Mountain Goat Tours
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With over 40 years experience of the Lake District, the Mountain Goat is nationally and internationally recognised by many coach and tour operators as their first and foremost Lake District tour specialist. From Holidays and Short Breaks to half-day and full-day guided mini-coach tours; this is the ideal way to explore the spectacular scenery of the Lake District and beyond.
Windermere, Cumbria, England

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2024

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Lisa S
Bracknell, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Excellent trip and very enjoyable.

Lisa was our Driver and Guide and very knowledgeable and informative in a fun way. Mini bus was very clean, the company has clearly thought out about maintaining social distancing max of 8 persons (7 on our trip) and every time getting back on board use of hand sanitiser and face masks.
Lots of stops at various views and completed by a cream tea at Lindeth Howe hotel which was very good and also interesting in it’s own right with Beatrix Potter associations.
Lisa’s driving through the very narrow lanes was amazing!
No hesitation in recommending and would book again.
Written 19 August 2020
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Hi 330lisas, Thank you very much for your review. I am pleased to read you had an enjoyable and informative trip with Lisa. I'm also pleased to hear your comments on cleanliness and social distancing. We hope you can join us again on another tour. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 20 August 2020
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Attila B
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We arranged a private tour for 8 of us in May 2022. David, our driver, has arrived ahead of time (8:50am) and patiently waited until everyone arrived and seated. He introduced himself and tried to learn everyone’s names… after that pleasant start, we had a lovely, fully customized and fun filled day… even though the weather didn’t quite cooperated. He was full of historic facts and witty comments (or comebacks) and set the drive plan according to our wishes. He slowed down to allow us to take pictures and found unique ways to make the trip even more enjoyable. I would recommend him to anyone and would be happy to come back to tour the Lake District’s beautiful and charming locations anytime. Thank you David!
Written 1 May 2022
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Good afternoon, Thank you for your lovely review of the private tour with David out driver guide, we are delighted to hear that it was such a fun filled day We really hope we can see you again in the future Best wishes Mountain Goat
Written 4 May 2022
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Brian G
Thurso, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We booked the 10 lakes tour. This is an all day tour. You have to book in advance. The minivan that took as around looked brand new. Lovely and clean and the seats spaced out for the 11 guests on the trip. Pick up was on time. Gerry our guide was a star. Full of good stories and obviously knew the area well. We went to parts of the lakes we had never heard of. How he managed to get the minibus round some of the roads made me glad I wasn't driving. He changed the itinerary of the tour to take advantage of the different weather conditions of the day to get the most out of the scenery. Well recommended.
Written 1 November 2020
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Hi Brian G, Thank you for reviewing our Ten Lakes Spectacular tour you took with Gerry. I am pleased to hear you thought the minibus with clean and spacious and you enjoyed the fantastic scenery on offer in the National Park. I'm sure Gerry will be thrilled to read your lovely comments as I am. I hope you can join us again soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 16 November 2020
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sandrac55
Shepparton, Australia76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had the best day today touring The Ten Lakes with Graham, it rained most of the day but it didn’t matter in the least probably made the scenic views even more spectacular especially at places such as The Castlerigg standing stones, we saw so many waterfalls,towering mountains, sheep, pheasants and of course the Ten Lakes. Graham was terrific providing an interesting and informative commentary and did an amazing job driving us safely on the very narrow winding roads. Would highly recommend this very reasonably priced tour to anyone who is looking to experience as much of the area as they can in a limited amount of time.
Written 3 October 2023
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Hi sandrac55, Thank you for your 5* review. It's great to read your glowing reviews and to hear that Graham was a terrific driver-guide with fantastic knowledge. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 19 October 2023
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K-L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
Ann was a great tour guide - very knowledgeable, fun and approachable. The weather was a bit rubbish but Ann tried to arrange any stops when the weather was being as kind as possible. Would thoroughly recommend this tour (and I’ve done others with Mountain Goat as well which were equally good). Really good value for money for a whole day tour and the tourist industry is doing it’s very best to give great experiences despite restrictions and adaptions.
Written 7 September 2020
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Hi katyweez, Thank you for your review, I'm pleased to read you had a great tour with Anne. I'm sure Anne will also be thrilled with your lovely comments. I'm glad to great British weather didn't put a dampener on your tour. I hope you can join us again soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 10 September 2020
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fisherqueen099
Maidenhead, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
What a wonderful way to enjoy the spectacular Lake District.
The minibus was of a high quality and gave us a great view .
Karl our driver was so friendly, and he obviously loved
the area and had interesting
information to share. We visited various locations & had ample time to view and take photos . The roads can be very challenging but Karl coped with confidence and courtesy towards other road users.
Myself, my husband and our two adult sons had a wonderful day and would highly recommend the tour.
Written 19 January 2020
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Hello fisherqueen099, Thank you for your review, it's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your tour of the Lake District with Carl and had a great time in his company. I will pass on your kind words when I see him next. Thank you for your recommendation, hopefully we'll see you all again! Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 20 January 2020
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IQ222
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Second time using moutain goat yours...absolutely amazing both times

