Scotland now have run a follow up feature on John’s book SPIRIT to coincide with renewed interest in famous conservationist John Muir.
On April 22nd 2014, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond officially opened the John Muir Way, a 134-mile path from Helensburgh in the west to Dunbar in the east named in honour of the Scots-born environmentalist who is revered across the Atlantic.
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can enjoy the rocky coasts of East Lothian where Muir played as a child, Blackness Castle on the Forth, Linlithgow Palace, Roman hill forts on Antonine’s Wall and the Falkirk Wheel, among other highlights. The First Minister declared the John Muir Way open yesterday afternoon as a flare was sent up from a RNLI lifeboat, with ramblers, runners, cyclists, flag-bearers and street performers blazing a trail through the first section of the path. Mr Salmond said: “John Muir was a remarkable Scot – a man whose passion for nature and the outdoors left an incredible environmental legacy that resonates to this day. “From humble beginnings in Dunbar, his influence spread across the world and his name now adorns parks, glaciers and mountains. His legacy is celebrated in an annual commemorative day in California and his image has featured on two US postage stamps. “There is no more fitting tribute, in 2014 the 100th anniversary of his death and in our Year of Homecoming, than to officially open the John Muir Way from Helensburgh to Dunbar and take walkers and cyclists through 134 miles of splendid scenery in Scotland’s heartland. Click here to read the feature.