For our Scotland Weekend Challenge in May 2019, we asked one of our participants to write the report, to see the challenge through their eyes and a different lens. Perri took up the mantle and was kind enough to share her experience with you all here. Adventure travel is not easy. There is so much…
Scotland: home to epic sunrises, hillside treks through the mist, whisky campfires and muddy boots. Take on bonnie Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park in our exhilarating Canoe-Run-Trek challenge and return home more pumped up than yer bagpipes.
DISCIPLINES: Hike/Run, Canoe/Kayak
TOTAL DISTANCE: 23km
ELEVATION GAIN: 1,245m
Bushcraft & Survival Skills
Outdoor Yoga & More
Dates / Price
31 May – 2 June 2019
Arrive Glasgow and transfer to Luss
Registration, briefing and lunch
Warm up: 10km hike/run into camp
Campfire chilli and bed
Breakfast in camp
The IGO Scotland Challenge: hike/run & canoe/kayak
Evening celebrations in camp
Breakfast in camp
Yoga and hike out of camp
Transfers to Glasgow train station & airport
Experiences in Camp
Afternoon – the Glen Luss 10km hike/run to camp
Evening – bushcraft & survival skills workshop
Outdoor mindful yoga
‘Burn Bathing’ (washing in nature)
NB: Some activities will be run on a first come, first served basis
Local acoustic music
Wild outdoor cooking
The IGO Feast
- Return transfers from Glasgow Airport or Glasgow train station
- 2 nights accommodation in bell tents (based on 4 sharing) including memory foam mattresses
- 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 backstop
- Activities in camp
- Canoes for Completers in the Challenge
- Kayaks for Competitors in the Challenge
- Traditional music & entertainment
- Celebratory beer at the finish line on Saturday
- Technical t-shirt and welcome pack
- Finishers medal and wristband
- Transport to Glasgow Airport or train station
- 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)
- IGO Scotland cap - available to purchase at the event
Recommended airport: Glasgow (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves airport at 11:30am (exact location details will be provided nearer the time)
Transfer returns to airport at 12:30pm
Recommended train station: Glasgow main terminal (transfers provided)
Transfer leaves station 12:30pm
Transfer returns to station 12:45pmnnMaking your own way? Meeting point for the event start is The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in the village of Luss at 12pm.
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: Luss village is 45 mins by road from Glasgow.
Stage 1: run / hike 4 km to Loch Lomond
Stage 2: 1.2 km kayak / canoe Loch Lomond
Stage 3: 12km hike of Ben LomondnStage 4: 1.2 km kayak / canoe Loch Lomond
Stage 5: run / hike 4km back to camp
NB: All IGO Weekend Challenge routes are designed so that the distance, the elevation gain and the disciplines ensure that the quickest IGOer would finish in around 4 hours and the seasonal hiker pace would finish in around 7- 8 hours.
You don’t need to worry about this – we will give you a lesson before you go out. They are very stable boats and we won’t let you go out if the conditions aren’t suitable.
The tents are comfortable bell tents which provide shelter for sleeping in camp and each one comfortably fits 4 people. Unless you come as a group of 4 and take over one tent, individuals are split up into single-sex tents at random. They are each equipped with a mattress, rug and storm lanterns. The communal areas consist of 2 large tents for food, yoga and other activities or talks weather depending as well as the stand-alone IGO 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 eg: A burn, a loch, a lake, a river – you get the idea.
Some reports have led us to believe it is true. You may bring your kilt. Underwear optional!