STAFF, pupils, family and friends of Preston Lodge High School have been taking on a mammoth challenge to complete the John Muir Way to raise vital funds for the school.

The route encompasses 134 miles between Helensburgh on the Firth of Clyde to John Muir's birthplace in Dunbar, taking in many scenic parts of central Scotland.

The John Muir ExPLorers – as they have been dubbed – are taking on the challenge in two stages.

The first stage concludes today (Sunday) and has seen groups of pupils take day walks at different locations along the route between Helensburgh and Prestonpans.

The final stage starts tomorrow (Monday) and will run until June 2 with S1 to S3 pupils walking different sections each day between Prestonpans and Dunbar.

The ExPLorers are hoping to raise £5,000 for projects that improve equity at the high school.

So far, they have raise more than £700 pounds but are hoping to get more people involved in the fundraising.

A spokesperson said: "We would love it if you, your family or any friends of Preston Lodge you know would support us by sponsoring our adventure, helping us to reach a target of £5,000."