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For immediate release 7 May


Filmed in June 2019 on locations around Argyll in Scotland, including Loch Etive, The Pierhouse Hotel in Port Appin and the Isle of Lismore, 'Distance' is the latest film from Edinburgh filmmaker and adventurer Markus Stitz. Markus hails originally from the state of Thuringia in Germany, but has made Scotland his home since 2009.

In his latest film he reflects on his solo bikepacking adventures in Scotland and how they help him coping with the measures being put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Markus comments: 'I took the video footage back in 2019, with no real idea how to use it. When lockdown started, I started to reflect on the commonly used term 'social distancing'. I have ridden around the world unsupported, and most of my bikepacking adventures are solo adventures. The memories from my past adventures and the ability to be on my own, without feeling massively overwhelmed by it, helped me coping with the current lockdown measures in Scotland. I hope this film will bring joy and fresh ideas to people, especially those who might not be able to cope as well. With the film I tried to give the term 'distancing' a more positive flavour. I really think there is a need for physical distancing in the pandemic, but right now, a social connection is more important than ever.'

The route of Markus' journey and some shorter adventures will be published later in the year on Wild About Argyll and Bikepacking Scotland

‘Distance’ was filmed and edited on an iPhone, with additional drone footage from a DJI Mavic Pro.

The film is subtitled in English and German. The production was supported by Wild About Argyll and Scottish Natural Heritage. A special thank you goes to Gordon Campbell Gray from the Pierhouse Hotel in Port Appin. 

A Bikepacking Scotland Production
Camera, Narration & Edit: Markus Stitz
Music: Aphex Twin - #3
Filmed on an iPhone 7plus & DJI Mavic Pro.
Edited on an iPhone 7plus.


Distance on YouTube

Please get in touch for any further questions etc, either on email to or +44 789 5250508. 

Stills from the film are available to download here. if you need any more images, please get in touch.

Thanks for publishing!

Highland Perthshire Cycling
Copyright © 2020 Markus Stitz, All rights reserved.

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