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.
Introduction to Foraging - 5 stars - Really excellent, thanks so much, we all had such a great time and learned so much!
Introduction to Foraging - 5 stars - It was a great day and Heather is very knowledgeable. A good mixture of theory and practice. The little taster lunch at the end was a delight!
Introduction to Foraging - 5 stars - Excellent experience, I'm a complete novice and came away with some very useful knowledge but more importantly with the enthusiasm to know that this is something that I can do and move forward with.
Bespoke Borrowdale Challenge -5 Stars - Remaining positive even when the weather was against us and tweaking the route as we proceeded based on the conditions.
Introduction to Foraging course, September 2021 - 5 stars. The Introduction to Foraging was such an interesting and well-presented half day experience. Heather is so knowledgeable and passionate about foraging and the local area which is very inspiring. I highly recommend Heathery Heights for guided walks and bespoke experiences. Heather goes above and beyond to make sure everyone enjoys the event.
Magic of Knapdale Experience June 2021 - 5 stars. Heather was welcoming, was enthusiastic throughout the day and was very well informed about the places we visited. On a sunny day, it would be great to have longer at the Faery Isles.
We're just back from the Bronte country and Yorkshire Dales walking holiday… I cannot praise the whole holiday highly enough... Walks and our two guides superb… Variety of the daily walks really unexpected. Guides very knowledgeable. We did not realise it was the first time these walks had been done by the TD… We'd like to do the Lake District next!! Jonathan and Heather might not know the area as well as this one but we'd take the chance with them. Thanks again.
We had a fantastic day, although some of the girls don’t realise that yet, I’m sure they will in the next few weeks once the aches & pains have gone. Thank you to you & David for your guidance & patience, hopefully we will have raised £1000 for Diabetes uk. I’ll be in touch when I’ve talked the girls into doing the next one. Many thanks.
Some of our ladies said you are the best walking guide they have ever had!! Well done you x
I have worked with Heather on several occasions and have always found her to be highly competent and exceedingly professional. Her experience and qualifications makes her, in my opinion, one of the most dedicated mountain leaders I know. I have no qualms whatsoever in recommending her to anyone in need of a guide or leader in any mountainous aream.
Transitions UK is a charity working with disadvantaged young people. A team of nine of us went on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge to raise funds and Heather was our guide for the day. We were delighted. I cannot speak too highly of Heather's expertise, knowledge and leadership. She was incredibly patient with our less fit members and a fount of information and knowledge about the area. She is a pleasure to be with and a real asset to any trekking or walking group. I thoroughly recommend her to you.
I would just like to say a HUGE thank you to Heather, who was our guide for the 3 peaks on the 17th of June. She managed to get all of us round in 13 hours in 25+ degree heat! She was obviously so passionate about the outdoors and knew so much about the local area and landmarks, and even showed us hidden pot holes we would have never have known to look in. She kept us motivated and really took care of us on the steep climbs up some of the mountains. Heather also walked with me when I fell behind (which was ALOT) and kept me going when I had nothing left in me to give. She made the whole experience so much more enjoyable, and I don't think I could have done it without her.
Heather (and Rowan!) thanks for a brilliant day today - really appreciate it.
"Brilliant day really enjoyed it, just what I needed - 'breath of fresh air'. I learned a lot and would very much like to do more tuition days with you, I shall play about in the coming days with the compass/map then we can regroup, your teaching technique I feel is relaxed, confident, informative and very comfortable, so 10/10 !! Big, big thanks. Great day, hope to do more."
In 2014 my company Manheim Remarketing asked 20 plus staff to attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Heather and her colleague had the unfortunate task of one, getting as many as she could around the course and two in the fastest time for the more fit in our team. I cannot highly recommend her enough and found her to be very motivating, experienced, strong, great communicator and leader. Above all, a thoroughly nice person. I look forward to keeping in touch with her and to our next adventure.