John Biggar, WMCI

John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor : WMCI

 Site last updated Monday 26th July 2021.

With the upcooming easing of Covid restrictions in Scotland I am available once again for instruction or private guiding in Dumfries  and Galloway and elsewhere in Scotland. This can be rock climbing, abseiling or scrambling, from Corwar and Crammag to Clifton in Galloway, and from the Cairngorms to the Cuillin Ridge in Skye.

Sunset over the North Channel from the climbing area at Portobello. July 2021.

Sunset over the North Channel from the climbing area at Portobello. July 2021. .

  My contact details appear below.

I'm based in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. I'm a qualified mountaineering instructor (WMCI) and can guide and instruct rock climbing, winter mountaineering and ski-mountaineering in Galloway and at venues throughout Scotland and northern England. In the past I've run climbing sessions and mountaineering courses for individuals and groups, including couples, groups of friends, schools, the UK military, TV programs such as Grand Designs, Mountain Rescue Teams and climbing clubs.

As well as working on the hills and crags of Galloway where I live, I have worked in the mountains of Skye, The Cairngorms, Ben Nevis, Ben Lawers, The Lake District and Northumberland.


Get out Climbing !

Courses  Winter skills, skiing and other courses for the 2019-20 winter season.

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

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

Galloway Climbing & Skiing Stuff

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

Linda's page

My wife Linda is also a freelance mountaineering instructor, this is her personal 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, ask about current conditions, start discussions, maybe even find someone to climb with... click on the link below.

You can now find us on Facebook  


 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, Milldown, 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  2005-2021 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 this site.

The sidebar picture is a photoshopped remake of a picture of new blue stars in the N90 region. A "copyright free" image courtesy of NASA.