John Muir Festival
‘God never made an ugly landscape: all that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.’
At a time when humankind saw nature’s value lying solely in the material and economic benefits that the natural world offered us (something that resonates if not more so in today’s society), John Muir presented a different perspective on our relationship with nature. Muir was many things – explorer, author, geologist, botanist, inventor, farmer, and an advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States with honours as great as a planet named after him, but even so, it’s fair to say that in Scotland, John Muir is not a name as openly recognised as it should be.
In April of this year, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death, the John Muir Festival will celebrate the life and legacy of John Muir, taking place along the length of the John Muir Way, a new national pathway stretching from John Muir’s hometown Dunbar in the East of Scotland to Helensburgh in the West.