New walking routes across central Scotland could help you bag some treasure

New half-day and day routes have been created across central Scotland for exploration on foot or by bike

Each route is based around a part of the longer John Muir Way coast to coast trail and is designed to offer a micro-adventure in a local area, on a route that will get you back to your starting point.

Using the John Muir Way and local paths, you’ll find everything from big loops to short strolls, taking in castles, beaches and often the option of public transport home for tired legs.

The day trips have all been graded according to difficulty and distances range from a family-friendly 4.5 mile walk up to a 27-mile cycle.

You’ll find maps and a wealth of information on recommended places to visit on each route on the John Muir Way website here

There will even be ‘treasure’ of John Muir Way merchandise – including water bottles, caps, badges and route passports – stashed at a selection of attractions, cafes and other businesses along the route.

Goodies can be claimed by visitors doing any John Muir Way Day Trip or coast-to-coast route section.

To claim a prize, walkers and cyclists just need to take a photo of themselves next to a John Muir Way signpost or waymarker and show it at one of the participating treasure locations.

Each location has prizes for the first 10 treasure hunters. Find out more about taking part here

The development of these day trips was boosted by funding from several sources, including VisitScotland and the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ Fund administered by Scotland’s Towns Partnership.

“With so many people staying in the UK this year, there has never been a better time to appreciate all the wonderful locations and attractions we have on our doorstep,” says VisitScotland regional director Neil Christenson.

“Whether it’s discovering somewhere new, or experiencing an old favourite in a completely new way, now is your time to enjoy the unique experiences that a holiday in Scotland offers.

“These new one-day and half-day routes on the John Muir Way provide a great option for making the most out of holidays at (or close to) home in a responsible and sustainable manner.”

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