What we can offer

The ClimbScotland team offers a range of services to our partners, clubs and members to support and develop participation in climbing in Scotland. Below you will find descriptions of these services and the cost which apply to them.

Climbing session delivery/facilitation service

We can run tailored climbing sessions, both indoors and outdoors, for partners. From indoor beginner sessions to outdoor climbing trips, we can help.

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What is included?

  • Instruction
  • Coaching
  • Session plan
  • Athlete profiling
  • Harnesses (If required)
  • Helmets (If required)
  • Ropes (If required)
  • Trad/Sport climbing PPE (If required)

What is not included?

  • Wall entry fees
  • Climbing shoes
  • Chalk
  • Transportation
  • Food/Refreshments

Cost: £25 per hour / per staff member or alternatively by getting participants signed up as ClimbScotland members at just £15.50 (under 18s) per person

Contact us at info@climbscotland.net for more information or if you have any questions.

Route Setting Service

This service is available for schools, local authorities, and youth organisations who are ClimbScotland partners and work with us to promote climbing through their activity and engagement with young people. This is a bespoke service that aims to support youth engagement in climbing through the development of facilities.

Route setter

Our route-setters can give advice on what is most appropriate for walls for children of all ages, what style and type of holds to use or purchase and the setting of suitable routes.

The service offers:

  • Setters with extensive experience at setting for all ages and abilities.
  • Experienced setters for youth competitions.
  • Setters that have extensive experience of route-setting for Mountaineering Scotland, BMC and international competitions.
  • Setters that have been trained in route-setting to Mountaineering Scotland’s agreed safe standards to ensure their own safety whilst working.
  • Setters who are experienced in setting complex routes on walls to minimise any risk of injury from falls and swings into other areas of the wall.


  • The client must supply all holds and fixings.
  • The client is responsible for the safety of the climbing wall and any belay points used by our setters.
  • The client may supply equipment (e.g. ropes) for use by setters, but both parties must check their safety before use.
  • The setters will supply their own personal climbing equipment and be responsible for its safe condition.
  • Routes are set using best practice and are fit for use at the end of setting.
  • It must be emphasised that holds do work loose over time and it is the responsibility of the client to maintain regular checks post setting.

For inquiries about our route setting service contact Kevin Howett. kevin@mountaineering.scot

Facilities Development Consultancy

ClimbScotland will actively encourage the development of new walls in Scotland in line with the agreed ‘Climbing Wall Strategy’.

New wall

These may include new-build projects or upgrades to existing walls, such as:

  • Local authority developments
  • Private ventures
  • Commercial developments
  • Charitable projects

The main criteria is a requirement for public access in an unrestricted manner in accordance with our policy to ensure facilities are built, designed and managed for the benefit of climbers. (Climbing activities, and climber expectations regarding freedoms to enjoy their sport are quite different to that of other indoor sports and are not always understood by non-climbing developers, and Mountaineering Scotland aims to provide specific advice on the management of a climbing facility.)

Requirements for Mountaineering Scotland support for new projects If you are approaching Mountaineering Scotland for support, we will need to have enough information about the project in order to make a decision as to whether it complies with our requirements strategically and functionally.

Projects that approach the Lottery or the Foundation for Sport and the Arts should be aware that these bodies will contact Mountaineering Scotland for expert advice and in such circumstances it is helpful if the proposal has already had input from Mountaineering Scotland to ensure time and effort is not wasted. Those projects approaching the Lottery via sportscotland should note that it is a requirement that they are affiliated to Mountaineering Scotland for the life of the award and that this will be monitored by sportscotland as part of the conditions of the award.

Mountaineering Scotland would require the following information before giving support.

Summary brief of the project

An outline of the proposed site for the climbing wall; the scale of the project (what Mountaineering Scotland category it fulfils); the overall wall dimensions and venue dimensions regarding circulation space; details of any ancillary facilities to be included; the total cost of the project and time-scales for completion.

A development plan

A development plan containing details of every aspect of the project. This will inclide a draft design proposal for the wall including the style of climbing to be catered for - type of wall, the style of wall, the type of wall surface - what climbing wall system is being used; potential manufacturers (tendered and preferred); any market research undertaken or sourced to support the project; the proposed wall management systems and regulations (NB Mountaineering Scotland supports management systems that maintain freedoms for climbers as indicted in the Climbing Wall Manual).

We recommend that potential developers read the Mountaineering Scotland Climbing Wall Strategy documents and the Climbing Walls Manual in the first instance.

Financial forecast

A full breakdown of costings for a minimum of a three-year period: usage figures judged against entry charges and costs.


Applications remain confidential. However, as there may be multiple proposals and projects can take years to come to fruition, Mountaineering Scotland may have to alert prospective projects to the possibility of competition.

Mountaineering Scotland conditions of support

We would require a supported project to commit to the Mountaineering Scotland conditions of support to climbing walls.

Facilities consultancy fee is £200 per day which applies to the following:

  • Development meetings (Outwith Mountaineering Scotland HQ)
  • Tendering applications
  • Interview panels

If you have any questions relating to the above or want to discuss your idea, then please contact our Sports Development Officer, Kevin Howett. kevin@mountaineering.scot

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