Take on the walls at EICA Ratho

New to climbing or want to take on a new challenge? We've got climbing lessons or bouldering training for all ages and skill levels. get the whole family clipped in, meet new people, and learn to climb with our expert instructors - get started by choosing an adventure below. #LiveLifesAdventure

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The adventure starts here. Let the fun begin and scale new heights during the holidays! 

Kids can keep the fun coming with our full day camps and activities. There's climbing, abseiling, bouldering, Clip 'n Climb and much more! 

Little climbers can also learn to climb or work on their skills with our specialty holiday climbing coaching.

Why not rope the whole family in for the holidays as well? There's plenty of adventure for parents to get involved with too!

Available during the Easter and Summer Holidays. Click here to find out more or book today. 




If you're already ready for an adventure here is how to book one of our courses :

Visit us in Venue, phone 0131 333 6333, or email info.ratho@edinburghleisure.co.uk

To book a Clip 'n Climb session book online today, click here



Introduction Stage

Let the fun begin

Get the whole family in on it with a friendly instructor.

Adult & Child Taster

  • One adult (18+) and one child (ages 4-7)
  • 60 minute climb on our beginner climbing walls.

Family Climb

  • 2 adults (18+) and up to 4 children (ages 4-12)
  • 90 minute climb on our beginner climbing walls.

Clip 'n Climb

  • Ages 4+
  • 15 climbing challenges
  • 60 minutes


Entry Stage

Get cracking

It's time to stretch legs and arms. Our instructor will be in charge, so you can watch from the comfort of Cafe Refresh.

Drop-in Sessions

  • Marmottes (ages 4-5)
  • Pebbles (ages 6-7)
  • 60 minute climb on our beginner climbing walls
  • Runs seasonally from Easter to October


Improvers Stage

Got the hang of it?

The only way is up. Here's how we help build skills and pump up the fun.

Marmottes

  • Ages 4-5 
  • Take on some games and challenges
  • Available as a 5-week bookable block
  • Runs seasonally from Easter to October

Pebbles

  • Ages 6-7
  • Take on some games and challenges
  • 7 year olds can start working towards a nationally recognised NICAS indoor climbing award
  • Available as a 5-week bookable block
  • Runs seasonally from Easter to October

Advanced Stage

Caught the climbing bug?

If they want to take things further and higher, we have advanced options for keen climbers.

EICA Ratho Youth Squad

  • Ages 7-17
  • Juniors and teens may be invited to enter the exciting world of competition climbing.

Mini Development Squad

  • Ages 6-7
  • Children who demonstrate strong climbing skills may be invited to join.
  • 7 year olds can start working towards their NICAS award.




Introduction Stage

Here goes...

Get to know our walls with one of our friendly instructors.

Family Climb

  • 2 adults (18+) and up to 4 children (ages 4-12)
  • 90 minute climb on our beginner climbing walls.

Clip 'n Climb

  • Ages 4+
  • 15 climbing challenges
  • 60 minutes
Taster Session

  • Ages 8-17
  • Take your pick from climbing, bouldering, and abseiling.
  • No parent supervision required from 8+.

Entry Stage

Let's get started

It's plain sailing from here. Our expert instructors are in charge so adults can watch from the comfort of our cafe.

Rocksters drop-in session

  • Ages 8-12
  • Weekly 2-hour sessions.
  • Try top rope climbing and bouldering.
  • No experience necessary.


Improvers Stage

Take off

Once they've shown our walls who's boss, here's how they can improve their skills.

Rocksters

  • Weekly 2-hour sessions.
  • Learn how to climb with style. 
  • Work through the national NICAS indoor climbing award scheme.


Advanced Stage

Love heights?

We offer advanced options for those younger climbers who want to use and improve their skills.

EICA Ratho Youth Squad

  • Ages 7-17
  • Juniors and teens may be invited to enter the exciting world of competition climbing.

1 to 1 Coaching

  • Our friendly instructors provide personal climbing lessons.
  • Suitable for climbers with basic skills.

Advanced Rocksters

  • Build confidence in climbing while working through the national NICS indoor climbing award scheme.



Introduction Stage

Curious?

Start your climbing adventure with a friendly instructor and these courses.

Clip 'n Climb

  • 15 climbing challenges
  • 60 minutes
Taster Session
  • Take your pick from climbing, bouldering, and abseiling.
  • 60 minutes
  • No parent supervision required from 8+.



Entry Stage

First Steps

We help wannabe junior climbers get to grips with all things climbing.

Youth Club drop-in sessions

  • Try top rope climbing and bouldering
  • No experience necessary


Improver Stage

Ready for more?

Once they've got the basics down, we help teens build their skills and have a blast.

Youth Club

  • Weekly 2-hour sessions
  • Develop problem-solving skills, creative thinking, and keep fit.

1 to 1 Coaching

  • Our friendly instructors provide personal climbing lessons.
  • Suitable for climbers with basic skills.


Advanced Stage

Hooked?

We help confident climbers build their skills and showcase. 

EICA Ratho Youth Squad

  • Juniors and teens may be invited to enter the exciting world of competition climbing.

