Walk a way to remember Scottish hero

Jimmy Watson and Cllr Billy Hendry at the new Thomas Muir sign in Bishopbriggs 20.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Jimmy Watson and Cllr Billy Hendry at the new Thomas Muir sign in Bishopbriggs 20.5.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

A HERITAGE trail marking the life of the man regarded as the ‘father of Scottish democracy’ could become a permanent tourist attraction.

The Friends of Thomas Muir group is working with East Dunbartonshire’s Tourism Partnership, East Dunbartonshire Council and Milngavie tourist office to secure funding to develop the trail.

The 11.3 mile route, which was part of last month’s Thomas Muir festival, visits places in Clachan of Campsie, Lennoxtown, Milton of Campsie, Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs, which have a special connection to the political reformer.

Friends of Thomas Muir vice-chairman Jimmy Watson said: “The trail began as an idea at an East Dunbartonshire Tourism Partnership meeting, but we soon realised we were discovering something very special as we started walking and researching it.

“It’s a gift and we hope it will become a well-trodden walking and cycling route that attracts people from across the UK and overseas.”

For more information log on at www.thomasmuir.co.uk