Unique Ascent
Unique Ascent
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About
We provide exceptional outdoor adventure holidays, outdoor activities and mountain training with a difference. We offer a full range of courses and guided packages including hill walking, mountaineering, rock climbing, abseiling, coastaleering and sea stack ascents along the coast and mountain ranges of Co. Donegal in Ireland's North West. We provide both tailor made instructional/guided packages, group taster sessions.Packages include:- Guided Rock Climbing in Donegal Instruction Rock Climbing Courses Guided Hill Walking Holidays Multi Adventure Activities
Annagry, County Donegal, Ireland

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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William B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Absolutely amazing experience with Iain. Can’t think of a better way to experience all of the elements of the incredible northwest coast. Iain’s knowledge of the weather, sea and rock added so much to our trip. The climbing routes he chose for us were top notch as well.
Written 10 April 2024
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Heidelbergerhooligan
Heidelberg, Germany16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Iain held a TED talk where I study in Germany which put Donegal and climbing with him firmly on my "must do" map.
I climb but am a timid outdoor climber, and had no idea what I'd be like over water. On the chilly March day when I pitched up the sun was shining and the seas were kind. Iain had a plan - absolutely perfect for my level - and we "played" on Tor na Dumhcha and then at Cruit Island with his adorable collie keeping a keen eye on us.
I honestly can't recommend Iain highly enough - he has so much experience under his belt, loves what he does, is bags of fun to be with, and utterly patient - letting you find your way up the routes with hints when needed. The rock was absolutely solid and superb to climb.
Loved every second of it, until next time! :-)
Written 20 March 2024
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Natalie L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The two days we spent with unique ascent for ms1 training were amazing, I learned not only so many valuable navigation skills but taught about the appropriate gear and maintenance and safety, I took so much information away from the weekend that I wouldn’t have known otherwise and the fun and laughs had throughout were amazing. Would definitely recommend. It was a great experience.
Written 20 February 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I recently did my MS1 course with Ian, Had a brilliant weekend on the mountains and learned a load of Essential skills! Absolutely lovely man and highly skilled at what he does. I would recommend Unique Ascent to anyone and look forward to doing my MS2 and more activities with this guy!
Written 20 February 2024
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Marcus J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Had a great day climbing with Iain at Cruit Island. Adventurous climbing over the sea. Iain is a wealth of knowledge and was able to find us some great climbs in challenging weather conditions.
Written 14 December 2023
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John D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A group of 4 of us undertook Mountain Skills Training with Iain Miller over a two day period. From start to finish this was masterclass by Iain in the impartation of his vast knowledge of navigation in the hills, mountains and on flat ground.
Every task assigned to us was challenging yet Iain simplified each task into manageable steps to suit everyone's ability to navigate thus maximising our learning experience.
Iains teaching techniques encouraged each of us think critically for ourselves, increasing confidence in each one of us and in our ability to navigate.
We covered many other topics such as proper gear & equiment, safety, dealing with emergency situations, weather and respect for the hills & landowners.
This was a top notch navigation weekend.
Thanks to Iain from Unuiqe Ascent.
John Donohoe
Sligo Mountaineering Club
Written 15 October 2023
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Gregory G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I recently took the Mountain skills 1
& 2 courses with Iain at Unique ascent, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in hillwalking or the general outdoors. Iain's knowledge and expertise in mountaineering/hillwalking is top class. You will come away with the all the necessary skills and knowledge required for navigating safely in the mountains and enjoying it with the confidence of being able to self-locate and navigate safely if inclement weather should arise while out in the hills. Iain is excellent at explaining everything thoroughly and imparting his knowledge onto others. Highly recommended.
Written 12 October 2023
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barnaby b
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Iain took us out climbing on sea cliffs, we both climb but never had done anything like this. An amazing new experience and brilliant fun the whole time. Iain was a great guide and made us feel confident and safe throughout the day. Would 100% recommend for anyone looking for a adventurous day out…
Written 24 September 2023
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Danniell
Reno, NV14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Sea Stack climbing with Ian was one of Ireland's most exhilarating and unique experiences. If you are a rock climber, whether avid or amateur, it is an amazing experience. The countryside and views are spectacular. Ian was the perfect guide with a wealth of knowledge about the people, land, and culture.
Written 20 September 2023
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John M
Reno, NV2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Ian is the best guide I have ever had. His candor, straight talk, and prepared for all things is impressive.
The spot we climbed is practically untouched. The whole experience makes you feel like you are the first to climb and experience this amazing natural beauty. I just hope nobody reads this so the spot can stay pure.
When Ian offers you the thumb, take it!!!
Written 19 September 2023
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