John Biggar, MIC

John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor

Site last updated Thursday 6th October 2016.

 My contact details appear below.  

I can guide and instruct rock climbing, winter mountaineering and ski-mountaineering at venues throughout Scotland and northern England.  In the past I have run climbing sessions and mountaineering courses for individuals, schools, military groups, groups of friends, Mountain Rescue Teams and clubs. Have a look at my Go Climbing  page for more information and my Courses page for scheduled ski-mountaineering and winter walking courses. My wife Linda is also qualified to instruct rock-climbing and summer and winter hill-walking, she works on many of the courses and if I am not around she may be able to help!

Climbing Grapeshot at Old Zawn, October 2016.

Climbing Grapeshot at Old Zawn, October 2016. The Meikle Ross crag topo page has recently been extended with a new map, and photos and topos for one or two of the areas further west.  August 2016. After discovering that one of the belay stakes at the top of the nearby Red Slab had broken (at least partly due to corrosion) we placed two new stakes there in August 2016.  

Get out Climbing !

Courses  Winter skills and other courses for the 2016-17 season.

Go Climbing  General information about the services I can provide as a Mountaineering Instructor.

Go Skiing  Information about the ski-mountaineering courses I organise.

Galloway Climbing & Skiing Stuff

Climbing in Galloway   A big index page to further information and pictures of the best crags and rock climbing in Dumfries and Galloway. Including photos, topos and descriptions for many of the best climbs on over 20 of the best crags.
Winter Climbing in Galloway  Some general information and pictures of snow and ice climbing in Galloway.
New Climbs in Galloway   Some new routes done since the 2004 SMC guidebook.
Skiing in Galloway   Ski mountaineering and touring in Galloway. 

Lindas page

My wife Linda is also a freelance mountaineering instructor, this is her page

Worldwide Adventure Skiing

Alpine Ski Mountaineering - photos and some info for any of the main Alpine massifs.
European Ski Mountaineering - Europe beyond the Alps, south, north, east and west. Including Scotland and England.
Worldwide Ski Mountaineering - Ski Mountaineering in North & South America, the Caucasus, High Asia, New Zealand

Other Stuff

New Photos  Exactly what it says!
Personal Profile   All the dull stuff about me.
Andes    The guided skiing and climbing business I run.
Guidebooks    The climbing and trekking guidebooks to the Andes I have authored.
Tips and Tricks    Some tips and tricks for climbers, not all of them useful!
High Altitude Tips and Tricks      Same thing for high altitude climbing and camping.
Links    Some other sites that might be of interest.

Galloway Climbers on Facebook

There is a Facebook group for anyone interested in climbing in Galloway - you can post photos, start discussions, find someone to climb with... click on the link below.

You can now find us on Facebook  


If you'd like to try climbing, winter or summer, whether you'd like a taster session,  guided ascents or learning to lead, or if you just want any other help advice or instruction, get in touch with me, John Biggar. Contact me by phone on

01556 503929

or write or call in at 37a, St. Andrew Street, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1EN, Scotland.

or email me at  Email address

Linda leading good ice at the top of Better Gully, December 2010.

Linda Biggar leading good ice at the top of Better Gully,  December 2010.

If you experience any problems with this website (even if it's just a missing picture or missing link) or with the e-mail address please let us know by phone using the contact details above.

This whole website, including all photos (unless otherwise credited), diagrams and text  2005-2016 John Biggar. Unauthorized reproduction of any part of this website is prohibited. If you wish to use any material from this website please contact me for permission first, it will often be granted for non-commercial use providing you give full credit and link directly back to our site.

The banner picture on this website was taken skiing up the Merrick (843m) in early 2013. Merrick is the highest point in the southern uplands of Scotland. The sidebar is a remake of a picture of new blue stars in the N90 region. A "copyright free" images courtesy of NASA.