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

Equipped For Conservation

Mountain Equipment is a corporate member of the John Muir Trust supporting the charity in a number of ways. This includes equipping its land staff with clothing and equipment, a vital resource for those involved in year round conservation work in some of our wildest and most precious landscapes.
Conserving Wild Places
Alison Austin is the Property Manager for Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and a renowned climbing venue. People travel from around the world to sample adventurous ice routes during the winter months, and explore the rugged terrain when summer finally arrives.