate your way through the city streets to ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 16.1 km
Duration 3:59 h
Ascent 16 m
Descent 91 m

Spend the morning exploring Edinurgh's many sights before leaving the city behind for a 10 mile walk to Prestonpans via the coast at Musselburgh - ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 25.7 km
Duration 6:24 h
Ascent 53 m
Descent 41 m

Enjoy some largely flat coastal walking today as you continue east hugging the coastline to reach the small town of North Berwick.  

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd
Difficulty
Distance 24.7 km
Duration 6:14 h
Ascent 122 m
Descent 109 m

From the coast at North Berwick walk inland towards the conical hill of Berwick Law, and continue south to the little village of East Linton ...

from Catherine Allan,   Macs Adventure Ltd