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Ready to Rock: outdoor climbing tasters

Ready to Rock courses are run in a partnership with Mountaineering Scotland and the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI). They are designed to help indoor climbers make their first moves onto rock by having a fun day out as well as covering the use of some key skills and equipment. 

To take advantage of what is on offer you will need to have been climbing indoors a few times already. You will need to be able to put on and adjust a harness, tie in to the rope and belay a climbing partner. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.

The Ready to Rock sessions are a fun way to get a taste of what outdoor climbing is like - very different from what you will be used to indoors.

During the course of the day you'll cover a variety of topics, which may include:

  • Types of trad climbing equipment
  • How to place good protection
  • How to build good belays
  • How to use guidebooks
  • Seconding/top roping 

These courses are ideal for novice climbing club members, students, parents and individuals who may have had the odd taster of climbing outdoors and wish to gain key safety skills at an excellent price. They may also be a good precursor for people contemplating the Rock Climbing Instructors Award training.

The instructors for these courses will hold an MIA or MIC and be members of AMI, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. You'll find the name of the instructor for each course next to the venue and date for that course.

Check out instructor profiles.


  • 55 per session


  • The course will run from 10am until 5pm


  • Bring your own shoes, harness, belay device and caribiner. Helmets will be required and the instructor may be able to provide these.

Course numbers

  • There must be at least three people booked before a course can run. Each course will have a maximum of six participants.


  • See below for list of dates and venues.

10 June - Davy Virdee, Edinburgh area FULLY BOOKED

16 June - Peter Nellist, Crieff or Dunkeld

23 June - Nic Crawshaw, Glasgow area FULLY BOOKED

15 July - Nic Crawshaw, Glasgow area

4 August - Max Hunter, Fort William or Kingussie FULLY BOOKED

19 August - Nic Crawshaw, Glasgow area

25 August - Davy Virdee, Edinburgh area

26 August - Peter Nellist, Crieff or Dunkeld CANCELLED

2 September - Davy Virdee, Edinburgh area CANCELLED

8 September - Peter Nellist, Crieff or Dunkeld CANCELLED

22 September - Nic Crawshaw, Glasgow area

6th October - Max Hunter, Fort William or Kingussie

As a rock climber, there are many good reasons to join Mountaineering Scotland, which is the representative body in Scotland for mountaineers, hill walkers, climbers and snowsports tourers. There are numerous discounts which can repay your annual subs in one shopping trip, and a whole host of other membership benefits.

Discover more about joining Mountaineering Scotland.