Advanced Youth Club

  • Develop your climbing skills, technique, and confidence.

Under 18s Assessment 

  • Competent climbers ages 14+ may be invited to attend a 60 minute assessment session.
  • If successful, they'll be able to use the arena without instructor supervision.



Introduction Stage

Give it a go

We're here to make your first taste of climbing a blast. Why not clip in your family and friends too?

Taster Session

  • Take your pick from climbing, bouldering, and abseiling.
  • 60 minutes

Adult & Child Session

  • One adult (18+) and one child (ages 4-7)
  • 60 minute climb on our beginner climbing walls.

Family Climb

  • 2 adults (18+) and up to 4 children (ages 4-12)
  • 90 minute climb on our beginner climbing walls.

Clip 'n Climb 

  • 15 climbing challenges
  • 60 minutes


Entry Stage

Hello Newbies

We'll ease you in with an introduction to all things climbing and bouldering.

Start up course

  • 3-hour course
  • Get clued up and learn the skills for climbing unsupervised on the top ropes walls or boulders.
  • No experience necessary.

Start up and improvers course

  • 7 hours split into 1 x 3-hour start up and 2 x 2-hour improvers.
  • All the theory of the start up course with an extra helping of technique and movement skills.



Improvers Stage

The only way is up

Grasped the basics? It's time to build your skills. Meet fellow climbers while your at it with all these options.

Improvers Course

  • 4-hours split across 2 x 2-hour sessions.
  • For climbers who have completed their Start up course.
  • Spot your crimps from your jugs.
  • Find your style and start acing the fundamental movement skills.
  • Build your confidence and technique.

Refresher Course

  • 1-hour session
  • Comes in handy if you're a little rusty.
  • For climbers who have previously completed a start up course, have learn to tie in/belay but need a reminder, or have previous climbing experience.

EICA Club Night

  • Drop in when you like from 6-9pm on Wednesday evenings.
  • Casual evening session with coach on hand to offer tips/beta.
  • Perfect if you are new to the area or want to meet people.
  • No extra cost to your entrance fee or membership.

Ladies Coaching

  • 2-hour session can be booked in a block of 4 weeks.
  • Take your technique and rope skills to the next level, build confidence, and make friends.
  • Learn from an experienced female coach.

1 to 1 coaching

  • Our friendly instructors provide personal climbing lessons for 1-2 adults.
  • Suitable for climbers with basic skills.

Advanced Stage

Know your stuff? 

Now that you've conquered the walls, get your sights set on our advanced climbing options. It's time to show us what you're made of.

Learn to Lead

  • 3.5-hour session
  • Learn to lead climb and belay indoors with preplaced clips.
  • You can bring your own harness, rock shoes, and belay device, or hire all the equipment you need at the arena. 
  • Suitable for competent climbers, grades 6a and above.

Outdoor Courses

  • Includes Real Rock taster sessions, Personal Coaching, Learn to Trad or Sport Climb. 
  • Try your hand at navigation, sport, and traditional skills.
  • Real Rock Courses available.
  • Personal sessions also available.





We want as many people as possible to experience climbing, so we put a lot of energy into working with different education and community groups – youth groups, schools, clubs, Cubs, Brownies and the like. We welcome all groups as long as they meet the age and height requirements for specific activities. You could do a one-off activity such as a climbing taster or follow the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) or Climbing Wall Award. As well as being thrilling for all concerned, these activities can also help attract new members to your group.

We don't mind them climbing the walls during the holidays! Whether kids are looking to learn to climb, looking to reach that bit higher, or just looking for adventure, there'es something fun for everyone in the holidays at EICA. 

  • Holiday Climb Club - Ages 8 to 12 years Looking to squeeze a bit of climbing inbetween the holiday fun? Our Rocksters drop in 2hr sessions are booked by the day and perfect for those new to climbing or those already climbing.
  • Holiday Rocksters (Entry) - Ages 8 to 12 years Kids can start their climbing journey and earn some qualifications too. Great for beginners, runs 2hrs and booked per week.
  • Holiday Rocksters (Devlopment) - Ages 10 to 14 years (NICAS level 2 and up) Kids who already have their NICAS Level 1 can keep climbing and work on their technique. Runs 2hrs and booked per week.
  • Multi Activity Day - Ages 8 to 14 years Want to try it all? Our popular activity days showing all the EICA has to offer! Climbing, abseiling, Clip n Climb as well as some fun outdoor activities including team building games, slacklining and much more!
  • Rock Camp - Ages 8 to 14 years (NICAS Levels 2 and up) Our experienced instructors bring together indoor climbing and bouldering sessions and teach Trad and Sport Climbing at some of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife’s most exciting and challenging crags. Just a few of the activities that will keep your budding climbers occupied!
  • Adventure Camp -  Ages 8 to 14 years Our exciting week long adventure camp adventure camp combines thrilling indoor and outdoor activities for beginners between the ages of 8 and 14. Activities include climbing, Clip ‘n Climb, abseil, here at EICA, together with great outdoor fun activities in and around the Edinburgh, Lothian’s and Fife.


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