Helping you explore the great outdoors with guided walks, adventures & experiences.
Make the most of the great outdoors with a guide! We not only have extensive experience to keep you safe from harm and worry-free, but also local knowledge about those hidden gems and the stories behind them.
If you’re upping your adventure game, we can create or lead bespoke walks and challenges to help you reach your goals. Or if you’re just finding your feet, our navigation courses, foraging walks and coaching will help you learn new skills, discover new experiences and gain confidence in the great outdoors.
Whether on holiday or an expedition, we are committed to creating energising experiences that respect the natural environment and leave you with happy memories that will last a lifetime. You can even bring your canine companion - dogs are welcome on many of our walks.
Shortlisted in 'The Great Outdoors (TGO) Magazine 'Extra Mile' Award 2018', for her services as a guide, Heather Thomas-Smith is an experienced Mountain Leader with a passion for the outdoors.
That passion has taken her across the globe, with experiences ranging from self-supported backpacks across Scotland, to long distance treks in Asia, the Andes and Himalayas. After leading UK-wide challenges from her some time home in the North of England, Heather has returned to Scotland, where she delights in sharing the landscape and heathery hills of Argyll that she has enjoyed since childhood.
Heather’s wide knowledge base - including Mountain Rescue, DofE and Outdoor First Aid - equips her in leading bespoke trips for small groups, families and individuals of all experience levels. Her bespoke services are available throughout Scotland and the UK.
“We want to enable you to get out there, fall in love with nature AND feel fabulous!” - Heather
Heathery Heights offers bespoke guided walks for individuals, small groups, and families seeking adventure and solace in the beauty of our natural landscapes. Explore rocky coasts carved by time, wild sandy beaches, ancient woodlands, historic remains and the rugged mountains, lochs and glens that create this complex tapestry.
Whether you want a day to find peace in nature by the sea, to challenge yourself on a round of Wainwrights, bag a Munro, or enjoy a walking holiday in beautiful Argyll - Heathery Heights will always welcome you with a friendly, attentive service.
We save you both time and worry on holiday as we lead you to hidden gems and secret spots, imparting our local knowledge, while keeping you safe and improving your outdoor confidence along the way!
For learning experiences, Heathery Heights also offers a range of outdoor skills courses and training for various experience levels. From basic hill skills and foraging days from our base in Argyll, to bespoke coaching, night navigation training and backpacking skills. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced outdoor enthusiast, we can lead you on your next adventure - either hire your personal guide for the day or book a place on one of our upcoming events or experiences.
Bespoke Guided Walk, Kilmartin Glen - 5 stars - Heather was a fantastic guide for our day of exploring Kilmartin Glen. She went above and beyond to show us the sites we wanted to see and add a few we hadn't even heard about before. She is so knowledgeable about the history of this region and how it relates to human history and Scottish history on a wider scale - our heads were buzzing with fascinating stories and mind-blowing facts at the end of the day. At the same time, it wasn't overwhelming because Heather put everything into a relevant context. I can't recommend a walk with Heather enough!
Introduction to Foraging - 5 stars - We had an excellent day, what a fantastic teacher Heather is. She is so knowledgeable and interesting. We learnt so much. We hadn’t expected the delicious lunch she provided, made from foraged foods. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Bespoke Guided Walk, Kilmartin Glen - 5 stars - Heather was a great guide, really friendly and had a lot of knowledge on both the history and the plants of the area. It was really great conversations.
Foraging through time; an introduction to an ancient art - 5 stars - Heather was an excellent teacher/trainer/instructor with a fantastic wealth of knowledge. It was a brilliant day and enjoyed by all the participants.
Introduction to Foraging - 5 stars - This was an excellent morning which has given me confidence to have a go at foraging for myself. Heather had gone to so much trouble preparing the session with samples to taste. She was incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and happy to answer all of our questions. We left enthused to have a go at foraging when we get home.
Introduction to Foraging - 5 stars - Heather was full of knowledge, happy to answer any questions and gave a really full course. Would definitely recommend. Thank you so much!