The Kendal Mountain Festival is Coming to Edinburgh!

Kendal Mountain Film Festival

What is it?

For 18 years the Kendal Mountain Festival has been the premiere adventure film festival in the UK and this year they’re bringing their jaw dropping film festival to Edinburgh! The top adventure and outdoor specialists will be gathering to share the best of the industry. You can expect industry leaders, athletes, artists, explorers and inspirational speakers all under one roof for one of the year’s most anticipated outdoor events. 


For the Scottish leg of the festival, there are 4 brilliant speakers lined up.

-Jenny Tough

An incredible adventurer who is currently running a solo unsupported run across a mountain range on each continent on the planet! So far she’s crossed the Tien Shan Mountains in Kyrgyzstan, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the Cordillera Oriental in Bolivia and she’s just completed a run across the Southern Alps in New Zealand.


-Colleen Blair

The first person to swim across The Minch – a notorious 24 mile stretch of water between the Isle of Lewis and mainland Scotland. Colleen endured multiple jellyfish stings and freezing temperatures as she battled for 19 hours wearing just a swimsuit.


-James Glancy

Adventurer, wildlife conservationist and TV presenter James Glance, who in 2018 spent a staggering 43 hours floating in the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by sharks!


-Uisdean Hawthorn

Scottish winter climber who has successfully racked up a number of significant first ascents including The Giant (VII,7) and Han Solo (VIII,7).


The Film Festival

Kendal is undoubtedly best known for its incredible adventure films. Dubbed the “Oscars of Outdoor Filmmaking”, the International Film Festival brings some of the most stunning, isolated places to life on the big screen as the most daring humans on earth show us the extremes human beings are capable of achieving. This year you can enjoy films such as Chasing Monsters (detailing Nick Moir’s photographic journey across Tornado Alley in the US), We Are Send (white river rafting some of the world’s most extreme waterfalls), Surfer Dan (some of the best surf spots on earth) and many more!   

Kendal Mountain Film Festival

Tickets and Info

The Edinburgh Kendal Mountain Festival takes place on Sunday 19 May at the Assembly Roxy on 2 Roxburgh Place and you can pick up tickets for just £18 (or £10 for under 25s or students). The event kicks off at 7:30 and there will be plenty of giveaways and specials on equipment at the event. You can grab tickets here!

If you’re looking for accommodation in Edinburgh this week, then check out our 3 Edinburgh hostels here! 

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