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What's new at John Muir's Birthplace

The latest news from John Muir's Birthplace - including special events and activities for children and families. Find out how you can follow in John Muir's footsteps with our online resource packs.

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The John Muir Trail
How can Dunbar make the most of this opportunity?

The John Muir Trail long-distance walking route will be opening in Spring 2014, linking Dunbar with Helensburgh on the West Coast. Alex Salmond has been promoting this nationally significant route in the US, and there is lots of potential to attract UK visitors too Are we ready?

The panel will include Ron McCraw from Scottish Natural Heritage and Keith Geddes, the architect of the Trail from the Central Scotland Green Network.
Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm
Dunbar Library at the Bleachingfield Centre
Everyone welcome to this FREE event.
For more information
phone Dunbar Library 01368 866060 or email

Celebrating 'The Story of My Boyhood and Youth'

Celebrate the Centenary of the publication of 'The Story of My Boyhood and Youth' with the Friends of John Muir's Birthplace.

Wednesday 8th May at 7.30pm in John Muir's Birthplace. See below for further details.

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A weekend of celebrations have been planned nationally as part of the Year of Natural Scotland and the first John Muir Day in Scotland. For details of national events please see all the local events are listed below.
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Workshops January to March 2013

When: Friday afternoons, 2 - 4.30 pm. Fortnightly from 11th January.
What: Activities and crafts for 5 years old and upwards.
Where: At John Muir's Birthplace or Dunbar Town Hosuse Museum and Gallery.
How: Book in advance in person at JMB, online or by phone. Charges apply: £3.10/child/session.

New Shop Stock
Our John Muir Trust Christmas cards, calendars and diaries are selling quickly and we also have some lovely new shop stock in for the festive season.  Gorgeous Fursbeck Pottery, earrings and brooches which would make lovely Xmas presents!!!  Also as from Saturday we will have lovely gifts from the ‘Green Gift Company’ which range from novelty kids gifts to recycled camper vans (ornamental ones of course) and also a selection of bracelets and necklaces.  In addition we have a new range of wooden crafts from a local craftsman from small candle holders and ornamental fruit to toadstools and earring holders.  All the objects are crafted from locally sourced wood. 
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100,000 visitors!

East Linton Primary School's P5's were thrilled to discover that they were our '100,000th visitor' when they came to the Birthplace yesterday.

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John Muir – A Local Man
John Muir was a famous local man
Who came from sunny Dunbar
Born in 1838
He travelled near and far
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Wherever A Scotsman Goes... John Muir & Robert Burns
Wednesday 26th January - Saturday 12th February 2011

Wherever a Scotsman goes... John Muir and Robert Burns

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John Muir's Birthplace receives 5 stars from VisitScotland

Staff were delighted to hear recently that the Birthplace has been awarded 5 stars from VisitScotland, becoming the fifth 5 star attraction in East Lothian!   

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John Muir biographer wins award!

John Muir biographer, leading American academic and historian Donald Worster wins Scottish literary prize for A Passion for Nature, The Life of John Muir.

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