The John Muir Trust is a UK conservation charity dedicated to protecting wild places. They own and care for some of the UK’s finest wild landscapes including Ben Nevis, Schiehallion, Sandwood Bay, Quinag in Assynt, part of the Cuillin on Skye and 3,000 acres on the remote Knoydart peninsula.

Founded in 1983, the Trust takes its inspiration from John Muir (1838-1914), the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement. Like Muir, the Trust believes in protecting wild land for its own sake – and because they feel that wild places are essential for people and wildlife.

They work hard on the properties they own to restore and protect habitats, bring back lost species and help nature flourish. Some key tasks that they undertake to protect these wild places include litter picks, beach cleans, and footpath maintenance. The Trust is guided in this work by their wild land management standards.

The Trust gives wild land a voice. Following Muir’s example, they defend wild land when it comes under threat and campaign for its long-term legal protection. They also educate people through their John Muir Award, an educational initiative that encourages everyone to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places.


To find out more, please visit their website:


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