The John Muir Way celebrated its first anniversary this week, and it is estimated that 9,000 walkers and cyclists have completed the 134 mile coast to coast route in the past year.
Minister for environment Dr Aileen McLeod said: “It’s really encouraging to see the success of the John Muir Way in its first year. It has already proved a big hit with people of all ages, inspiring us to get out and about to explore central Scotland and reconnecting people with nature. It also improves the environment for local communities and benefits businesses along the route.
“I’ve no doubt it will continue to develop over the coming years and that more and more people will enjoy and benefit from it in the future.”
Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network, said: “The John Muir Way was designed to be accessible to all regardless of ability and experience. It’s been great to hear from walkers and cyclists about their adventures.”