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Welcome to Heatherlea, your natural destination for wildlife!

Birding & Wildlife Holidays in Scotland and Worldwide


Heatherlea are your natural choice! We specialise in friendly holidays to see birds and mammals in the wild. Our fully inclusive tours include comfortable en-suite hotel accommodation, all food, transport and the services of top quality experienced Leaders. Everything you need!

Read more in our 20129 Brochure, or in our brand new Mini-Brochure issued Jan 2019. Just click the buttons below to uncover many new dates and destinations. All holidays now booking!

Latest Updates


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 ninth 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. We have exciting new itineraries now available, see 'Highlands and Corncrake', 'Highlands and the Bass Rock', and 'Southern Scottish Mainland' . 'Early Birder' price reductions 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 'Birding Bites'  for information. 

For the first time we now also offer exciting new holidays in England, including 'Cornwall for Birders in Autumn', and 'Forest of Dean and Somerset Levels'. 


SPECIAL OFFER January 2019

Book any holiday this month, and we will give you a useful Heatherlea Beanie, the fashion accessory of the moment!





Our latest VisitScotland Assessment


Heatherlea hold the much coveted award of ‘5 stars’ from visitScotland for our Wildlife Experience, and our latest inspection took place on 4 July 2018. The Inspector said;

‘From pre-arrival enquiries, to completing the booking procedure and arrival, service was exceptional. Both Toby and Jonny were exceptional Guides. There was a genuine enthusiasm shown throughout the tour, complemented by an impressive wealth of knowledge. Each sought to create a rapport with all in the group. Toby and Jonny both ensured that I had enjoyed my tour, with Jonny making certain there was nothing else I needed before departing. Your overall score ensures a secure 5 star award.’

Heatherlea are the first wildlife experience on the Scottish mainland to achieve 5 Stars, the highest available rating, classified as ‘exceptional’ by visitScotland. We are proud of all our team, and particularly that we have held the award continuously for nine years. We look forward to welcoming you to Mountview Hotel in Nethy Bridge, where a five-star experience awaits!



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 for land based holidays, offering you exceptional personal service. 

STOP PRESS! We are delighted to once again partner BBC Wildlife on a tremendous adventure to SVALBARD to see Polar Bears and much more, and also to announce that popular TV presenter Nick Baker will be joining this voyage.

New trips to CHINA, CHILE, BULGARIA and NORTHERN GREECE, SWEDEN, IRELAND, KENYA, Northern PORTUGAL and CANARIES have recently been published.

Our 2019 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 new more comprehensive and brand new Birders' Tour, where we seek harder-than-usual targets.

In other news, our 2019 FINLAND holiday has a newly added excursion to see lekking Ruff (no extra charge), and our EBRO DELTA holiday in autumn now has a companion trip in spring. In 2019, our very popular TRINIDAD, TOBAGO and ST LUCIA holiday will be varied slightly to allow us to see huge Leatherback Turtles laying on protected beaches.

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.


Thank you for visiting Heatherlea today, we hope you enjoy our website.
There are daily updates, so please come back to see what's new, or
contact us directly for more about specific holidays.

Kevin, Caryl and the Heatherlea team

Contact Information

The Mountview Hotel, Nethybridge,
PH25 3EB Scotland

T: 01479 821248