Plenty on to celebrate John Muir Way

The John Muir Way celebrations in Bo'ness last year were a big success and there is plenty on across the district from tomorrow
The John Muir Way celebrations in Bo'ness last year were a big success and there is plenty on across the district from tomorrow

Next weekend marks the two year anniversary of the opening of the John Muir Way and there will be plenty of events marking the celebration.

The public will be able to enjoy a variety of talks, walks, open days and more across the Central Belt, and Bo’ness and Blackness will be joining in the fun.

Tomorrow (Saturday) there will be a walk from Kinneil House in Bo’ness to Blackness Castle, leaving at 1.30pm.

Other events include a meadow discovery day on April 21 and a weekend celebrating inventor James Watt at Kinneil House on April 23 and 24.

Kinneil Foreshore will be running a practical volunteer session from 10am to noon on April 21 as well.

The following day there will be a grassland habitat creation and management workshop from 11am to 12.30pm at Beecraigs County Park in Linlithgow as well as a bug walk from 1.30pm to 5pm, learning about pollinators.

Volunteers have been spending three hours a month helping Buglife create a suitable habitat for all manner of creepy crawlies in Bo’ness.

Working with Suzanne Burgess, the small group of willing individuals have transformed a brownfield site in Bo’ness into a clean and tidy section of the John Muir Way.

There will be events held across the 130 miles of pathway that make up the walk. The route, from Helensburgh to Dunbar, takes in some of the most beautiful coastal scenery, sweeping landscapes, wildlife sites and historic visitor attractions across Scotland’s heartland.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “The John Muir Way is a fantastic way to savour the Central Belt’s magnificent views, taking in some of the best of Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage.

“This exciting programme of events looks set to celebrate the second anniversary of the walking route in style.”

The anniversary of the birth of John Muir is the inspiration behind some of the free events taking place at Callendar House this weekend as well.

Fun, games and lots of words will be served up by LandWords as they focus on Falkirk’s landmark historic building, Callendar House, its surroundings and the local community.

Scottish Natural Heritage is the organiser behind many of the events and chairman Ian Ross cannot wait for the celebrations to begin.

He said: “Many people have enjoyed walking and cycling the John Muir Way since it opened, with over 60,000 visitors a year. It’s a wonderful resource for people of any ability or fitness. The route is an easy way for the three million people who live in the Central Belt to enjoy the outdoors.”