John Biggar, MIC

John Biggar : Mountaineering Instructor

Site last updated Friday 5th June 2015.

 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.

Tour de Force at Clifton Crag, May 2015

Dave McNicol finishing Tour de Force at Clifton Crag on a warm sunny afternoon, May 2015. This is probably the month when Clifton is at its finest - an incredible afternoon of good weather and climbing!


Get out Climbing !

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

Galloway Climbing & Skiing Stuff

Climbing in Galloway  A big new index page to further information and pictures of the best crags and rock climbing in Dumfries and Galloway. Including photos, topos and route descriptions for many of the best climbs on over 20 of the best crags.... also includes neighbouring areas of Ayrshire and the Scottish Borders.
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. It's not big and it's not clever.

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.
Favourites  Photos of my favourite climbing areas, mountains, sights and wildlife taken on holidays and expeditions.
Ski Mountaineering    A link thru to a ski-mountaineering website which I run.
Tips and Tricks    Some tips and tricks for climbers, not all of them useful!
Links    Some other sites that might be of interest.

Galloway Hills Webcam

 Rhinns of Kells   Link to a webcam on the MWIS website looking at the southern end of the Rhinns of Kells.

Galloway Climbers on Facebook

Several years ago I started 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 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  2005-2015 John Biggar. Unauthorised 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 is the central Caucasus as seen from El'brus at sunrise. The prominent peak on the right is Ushba. The sidebar is a remake of a picture of new blue stars in the N90 region. A "copyright free" images courtesy of NASA.