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Please note you should only register to climb at alien rock if you know how to belay/tie in, either through experience or having completed a beginners course.

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alien rock / alien bloc

re-opened 1st Sept 2020

We are very excited to announce that Alien Rock and Bloc re-opened on Tuesday 1st September!!! Both walls will be open 10am to 9:30 pm Mon-Fri, 10am to 6:30 pm Sat-Sun.
Thanks for being patient during this time, we're sure everyone will be super psyched to be climbing again 

Obviously there are changes to our operation, a brief summary of which is listed below:

-Firstly. These are very trying times and we have done our best to ensure people feel safe to use our walls. However if you still feel nervous unsure or that the risk is too high
perhaps it will still be too early for you to resume indoor climbing.

-If you feel unwell have a high temp, persistant cough, lack of smell or live with someone who is self isolating then please do not come for now.

-For now pre booking at no cost will be required to ensure your entry to the wall in 2.5 hour time slots detailed in booking system. Wall shut for 30minutes between slots.
The booking system shows available spaces and how many have been booked. A very limited number of walk ins will be available.

-The calculated capacity for alien rock is 28 persons

-The calculated capacity for alien bloc is 60 persons

- The booking system is in operation at both centres: this will be 2.5 hour sessions, bookable upto 2 weeks in advance. To book a place click on button top of page.
Please note, if you are not as yet registered to climb at alien rock or alien bloc please follows the links to the registration pages first.

Please note you should only register to climb at alien rock if you know how to belay/tie in, either through experience or having completed a beginners course.

-At times queing for entry may be unavoidable so please dress appropriately.
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- We will be adhering to current guidelines on social distancing, with customers expected to keep to 2 metres apart when using the centre.

- Hand sanitiser is available throughout both centres, and customers are encouraged to clean hands: before, regularly during and after each session.

- Masks are required in all non-climbing (or training) areas of both centres. Masks as per industry guidelines are not required at this time in the climbing areas.

These items will all be subject to change at any time. We will continually monitor expert advice and overall centre operation and make changes as necessary. It's important that everyone feels comfortable and safe using the centre, and we will be doing our utmost to ensure this.

Here’s an update of how our walls are currently operating.

- All sessions still need to be booked using our booking system, link above. This seems to be working smoothly so far. If people could make sure to cancel sessions if they can’t attend: to cancel, follow the link in the email confirmation, select Ticket Options and Cancel ticket.

- Regarding the new Scottish government rule, of a maximum of six people from two households meeting socially: if people could make sure to also stick to this when visiting with or meeting others at either centre.

- Everyone should make sure to keep adhering to the 2m social distancing rule when using the centres. With cases rising again we want to make sure to be as safe an environment as possible by sticking to these best practises, and thus avoiding any additional restrictions or future lockdowns.

- Currently we are still not running any instructor led sessions at Alien Rock; this includes beginner’s courses and any kid’s sessions. We will continue to monitor government guidance and introduce things gradually when safe to do so.

- We have a slight change to the rules regarding adult members supervising novices or U18’s. An adult member can now supervise 2 novices/U18 per session if they are all from the same household or 1 novice/U18 per session otherwise. Adult novices can only be supervised at Rock.

- Again thanks to everyone who has visited since we re-opened and got on board with all the changes to our operations. It’s been really great to see all the regulars back and lots of new faces enjoying Rock and Bloc again!


alien rock was Scotlands first dedicated indoor climbing centre and has been providing a fun, exciting and friendly venue for indoor climbers since 1994.

Indoor climbing is suitable for almost all ages and abilities from the complete novice to experienced climber, whether you visit individually or as part of a group of friends.

alien rock is also known as alien one and has a large collection of roped climbing.

alien bloc has just been built nearby and opened 24th June 2017 and is a bouldering centre with lower walls where ropes are not used.


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alien rock, 8 Pier Place, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP vat registration number 634 842 921
For all bookings telephone 0131 552 7211, enquiries email us at aliens@alienrock.co.uk

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