THE first man to go around the world without motor or sail is stopping off in Dunfermline.

As Jason Lewis pedalled, paddled, rowed, walked, skated and swam across the globe, he was attacked by a crocodile, spent a year alone at sea and suffered several life-threatening illnesses.

The record breaking explorer – he took 13 years to cover a staggering 46,505 miles – was also accused of spying and held hostage in north Africa, was struck down by malaria and almost died in a crash that left him with two broken legs.

Jason will be regaling his audience in Dunfermline with tales from his mammoth trip on Wednesday, as part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's (RSGS) Inspiring People series of talks.

During this event, which starts at 7.30pm in Dunfermline High School, he will be presented with an honorary fellowship from the RSGS for his services to exploration and raising the profile of contemporary geographical issues.

Entitled 'Lessons in Sustainability: An Explorer’s Tale', Jason will talk about the epic adventure that began in 1994 and, as well as life-and- death scrapes, he also started an international campaign to raise awareness about climate change and sustainability.

Interwoven into the narrative will be key messages about the current state of the planet, global citizenship, sustainable travel and what the future might hold for people and places all over the world.

In addition, anybody looking for travel inspiration in the New Year should certainly plan on navigating down to Dunfermline.

Jason visited 37 countries across two hemispheres during his adventure and is sure to have some sage advice for would-be travellers.

Tickets can be bought online via the RSGS website and on the door: £10 to visitors and £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Cardholders; free for RSGS members, under-18s and students.