John Muir Way

This coast to coast route runs across central Scotland between Helensburgh in Argyll in the west and Dunbar in the east, passing through the very best scenery the central belt has to offer.

Designed to be easily accessible to a wide range of users and close to local communities and transport links, find your way at

Stage 1 - Helensburgh to Balloch

The start/finish of the route is marked by a seat made from Scottish oak and a circular stone plinth with engraved footprints and a John Muir quote.

Starting out from this seaside holiday town of Helensburgh is a treat.

There are more than enough cafes and eateries to choose from in this west coast holiday town before you set off up the hill on your trip. Take time out to look seawards and imagine sailing off to America from those waters like John Muir did well over a century ago.

If you’ve time, why not visit the National Trust for Scotland's Hill House and enjoy some arts and crafts splendour.

Once up onto the hill you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Loch Lomond against the National Park mountain backdrop. With that tremendous view, the route winds its way down to Balloch, where your first set of home comforts lie.