Heatherlea was founded by Kevin and Caryl Shaw in 1991 at Heatherlea Guest House in Boat of Garten, four miles from our current location in Nethy Bridge. We began Heatherlea for the very best reason - we wanted to go birding with you! We have never regretted the move for a minute, it's the best thing we have ever done!
Heatherlea is one of Britain's leading wildlife holiday operators. In 2019 we celebrate our 29th Anniversary with more choice than ever, both in Scotland and overseas.
Heatherlea is built on a love of wildlife watching, and a real spirit of adventure. There are birds and other animals to marvel at, flora to enjoy and landscapes and culture to savour! We are firmly focused on finding wildlife for you to see, though only in a sensitive and sustainable way, and plan very carefully in advance to give you the best chances, in comfort and safety.
Here at our HQ in Nethy Bridge, our 'Mainland Scotland' groups are small in size, with a high level of personal attention, as we focus on wonderful Scottish birding all year round. Comfortable en-suite rooms, all meals, all transport, access fees and guidance are included, to give you everything you need from our top-rated birding holidays. Many one-week itineraries include brief second-centre destinations, including the Outer Hebrides, Mull or Orkney, giving you great value and the best available use of your valuable holiday time.
Around the Scottish Islands, Heatherlea offer a unique gateway to beautiful, isolated places where wildlife is special, with over 20 fantastic holidays from Islay to St Kilda. Our expert, friendly guides make each experience truly memorable.
Overseas our very popular Pre-flight Service saves you money and makes everything easy. With just 12 clients per holiday, the accent is again on personal service to you, our valued customer.
We would like to pass on our thanks to every one of you for making our short break with you so special, we have thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guides Jonny and John were as ever excellent, ensuring that we all saw as much as possible.The girls at the hotel are brilliant, extremely efficient but also very welcoming and friendly, it is always like meeting old friends. The food is fabulous and the rooms warm and cosy, what more could anyone ask for?
Thank you all again, hopefully see you again soon
Best wishes, Mr & Mrs P' Short Break January 2017