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Please note there have been some changes to entry requirements of Hotrock Climbing Wall in order to enhance the enjoyment and safety of everyone using the climbing wall.

Due to Covid restrictions, numbers at the wall are limited and you will need to book a 2 hour slot on Eventbrite.


Everyone will be required to complete a membership form and this can be done quite quickly at Reception the next time you pop into the Centre. You will then be issued a membership card which will clearly indicate access category. There will now be inductions for all wall users.

Hotrock is a climbing wall owned by Mountaineering Ireland, and managed by, and situated at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.

At Hotrock there is a lead wall and a bouldering area. The lead wall is 9.5m high and 11m wide; the bouldering wall is 4.5m high and 10m wide. A campus board and finger board have recently been added to the bouldering area. There are now also four auto-belay devices on the lead wall.

The climbing surfaces are made from a textured fibreglass medium with rock features. A range of bolt-on holds are also in use. The lead wall has over 40 routes ranging from easier slab lines to more technical and strenuous routes through the grades.

The bouldering area allows individuals to climb without a rope and offers a wide range of technical problems with crash matting to soften the impact of falls. The wall is designed to encourage maximum participation for all abilities.

Climbing equipment may be hired for use on the wall.

We have no upper age limit but participants under 14 must be accompanied by an adult wall user.

Qualified staff are available at specific times to facilitate training in the use of the wall and develop climbing skills. The wall also hosts climbing competitions and other events.


You can avail of an Instructed Hotrock Climbing Wall session and these sessions are the perfect first step into lifelong participation into adventure sport.

Bookings must be for a minimum of 6 people. Cost is £22 for young people and £28 per adult and this includes entry to the wall, and hire of harness and climbing boots, and instruction from one of our highly qualified and experienced staff.

To book a slot please telephone +0044 (028) 4372 2158 or email


Current situation

As you are probably aware the current advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Health Promotion Agency NI and Health & Safety Executive NI, as well as our expert group within Sport NI is that we cannot deliver any face to face courses for our customers including use of the Hot Rock Climbing Wall.

We know that you and many others like minded folk are very keen to get back on track with your plans to attend and complete a range of personal skills training and qualifications in a range of disciplines.

Believe us when we say we are equally keen to get outside with you and help you reach your goals and complete that journey.

How do we know? Because every day we get emails and phone calls asking when will courses resume and with every NI Executive mention of easing of restrictions the emails and phone calls are more frequent……