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The John Muir Odyssey 2009
From his birthplace in East Lothian, with an exciting itinerary, by land and sea, this event promises dramatic scenery, spectacular coastline and the amazing wildlife that inspired John Muir. With a programme including: “Muir’s World by Land and Sea”, the "Great Scots Walking Festival" and “Our Wee Planet”, a festival featuring art, music, film, walks, talks and boat trips, it promises to be one of the highlights of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming in 2009.
Set in the heart of John Muir country, in Dunbar and North Berwick, visitors will have the opportunity to experience at first hand what inspired John Muir’s passion for wild places, a legacy that continues across the world today. Visitors will be able to walk on the beaches and in the countryside he loved, visit his home and find out about the influences, as a boy, that would endure throughout his life.
The events which will take place at John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar and the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick are listed below:
14th January to 17th June 2009
Wherever a Scotsman goes… Robert Burns and John Muir This exhibition will reflect the culture and heritage of two of Scotland’s great sons, from background and childhood to their love of sharing stories with others and similarities in writing style. See http://www.jmbt.org.uk/ for John Muir’s Birthplace opening hours. Admission free.
The official launch of the John Muir Odyssey will begin with 'The Big Picnic' on 21st April to celebrate John Muir's birthday, when children will be encouraged to get out and about on a 'Get Back to Nature' Treasure Trail.
The 'Great Scots Walking Festival' will take place from 24-26th April across East Lothian, following in the footsteps of some of our great Scots, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and John Muir, crossing sections of the mainly coastal John Muir Way, through wild flower woodlands, past historic landmarks and villages, and into the Lammermuir Hills. Numbers are limited and pre-booking is essential to secure a place. Tickets are on sale at The Brunton Theatre Box office based in Musselburgh at £5 each, telephone +44 (0) 131 665 2240 http://www.bruntontheatre.co.uk/
24th April- 26th July Creative Visions of Nature at the Seabird Centre
This exhibition featuring works of art and sculpture on the theme of the natural world takes place in the Seabird Centre from 24th April to 26th July. Entry is included with admission to the Seabird Centre. Please call +44 (0)1620 890202, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit for more information.
'The Shindig' – real Scottish Ceilidh at the Harbour
On Friday night 1st May, visitors will enjoy a real Scottish Ceilidh, 'The Shindig' featuring live Ceilidh Band, at North Berwick Harbour. Tickets which must be booked in advance cost £10 and include traditional Scottish canapés and a whisky tasting. Please call +44 (0) 1620 890202, email email@example.com or visit for more information and to book.
The VIP Launch Reception will also take place at the Harbour, in the Seabird Centre on Friday night 1st May.
'Our Wee Planet' at the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick from 2nd-4th May
'Our Wee Planet' is a 3-day festival at the sea, celebrating the wonderful natural world that inspired John Muir. The festival runs from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th May and will feature Scottish music and dance, guided beach walks, boat trips and talks, live shows and entertainment, “Creative Visions of Nature” art exhibition, displays and demonstrations of traditional Scottish crafts and skills, children’s workshops and storytelling and films. The event is being supported by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS), RSPB Scotland, the Marine Conservation Society and many more. Entry to the festival is free – individual events, such as the Shindig Scottish Ceilidh are ticketed and places are limited. Please call +44 (0) 1620 890202, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit for more information.
Muir's World by Land and Sea
Visitors will be able to experience, on land and sea, the breathtaking spectacles of coast and countryside that inspired John Muir. Boat excursions, with a knowledgeable and experienced guide, will take visitors from North Berwick and Dunbar harbours around the islands of the Firth of Forth, viewing the stunning coastline of East Lothian and the spectacular seabirds and wildlife, including the famous Bass Rock gannets and the puffin islands, Fidra and Craigleith. Then it's onto land for a guided walking tour of Dunbar, including a visit to John Muir's Birthplace. The walking tours will take place with a guide. Walking tours are free of charge. Boat trips will be charged. Places on both boat and walking tours are limited and must be pre-booked. Please call +44 (0)1620 890202, email email@example.com or visit for more information.
25th June-13th December
A Scotchman Comes Home John Muir’s Homecoming exhibition links directly to Scottish ancestry and the desire of the Scottish diaspora to revisit its roots. John Muir’s Birthplace, Dunbar takes you back in time to Muir’s only return visit to Scotland in 1893. Find out about Muir’s journey through Scotland as a tourist and the memories that he shared with the friends and relatives that visited. See http://www.jmbt.org.uk/ for opening hours. Admission free.
Look out for the John Muir Homecoming booklet A Scotsman Comes Home on sale at John Muir’s Birthplace, the Scottish Seabird Centre and other local retailers.All year
Explore John Muir’s Dunbar either as a self guided walk with the John Muir’s Dunbar a Town Trail booklet on sale at John Muir’s Birthplace, the Scottish Seabird Centre and other local retailers priced £3.50 or book a place on a John Muir’s Dunbar Guided Walk with a volunteer or member of staff from John Muir’s Birthplace. More information from http://www.jmbt.org.uk/ or call +44 (0)1368 865899.
Wilderness Scotland – Journeys in the footsteps of John Muir
Leading Scottish tour operator, Wilderness Scotland, has created an imaginative walking and hiking tour, following in the footsteps of John Muir on his homecoming journey through Scotland in 1893. The tour, which features accommodation in charming country inns and hotels, is available at any time of year for 2 or more travellers and may be customised to suit individual interests and hiking abilities.
The tour is available on a self-guided basis, with detailed hiking route notes written by Wilderness Scotland’s head guide, or on a fully guided basis accompanied by an experienced nature and hiking guide. The tour includes the Cairngorms National Park, the North-West Highlands, the Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, the historic cities of Stirling and Edinburgh and ends in the beautiful region of East Lothian including Muir’s home town of Dunbar. The price includes a contribution to the work of wilderness conservation charity the John Muir Trust and to the John Muir Birthplace Museum located in Muir’s original family home in Dunbar.
For further details:
+44 (0)131 625 6635
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