What is RealRock?

RealRock sessions aim to support the transition from indoor to outdoor climbing for young people aged 8-17 years old. Whether it is trad, sport or bouldering you're into, come along to progress your outdoor climbing experience.

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Your RealRock session

RealRock is designed for young people aged 8 to 17 who have prior indoor climbing experience. Our sessions are tailored to the individuals who come along and what is available at the venue. You get access to professional climbing instructors who will help give you advice on techniques and equipment, along with the confidence to make your moves on rock.


  • Mountaineering Scotland / ClimbScotland Gold Members: £35 per person.
  • Non-members: £45 (this includes a year's membership!).

How it works

Here is some key information that will help you plan for your RealRock session:

  • We aim to be at the crag for a full day (10am-4pm) dependant on weather and energy levels
  • Parents or guardians must provide their own transport to the climbing venue. Under 14s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the whole session.
  • Technical equipment such as a harness, belay plate, rock shoes and helmet will be required by participants. Being familiar with your own equipment will maximise what you get out of the day, so we ask that you come prepared with all the required kit.
  • As it's in Scotland, the session is very weather dependent. We try our best to run sessions outdoors (so pack your waterproofs!), but if the weather is not playing game, then an alternative programme will be run.
  • If sessions take place indoors because of poor weather, participants will be required to pay wall entry fees, as these are not covered in the cost of the RealRock sessions.
  • In the hunt for dry rock, suitable locations and venues will vary, as will the distance.
  • Bookings are non-refundable.
  • Photography and video are taken at these events to promote through our website and social media. Please advise a member of the team if you do not wish to have your or your child's photograph taken.


Dates Area/Location* Activity
15 April Perthshire and Angus - Kirriemuir Sport
23 June Perthshire and Angus Trad
14 July Moray and Aberdeenshire Trad
4 August Central Belt and Perthshire Sport
25 August Moray and Aberdeenshire Trad/Boulder
29-30 September Highlands - Reiff Trad
*Area/Location: Will be confirmed two days before the sessions take place. This allows us to be flexible with the weather and the hunt for dry rock.

How to book

Book and pay quickly and easily online via the Mountaineering Scotland web portal. Here's how:

  • Existing members who are first-time users of the portal will need to set up their login via the 'forgotten password' link and follow on-screen instructions. When you are in, go to the 'book an event' tab and select the RealRock session you want.

  • Non-members will need to login to the portal via the "Join us" option; enter your details and follow on-screen instructions. Go into the "Your details" tab and complete the required fields before heading for the "Book an event" tab. Select the non-member price for the RealRock session you would like to attend. This includes a year’s ClimbScotland Gold membership.

  • After booking you will receive a confirmation email with more information about RealRock sessions.
  • New members will get their membership pack through the post in a week – find out more about what you get as a Mountaineering Scotland member.

Any questions?

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us at: info@climbscotland.net

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