The John Muir Way provides a great opportunity to walk 'coast to coast' across Scotland taking in a wealth of sights, sounds and experiences. There are so many places to interest you along the way – natural, historical and industrial – that it's worth allowing time to savour them. As John Muir put it, "It is a good thing, to make short excursions now and then", and to "saunter rather than hike".
The route follows a great mix of paths: tracks, canal towpaths and cycleways, together with some pavements and minor roads. The path surfaces range from grass and 'dirt' to gravel and tarmac. Much of the route is flattish with easy gradients, and interspersed with a few hill climbs.
The walkers' route has the added bonus of taking in the highest points along the Way. These are at Gouk Hill (277m) just outside Helensburgh, and the Hill Fort sites of Bar Hill (155m) and Croy Hill (150m) near Kilsyth. For the best views in the east you can climb Arthur's Seat (251m) in Edinburgh or North Berwick Law (187m)
What should I wear?
Given the nature of the route you can wear lightweight walking boots or sturdy trainers but make sure to take waterproofs, especially in the west where the weather can be changeable.
Following the signs
The Way has signs for folk walking west to east or vice versa. At braid junctions there will be separate signs for both walkers and cyclists. The sign below, with a walker and an E, would be for walkers heading East.