East Lothian offers a great variety of landscapes for walking, with the Lammermuir Hills to the south, a coast of beaches and cliffs, and an expanse of arable farmland in between.

Many of the paths go to, or pass vantage points offering views of the surrounding rolling landscape.  Amongst the features are many hidden gems - river valleys, woodland, secret bays and historic sites. It is now possible to walk the length of the East Lothian coast, almost 73km from Edinburgh to the Borders and there are a number of core paths throughout East Lothian which make a great basis for a walk in the countryside.  

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John Muir Way

The routes now form part of the long distance walking and cycling route of the John Muir Way which stretches 134 miles or 215km across Scotland's heartland, running between Dunbar and Helensburgh in the west.  Magnificent views of East Lothian can be viewed on this route including much of the coastline and a chance to see the natural history and historic sites of this unique landscape.  It links with many other paths, so small sections can be tackled on their own or as part of a circular route.

The John Muir Way route is named in honour of the conservationist and founder of America's National Parks, who was born in Dunbar in East Lothian in 1838.

For more details on walking or cycling the route please visit johnmuirway.org.

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