Testimonials

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


The Cuillin ridge in May - what a great adventure! The ridge could turn into a challenging environment pretty quickly when the weather turned, and as a generally happy scrambler I was glad to be led by such an experienced guide. Iain knows the ridge inside out – keeping us safe and moving smoothly, but also picking routes that felt adventurous and fun. Iain’s experience ensured we really made the most of the exciting scrambling the Cuillins offer. The cottage is lovely, and the trip is great value too. Book a place now!

Helen McDonald


If like me you are just the average hill walker with no climbing expertise and limited scrambling experience, but have set yourself the target to climb all the Munros. Have you thought about how you will reach the 11 Munros on the Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye. From what I have read and now seen you will have no chance unless you know an experienced climber with knowledge of the Cuillins. Iain Gallagher of Kendal Mountaineering Services is just such a man. He has a lifetime of mountaineering experience along with a detailed knowledge of the Cuillins including safe scrambling routes along with entry and exit routes to take the safest option whatever the conditions might be or indeed change whilst out on the hill.

I found his services on line and paid the £425 for one weeks accommodation and 4 days guided walking (scrambling and climbing) in the Cuillins. Excellent value. 4 days guided walking alone could cost you that much. This price really includes food as well, because each member of the group, including Iain, supply a home cooked meal each day, creating a brilliant atmosphere and get together at the end of the day with everyone else in the team.

Team is just what you are part of, supporting each other throughout the day ensuring each and every one of us reaches our own goals as well as at times extend outside your own comfort zone and edge of achievable limits.

A brilliant experience. No kickbacks or commissions, but I cannot recommend this trip highly enough and thank Iain most sincerely for enabling me to extend myself beyond limits I never thought possible. As I have read somewhere “you do not know your limits or what you are capable of achieving until you start to venture beyond your limits.”

Iain provided the opportunity and maintained the safe environment to do just that.

As well as taking copious amounts of photographs he also records the days events on his own blog to provide lasting memories of a trip of a lifetime.

Steve Smith


I recently completed a short Navigation Course with Iain as I am about to attempt the national 3 peaks challenge. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone. From novice to capable in a very short time and very enjoyable.

Matt Applegarth


I thoroughly recommend a course with Iain to anyone who wants to get some superb practical navigation skills. During the course I was able to experience many of the challenges that face any navigator and good practical advice to overcome them.

The added natural history lesson looking for crayfish in the streams was an excellent bonus.

Peter Brooks


have just spent two days scrambling in the Langdales with Iain. it was hugely enjoyable and very worthwhile. Iain has a wealth of knowledge and experience and was great at boosting my confidence and pushing me (not literally!). Good company in the hills, I will definitely come back for more and would recommend to others, at whatever level.

Andy Stratton


My family group joined Iain for three separate sessions across three days towards the end of August ”15. We spent time with Kayaks, caving and canyoning – much fun. Iain was highly professional throughout, ensuring a perfect balance between safety, adventure and fun – with the addition of being informative about geology or the environment as we proceeded. This was our first time caving and canyoning and it was really enjoyable part of our holiday. I would have no hesitation recommending Iain to others.

All in all, great value – Thanks lain!

Mick Hickey


Kendal Mountaineering Services organised a last minute Ghyll Scrambling trip for myself and friends with instructor Mark in the Langdale Valley this weekend. Our group of 10 thoroughly enjoyed the scrambling and would highly recommended for anyone – regardless of climbing ability! We look forward for our next adventure!

Kavita


Spent a great week on Skye with superb relaxing accommodation. Iain is a very supportive guide with enormous knowledge of the Cuillins and was helpful in many ways beyond his role. Highly recommended. Many thanks.

Joanna


Many thanks to Ian at Kendal mountaineering services. I had a great time doing the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye in May 2016. Despite my lack of experience at this level I never felt less than confident with Ian in charge.

The cottage we stayed at in Fiskavaig was the perfect place to relax after a hard days walking.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Kendal Mountaineering Services. 5 Stars.

Jim Walton


I've just spent an amazing week in Slovenia experiencing a range of walking routes in the beautiful Julian Alps with Iain and colleagues. Iain is very experienced and knowledgeable and tailored the routes and distances to suit individual interests and capabilities. Each day was different and Iain's knowledge of the area, including sites of historical significance, was a real asset. There was a chance to experience a range of other activities, including zip-wires across gorges and paragliding from the mountains on the 'rest' day! Accommodation was first class - freshly made bread and generous packed lunches provided by Matt who has spent several years in this beautiful, unspoilt country and provided a real home from home, as well as chauffeuring us to and from the walking start and finish points. In summary: a wonderful week with an expert guide and instructor, made special by the excellence of the hospitality.

Moira Laws


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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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