Bouldering Taster Session

Join us for an outdoor bouldering taster session! The aim of this taster session is to provide a fun and relaxed introduction to outdoor bouldering. No ropes or harnesses are needed as we don’t climb too high, instead focusing on the movement of climbing above crash pads to cushion any falls. It’s great for those who have some climbing experience already who would like to try bouldering outdoors. Come and explore bouldering and discover why it’s become one of the most popular types of climbing.


What Does this Taster Session involve?

You will meet your instructor at a carpark near the climbing location and have a quick chat about the session and pack your things into a bouldering pad to carry to the climbing location. There will then be a short walk to the climbing location where you will lay out the bouldering pads and start climbing. You’ll be guided through movement skills and key safety skills by your instructor, ensuring you get the most out of your experience.

Who is it for?

This taster session is ideal for anyone looking to try outdoor rock climbing for the first time, or for those who have done it a few times before and want to brush up on their skills. It has been particularly popular with: 

  • Climbers with indoor bouldering experience looking to try bouldering outdoors. 

Under 18’s are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent throughout the session
If you have never climbed before, I would suggest a Rock Climbing Taster where we will do some top roping. Here the climbing movements are a little easier and you get the adventure of climbing higher!

Where is it?

Our base is in Aberdeen where the closest bouldering is on sea cliffs just 10 minutes drive from the city centre – near Cove. (This is called “Doonies Yawn Bouldering” – you can see a guide to the area here: topo / Guide) . One of the best places for beginners to boulder near Aberdeen is “Kattys leap” at Rosehearty, near Fraserburgh. 

There is also good bouldering at the Portlethen Boulders near to Portlethen and Luath Stones, near Alford. 

Looking for a different location? Get in touch as we often travel further afield!

What kit do I need?

  • Warm clothes to climb in with spare layers to keep warm and a waterproof jacket if it might rain
  • Climbing shoes. We have some rock climbing shoes available you can borrow but these are limited in number and size. If you need to borrow shoes please include this at the point of booking so we can check if we have the right size for you. 
  • Climbing chalk – not necessary but very handy to have. We also have some of this for you to use if you do not have your own. 
  • Snacks and water

All climbing equipment is provided including bouldering pads and a helmet.

Why Choose Cove Climbing?

Liam has been climbing for over ten years and has been qualified and teaching climbing for over six years. He has worked with a wide range of clients and is experienced in helping develop confident, safe, independent climbers. Liam has bouldered to a high level, has extensive local knowledge of bouldering spots and is keen to use his experience to help you get the most out of your session.

How do I book or find out more?

If you have any general enquires about our Bouldering Taster Session then get in touch with If you have already decided this is the session for you then great! There are two ways to
book. You can either book onto an open Bouldering Taster (limited availability each year). Alternatively you can make a private booking.

All Open Sessions and Courses

Browse our selection of open sessions and courses below. If you can’t find a date or a course suitable to your requirements please make a private booking. Note on these sessions you will be in a group of between 2-6.

Private “Bouldering Taster Session” Booking Form

Want a day out tailored exactly to your requirements, private one-to-one instruction or a private group booking? Get in touch using the form below. The cost for a half day of instruction is £130 and £230 for a full day of instruction. Half day sessions can also be in the evening during the Summer months when there is enough day light.