John Biggar, WMCI

John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor : WMCI

 Site last updated Saturday 1st June 2024.

 My contact details appear below. 

Climbing at the Fish Kettle, Rhins of Galloway. 

Linda Biggar climbing at the Fish Kettle, Rhins of Galloway.

I have some availability this summer for teaching (or guiding) rock climbing in Scotland, but because of work commitments out in the Andes there are some big gaps in my availability schedule!


 Contact me by phone on

01556 503929

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

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or email me at  Email address

I'm based in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. I'm a qualified mountaineering instructor (WMCI) and can guide and instruct scrambling, 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, families, groups of friends, schools. I've also worked in the past with 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 and cliffs of Skye, The Cairngorms, Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Ben Lawers, The Lake District, Northumberland and North Wales.

Get out Climbing !

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

Go Skiing  Information about the ski-mountaineering and split-boarding courses I run in winter and spring.

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.

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 skiing 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.

Myself and Linda  finished climbing the routes in Classic Rock together in 2022. Read more about it and see lots of photos on my Classic Rock page.

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  

Linda Biggar leading Chippys Downfall, Black Gairy, Merrick.  

Linda Biggar leading Chippys Downfall on the Black Gairy, Merrick. This photo features in the new "best of" Scottish Winter Climbing guidebook published by the SMC in April 2022.  ISBN 978-1-907233-42-5

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  2005-2024 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.