Your search for the perfect Scottish wildlife holiday has found its target! We offer an unbeatable holiday choice throughout the year, based either from our own 3-star Hotel in the Cairngorms National Park, or directly on the fabulous Scottish islands. Heatherlea are the FIRST company on the Scottish mainland awarded five stars by visitScotland for our 'Wildlife Experience'. Our latest assessment is given below, confirming our 5-star status for the seventh consecutive year - a unique achievement. Don't forget a few other important benefits, including free collection service from Aviemore, free WIFI and free loan of exceptional Swarovski optics. 'Early Birder' prices are available for many of our holidays on Mainland Scotland. We also offer shorter holidays, perfect for busy birders who want a 'dip' into Scottish birding. See our 'Birding Bites' or 'Short Breaks' pages for information.
Our latest VisitScotland Assessment
'This is a long-established business, which continues to develop still further, and I found an excellent level of professionalism at all stages from booking to tour. This included the outstanding product knowledge and ability of the guides and the well-balanced itinerary.
After a very positive and friendly phone call with Fleur, and subsequently with Kevin, who called back swiftly as promised, I was able to join an existing week-long tour for a single day. The booking proceeded very smoothly and clearly at all stages.
I want to note the attention to detail, and that I was made suitably aware of the structure and duration of the tour, all necessary practical information, and excellent preliminary orientation, which is not always successfully delivered on tours of this type. Simple and obvious issues such as toilet stops and other timings are sometimes omitted in any pre-tour instructions. I received an excellent welcome from Emma on arrival, and a further more precise orientation of the day from Scott.
Tours of this nature obviously stand or fall according to the competence (in numerous abilities) of the guides, and both earned top scores. My driver/guide maintained an enthusiastic and encouraging attitude throughout, as well as the essential product knowledge, which was impressive in various fields beyond just birdwatching. The quite large, and quite varied group, on the two vans, were all successfully engaged with and well integrated.
I am pleased to be able to confirm a secure 5 Star award for Heatherlea'.
Abroad, we offer non-intensive holidays packed with wildlife to give you a memorable experience and a flavour of the country we are visiting, backed by our own ATOL Licence for your protection. We have a maximum of 12 clients per trip, offering you exceptional personal service.
NEW! We are delighted to once again partner BBC Wildlife on a tremendous adventure to SVALBARD to see Polar Bears and much more. Full details of this exclusive holiday now available!
NEW! Our short break in the EBRO DELTA in autumn 2017 is now available.
NEW! Our exciting 2018 safari to UGANDA is newly available.
Our 2018 dates to Costa Rica have been announced. choose from the 15-night Classic Tour, ideal for the first-time visitor, the relaxed 18-night Classic Tour PLUS , or the more comprehensive and brand new Ultimate Birdwatching and Wildlife Tour, which offers 22 nights. These unique holidays are already filling!
New trips to INDIA, BELIZE, ECUADOR, ANDALUCIA and AUSTRIA have recently been published.
WITH HEATHERLEA, YOU'RE A VIP! Where our overseas holidays include flights, we also include a complimentary airport hotel and lounge. Long-haul holidays also include the relevant birdwatching Field Guide.To benefit, book your next holiday with Heatherlea, the wildlife operator who gives you more! Read more here.
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Kevin, Caryl and the Heatherlea team