John Biggar, MIC

John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor

Site last updated Tuesday 12th December 2017.

 I've scheduled a variety of courses in Scotland for winter 2018. Click here for more information.

Earlier this month I checked all the belay stakes at Meikle Ross, which have been deteriorating over the years. The observations are on my Meikle Ross guidebook page.

Skking on Beinn Bhan, November 2017

John Biggar, skiing on Beinn Bhan above the Applecross road in November 2017. It's been a great start to the winter so far, I've got in several ski days and two climbing days. If you'd like to try ski-mountaineering, or learn some basic winter skills such as using an ice-axe and poons, please get in touch. I have various courses scheduled for February and March 2018.

 My contact details appear below.  

I'm a qualified mountaineering instructor (MIC) and can guide and instruct rock climbing, winter mountaineering and ski-mountaineering 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, Mountain Rescue Teams and climbing clubs. Have a look at my Go Climbing  page for more information and my Courses page for details of scheduled winter courses. My wife Linda is also qualified to instruct rock-climbing and summer and winter hill-walking. She works on some of the regular courses and if I'm not around she may well be able to help!


Get out Climbing !

Courses  Winter skills and other courses for the 2016-17 season. Details for 2017-18 to follow soon

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. 

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, 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, Rhins of Kells South, 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  2005-2017 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 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.