Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge

19 – 21 July 2019

Watch the Coastal Challenge Video

Known for its exceptionally wooded coastline and the highest sea cliffs on the British mainland, the Exmoor National Park is one of our favourite places for an adventure. This dramatic North Devon landscape with its famed Valley of Rocks is perfect for a weekend away to challenge yourself, taste great Talisker Whisky and disconnect in the outdoors.

Talisker Whisky, the single malt Scotch Whisky from the Isle of Skye, has partnered with IGO Adventures, the ultimate challenge company to create a whisky tasting weekend like no other.

The experience will put adventure and whisky lovers to the test along the rugged Exmoor coastline, providing them with a taste of the Isle of Skye in an equally breath-taking yet more accessible coastal spot whilst they enjoy Talisker Whisky after action-packed days embracing the elements.

The excursion draws inspiration from Talisker’s rugged environment on the Isle of Skye, ‘Made By the Sea’ heritage and IGO Adventures’ passion for endurance, a result of Founder Bobby’s participation in the infamous Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2013 where he spent 48 days rowing, reflecting and thinking up IGO.


Run or hike along the South West Coast Path and through the Exmoor National Park. If you’re feeling up for it, take a swim in the sea just off the Devon coast.

Adventure Activities

Take part in wild cooking classes, enjoy the ultimate outdoor Talisker Whisky tasting, relax with yoga and develop your foraging skills.

Dates / Price

19 – 21 of July 2019
From £399pp with money off per person when booking in groups.


Exmoor National Park,

Adventure Holiday Itinerary

Discover Devon during your adventure break with our extensive itinerary. Over the three days, you will take part in a range of outdoor activities that will challenge your endurance and bond you with your IGO tribe. Don’t worry though, no one is left behind during our adventure weekend! The challenge draws inspiration from Talisker’s rugged environment on the Isle of Skye, in an equally breath-taking yet more accessible coastal spot.


Beginning on Friday, you will arrive and transfer to our comfortable camp, where you will be registered, briefed and enjoy a tasty lunch. We will then make a start with our range of afternoon activities. After an action-packed day, we will return to camp and enjoy campfire chilli before heading off to bed to rest well for the toughest day of the adventure weekend.


The second, and most active, day of your English adventure holiday will start with a hearty breakfast in camp. After you have fueled up, you will undertake the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge. This includes an optional swim, hiking and a run. After completing the IGO Challenge we will return to camp for an evening celebration with a feast and the ultimate outdoor Talisker Whisky tasting.


The final day of your English adventure holiday will be more relaxed after the challenging previous day. It will begin with breakfast in camp, followed by some relaxing yoga and, if you are feeling up for it, some wild swimming. We will then organise your transfers to the local train station.

Camp Activities

You will get the opportunity to take part in a wide range of outdoor activities during your English adventure break weekend and take in the stunning views of the amazing scenery. Our carefully planned itinerary has something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned explorer or an adventure novice. IGO will put your mind and body to the test in this stunning Devon landscape with our wide range of activities, including:




Local  Music


Talisker Wilderness Bar


Group Training


Wild Cooking


Bushcraft / Survival Course


Photography Workshop


IGO Feast

NB: Some of the activities will be run on a first come, first served basis

The Challenge

DISCIPLINES: Hike / Run and Optional Swim

The route for the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge follows the South West Coast Path along the rugged and sometimes wooded coastline. After towering over the sea, the route takes a descent towards Lee Bay for the optional swim stage. Following the swim stage, there is a tough uphill climb in the hike/run back towards camp where it started. Similar to trekking other mountain paths, wearing a solid pair of ankle supporting boots is advisable. However, for the fleet-of-foot adventure race, a pair of trail running trainer with a decent thread (not flat) would be fine.

Total distance: 25613 m
Max elevation: 314 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 1139 m






  • Return transfers from Barnstable Station
  • 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
  • Talisker Whisky tasting
  • Full board. Locally sourced, organic food from Friday lunchtime to Sunday breakfast inclusive
  • Wilderness skills and bushcraft workshop
  • Event-specific training plan
  • Fully signposted & supported route
  • Medical and physio support
  • Timing tracker (Competitors)
  • Walking guide & sweeper as back stop
  • Photography
  • Activities in camp
  • Wetsuits for the Challenge (participants are welcome to bring their own
  • Traditional music & entertainment
  • Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
  • Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
  • Finishers medal and wristband

Not included:

  • Transport to Barnstable station from your original location
  • Personal equipment inc. sleeping bag and clothing (see kit list for full details)
  • Travel insurance specific to location and disciplines (obligatory)
  • Drinks at camp bar on Saturday night (cash only)
  • Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge cap - available to purchase at the event

Ticket Prices

You can book today with only a £50 deposit and select your own flexible instalment plan by using Partial.ly at checkout.

Participants must be over 18 years old

Solo Challenger
£399per person
  • Within a shared 4 person tent
  • Total £399
Group of 2
£387per person
  • Private 2 person tent
  • Total £774
Group of 3
£375per person
  • Private 3 person tent
  • Total £1,125
Group of 4
£359per person
  • Private 4 person tent
  • Total £1,436

Whether you are arriving solo or with a group, the IGO tribe is from couch to campfire, competitor to completer and no one is left behind during the adventure activities or the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge.

Solo travellers will be sharing a single gender, 4 person tents. Timing chips for competitors will be available as an add-on at checkout.


The food is delicious and is made in partnership with Basic Kitchen. All of our food is sourced locally, always fresh and always delicious. Read more here

The tents are comfortable bell tents and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals will be split up into single-sex tents at random. Each tent is equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The camp communal areas consist of 2 larger tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks (weather depending) as well as the stand-alone physio and sports massage tent. There will be 1 or more campfires with bales of straw for seats that create the focal point of camp.

There are portable toilets a short walk from the main camp area. We position the location of camp to be as wild as possible which makes it difficult to bring showers into camp but we are always near natural washing facilities, such as a burn, a loch, a lake, a river.

No, we will provide you with all the equipment that you will need for the challenge. You can, of course, bring your own wetsuit if you would prefer if you plan to swim during the challenge.

There is a variety of ways to reach this challenge. If you are travelling by train, we recommend taking the train to Exeter St. David’s train station. From there you can ride a charming local line to Barnstaple train station. Where we will be providing transfers to the IGO camp.

Similarly, if you are planning on flying, we recommend flying to Exeter, where you can get a train from the airport to St. David’s and then carry on to Barnstaple.

If you would prefer to drive, then you can meet us at the IGO camp, or leave your car at Barnstaple in one of the secure parking options and then make use of our transfers to the IGO camp.

NB: We encourage you to be as environmentally friendly as possible with your choice of travel. Please note that car parking is limited at the event meeting points.

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Press & Articles

A Taster of the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge

The Exmoor National Park recently bore witness to a totally unique event. 20 intrepid adventurers, including Rugby World Cup winner, Will Greenwood, made the early train from Paddington and travelled to the stunningly wild North Devon coast for a taster of the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge by IGO Adventures. IGO and Talisker teams into a […]

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