Climbing at EICA

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena has incredible world-class facilities for all kinds of climbing. It is home to two competition-standard walls, a lofty 30-metre tower wall and much more.

Whether you are starting out learning to climb or just want a new challenge, there's an adventure waiting for you in Europe's largest climbing arena.

Lead Climbing

Our arena is a lead climbing paradise, with a total of 62 lead climbing lines. 

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Auto Belays

No climbing partner? No worries! With 9 auto belays, you can enjoy climbing routes all by yourself. 

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Top Ropes

With the rope always above you, climb with confidence and put all your focus on the climb. 

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EICA are proud to host The Scottish Paraclimbing Club, the first of its kind in the UK. 

The club runs every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm supported by a network of volunteers who aim to create a safe, inclusive and friendly climbing environment for all. 

For more details and information about how you can join, visit their website here

Ready, set, climb!

Our climbing arena is home to the UK's only IFSC standard speed wall. The wall is 15 metres high and in competitions climbers much try and scale it as fast as they can. 

The speed wall isn't only reserved for competitions though and climbers visiting our arena are welcome to test themselves. 

The Scottish Speed Development Squad also meets here if you are looking to improve your time on the speed wall.

For more information, check out this page.

EICA is a lead climbing paradise, with 62 lead climbing lines in Europe's largest climbing arena.

There's something for everyone with gradual slabs, vertical walls, and steep overhangs. Not to mention our lofty 30-metre high tower wall, and two competition walls.

Whether you're just starting out or a hardcore climber, everyone can find a challenge with climbs ranging from grades 3+ all the wall up to 8b+

You should have a competent knowledge of how to climb lead and belay for lead before tackling these climbs.

Looking to learn how to lead? Check out our Learn to Lead courses here 

No belayer? No problem!

With 9 auto belay lines you can just clip in and enjoy climbing all by yourself. 

Our Auto Belays work by taking in slack as you climb, and safely releasing it to lowering you to the ground. 

No matter your level you can challenge yourself with our top ropes, with grades ranging from 4 up to 7a+. 

If you've never used an auto belay before, please speak to a member of staff and they will give you a short safety induction. 

With the rope always above you, climb with confidence and one less thing to think about, letting you put all your focus on the next move and the next hold. There's plenty of fun to be had on our 13 top rope lines. 

Ranging from grades 3 up to 7a, our top roping isn't just for beginners. You and your climbing partner can enjoy a range of climbs including the lofty 30-metre high tower wall. 

These walls are great if you have completed our Start Up course and are confident in belaying for Top Rope.

Ready to take the next step?  If you are looking to learn how to lead climb, check out out Learn to Lead course.

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