Start Climbing

Where to go?

Indoor climbing walls provide an ideal venue for giving the sport a try. From initial taster sessions, to instruction and coaching, indoor walls allow anyone to make their first moves in climbing in a comfortable environment.

Click on the following link to find a climbing wall near you: Indoor Climbing Walls

What should I expect?

For your first visit to a climbing wall you may need to do an Induction Session. During the Induction Session a member of staff will show you how to safely use the climbing wall. Once you have completed the Induction Session you will be able to use climbing wall independently.

How much will it cost?

An individual visit to a climbing wall will typically cost between €7 and €12 depending on the size, style and location of the climbing wall. 

Some climbing walls offer Induction Sessions free of charge, some charge between €10 and €20. 

What will I need?

You will need to wear some comfortable, sporty clothing. Climbing can be quite vigorous, so it can be a good idea to wear a few layers of clothing that you can take off as you build up a sweat!

A regular pair of sports shoes will do just fine for your first try at climbing. Some climbing walls have specialist climbing shoes to hire. Whilst they are not essential, climbing shoes will really enhance your climbing experience.

How do I progress?

Many climbing walls offer free drop in coaching sessions. Most walls will also offer one to one coaching sessions. Climbing about twice a week at a climbing wall will see you quickly progressing through the climbing grades.

Climbing walls are very social by their nature, climbing with other people and progressing together is an inherent part of the sport. As you progress pay most attention to your climbing technique, this will afford you much better long term progress then focusing on short-term gains in strength. 

For climbers keen to experience outdoor climbing on real rock there are a good number of qualified outdoor instructors operating throughout Ireland.

A number of climbing clubs also exist which will be happy to help novice climbers make the move from indoor climbing to climbing outdoors on real rock. Click on the link to find a club near you: Find Your Nearest Club

You can also visits the websites of the clubs below which may be of assistance to you in getting climbing outside. 

Please contact Mountaineering Ireland if you would like to have your club added to this list. 

Where can I get more information?

If you would like anymore information about beginning climbing please get in contact with Mountaineering Ireland, call the office on 01-6251115 or send an e-mail to

The BMC have produced New Rock Climbers.This excellent publication gives lots of information and advice. You can download by clicking on the following link: New Rock Climbers


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