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Looking for a thrill? How about tackling a 25 metre descent down the sheer side of the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena -  Europe's largest indoor climbing facility.

The abseil starts from the highest point in the atrium, and our instructors will clip you in, check your ropes and harness you up then it's over to you. Step backwards into the atrium, control your speed and work your way down five levels, pausing to look in at the window of the quarry and events rooms as you rope down.

Abseilers of all ages tell us it provides a sense of achievement and feeling of great pride. It’s certainly an experience you’ll never forget and a huge confidence builder. 

Our instructors are there to supervise, encourage, reassure and give advice to improve your technique. They can also help control your speed and descent if necessary. We provide all the equipment - you supply the adrenaline. 

We offer abseiling sessions for both individuals and groups so give it a go for the thrill, the terror, the challenge or as skills training for coming down cliffs, mountains and buildings.


Looking for a group activity or celebration with a difference? We can certainly create a memorable event at EICA: Ratho for corporate groups, team building, stag and hen or birthday parties. 


 Want to try abseiling for yourself? We offer sessions for age 8 years upwards. Our instructors are there to supervise, reassure and help you improve your technique and control your speed on the descent.