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Long distance path planned for Scotland

Posted 15 February 2011
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Long distance path planned for Scotland
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Scotland may be set to get a new long distance path from the west to east coasts, named after the pioneer of the national parks movement in the US John Muir.

Named the John Muir Trail, it may feature places of significance in the life of the conservationist, including his birthplace in Dunbar, the quay in Glasgow where he boarded a ship to emigrated to America in 1849 and the existing John Muir way in East Lothian.

The Central Scotland Green Network is the main driving force behind the plan and it hopes a route can be established by 2014, the centenary of John Muir's death.

It will run from Dunbar to Greenock and different local authorities will be able to make pitches for inclusion in the route.

The central Lowlands is the starting point for one of the most scenic long distance routes in Scotland, the West Highland Way.

Beginning in Bearsden near Glasgow, it runs for 95 miles up to Fort William, passing Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe along the way.