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Sports Facilities


We have a state of the art 11m climbing wall and a bouldering room to offer climbing courses, taster or refresher sessions, kids clubs and assessments.

RGU SPORT reopened on Monday 14 September as part of Robert Gordon University phased return to campus.

RGU SPORT will be reopening gradually, and in a measured and safe way to protect our staff, members and users. Find out our new opening hours:


  • Already able to put on a harness, tie in, and belay safely? Have an instructor sign you off as having the ability to use the climbing wall in a safe and competent manner.
  • Running for just half an hour, an assessment is mandatory before gaining access to the climbing facilities.
  • Assessed climbers are eligible to sign in up to two non-assessed buddies aged 5 years and above.
  • No teaching or assistance will be provided during Assessments. These are purely to assess your current ability to use the wall safely.

Climbing Courses


Courses introducing rock climbing on an indoor wall are available for both adults and children. Adult courses last three weeks, with a two-hour session each week. Children's courses last four weeks, with a one-hour session per week.

All of the basics are covered, from tying in and belaying to climbing technique and bouldering. The participants will work towards being assessed on the last week so they can return and climb unsupervised (adults only). Equipment hire is included in the price of the course.


Family climbing lessons are three 2 hour sessions and are designed to provide parents with the required skills to pass the RGU SPORT assessment. While parents learn knots, belay technique and safe climbing tips and techniques, children will be enjoying climbing with them, being able to start going to the kids climbing club. Courses can be altered with a minimum of 2 adults and 1 child, to a maximum of 2 adults and 4 children (price will vary).


For one hour, you can sample what indoor climbing has to offer and gain an insight into what is involved in the Learn to Climb course.


External and internal lead sessions are available for corporate or private group bookings. Preferential rates are available for youth and school groups. For further information please contact us.

Kids Climbing Club

Kids clubs are for any child aged 5-15 who have completed an RGU Learn to Climb course or have proof of climbing experience.

Running throughout school term time the club is open to those who have completed a Learn to Climb course. Meet new friends, improve your climbing ability or just have fun. This club is a great way for children to keep climbing without having to rely on parents and guardians to be there.

5-10 YEARS
  • Mondays at 16:30 - 17:30 or 17:30 - 18:30
  • Price per session - £5 Member, £6 Non-Member
  • Kit Hire - no charge
11 - 15 YEARS
  • Wednesdays at 16:30 - 17:30 or 17:30 - 18:30
  • Price per session - £5 Member, £6 Non-Member
  • Kit Hire - no charge

Children can book in 7 days in advance, but must pay at time of booking.

Climbing Parties

  • Parties are available for ages 5-15 and for groups of 8 (maximum 16). Parties last for one hour and may include some time in the bouldering room (subject to time and availability.)
  • All equipment will be provided and is included in the cost of the party.
  • Catering is available from our café operator, contact details can be provided.
  • To enquire, email for an enquiry form.


  • On Monday evenings from 19:00 to 22:00 during the University Academic Year, (roughly 20 September to 30 April each year, varying), the climbing area will be closed to public access. RGU Shelterstone Climbing Club have sole access to the climbing wall and bouldering room during this time. 
  • If any courses are running or if we have a private booking, they will have priority of lines. You may be asked to move from a line if it is specifically needed. If any big events are happening, we will try to let you know on our Facebook page.
  • Children’s Climbing Clubs operate 16:30 to 18:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays during Aberdeen City school term time and so the climbing area may be busy during these times.


  • We offer a book of 10 climbing tickets: £40
  • Discount mornings Monday to Friday from 06:00 - 09:00: £3
  • Discount evenings Tuesday 18:00 - 22:00: £4.50

Contact us

If you would like to book on a course, book a session, or if you do not see what you are looking for, please email

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