On Thursday 24 April at 7.30pm, renowned folk singer and conservation champion, Jimmie McGregor, will be at the Victoria Halls in Helensburgh paying homage to the father of the Global National Parks movement, John Muir. The illustrated talk is just one of a number of events which will be taking place in the area around this time celebrating the opening of the John Muir Way a new coast to coast walking route linking Dunbar, Muir's birth place, with Helensburgh which looks across the Firth of Clyde to Greenock, where, as an 11 year old, Muir left Scotland for North America. The talk is being organised by the local conservation charity, The Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.
On the following Saturday 26 April, The Friends will also be sponsoring a unique walking event along the the newly improved route which links Helensburgh and Balloch. Setting out at 4.00pm from either Helensburgh or Balloch, walkers will converge on Goukhill, a stunning viewpoint overlooking Loch Lomond where they will witness a meeting between 'John Muir' and 'Tom Weir'. Tom, who died a few years ago, was also a notable supporter of conservation and National Parks and all proceeds from the two events will go towards a campaign to erect a statue in his memory.