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This trail is named after John Muir. The Scottish honor him because he was Scottish born and was a leader in conservation. He worked to create the United States National Park Service. This is a through trail that is typically hiked in ten days. The days are divided into the following segments. 1. Helensburgh to Balloch 2. Balloch to Strathbane 3. Strathbane to Kilsyth 4. Kilsyth to Falkirk 5. Falkirk to Linlithgow 6. Linlithgow to South Queensferry 7. South Queensferry to Edinburgh 8. Edinburgh to Prestonpans 9. Prestopans to North Berwick 10. North Berwick to Dunbar The segments can also be found on AllTrails. It is recommended that you plan your accommodations ahead of time. Accommodations on the trail range from castles and estates, to campsites and hostels.

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Lucky enough to have this walk on my doorstep........nice walk and a hidden bench with stunning view of Loch Lomond if you are lucky enough to stumble across it.

This record includes a couple of missed turnings which we did too(!) but not for long to double back and easily spotted in advance by zooming into the map. End point recorded here is not the official end point which is at Strathblane and which we realised after just leaving Carbeth Loch and was easy to follow the signs too rather than this recording. NB Easier to follow the official route to the end as don't lose height and have to climb back up to Strathblane.

No one walks 100 miles in the Scottish rain without a reason to do so! I walked it to find myself after a difficult period in my life. So glad that I did. It was wonderful. On my first night I stayed at a fabulous hotel called Ardoch House Hotel. Truly exceptional. It is also a nature retreat offering yoga, reiki, etc. Seriously cool. If I am honest that was the best place that I stayed at over my 6 day/night walk. Great value for money too. If you are walking the WHW then stay here on your first night for some hippy luxury.

Part of the trail were absolutely lovely but there were some muddy areas to wall through. The views, when out of the clouds, were gorgeous. People are friendly.

A nice walk, particularly once you start to climb away from the road and once you get through the clear cut forests. The stretch into Balloch was particularly nice.

A great walk! Didn’t do the whole stretch from Balloch...instead got a relative to drop me off on the way to Balloch and hiked in a logging road that appears on the trail map as the black dotted line that ends at Craigendoran. That route took about 2 hours up and over Ben Bouie - a mountain of about a 1000ft or so...from which you get really lovely views of the Clyde and Helensburgh as well as on the way up Loch Lomond and the islands. As usual when hill walking in Scotland expect rain out of nowhere! The downhill part toward Craigendoran led through some lovely forest with rich ferns and babbling brooks and some giant slugs!! :) My 11 year old hiking buddy loved those!! Easy to spot from the huge glistening trail of goo they leave behind them!! Assuming you get some sun! ;) A great day and a nice walk into Craigendoran along some beautiful old stone walls, sheep and horse farms and typical Argyll and Bute country charm! When done head into Helensburgh and grab a 99 ice cream cone from Dino’s cafe! Stick with the vanilla!! Believe me!! It’s amaaaazing!! Best I’ve ever had! And then walk Helensburgh’s lovely seashore and boardwalk toward Rhu Spit (point)...and keep watch for washed up jelly fish and a seal that occasionally adorns the Helensburgh pier! Honestly just a lovely town and a great day of walking!

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