IFSC European Climbing Championships Lead & Speed Edinburgh 2019

What are IFSC European Championships?

The IFSC European Climbing Championships are European championships for competition climbing that run every two years. These are organised by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) European Council. 

Competitors compete in the disciplines of Lead, Speed, and Boulder. Competitors compete for titles in their individual disciplines, as well as an overall combined title taken from the overall ranking across the disciplines. These disciplines can be held in the same event or across different ones.

The 2019 IFSC European Climbing Championships for Lead & Speed will be held at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA): Ratho, 5 miles from Edinburgh Airport, Friday 4th - Sunday 6th October 2019. Please note that tickets can only be bought for Saturday and Sunday - qualifications on Friday will not be open to the public.

Edinburgh was successful in securing the championship, following a joint bid by EventScotland, City of Edinburgh Council, The British Mountaineering Council (BMC), Mountaineering Scotland and in conjunction with Edinburgh’s International Climbing Arena (EICA): Ratho.

Competition Venue

The competition will be held at the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA) in Ratho, Edinburgh, Scotland. EICA: Ratho is Europe's largest indoor climbing arena and has hosted a number of high profile national and international competitions in the past including 2010 IFSC World Youth Climbing Championship, 2014 IFSC European Climbing Championships, and in 2017, the IFSC Climbing World Cup and Paraclimbing Cup.

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA): Ratho
South Platt Hill
EH28 8AA

+44 (0)131 333 6333



Qualifications for speed will be taking place on Friday. These will not be open to the public. 


10:00 - 15:00

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 17:30

Lead Qualification

Speed Finals

Award Ceremony


08:30 - 11:00

14:15 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:00

Lead Semi Finals

Lead Finals

Award Ceremony

*Ticket schedule to change depending on number of competitor entries, please refer to the website for up to date details*

** Please be aware Red time which may have changed 

Media Accreditation

Media wishing to register for media accreditation to the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) European Climbing Championships (4-6 October 2019), which takes place at Edinburgh’s International Climbing Arena: Ratho should email: kerryteakle@edinburghleisure.co.uk by Thursday, 26 September 2019 with the following details:

N.B. - Media accreditation is only available on Saturday, 5th and Sunday, 6th October.  (Friday, 4th October will not be open to the public or media).  Registration is not guaranteed.    We will email you once your registration is complete.

Medium (i.e. photographer; online; journalist – print; TV; Radio; etc)
Dates attending – 1 day or 2 days (i.e. Saturday, 5th; and/or Sunday; 6th)
Email address;
Contact phone number/s;
Car parking space required – (Y/N).  

Please also send a head and shoulders picture for use on the pass

 Advanced issues found
 Advanced issues found

Competition climbing is an exciting experience as a spectator. To get an idea of what it is like, watch our video from the IFSC World Cup and Paraclimbing Cup held in 2017.


By Plane:

The nearest airport is Edinburgh (6.5 miles) - taxis are available from the airport to the EICA.

By Train:

For those travelling by train, the nearest main railway station is Edinburgh Waverley (12 miles). From Edinburgh Waverley, take a train to Edinburgh Park (8 miles) and taxis are available to EICA: Ratho.

By Car:

EICA: Ratho is on the west side of Edinburgh, just beyond the Newbridge junction of the M8 and M9, five miles beyond Edinburgh Airport. Situated on the B7030, which joins the A71 (Edinburgh to Livingston) with the A89, (which passes Newbridge) - the entrance driveway is marked with a big orange pillar at the end of the road. Please follow our directions as some sat navs and GPS devices do not take you to the correct place when inserting the postcode.

Local taxi operators:

Central Taxis – +44 (0)131 229 2468

Capital Cars – 0131 777 7777 or 777 7777


If you want to be in the heart of the action during the European Championships, then why not volunteer to be part of this amazing event.

 There's a range of volunteer roles available over the course of the event, and you'll also get to the event while you are volunteering.

Interested? Visit the Climb Scotland website to find out more or to register your interest.


If you are looking for accommodation recommendations, we have put together a list of recommendations close to the EICA:

Travel Lodge
Ratho Park
Glasgow Road
EH28 8PP
+44 (0)8719 846340
2.9 miles – 8 mins by car

Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club
Edinburgh West
EH27 8EB
+44 (0)131 333 1845
3.2 miles - 7 mins by car

Moxy Edinburgh Airport
1 Fairview Road
EH28 8AP
+44 (0)131 608 1172
4.7 miles – 14 mins by car

Premier Inn – Edinburgh Park
1 Lochside Court
Edinburgh Park
EH12 9FX
+44 (0)8715 279253
Sat Nav Directions: EH12 9HA
6.8 miles – 19 mins by car

Premier Inn - Newbridge
5 Hallbarns Crescent
EH28 8TH
+44 (0)8715 279253
11.8 miles – 19 mins by car
Sat Nav Drections: EH29 8TH

Linwater Holiday Park
West Clifton
East Calder
West Lothian
EH53 0HT
+44 (0)131 333 3326
3.4 miles – 11 mins

Do you require a ticket for the event?

Yes, the European Championships are a ticketed event.  We advise booking tickets in advance. Tickets will be in the form of an e-ticket, which can also be printed. Please remember to bring your ticket on the day. 

How do I book a ticket?

Please book tickets through our ticketing site - Click here

How much do tickets cost?

Junior tickets (under 18) will be charged at £15.00 per day, with adult tickets available at £20.00 per day. A limited amount of free tickets will be available for under 5-year-olds, with babies under 2 free.

Is it a seated event?

Yes, the event will be seated within a spectator area in the climbing arena.

What is the cancellation policy - can I get a refund?

Tickets for the European Championships will be non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Whom do I speak to if I have an issue with my ticket for the event?

If you are experiencing any issues with your ticket for the event, please get in contact with the ticketing platform agents, Red61 via email ifsceuropeanchampionships@red61.com.

Will there be catering available at the event?

Yes, there will be food and drink options on each day.

Is car parking available?

Parking at the EICA will be available but is limited to 250 cars per day. Customers will require to pre-book a space at £5.00 per day. This is available to book through the website.  Car sharing, where possible is recommended, as only 250 spaces will be available.

Is public transport available?

Situated beyond the Newbridge junction of the M8 and M9 and five miles beyond Edinburgh Airport, the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho, feels like it is out in the countryside but is very accessible by car but sadly not by public transport. Situated on the B7030 which joins the A71 (Edinburgh to Livingston) with the A89 (which passes Newbridge), you will find our driveway marked with a big orange pillar at the end of the road.

Is there disabled access?

Yes but please inform us at the time of booking if you need a wheelchair space or have specific requirements, so that we can arrange for everything to be ready on your arrival. Disabled parking will be available but there are limited spaces, so we need to be advised in advance.

Are there cash facilities at the EICA?

No, EICA has no cash machine facilities.

What other EICA facilities are open during the competition?

All other EICA facilities will be closed to the public during the event, including soft-play.

How do I volunteer for the event?

If you are interested in volunteering for the event please visit the Climb Scotland website for more information and to register your interest.