A host of events to celebrate opening

Walkers and cyclists will have seen the new signs for the John Muir Way.
Walkers and cyclists will have seen the new signs for the John Muir Way.

The opening of the John Muir Way will be marked with a lantern procession through the centre of Bo’ness later this month.

It is one of a number of events taking place to celebrate the new path, which stretches from John Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar to the waters of the Clyde at Helensburgh.

The walk will be officially opened on April 21.

During the day, there will be lantern-making workshops at Bo’ness Community Cabin in Boundary Street (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). The finished products will then be paraded through the town at 8pm.

The procession will end at the Corbie Inn where there will be a celebration to mark the occasion with the launch of a special beer from the Kinneil Brew Hoose and music from Falkirk Folk Club.

Gail Fairholm, who runs the Corbie Inn, said: “The beer is called John Muir Way Finder.

“The beer will be available to buy on draught and people will also be able to buy a bottle to take away as a souvenir.

“It is going to be fantastic to have this coastal path going right past our back door.

“It’s brilliant that people will be able to walk so far on the paths.”

Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace will also feature in a flag relay on April 23 and 24 respectively.

Kinneil House is having open days on April 26 and 27 from 12.30 to 4pm, giving visitors the chance to see inside the historic building.

The Hippodrome is also getting involved in the John Muir Festival with special showings of films involving nature and wild spaces.