The John Muir Trust is a wild land conservation charity founded in 1983. It was named after the Scots-born ecologist, mountaineer, writer and campaigner John Muir, who became famous as the main driving force behind the creation of national parks and protected wilderness areas in the United States.
The Trust also works hard to persuade governments and policy makers of the benefits of wild land and the value in protecting and restoring it. Its flagship education and engagement programme, the John Muir Award, operates across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, working with 1,200 partner organisations to deliver tens of thousands of Award certificates each year.
Protecting Our Landscape
The Trust has owned and managed some of UK’s best loved wild landscapes since 1987 in order to protect and enhance them. It currently looks after:
Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis
Glenridding Common, including the summit of Helvellyn
A substantial part of the Cuillin mountain range, Skye
A large mountain and coastal area on the remote Knoydart peninsula
Sandwood Bay and its surrounding hinterland, far North West coast of Scotland
Schiehallion, the famous mountain in Highland Perthshire where contour lines originated
Quinag, a complex three-peak mountain in Assynt, Sutherland