Read our clients' feedback and testimonials about their outdoor activities, mountain courses, training and adventure holidays:

Thank you for a wonderful map reading experience. I have learned a great deal.


Mrs Maria Atkinson

I had a great introductory day’s caving with Iain last week, visiting Longchurns and Brow Gill caves in the North Yorkshire Dales. My first time underground and it’s like entering another world of tunnels, shafts, narrow passages, streams and waterfalls. Iain is an expert and knowledgeable guide and knows how to challenge you while offering support when necessary! I would certainly recommend this activity for groups or individuals.


We booked a one day canoeing experience with Iain and the guys at the Lakes Outdoor experience and can honestly say despite the weather not being great we had a great time.
Iain was great in letting my 9yr old have some time in a kayak too to see how he liked it and can honestly say he loved every minute.
It was a brilliant experience and like others we can't wait to do other adventures with Iain and the team and would highly recommend them to anyone as he made it a tiring but fun day and lots of local knowledge which helped thanks again Iain the Ryan family.

Richard Ryan

We've been all over the world doing some terrific things, Sydney harbour bridge, sleeping out under stars in out back, pyramids,almafi coast and this day out rated up there with them.
Iain was fantastic. Professional,helpful,patient and very knowledgeable.
Don't even bother looking elsewhere Lakes Outdoor Experience are the one to go with.

The Ellis famiky

We had a fantastic day in the Lakes with my family (there were 13 of us aged from 9 to 54 years of age). We went climbing in the morning and ghyll scrambling in the afternoon, which was great fun. We all loved the experience and Iain and Hayley were excellent guides. The photos Iain took were great as they are a permanent reminder of a lovely day. I would definitely recommend Lakes Outdoor Experience!

Amanda Powell

I joined Lakes Outdoor Expereince guided walking holiday to Slovenia this July and it was amazing! The Village we stayed Kal Kortnica is in the valley and surrounded by the beautiful and majestic Julian Alps. It has wonderful views and surroundings. You couldn'r ask for anythig better. It is very quiet and peacful with friendly locals.

The chalet was great accomadation and Matt provided fantastic hospitality. He will bake you some great sweet treats and quiche for you lunches. Matt also has great knowledge of the area and very much appreciates the area. He was also very kind and met the needs of his hosts.

Thw walks took us through some fantastic landscape and the range of alpine flora and fauna was astounding. I've just been looking at the photos from the trip and they evoke some great memories and emotions. One of the best Holidays!

Iain is a great guide who interacts well with all his guests and caters to peoples needs. He has good knowledge of the area and his passion for exploring and walking comes across strongly.

I had a brill time and the group of people that joined the trip were lovely and I've made some new friends who i hope to contine walking adventures with.

Don't hesitate to book this trip! I would do it all again and hopefully will join Iain and Matt in 2019 for their next guided tour.


Myself and 2 friends set ourselves the task of completing the 3 peaks and Iain was our guide.
From start to finish (14hrs later) he was motivating and most of all patient with us. He kept us going even when we felt like giving up, he even carried my backpack (aswell as his own) for the last couple of mile as he could see how much pain I was in and I can't thank him enough for that, I was ready for a good cry πŸ˜‚
Iain knew a lot about the area, pointing things out as we walked. He took some fab photos as we made our way round too. Would definitely use Iain again if i needed a guide and am even looking at all the other activities he does 😊 this adventuring malarkey is quite addictive. I'm sure we will see you again.
Thank you so much for your support throughout the day, we couldn't have done it without you, Nic x

Nicola Preston

We completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge with Iain on Saturday just gone. He was a great guide to have from Start to finish. Iain was down to earth, full of local knowledge and made those 26 miles ish bearable. He went at our groups pace, lots of good tips shared and was an excellent motivator! We also got told many interesting travelling stories which kept us occupied for hours. Would highly recommend Iain to others for a challenge such as this. Thanks Iain πŸ˜ƒ

Rachel Collinson

For Iain: Iain was an absolutely incredible guide. He was kind, patient, motivating and full of interesting information about the local area. When the going got tough for me, Iain walked slowly with me and ensured the pace was set to my needs too. He was also funny and down to earth, qualities which really came in handy over the 26 mile course. I have never done something like this before and although I am still recovering, I’m already wondering about another adventure. If I needed a guide to walk anywhere, Iain would be my first choice. I know my friends Rach and Nic feel the same- they think he is excellent too. Iain also took some amazing photos of us , so that we can treasure our memories forever.

Many thanks Iain, you were a diamond πŸ’Ž

Hannah xxx

Hannah Wade

We had a half days abseiling in a quarry. Neither of us had abseiled for 25 years and were a bit apprehensive being the wrong side of 70, especially when we saw the drop!
Iain was very reassuring, explained and demonstrated everything very clearly and we were soon going over the top.
Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon
Many thanks for a great time.

John and Ann Mace

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Iain Gallagher, Lakes Outdoor ExperienceLakes Outdoor Experience is run by Iain Gallagher. Iain divides his time between hills and crags in the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and North Yorkshire. He can also be found climbing peaks across Europe and around the World.

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