Special thanks to Dave for our recent private half day tour. Very kind and polite and made sure everyone in the group had a brilliant experience. Good knowledge of lake district, friendly and good with kids. Also took lots of great pictures of the group for us ! Thanks a lot!

Recommend these tours to anyone visiting lake district, a great way to explore the hidden gems of the lakes.
Written 4 September 2021
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Hi 177ikram, Thank you for your 5* review, I am pleased you had a amazing time with our driver-guide Dave and would recommend us. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 21 September 2021
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Teeky1
Cheltenham, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
As soon as our little Mountain Goat bus turned up flashing its lights, with Mark, the guide, waving inside, we knew we were going to have a brilliant day.

Mark jumped off & enthusiastically greeted us all & took the time to chat to our children.

The bus was immaculate & comfy, & ideal for driving over some of the Lakes’ highest peaks. Even if the wheels did leave the road a couple of times. 😊

Mark was brilliant throughout & the kids especially really enjoyed his commentary. He was incredibly calm & patient when negotiating teeny tiny roads packed with tourists & those gorgeous Herdy sheep!

Outstanding views, with plenty of little stops to hop off, take a picture or two & hop back on.

Highly recommended & will definitely do the 10 Lakes tour next time.

Thanks Mark. 😊
Written 13 August 2020
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Hi Teeky1, Thank you for your lovely review of the High Adventure tour you took with Mark. I'm pleased to read you had a brilliant day and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Hope to see you on the Ten Lakes Spectacular soon. Best wishes, Mountain Goat
Written 18 August 2020
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Julia T
Bridgwater, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
The 10 Lakes Tour was exceptional. A full day exploring the beauty of the lake district with a knowledgeable, entertaining and helpful guide: Mark Shipley. We were picked up from our accomodation in a comfortable small minibus and together with 8 other passengers enjoyed fantastic scenery, Keswick Saturday market, Castlerigg stone circle and quaint villages amidst fabulous mountain vistas. Great value full day excursion.
Written 26 March 2022
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Hi Julia, Thank you for the positive review! We are overjoyed that you had a fantastic time with our driver guide Mark on the Ten Lakes Tour! Best wishes Mountain Goat
Written 27 March 2022
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Jane T
London, UK6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
We went to the Mountain Goat store in Windermere as we were interested in booking a lake trip. On the Saturday afternoon when we went in the girl behind the counter was so exceptionally rude she didn’t even look at us. We had a leaflet thrust at us then she was straight back on her computer (Saturday 5 June @4 pm) - honestly taken aback by her curt, abrupt manner. In contrast to this on the Sunday morning we were walking past and a different lady in the shop, struck up conversation and could not have been more helpful and kind!
The tourist industry in the Lake District needs more of the latter and far less of the former!
Written 10 June 2021
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Hi Janet881, I am sorry to read of your poor experience at Windermere Information Centre, it seems this review has been put onto the wrong company. We pride ourselves on our friendly and professional customer service and it seems you didn’t receive that on this occasion. Unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic, bookings for Windermere Lake Cruises cannot be made at the Information Centre and only via their website or by calling. Our team are working long hours and to assist with the boom in the staycation market and are dealing with 100’s of visitors daily. Our staff members work efficiently to assist all visitors; it seems on this occasion their efficiency came across abrupt and rude. We are sorry you didn’t receive the same welcome and friendly manner as you did on Sunday. We hope you enjoyed your visit to the Lake District.
Written 15 June 2021
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