Ian Ford

Heatherlea Guide - Ian Ford

Ian has been guiding with Heatherlea since 1999, and describes his guiding career with the words 'it has been wonderful working at my hobby and playing a part in the company’s move from only Highland trips to taking over the world'.

Ian's interest in wildlife dates back to his early childhood, with lots of freedom to explore local ponds and woods, finding newts and learning bird song and wild flowers. A licensed ringer from his schooldays, Ian visited the Isle of May Bird Observatory and Bass Rock, and was delighted to find a singing Woodlark in a local forest in the 1990s, leading to Scotland’s only breeding record.

His favourite places include Spain, particularly the Ebro river and delta area, Yellowstone for its scenery, geysers, hot springs and other thermal features as well as the wildlife, and of course the Cairngorms and Scottish islands, describing the Hebrides as  'a secret jewel recently shared with many'.

In recent years Ian has worked to help develop wildflower meadows and woodland by the Tay estuary, and he holds a license to grow Greater Yellow Rattle, a flower which grows wild in only one location in Scotland. His oakwood and orchard project will keep him busy for many years to come!

Ever popular with guests and fellow guides alike, Ian will be leading groups for us across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, in England, and around the world. Ian particularly enjoys visiting the Inner and Outer Hebrides throughout the summer, though of course his knowledge extends to many birding destinations around the globe.

Follow this Guide

  • Spring into Scotland including Mull

    £1395 PP, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A week of Highland birding with TWO nights on the magical Isle of Mull

  • NEW! Spain - Catalonia and south-east Aragon

    £1995 PP, £270 single supplement. Deposit £300

    Superb spring birding from the pre-Pyrenees to the Ebro Delta

  • Outer Hebrides in Spring

    Outer Hebrides in Spring

    • 11 May - 17 May 2019

    £1595 PP, £60 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Superb spring birding on the southern Outer Hebrides: North and South Uist, Benbecula and Berneray.

  • NEW! Svalbard with BBC Wildlife

    From £4295 PP. Deposit £2000

    A unique adventure in The Kingdom of the Polar Bear!

  • Inner Hebrides from Canna to Iona

    Inner Hebrides from Canna to Iona

    • 21 Jun - 28 Jun 2019

    £1945 PP, £170 single supplement. Deposit £200

    An island hopping adventure on the west coast of Scotland: visiting Canna, Eigg, Muck, Morvern, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Iona, Lunga and Staffa.

  • Outer Hebrides and the Shiant Isles - July

    £1895 PP, £160 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A High Summer tour of the Inner and Outer Hebrides: The best of Skye, Harris, Lewis and the Shiant Isles.

  • Yellowstone

    Yellowstone

    • 19 Jul - 31 Jul 2019

    £5495 PP, £895 single supplement. Deposit £1500

    Birds and mammals in Yellowstone

  • Highlands and the Outer Hebrides

    Highlands and the Outer Hebrides

    • 10 Aug - 17 Aug 2019
      Special Offer

    £1395 PP, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A week long summer holiday to the Highlands and the Southern Outer Hebrides

  • Outer Hebrides in Early Autumn for birders

    £1545 PP, £60 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A six day birders tour of Lewis, Harris, Berneray, Benbecula and both North and South Uist!

  •  Raptors and Grouse

    Raptors and Grouse

    • 07 Sep - 14 Sep 2019
      Special Offer

    £1395 PP, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    The best of the Highlands in early Autumn

  • Coll and Tiree in Autumn for birders

    £1645 PP, £225 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A pioneering birding adventure on underwatched Hebridean islands.

  • Solway Firth

    Solway Firth

    • 09 Nov - 14 Nov 2019

    £1295 PP, £100 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A winter wildfowl spectacular on the Solway Coast of Dumfries and Galloway!

  • NEW! Lancashire

    NEW! Lancashire

    • 19 Nov - 22 Nov 2019

    £895 PP, £120 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Spectacular birding in late autumn/early winter

  • Gambia

    Gambia

    • 10 Jan - 17 Jan 2020

    £2395 PP, £250 single supplement. Deposit £300

    A great introduction to African birding

  • Camargue

    Camargue

    • 14 Mar - 21 Mar 2020

    £1895 PP, £130 single supplement. Deposit £300

    Wonderful early spring birding in the south of France

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The Mountview Hotel, Nethybridge,
PH25 3EB Scotland

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