Kendal Mountaineering Services Cumbria
T: 01539 737332 | M: 07761 483364
31 Appleby Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6ES

Client Testimonials

Read feedback and testimonials from our satisfied customers...


"Myself and 8 others recently spent an afternoon Ghyll scrambling as part of my friend Daniels Stag do. KMS we're great at helping me organise the event and the scrambling itself was really well organised with the correct equipment and guidance provided by Iain. The weather was cold and wet which when added to scrambling down a cold wet Ghyll made it an even greater challenge which we all enjoyed, providing much to talk about in the evening out afterwards! I look forward to using KMS services in the future and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. Thank you again Iain!"

Lee Bollom

"Fantastic afternoon with Iain. Expert tuition and as a father of two young children I had every confidence in his guidance on this exhilarating activity, with the potential for accidents with less assured guides. Weather was very wet and cold but all three of us had a fantastic time and I'd definitely recommend Kendal Mountaineering for a fun, professional day in the Lake District."

Frank, Harry & Tess

"What a fabulous time we had caving with Iain. We were once keen and very active cavers whilst at Uni, but life got in the way and almost 20 years later we were able to come back to Ingleton and visit Browgill with Iain - an extremely friendly and professional leader whose knowledge of the local cave systems helped us relive some of the trips we had all those years ago. Iain was brilliant with our son, Alex, 10, who was keen to go on his first proper adventure underground, having visited White Scar Show Cave a few days earlier. We had a thoroughly enjoyable few hours underground and would absolutely recommend a trip with Iain of KMS for his enthusiasm and passion for the great outdoors!"

Bob & Jenny Lee

"Having been gorge walking in 2012 and Canadian canoeing in 2013 my son Paul and I went kayaking with Iain on the River Lune on the first weekend in August. Once again Iain was meticulous with his planning and on river safety instruction which came in very handy when I rolled my kayak and needed to release myself from the craft. We have now enjoyed 3 different types of adventure with Iain and have thoroughly enjoyed every trip and are now deciding which activity to undertake next year


Bob Bettinson

"Having done canyoning in the Brecon Beacons previously i decided to treat my son in law to the experience. We spent half a day with Iain at Coniston Beck and had a great experience. Some of the jumps were heart in the mouth but well worth it. I would recommend this to anyone willing to "have a go"."

Paul Davies

"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

"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

"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 my 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

"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!"

Alastair Simpson

"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."


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