Ratho climbing centre in Edinburgh offers world-class facilities
- Edinburgh Guide
- 16 February 2011
World’s largest indoor climbing complex is just outside Edinburgh
If you’re in the capital looking for adventure but the windy city’s climate has you running for cover, you’ll find activities to get your adrenalin pumping at the world’s largest indoor climbing complex at Ratho.
Built in an old quarry by a stretch of the Union Canal that connects the city to Glasgow, the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena caters for all abilities and levels from complete beginners to advanced climbers.
As well as climbing walls ranging from 12m to 35m high and courses to get you started or to help you to improve, the centre offers other activities such as bouldering - perfect for those who fancy having a go at climbing without the fear of falling - and abseiling. Or if you’ve a head for heights, you can have a go at centre’s famous aerial assault course, where you’ll be strapped into a harness before stepping off a platform and tackling a series of ropes, ladders and other obstacles - all while hanging 100ft up in the air.
If you prefer to have your fun a little closer to the ground, EICA even has its own spa, complete with jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and a massage therapist offering treatments to help you relax after all that excitement. There’s even something to quench the thirst for adventure of the youngest adrenalin junkies, who can perform their own feats of derring-do in the soft-play area.
Edinburgh International Climbing Arena
Ratho, (0131 333 6333) Climbing wall open Mon - Friday 10am-10pm, Sat - Sun 10am-7pm; other activity times vary, check website for details. Climbing £9 (£5.50), spa session £2.75.