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John Muir Festival Events on Loch Lomond

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the John Muir Festival, from 17-26 April 2014, will celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir, a Scots born naturalist and founder of America's national Parks, and the official opening of the John Muir Way, a new national coast to coast walking route that stretches from Dunbar in the East to Helensburgh in the West.

The official opening of the John Muir Way takes place in Dunbar on 21 April when First Minister Alex Salmond officially opens the new coast to coast pathway in Muir’s hometown.

Over 70 events and celebrations are expected to take place all over Scotland on during festival dates in April. We focus on those taking place in and around Helensburgh and Loch Lomond.

Thursday 24 April 2014: Concert at Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, 7.30pm

Renowned folk singer and conservation champion, Jimmie McGregor will be at the Victoria Halls, Helensburgh, to pay homage to the father of the Global National Parks movement, John Muir.

Organised by local conservation charity The Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the concert celebrates and marks this new coast to coast walking route which links Dunbar, Muir's birth place, with Helensburgh, which looks across the Firth of Clyde to Greenock, where, as an 11 year old, Muir left Scotland for North America.

Saturday 26 April, 2014, from 10am

A Flag for John Muir. Croftamie, Wayfarers Pub, 10am and Balloch Castle, 10am.

Route distance: 1 mile, 5miles or Croftamie to Helensburgh = 18 miles. Route distance: 1 mile, 5miles or Balloch to Helensburgh = 9 miles

Arrive Hill House, Helensburgh 1pm. Join the procession of John Muir flags led by the pipe band to Hermitage Park, Helensburgh – 3pm.

Saturday 26 April 2014, 4pm: Walking Event

The Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs are sponsoring a unique walking event along the newly improved route, which links Helensburgh and Balloch. Departing at 4pm from either Helensburgh or Balloch, walkers will converge on Goukhill, a stunning viewpoint overlooking Loch Lomond where they will witness a meeting between 'John Muir' and 'Tom Weir'.

Much-loved and remembered Scottish walker Tom Weir, who died a few years ago, was also a notable supporter of conservation and National Parks; and all proceeds from the two events will go towards a campaign to erect a statue in Tom’s memory. Email John Urquhart: or register for the Walking event on Facebook.

Saturday 26th April 2014, from 6pm: John Muir Festival Great Finale Event (free) at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

As part of the celebrations a great Finale Event is taking place on Saturday 26 April at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. (Start time 6pm, 7.45 - 11.30pm).

The Finale will bring together many artists and performers for an evening of street theatre, artistic installations, poetry and a firework display for all the family plus a range of contemporary Scottish music from Breabach and dancefloor vibes from Samson Sounds.

There will be a gathering of John Muir flags which have travelled 134 miles from Dunbar, a trio of John Muir lookalikes, a ceilidh and the raising of a stylised tree in tribute to Muir's love of forests. The Finale event is free and unticketed.

Please note:Tickets only required for the Breabach concert and these are free from where you'll find more information on the above events.



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