Scott O'Hara

Scott is an enthusiastic and avid birder and general naturalist, and not only his working life but most of his spare time and holidays are devoted to his passion. He has accumulated a great deal of birding knowledge and experience throughout the Highlands, and has explored all of Scotland's main island groups several times, with a particular love of the Uists and Orkney Isles. A Heatherlea Guide since 2015, Scott is a highly experienced and capable Tour Leader, with expertise in Europe, the Americas and Africa to add to his extensive Scottish knowledge.

Scott grew up in Montrose on the east coast of Scotland, and was introduced to nature from an early age, exploring the beaches and rocky shorelines of Montrose Basin throughout his childhood, when his main interests were invertebrates and the finding of agates and semi-precious stones.

He completed his BSc Countryside Management at the Scottish Agricultural College and continued into conservation work on Local and National Nature Reserves both north and south of the border, for a number of conservation bodies and local authorities.

Scott has completed bird and protected mammal surveys across Angus, Highland Perthshire and the South of Scotland. He also works as a Teacher Naturalist for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, leading groups of all ages and abilities in environmental education.

Join Scott across the Highlands and Islands, and also in overseas destinations.

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  • Shetland in Autumn for birders

    Shetland in Autumn for birders

    • 28 Sep - 05 Oct 2019

    £1645 pp, £250 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Rarity hunting at the top of Britain - covering all corners of Shetland from Unst to Sumburgh!

  •  Isle of Scilly for birders

    Isle of Scilly for birders

    • 12 Oct - 19 Oct 2019

    £1695 pp, £200 single supplement. Deposit £200

    An exciting birding tour of the Isles of Scilly - visiting St Mary's, Bryher, Tresco, St Martin's and St Agnes!

  • Costa Rica Classic Tour - PLUS!

    £5295 pp, £545 single supplement. Deposit £800

    Birding and Wildlife during an unforgettable 18-night experience

  • Hogmanay Birding Festival - Dec/Jan

    £1295 pp. Deposit £200

    Great winter birding around the Highlands with a traditional Scottish Hogmanay

  • Gambia

    Gambia

    • 10 Jan - 17 Jan 2020

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

    A great introduction to African birding

  • NEW! Up Helly Aa - Shetland in Winter

    £1645 pp, £195 single supplement. Deposit £300

  • Birders Blast!

    Birders Blast!

    • 03 Feb - 07 Feb 2020

    £745 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Fast paced and fun winter birding short breaks in the Scottish Highlands

  • Birders Blast!

    Birders Blast!

    • 11 Feb - 15 Feb 2020

    £745 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Fast paced and fun winter birding short breaks in the Scottish Highlands

  • Highland Winter Birding

    Highland Winter Birding

    • 22 Feb - 29 Feb 2020
      Special Offer

    £1295 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A week of Scottish birding across the Highlands featuring a two night stay on the remote North Coast!

  • Mull and Islay

    Mull and Islay

    • 29 Feb - 06 Mar 2020

    £1645 pp, £150 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A late-winter raptor and wildfowl holiday on two of our favourite islands!

  • Highland Birding in March

    Highland Birding in March

    • 21 Mar - 28 Mar 2020
      Special Offer

    £1295 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Brilliant northern birding as Spring begins

  • NEW! Italy - Po Delta & Rome

    NEW! Italy - Po Delta & Rome

    • 01 Apr - 08 Apr 2020

    £2095 pp, £225 single supplement. Deposit £300

    Great birding short break in one of Europe's most important National Parks, followed by a few days in Rome

  • 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

  • Skyros

    Skyros

    • 22 Apr - 29 Apr 2020

    £1995 pp, £160 single supplement. Deposit £300

    Relaxed Spring birding on an unspoilt Greek Island in the heart of the Aegean Sea

  • Outer Hebrides in Spring

    Outer Hebrides in Spring

    • 02 May - 08 May 2020

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

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

  • Shetland Island Explorer - May/June

    £1945 pp, £295 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A thorough tour of the Shetland Isles, including visits to Unst, Fetlar, Yell, Noss, Mousa and Mainland.

  • Shetland Island Explorer - May/June

    £1945 pp, £295 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A thorough tour of the Shetland Isles, including visits to Unst, Fetlar, Yell, Noss, Mousa and Mainland.

  • Islands on the Edge

    Islands on the Edge

    • 06 Jun - 13 Jun 2020

    £1995 pp, £195 single supplement. Deposit £200

    A grand tour of the Inner and Outer Hebrides, from Berneray, North & South Uist, Benbecula, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay to Tiree and Coll!

  • Inner Hebrides from Canna to Iona

    Inner Hebrides from Canna to Iona

    • 19 Jun - 26 Jun 2020

    £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.

  • Highlands and Wester Ross

    Highlands and Wester Ross

    • 18 Jul - 25 Jul 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    High Summer wildlife by land and sea

  • Highlands and the Bass Rock

    Highlands and the Bass Rock

    • 25 Jul - 01 Aug 2020
      Special Offer

    £1495 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

  • NEW! Autumn in the Highlands with 'Easy Walking'

    £1295 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A unique birding holiday especially for those who don’t want to walk too far

  • NEW! Autumn in the Highlands with 'Easy Walking'

    Price TBC. Deposit £200

    A unique birding holiday especially for those who don’t want to walk too far

  • Bulgaria in Autumn

    Bulgaria in Autumn

    • 05 Sep - 12 Sep 2020

    £1995 pp, £130 single supplement. Deposit £300

    Brilliant birding along the Via Pontica - spectacular migration on the Black Sea coast!

  • Shetland in Autumn for birders

    Shetland in Autumn for birders

    • 19 Sep - 26 Sep 2020

    £1745 pp, £250 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Rarity hunting at the top of Britain - covering all corners of Shetland from Unst to Sumburgh!

  • Shetland in Autumn for birders

    Shetland in Autumn for birders

    • 26 Sep - 03 Oct 2020

    £1745 pp, £250 single supplement. Deposit £200

    Rarity hunting at the top of Britain - covering all corners of Shetland from Unst to Sumburgh!

  • Highlands and Skye in Autumn

    Highlands and Skye in Autumn

    • 10 Oct - 17 Oct 2020

    £1395 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    A superb celebration of Autumn across the Highlands, featuring two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye!

  • Short Breaks - Scottish Birding in Autumn

    £745 pp, No single supplement. Deposit £200

    Three days exciting autumnal birding including an Aberdeenshire day trip

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