Oooooh, new wall!

Edinburgh Academy Climbing Wall is opening its doors to the public for the first time this winter. So escape the drizzle and check out this great new climbing facility.

A new purpose-built climbing wall has replaced a squash court in Edinburgh Academy’s junior school sports centre. The wall was designed and built by Dream Climbing Walls. It offers something for everyone and is a good introduction to the bigger local walls such as Alien Rock and EICA.

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What's available?

The climbing wall includes a bouldering area, with a great variety of problems for all abilities.

There are 12 roped lines with different graded route to try out via bottom rope or lead, including a competition wall which overhangs by five metres!

When can I visit?

The wall is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30pm to 10pm.

The wall entry fee for competent climbers is £5 per person.

New climbers

Induction courses are available for new climbers and are ran by a qualified climbing instructor at the wall. This session will include bouldering, traversing and harness work. Advance booking is required.

The aim of this session is to not only teach you the basics of climbing but to give you the confidence to attend further unsupervised climbing sessions with friends and family. After this 2 hour session you should be competent with tying into a harness and belaying for another person.

Prices for these sessions are:

  • Adult (16+) £20
  • Junior (7 - 15) £20
  • Parent and Child £40

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The future

The ClimbScotland team has been along to support the start up of a new youth climbing club which will be based at the wall. If you are interested in joining this club, then please speak to the staff at the climbing wall to find out more.

The wall has been approved by Mountaineering Scotland as a qualifying wall for the Scottish Schools Climbing Competition. It can also be used for people to sit their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Leading Climbing Awards and climbing qualifications.

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How to book

  • Please note that if you are a competent climber, then there is no need to book. Simply turn up. To book your climb at this awesome new wall, please contact them on 0131 624 4900 or email

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