Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge

19 – 21 July 2019



A half marathon along the coast of North Devon

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. Challenge yourself, taste great Talisker Whisky and disconnect in the outdoors with our Devon adventure weekend.


Run or hike along the South West Coast Path and through the Exmoor National Park. Then, 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 £359pp


Exmoor National Park,
Devon, England

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.

IGO looks to bring a real adventure to everyday people like yourself. So, if you think that you would love to test yourself with IGO but wouldn’t be able to take part in one of our challenges then you are wrong. Take a look at our ‘Is IGO For ME?‘ page to find out how we can help you become adventure ready in no time.

About Exmoor National Park, Devon, England

Exmoor national park is one of the finest landscapes that the UK has to offer. It has been shaped by nature and people for thousands of years to create this uniquely remote and tranquil area in southern Britain. Open Moorlands, a spectacular coastline, deep wooded valleys and high sea cliffs all make up this rich landscape. It is a landscape that inspires writers, artists and poets. Similarly, It is a landscape that is perfect for an IGO adventure holiday.

Coastal Adventure Holiday Itinerary


The weekend challenge will begin on Friday, with your arrival to the beautiful and rustic North Devon and transfer to our base camp. You will then be registered, briefed and enjoy a tasty lunch made in camp. We will proceed with our range of exciting afternoon activities that are designed to get you in the adventuring spirit. After an action-packed day, we will head back to basecamp and enjoy campfire chilli before getting some sleep to prepare for the challenge.


We will start off Saturday with a breakfast that will provide you with some much-needed energy. We will then take part in the BeMilitaryFit warmup that will get us pumped for the rest of the day. We will then undertake the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge, which includes a hike/run along the Devon coastline. There is also an optional chance to enjoy a coastal swim in the sea. After completing the IGO Challenge we will return to camp for an evening celebration, including a feast and the ultimate outdoor Talisker Whisky tasting.


The final day of your English adventure holiday weekend will be a welcomed wind down after the trials of the previous day. Similarly to the day before, It will begin with breakfast in camp. Breakfast will be followed by some relaxing yoga and, if you are feeling up for it, some more wild swimming. We will then organise your return transfers to the local train station and bid you farewell.

Your Devon Adventure Weekend

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

This experience will put adventure and whisky lovers to the test, along the rugged Exmoor coastline. Furthermore, this adventure holiday will provide you with a taste of the Isle of Skye in an equally breathtaking yet more accessible coastal spot. Enjoy Talisker Whisky after action-packed days embracing the elements with our Devon coastal challenge.

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. Additionally, this challenge is a result of IGO’s Founder, Bobby’s participation in the infamous Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2013. Where he spent 48 days rowing, reflecting and thinking up IGO.

Camp Activities

During the Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge IGO will organise a wide range of outdoor activities for you to take part in. Our itinerary will let you enjoy the breathtaking views of the Devon coast and the remote landscape of Exmoor during your English adventure weekend. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned explorer or an adventure novice, there will be something for you to take part in and enjoy. IGO will encourage you to test your mind and body in the tranquilly beautiful Devon landscape with our range of camp activities, including:




Local  Music


Talisker Wilderness Bar


Group Training


Wild Cooking


Bushcraft / Survival Course


IGO Feast

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

If you want to find out more about what your time in the IGO camp will be like, then have a look at our Camp Life page.

The Devon Coastal Challenge

DISCIPLINES: Hike / Run and an Optional Coastal 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 the camp where the challenge began. IGO recommends wearing a sturdy pair of hiking boots that will support your ankles during the challenge. However, if you are taking part in the fleet-of-foot adventure race then a pair of trail running trainers that have a decent tread, and aren’t flat, would be wise.

Total distance: 24000 m
Max elevation: 314 m
Total climbing: 1139 m


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  • 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
  • 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 Talisker Whisky Coastal Challenge cap 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 the camp bar on Saturday night (cash only)


Recommended train station: Barnstaple (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves station on Friday 19 July 12:45pm
Transfer returns to station on Sunday 21 July 12:45pm

Making your own way? The meeting point for the event start is St. Martin’s Church, Martinhoe.

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

Timings broken down: Martinhoe village is 45 mins by road from Barnstaple.

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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