Muir events

Below are some Muir-themed events and how you can find out more about them. To add your event, please contact

John Muir Day Celebrations 2017

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Free bike hire, Dunbar

Belhaven Bikes are offering free bike hire on Saturday 22 April in celebration of John Muir Day. Booking can be made by calling the shop 01368 860300 or emailing



‘Knitting the Rainbow Garden’ – gardening and art project launch, Dunbar, 22 April

As part of the John Muir Day celebrations, North Light Arts (supported by Grow Wild) will be launching an exciting community project to promote the value of wild flowers. There will be craft demonstrations on 22 April and various planting and craft workshops throughout the summer. For details, see

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2 for 1 ‘John Muir Way Big Breakfast’ at Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton

Archerfield Walled Garden in East Lothian is offering 2 for 1 on its John Muir Way Big Breakfast on the morning of Friday 21 April, until 11:30.



Events at Kinneil Estate, Bo’ness

Saturday 22 April: Guide 12-mile walk on the John Muir Way from Kinneil to Blackness Castle and back.

Sunday 23 April: Kinneil House open day with costumed interpreter (free of charge).

At both events there will be a chance to win John Muir Way guidebooks.

For further details, please click here.



John Muir Way Rucksack Reader Giveaway

Over 100 John Muir Way Rucksack Reader guidebooks are being given away by 20 different John Muir Way partner organisations on social media during the course of the John Muir Day celebrations.

Follow #JohnMuirWay on Facebook and Twitter to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning!

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Events with John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar

Easter Holiday and weekend drop-in activities, Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April (and thereafter Fri lunchtime to Sun afternoon)

Fun & Crafty Weekend Drop-in. Join us for fun drop-in crafts and activities! Suggested donation £1.

125 years of the Sierra Club exhibition, Friday 21 April –  Friday 30 June

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John Muir helped found the Sierra Club in 1892. Today it’s America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Muir’s legacy is still very much alive today with a rapidly growing following.

John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ.

Earth DaySaturday 22 April 12 – 2pm

Staff from John Muir’s Birthplace will be joining The Friends of Cuthill Park, Prestonpans for Earth Day. We will celebrate the creation of the Woodland Learning Zone with some fresh air fun! If you would like to help with the activities, please contact

Coast, in conjunction with North Light Arts, Saturday 1 April – Monday 1 May

East Lothian Council’s Art Service has commissioned Donald Urquhart and Alex Hackett to create an exhibition of drawings and sculptural works called Coast, to celebrate the unveiling of Sea Cubes, a new public artwork, at Dunbar Harbour.

Exhibition open Mon – Sun 1pm – 5pm. Artist’s Talk: Friday 21 April 6pm

Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery,  01620 822699


Examples of what John Muir Award Providers are doing for John Muir Day celebrations:

Phoenix ForestJohn Muir Day will see Phoenix Futures ‘Recovery Through Nature’ participants plant a tree at Trust property Glenlude for every person in Scotland that has successfully completed the programme in the preceding year.  Phoenix Futures uses the John Muir Award to help connect people with nature to aid their recovery from drug and/or alcohol problems.

Birthday PartyTwo P7 pupils from St Joseph’s RC Primary, Selkirk, have accepted the challenge of organising and running a whole school John Muir birthday party celebration. They’ve already started photographing everyone in the school using a ‘beard app’ to make up a collage. Parents have been invited to the event that will also involve Muir-related talks, fancy dress and quiz.

Partnership launchEast Ayrshire Council has identified John Muir Day as the perfect opportunity to launch a partnership with the John Muir Trust. A new John Muir Award & Attainment Project Officer will assist (primarily) schools to close the poverty-related attainment gap, through participation and achievement of the Trust’s engagement initiative. More here.

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Festival of Museums


John Muir & Geology – Deep Time and Scotland’s Time Lords

Saturday 20 May, Dunbar

Beach exploration and geology walks. Dynamic Earth hands on demonstrations and crafts – Deep Time and Scotland’s Time Lords, Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, 10am – 4pm. Donations welcome.

Angus Miller, Geowalks – Families beach exploration: pebbles and cliffs

11am – 12.30pm from John Muir’s Birthplace. £5 per family

We’ll explore the rocks on the shore and look at the cliffs, to work out all the different things that have happened in the past – and what’s going to happen next!

Angus Miller, Geowalks – Geology walk, harbour to Belhaven

1.30pm – 4pm from John Muir’s Birthplace. £5 per person (suitable for 12+ years).

A 4km walk along the Dunbar coastal path to explore the different kinds of rock and evidence of past activity. We’ll find the remains of several volcanoes and lava flows that are about 340 million years old. We will also dig deeper into Dunbar’s geological history, finding some older sedimentary rocks, sandstone layers with intriguing features that tell us about the time when this area baked in a desert climate south of the equator.


Delivering events in Scotland?

Get involved in Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology:

A year-long programme celebrates Scotland’s people, distinct traditions and historic landscapes. Find events, attractions and activities at

Get involved – see the online toolkit at

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