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World record cyclist showcases beauty of D&G in new video

The athlete recently set a new Guinness World Record Photo: VisitScotland

A world record cyclist has filmed some of Dumfries & Galloway's most popular attractions in a new video for VisitScotland.

The video sees Mark Beaumont pass some of the region’s most recognisable attractions, activities, and landscapes, including:

  • Port Logan Bay
  • The Southern Upland Way at Clatteringshaws Loch
  • Mennock Pass near Wanlockhead
  • Loch Dee and Glentrool, Galloway Forest Park
  • Fingland Hill and Stroanpatrick near Carsphairn
  • Threave Castle, near Castle Douglas
  • Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer
  • Kagyu Samye Ling Monastry, near Langholm

Prior to filming the video, the athlete set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth by bicycle.

He completed the challenge in 79 days on the Artemis World Cycle.

In the voiceover of the video, Mark discusses his passion for cycling.

He says quite often people cycle to ‘escape’ and get ‘some head space’.

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Mark adds:

That space we go to on our bike is because of the landscape.

For such a small country, the diversity we boast is probably second to none.

I only appreciated that as a Scotsman as I headed off the world over, from top to bottom.”

– Mark Beaumont, cycling athlete

Featured in the video is the sailing and outdoor activities on offer on Loch Ken at the Galloway Activity Centre.

It also includes views around Scotland's highest village, Wanlockhead.

VisitScotland's Regional Director said:

Mark is an incredible ambassador for Scotland. His record breaking achievement has helped highlight Scotland as a cycling destination and undoubtedly inspired visitors across the world.

We are delighted to have worked with Mark to create this video, which not only provides insight into his motivations and challenges but also showcases the stunning beauty of Dumfries & Galloway and the many other exciting experiences you can have here.”

– Paula Ward, Regional Director, VisitScotland