In 2014 the New York Times listed 52 global destinations and placed Scotland at number 16, citing the new John Muir Way as its first reason. Muir is famous in the US as the father of its National Parks movement, but surprisingly neglected in his native Scotland - until now. The launch by Scotland's First Minister of this new route in April is to celebrate his amazing life which began in Dunbar in 1838 and ended in 1914. The route passes through many towns and villages, making it easy to find refreshments and accommodation. It runs beside Loch Lomond, uses the historic canals of central Scotland, passes the Falkirk Wheel, the Antonine Wall, Linlithgow Palace, Blackness Castle and the Forth Bridges, and then goes through Edinburgh to the coastal expanses of East Lothian, ending at John Muir's Birthplace in Dunbar.