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Trail Facts

Total distance: 132.5 miles (212 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 41 miles (66 km)
Maximum daily distance: 47.5 miles (76 km)
Code: R-JMW1

Grade: Strenuous
Season: 1st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Helensburgh
End of holiday: Dunbar


Day 1: Travel to Helensburgh where your first nights accommodation has been booked

Day 2: Helensburgh to Kilsyth. 44 miles (70km)

Day 3: Kilsyth to Edinburgh. 47.5 miles (76km)

Day 4: Edinburgh to Dunbar. 41 miles (66km)

Day 5: Depart from Dunbar after breakfast

The itinerary above shows our preferred overnight stops, but if accommodation is not available at any one of these locations, we may alter the itinerary slightly.

Extra nights / rest days

The John Muir Way passes through a collection of fantastic towns, villages and cities on its journey from coast to coast, with a vast range of sights and attractions to explore. If you would like to stay in a particular location a little longer, adding extra nights into your holiday will allow you to do so.

To add a touch of the seaside to your run, consider a rest day at the start of the trail in Helensburgh. With beautiful views from its placement on the River Clyde, Helensburgh plays host to Hill House, designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the fragrant Geilston Garden for those looking for a picturesque stroll. This handsome Victorian resort has all the necessary amenities available, ensuring a worry-free and peaceful location in which to prepare for your run.

The capital city of Edinburgh is a fantastic choice for an extra night?s stay, offering a vast amount to see and do. Walk between the stone townhouses in the World Heritage Site of Old Town and New Town; visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop the remains of an extinct volcano, or take in the incredible city skyline from Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park; not to mention the countless museums, galleries, theatres and other landmarks that Edinburgh offers. There is certainly something here to satisfy everyone's tastes, including modern and traditional shops, markets, bars and restaurants galore, as well as plenty of health centres and spas for those in need of a little TLC.

Many people also like to celebrate the completion of their trail running holiday by spending an extra day in Dunbar, the birthplace of John Muir himself. This town offers all the usual amenities of a seaside resort, combining historic buildings, spectacular landscapes and various shopping facilities and activities to suit everyone. Enjoy the sandy beaches or visit the ruin of Dunbar Castle, before taking your pick of the wonderful eateries available and reflecting on your fantastic achievement.

What's included?

  • 4 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night, town plans, information about facilities and places of interest along the trail and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.
  • Emergency assistance.

Travel Information


The most convenient international airports to the start of the trail are Glasgow Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.


There are two railway stations at Helensburgh: Helensburgh Upper and Helensburgh Central. There is a railway station at the end of the trail (Dunbar).


For advice on driving to the start of the trail, please visit which has a very useful route planner.

Returning to the start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail from Dunbar is to catch a train to Helensburgh.

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