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Indoor rock climbing for beginners in Edinburgh


Join Paul, a UIMLA-certified mountain leader and a qualified rock climbing instructor for a fantastic training session in an indoor climbing gym! Perfect for beginners looking for an introduction into the sport!


1 Day

All year




  • Great introduction to the exhilirating sport of rock climbing
  • Climb in an indoor gym with an expert instructor to learn important techniques
  • All you need for your first session is a willingness to learn and basic fitness


If you’re an aspiring climber looking for an initiation into the sport, join me for a private session in a fabulous indoor climbing gym! This is a great opportunity to practice the fundamental skills and techniques you will need during all your future climbing adventures.

The advantage to training in an indoor gym are the variety of routes of varying difficulty levels with color coded holds. As the difficulty increases, the holds become smaller and the moves more complicated, requiring more strength and advanced skills. By climbing in a gym, you are easily able to track your progress as you push yourself up more challenging routes and then observe as once-challenging routes become easier over time. The routes in climbing gyms are regularly re-set, allowing for infinite variety and new experiences. Climbing in a gym is completely safe, as climbers wear a harness attached to a rope at the top of the wall and are belayed up the wall.

Climbing indoors is a great initiation into this exhilarating sport, and there are numerous advantages to training in an indoor gym with a knowledgeable instructor such as myself. As with any sport, building the skills, strength, and techniques comes over time with dedication and practice. Not only can training with a instructor make the sport less intimidating for beginners, it will ensure that you learn the proper climbing skills so that you don’t develop incorrect techniques and bad habits that you will later have to correct.

All you need to begin is a willingness to try something new and a sense of adventure, along with a minimal fitness level and some basic equipment that may be rented at the gym.

Book now for a fabulous introduction to climbing – not only will you love the exhilarating feeling of reaching the top of a wall, but with my expert guidance, you will develop the skills and techniques you need to take to gorgeous outdoor walls!


Price includes

- Guiding fee


Meeting point

Edinburgh International Climbing Arena, Alien Rock, or Alien 2 in Edinburgh

About the guide

Over the years, I have dabbled in a wide range of professional endeavors ranging from the financial services sector to brewing beer. Trial and error eventually led me to hill walking, where I discovered my love of the outdoors and thus began my mountain guiding career.

While I would describe myself as a mountaineer at heart, I have always found it difficult to choose any one outdoor activity. Each offers a unique experience and the possibility for a perfect day given the right people, conditions and location.

I am a self-professed "eternal student" who is passionate about constant personal and professional growth. My curiosity has led me to acquire a number of outdoor qualifications across multiple disciplines. It also drives my desire to travel far and wide on a regular basis.

Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to visit Norway, India, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco and Nepal, though I must admit the Alps will always hold a special place in my heart. At home, I put my love of learning to good use as an advocate for outdoor education initiatives in Scotland.

I look forward to learning alongside you on your upcoming adventure!






Scotland, UK

What people are saying about Explore-Share

Kumari Selvakumar


Sept 14, 2022

I’m extremely happy with the ease with which I could book via your site reliable and experienced guide. Thank you so very much, and I’ve started to recommend your site to my friends. Dimitris is not only an awesome guide, but a wonderful person who was always looking out to give me the best experience I can have when he found out how much I love climbing! He is the Best!

Niklas Warren


Sept 6, 2022

I am very pleased with Explore-Share! This was my first international climb, and the communication and response time were great. Herbie is a very skilled guide and very efficient. The entire booking process & payment was smooth. I will definitely use Explore-Share again. Thank you.



Aug 23, 2022

I was looking for a local guide for a hike I was planning and came across Explore-Share. They seemed to have good reviews and so decided to give them a try. The experience was very positive and completely happy with their service. I will be using them again for next trip.

Colin Finnegan


Aug 17, 2022

Easy to set up and find the perfect trip. Informative site that is easy to use. Guides are all great to work with and communicate all arrangements needed. As simple as can be!

Lesley Weber


July 16th, 2022

Thank you explore-share for a wonderful via feratta experience. We have been wanting to learn for a long time but don't have the facilities in Scotland. The guide Mitja was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, answering all my many questions and providing advice. On the day head to take another group but he quickly arranged another guide Borut, who was brilliant. We had a fantastic morning learning via ferrata at Hvadnik in the gorge. It gave us the confidence to later hire our own equipment and go out in Mojstrana. Altogether a five star + experience. Thank you.

Richard Scrivener


July 20, 2022

Hello! I have been thoroughly impressed by the service and assistance that explore-share have provided the past couple years in helping to plan my trip to the High Tatras in Poland. I really appreciated the flexibility that they provided in allowing me to rearrange my trip twice owing to covid. They were responsive and communicative throughout. This trip was part of my Stag weekend celebrations and explore-share connected me with an outstanding guide in the form of Marcel - he was an excellent recommendation and we really enjoyed our guided hike in the High Tatras with him. Marcel was an outstanding professional, placed a high focus on preparing well and staying safe, and was also a great guy! Highly recommend. Many thanks and best wishes - Richard

Yvonne Morrison


May 8, 2022

Our first time with Explore-Share. An absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish. Extremely good value, very well organised with attention to detail. We travel widely and this has by far been the best of experiences. Well done to all concerned. We are already looking at booking another trip!

Mark Stone


April 14, 2022

Great service by explore share. Our guide, Fred, gave us a fantastic day. Totally wild adventure that would be impossible on our own. I’m really impressed. Thank you very much.

James Dempster


March 9, 2022

I can’t recommend this enough. Great service, great price and the on the ground team was top notch. Top marks all round.

Leonardo Rodriguez


March 4, 2022

Everything went very well! Above our expectations! Thanks Explore-Share and Thanks Kiliholidays! Great support from all you! Thanks for the hard work and excellent level of commitment.

Daniel Martinez


Feb 2, 2022

Excellent job making your platform available to all mountain lovers. Our guide Gabrielle was an excellent companion



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