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Thomas Muir Heritage Trail

21 km / 13 miles

E Dunbartonshire
Thomas Muir of Huntershill (1765-1799) was a leading light in 'The Friends of the People', a political reform movement of the 1790s, when only a significant minority of Scotland’s citizens had the right to vote. He was tried and found guilty of sedition and received the harsh sentence of being banished for 14 years to Botany Bay, Australia. In silencing the man they created a martyr, and a hero to many. He is often called the Father of Scottish Democracy and has his 250th anniversary in 2015.

The Heritage Trail offers visitors a great walking or cycling experience. The route itself stretches through some of East Dunbartonshire’s most attractive landscapes, and towns and villages that have a direct link to the Thomas Muir story as interpreted by built heritage along the way. Regular waymarkers allow the trail to be navigated in full or in part and from either direction. The historic town of Kirkintilloch offers a natural halfway point along the route or an alternative start/finish location for those wishing a shorter experience. Most of the route is on established off-road rural and urban paths, the terrain is level and suitable for all ages whether on foot or bicycle. Regular local village and town hotels and other service points are highlighted to enhance your heritage experience. At these locations you can pick up copies of 'The life and times of Thomas Muir' companion booklet. Downloads are also available form the link below.


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Easy; Former Railway; Heritage
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Publications, Badges and Certificates:

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Thomas Muir Heritage Trail (Friends of Thomas Muir)


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Route Profile:

21.4 Km (13.3 miles)
145 m (476 ft) ascent
93 m (305 ft)  maximum height