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

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

I've just returned from a week-long guided walking holiday in Slovenia, led by Iain. Whilst I knew the scenery was likely to be impressive, it certainly exceeded my expectations, a really beautiful place. The holiday was group who had not met before, but got on very well – with a different walk and pace each day. Iain was very flexible, adapting to the needs of the group and the weather conditions. A very good week was had by all!

Mick Hickey

Great Day with Iain gorge walking and raft building at Windermere. Despite the awful weather we all had a great time and I would be more than recommend Iain to anyone needing a guide or instructor.

Oliver Hallett

Excellent tuition in navigation including night navigation. Iain spent time ensuring each person in our group of three was competent on all the skills he showed us. He encouraged us to test ourselves and gain confidence in our new found abilities. Thanks Iain.

Richard McEvoy

Our second time out with Iain teaching myself and my mate Sean climbing. After a introductory half day last time, we had so much fun it wasn’t long before we booked our trip back and Iain suggested a multi-pitch climb.

Excellent day, Iain’s experience really shows through all of his teaching and the half day lesson was spot on. Would highly recommend anyone wanting to try out climbing or any of the other activities to give Iain a call!!

Andy Craggs

I asked Iain for some guidance with scrambling instruction so that I could more confidently take my kids scrambling.

We spent a wet day going over some basic skills and through a combination of patience and skill Iain got me working really well. It was cold and wet but I loved it.

The second day Iain took me scrambling. We managed through the rain and then the sunshine to consolidate he skills I learned on the first day. Again Iain showed patience (much needed) and lots of skill to get us up some super scrambles.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Iain and recommend whole heartedly the services of Kendal Mountaineering Services to any one who would like to learn the joys of being in the hills, even in the rain and the wind.

Thanks Iain, see you soon for a repeat, this time with my girls, hope you’re ready for them all, it’s going to be "fun".


It was such an AMAZING experience we had with you on Sunday. Lauren & I were truly delighted with our choice of tours. You and your concern for our safety and fun made it simply wonderful. I certainly appreciated the fact that you noticed how tired I was becoming and allowed me to slow up and make the “safe” choices without making me feel like a complete chicken!! You are certain to see Lauren back there this summer as she has been talking about it ever since! If you are considering learning to Ghyll Scramble/Canyoning…I truly & sincerely recommend Kendal Mountaineering to everyone! And don’t worry…Iain will be sure you have a wonderful time while also ensuring your total safety!!! I am 45 and not in that great of shape but Iain made me feel comfortable and confident in my abilities. I did things I never thought I could do and felt like a true champion thanks to his skillful leadership! Take a tip from me….this is an adventure of a lifetime and Iain is the ONLY one you should consider!Thanks again for everything. You certainly made my final day in the UK one I will NEVER forget!

Jill L. Weirich

We had a great time thanks and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anybody else. I enjoyed it so much I”ve investigated doing the activity down here in Portsmouth! Everything is great – looking forward to the spring and Level 2 – cheers Iain! (Caving trip)

Ian Durrant

Iain, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for an amazing and challenging day. I never imagined that I'd be climbing such a difficult route after just a few hours, but thanks to your knowledge and experience I felt completely safe and confident. You even managed to arrange perfect weather! (Lead Climbing course)

John Renshaw

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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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