Do it the Heatherlea way!


 Our overseas holidays are planned with care to offer great birding and wildlife, led by capable Leaders who really look after you. Every holiday is run the ‘Heatherlea Way’, offering rewarding and exciting days in the field, and good quality accommodation and meals, with a real flavour of the country we are visiting. Most holidays include at least an element of local guiding, and we always seek to include the personal touches that make all the difference.

Heatherlea holidays are not ‘dawn to dusk’ expeditions. Our less-intensive approach is ideal for those who want to relax whilst enjoying excellent wildlife watching, and wherever possible we organise early or late activity on an optional basis. We also take sensible breaks when in very hot places and regular comfort breaks on every holiday whenever possible. All itineraries are planned carefully around the best wildlife opportunities, and our relaxed, informal holidays are great fun.


Andalucia, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Camargue, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Fuerteventura, Holland and Flanders by train, Hungary in autumn, Iceland in summer or winter, Italy – Po Delta and Venice, Mallorca, Portugal, Skyros, Picos: Birds & Bears, Spain – birding and Lynx, Spain - Extremadura, Spanish Pyrenees to Ebro Delta,  Spitsbergen,

   Belize, Brazil (Pantanal), Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru - Birding & Machu Picchu, Trinidad, Tobago and St Lucia, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Uganda

Rest of the world
Gambia, Goa, India, Morocco, Nepal, Tasmania & SE Australia


The really important part of any wildlife holiday is the experience for you, our valued customer, and  Heatherlea invest in many things to help you get the best;

* We have been organising birding and wildlife holidays for over 27 years, and have a highly experienced and capable office team. We also offer a telephone and email service outside normal office hours. Heatherlea is your complete wildlife holiday provider, and our team can organise all your pre-flight and other travel needs. Our specialists will help you book the right services, at the best price, and indeed often our holidays include things which others might invite you to pay yourself, for instance Departure Taxes and tips to hotels.

* On many holidays we include content which might not seem important before you book, but will make a difference when you arrive – examples include an invaluable three day waterbus pass in Venice, taverna lunches in Lesvos and Skyros, restricted group size on Lynx holidays, and many more. A ‘feel’ of the country we are visiting is an important part of our holidays. This may mean a quick visit to the city of Havana in Cuba, or tea at a Saharan community in Morocco. We don’t lose birding time, just offer a little extra so you can enjoy a rounded holiday experience.

* Heatherlea overseas holidays have a maximum of 12 clients per trip, putting the emphasis on personal service, and helping you get the best possible experience.

* Low initial deposit secures your holiday for most destinations. A full payment schedule will be sent to you with your confirmation of booking.

Some recent feedback .....
Dear Kevin and all at Heatherlea,

We have just got back home from the Lynx trip and wanted to say how much we enjoyed it. Not only did we visit some beautiful places and see fantastic birds, but Cristian was great fun and a superb guide. We loved the hotels, and the food was excellent (and so much of it!)

Best of all were the three days in the Sierra de Andujar looking for the lynx. We had many sightings of these lovely cats, and spent all of the last day watching a pair around 200m away from us.

Thanks once again for such a great holiday - we are already looking forward to our Skyros trip now!

Mr & Mrs T'   Lynx January 2017

'Hi Emma, we have just come back from Iceland. What an amazing holiday. Thanks to everyone involved in organising it. Trausti was just fantastic - so much knowledge about everything and looked after us so well. Heatherlea certainly know how to organise superb holidays.

Mr & Mrs T'    Iceland in Winter Feb 2017

Hello Heatherlea,

Many thanks for providing the necessary paperwork and tickets etc to be part of the wonderful adventure I had on the birding trip to these three islands. It was a whole new experience of birdwatching as everything was new to me.  My mind is still unravelling some of the names and places as I re read my record of the holiday.
The itinerary was well balanced and accommodation excellent. Our guides on each island were excellent and had  the knowledge at their fingertips, and such energy all day long.  Dave Pullan our own guide was first class in keeping us well informed, finding the birds and ironing out any small difficulties.
I have had the trip of a lifetime to a beautiful part of the world that I never thought I would visit until a surprise phone call just over two weeks ago.

Many thanks, Mrs S'    
Trinidad, Tobago & St Lucia April 2017

'This was an excellent holiday. The Armenian interpreter /cultural guide was superb, and the driver was excellent.The food was wonderfully fresh and the hotel accommodation was good throughout. A word about the leader - Pete Cosgrove was, along with Ian Ford, the best Bird Trip Leader I have ever come across. He was friendly, a splendid raconteur who kept us all amused , extremely knowledgeable and above all sensitive of the fact that the average age of participants was about 75! He contributed in a major way to the success of the trip.

Mr R'   Armenia May 2017


'Thank you for the trip report which we will keep as a reminder of a superb week in Portugal with Mark and Domingos. Our guides took great care that we had full, varied  and interesting days (with plenty of humour). The hotels were very good and the menus chosen by Domingos varied and provided a lovely, relaxed end to each day. Please pass on our thanks to Mark, his enthusiasm was infectious. And, for those of you office bound, we appreciated your administration. It all worked and got us off to a relaxed start.

With kind regards,

Mr & Mrs D'     Portugal April 2017






Contact Information

The Mountview Hotel, Nethybridge,
PH25 3EB Scotland

T: 01479 821248