Early thinking on a launch event in 2014 is underway as part of a year of John Muir centenary celebrations. Later this year a Scottish Parliament Reception for CSGN will take place which will focus on the John Muir Way.
With a strapline ‘from birthplace to National Park’, reflecting its start in East Lothian and a destination in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the route is largely confirmed.
By extending the route past Balloch to Helensburgh we also hope to attract coast to coast walkers too, and we continue to explore upgrading of the River Kelvin Walkway to bring a spur into the heart of Glasgow. Suggested works required to upgrade the main route from Dunbar to Helensburgh have been costed at £626K prior to 2014. SNH has allocated £440K over 12\13 and 13\14 as a contribution (70%) to route implementation and promotion, leaving £184K in matching funding to be secured.
An Economic Benefits Study commissioned to test the viability of the route has stimulated interest in some local authorities, particularly from economic and tourism staff and from the media.
The Technical Survey is now complete and the report is being finalised. SNH is meeting with partners along the route to progress implementation discussions and resolve the future management and maintenance of the route.
We are also starting to look at options for website development and guidebook preparation. Details on route stages, accommodation, facilities, transport, places of natural, historical and cultural interest, and links to local path networks, including horseriding opportunities etc., will be covered by this work.