A Tartan Tale: John Muir Way
John Muir was born in the coastal town of Dunbar, East Lothian on 21st April 1838. East Lothians red stone cliffs, bright blue seas and skies remain much unchanged since the young John Muir scrambled in rockpools and trailed through woodlands absorbing every fascinating detail of nature that sparked his attention and set seed in his fertile young mind. During his childhood in Scotland, he developed an enduring love of the natural world. When the Muir family left Dunbar for the promise of a new life in America in 1849, the deep roots of Johns sensitivity to the natural environment grew into a lifelong cause, earning worldwide recognition.
Gordon Nicolsons tartan design to honour Muir was inspired by " the Father of the National parks" legacy, and by the stunning coastline, countryside & Lammermuir hills which surround Dunbar. Today, it is home to the Nicolson family - securing this tartans place close to Gordon’s heart. It is a design that seems likely to have delighted the great environmentalist himself.
The colours woven represent;
Green & Brown - earthy nature
Blue - the sea & sky
Red - from the Dunbar tartan
The John Muir Way Tartan is approved by Scottish Natural Heritage, and is Registered with the Scottish Register of Tartans.
John Muir Way tartan is woven by Lochcarron of Scotland.
The Way begins...