CYCLISTS and walkers heading to or from Helensburgh on Scotland’s coast-to-coast John Muir Way can now record their adventure with a new official passport.

Launched to coincide with the coast to coast route’s fifth anniversary year, the John Muir Way passport will provide a lasting memento for walkers and cyclists undertaking some or all of the 134-mile route, while generating income to support the route’s maintenance.

The passport splits the John Muir Way into 10 sections, with ‘stamping stations’ dotted across the country, ready to stamp passports as participants complete each part.

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Whether tackling the whole trail in one go, or over multiple day trips, it provides a fun way to explore the different attractions and venues along the route while marking your progress.

In addition, a wide range of businesses are displaying the ‘Passports Welcome’ logo, showing they have an offer or discount available for John Muir Way passport holders.

Those who collect all ten stamps can also claim a free personalised completion certificate.

Keith Geddes, chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, which oversees the Way, said: “The John Muir Way is bringing international and local visitors to central Scotland to discover its diverse landscapes and rich heritage.

“The John Muir Way passport is an exciting new development for the route which is a flagship project of the Central Scotland Green Network.

“The new official passport will not only enhance the experience for walkers and cyclists on the route, but benefit the many businesses and attractions it is encouraging people to visit.”

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The John Muir Way passport is available to buy now from retailers across the route for £5.

The only retailer in Helensburgh currently selling the passport is Helensburgh Cycles in West Clyde Street, which is also a ‘stamping station’ – though there is another stamping station located just a few yards away from the shop, at Helensburgh Swimming Pool.

The western end of the John Muir Way is currently marked by an engraved circular stone plinth and seat at the entrance to Helensburgh Pier, though the town’s £19.5 million waterfront redevelopment plans include provision for relocating the plinth to the corner of Sinclair Street and West Clyde Street.