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


Wow... what a day! I had previously completed this route and booked for four friends to go on Easter Sunday 2014. The other three had never been on anything like this….

From the start Iain was professional but great fun! We had a BRILLIANT afternoon, the flexibility to give everything a go but no pressure was ace and everyone tried everything including the famous “cheese press”! We abseiled down waterfalls, climbed up them, squeezed through the “slot” and finished up in the fabulous Dr Banisters Washbasin.

Iain shared stories and facts along the whole route with enthusiasm and you always felt totally safe! As a day out this is a reasonably priced activity that will give you something completely different and leave you with memories you’ll love to share! (Beginners' Caving at Long Churn)

Thanks Iain, we had a brilliant time!! Bex, Mark, Gary and Chris!

Rebecca Taylor


Went canyoning with 6 other guys at Coniston. Top top day with Iain. My mate had not done it before and were skeptical beforehand… But everyone of them is eager to have another go. Iain made sure the day was fun. Tailored to what we wanted to do, exhilarating at times but we always felt safe. All equipment was provided and it was just a no hassle fun experience. Would highly recommend this company to anyone looking for a top top time! Thanks Iain and hopefully see you again.

Tom Dobson


Fantastic experience with Iain. We booked a whole day and loved it so much we ended up booking another half day. The quality and knowledge was incredible and really tailored to our needs. We learned exactly what we wanted in a relaxed setting at a pace that suited us. We were both experienced indoor climbers wanting to branch out. Iain took us step by step through the whole process of trad climbing outdoors and was really encouraging to let us out on our own giving lots of great tips and advice and we have since started our collection of kit we need and brought our own rope! Will definitely book again to learn more!

Anna and Nick


I'd wanted to play on the Cuillin for years and was due to go on KMS's Skye trip in September last year but, inexplicably, no-one else booked so Iain had to cancel it. I was therefore really excited when I was able to get on this month’s trip at short notice. The weather was mixed, but that detracted very little from the trip. Iain books a cosy wee cottage with a cracking view across Loch Bracadale to the Inner Hebrides. The trip is run from this base, returning every evening for copious home-cooked food and good craic, talking about the day's activities, planning the next day's route and reminiscing about past trips. Iain has a passion for the outdoors and for Skye which is clearly evident. He has a great deal of experience both of mountaineering and of Skye, which shows in his ability to find the correct route in complex terrain in low visibility; and to keep people safe without curtailing their enjoyment. I always felt Iain was making the best decision for the group rather than himself. I think the best endorsement I can give is that I'd happily go on this trip again, having had a great time and made some good friend.

Alison


Spent a week in Skye with the aim of doing the Cuillin Ridge Traverse and what an experience it turned out to be. Iain is a first class guide whose knowledge of this area appears to be second to none. Not only the immediate area of Skye but every island situated off it. We completed 9 out of the 11 munros and only inclement weather defeated us. As we were about to tackle the Inn Pinn, Iain's eyebrows and Helen's hair warned of the presence of an electrical storm! the cottage we stayed in was excellent and Iain's idea of each client (although at no time did we feel like clients) preparing the meal each night was a great way to bond and relax after a hard day on the hills. One thing you should be prepared for is, at the most inopportune of times, say balancing precariously on an abseil, Iain will ask you to wait there while he takes yet another photo!! Seriously, if you've ever considered Skye, or any outdoor activity, KMS has it covered. What I must also mention is how fortunate we were to have such a good group. Despite the wonders of the Cuillin and Iain's expertise, I was incredibly fortunate to share it with Alison, Don, Helen and Steve. Don't think about it... do it!

Alastair Simpson


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


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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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