29 Nov A Walk from Blackness Castle to South Queensferry
The John Muir Way winds its way across the south of Scotland from Muir’s birth place in Dunbar and ends in Helensburgh 133 miles away on the north side of the Clyde, which was the place that Muir family set sail for the United States.
We have walked small parts of the John Muir Way, which isn’t very difficult as it passes a few hundred metres from the front door of our house in Dunbar, but in September this year we decided to head out to a section of the pathway on the south bank of the Forth River, west of the road and rail bridges.
The part of the John Muir Way we decided to walk was from Blackness Castle in the west along the side of the Firth of Forth, past Hopetoun House and onwards towards the beach near South Queensferry which gave a great view of the three bridges.
We also had a view across the water towards the naval dockyard of Rosyth, where the new Royal Navy aircraft carriers are being built. HMS Queen Elizabeth is nearly complete and will sail out of the Forth sometime in 2017, while the HMS Prince of Wales is a couple of years behind.