The record-breaking round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont has accepted Outter Hebrides Tourism's  challenge to launch the Hebridean Cycling Way in March – cycling from Barra to the Butt of Lewis in 24 hours..

The well-known adventurer has been invited out to the islands to tackle the 185 mile route from Vatersay to help mark the official launch of the Hebridean Cycling Way.

Following National Cycle Network Route 780, Mark will attempt his Hebridean Cycling Way Challenge on 10th and 11th March, crossing between islands with the help of Uist Sea Tours.

The challenge is being sponsored by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and CalMac Ferries and will help to showcase the appeal of cycling in the in the Outer Hebrides.  It is a great opportunity for communities along the route to demonstrate their very best Hebridean hospitality – with organisers hoping that everyone from island schools and sports clubs to local bars and businesses will take the opportunity to come out and celebrate the launch in style. 

OHT say; "We will be releasing a full itinerary for the challenge closer to the date but we wanted to give people along the route the chance to note the dates in their diaries and start planning how they might be able to show their support for Mark as he attempts the Hebridean Way in 24 hours!
"Cycling clubs and keen cyclists may like to get on their bikes and keep pace with Mark on part of the route. Mark is happy for cyclists to join him for some of the route, but will also have to get his head down and cycle solo. We’d ask anyone who wants to cycle with Mark along part of his journey to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   in the first instance.
The official launch of the Hebridean Way will take place on the evening of Friday March 11, following Mark Beaumont's epic cycle ride, at the Isle of Harris Distillery. The event is part of Scottish Tourism Week and will also see the launch of the Eat Drink Hebrides Trail.