Mark Beaumont has spent the last decade taking on world records and world firsts in ultra endurance. In the last 12 months he cycled the North Coast 500 in 38 hours and launched the Hebridean Way by cycling its length in 24 hours. He has now accepted an invitation from Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative (AITC) to undertake ‘Wild about Argyll’, an epic 12-day adventure across Argyll & the Isles - where he lived for the first two years of his life.
His epic journey will start in Oban on 24th July 2016 and see him travelling all across the islands and around Argyll’s stunning coastline, through Argyll Forest Park and east towards the Clyde Sea Lochs and the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland’s first National Park. Exploring Argyll’s great trails and experiencing many of Argyll’s most exhilarating adventure activities from running and cycling to wild swimming, kayaking and horse-riding, Mark will arrive back in Oban on the 3rd of August where he will host ‘Around the World and back to Argyll’ – an evening of adventure, sharing short films and photography from around the world and back home to Scotland and Argyll.
The following morning he will complete this epic tour by flying to Colonsay to bag the MacPhies – 22 peaks over 300 feet.
An adventure film crew led by Stefan Morrocco of Morrocco Media with Euan Ryan and Kieran Duncan will capture the full adventure – the same team who filmed Mark's 24-hour challenge on the Hebridean Way.
Mark will co-author a report with AITC setting out the area’s credentials as an adventure tourism destination and seeking to determine how the area can further develop to appeal to this important young and energetic market.
This epic adventure is being supported by many of AITC’s partners providing funding, transport and accommodation. A full list of all supporters will be pulled together and publicised prior to the event going live.
Mark’s journey will be set out in detail on our Facebook page and in future blog posts. Here is quick summary of his epic adventure:
24th July North Argyll & Lismore
25th July Tiree & Coll
26th July Mull
27th July Oban & Heart of Argyll
28th July Jura & Islay
29th July Kintyre
30th July Argyll’s Secret Coast & Bute
31st July Cowal
1st August Clyde Sea Lochs and Loch Lomond
2nd August Loch Lomond & Loch Fyne
3rd August Inveraray, Loch Awe & Oban
4th August Colonsay
It is a continuous journey. He will have a tracker on at all times allowing anyone to follow him on line and potentially meet him at key stages of the route. Each day he has at least one epic adventure and the film crew will be picking up key footage of the main landmarks and features of each place. He will be wearing specially designed and branded Endura ‘Wild About Argyll’ sport gear throughout.
The route connects eight of Argyll’s Great Trails, several 10k and half marathon routes, rises to the top of some of Argyll’s best known peaks including the Paps of Jura and the Cobbler and includes some of the region’s finest islands and beaches. Mark will undertake at least ten different sports – cycling, mountain biking, running, wild swimming, horse-riding, fell running, quad biking, sailing, off road motor biking and kayaking.
Any one out there brave enough to join him?