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Best Ways to See Scotland

Looking for the best way to see Scotland? Whether you want to take a leisurely road trip through the Scottish Highlands or immerse yourself in Scottish culture on a professionally guided tour, the local travel experts at Nordic Visitor know the best ways to travel in Scotland according to what you want to see and do on your trip.

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Discover the Top Ways to Travel Around Scotland

There's no singular best way to see Scotland. What’s best for you depends on how you want to travel, the attractions you want to see, your length of stay and the time of year you visit. As a country with over 6,000 miles of coastline, rugged Highlands, idyllic lowlands, charming villages, historic cities and numerous isles off the north and west coasts, there are numerous routes you could follow to see Scotland’s top sights.

The best way to travel around Scotland is by car, whether on an independent road trip or as part of a guided tour. As local travel experts in Scotland, with staff based at our office in Edinburgh, Nordic Visitor offers a variety of package tours that offer the best way to see the Scottish Highlands and other popular areas, like the Isle of Skye, the St Andrews area and more. 

Keep browsing to get tour suggestions and tips for the best way to visit Scotland.

 

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts

Experience Scotland on a road trip

Explore the Highlands and beyond on a self-drive tour. We handle your accommodation booking and route planning; you drive and experience Scotland at your own pace.

Scotland
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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
4.8
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1879GBP

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

1879GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
4.7
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1566GBP

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

1566GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
4.7
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

Scottish Highlands & North Coast 500

3508GBP

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17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

3508GBP

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Scotland
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Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland at Leisure

2629GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

2629GBP

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Join a small group tour in Scotland

Meet like minded travellers on your Scotland trip, in a small group of 16 people at most. See the top attractions and well-kept secrets with your local guide.

Scotland
10-15% OFF IN 2024
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Guided Groups
7 days / 6 nights
4.8
May - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness & Isle of Skye

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

2856GBP

2428GBP

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10-15% OFF IN 2024
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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

2856GBP

2428GBP

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Scotland
10-15% OFF IN 2024
Best seller
Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
4.7
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness & Isle of Skye

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

4095GBP

3481GBP

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

4095GBP

3481GBP

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Scotland & Ireland
Best seller
Guided Groups
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Wonders of Scotland & Ireland

Ultimate Celtic Adventure

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

5352GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

5352GBP

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Scotland & Ireland
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Guided Groups
16 days / 15 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of Ireland & Scotland

7592EUR

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16 days / 15 nights
Apr - Sep

7592EUR

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Explore Scotland on a private tour

Enjoy flexible sightseeing and more Scottish cultural insights on a privately guided tour with a local driving you around in style.

Scotland
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Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
4.9
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

4254GBP

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8 days / 7 nights
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4254GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Oct

Scenic Scotland Express - Private

2282GBP

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5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Oct

2282GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Privately Guided
10 days / 9 nights
5.0
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland - Private

5461GBP

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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

5461GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland - Private

8255GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
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Experience Scotland your way

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Scotland below.

Best way to see Scotland by car

Want to explore on your own? Nordic Visitor’s self-drive tour packages include a rental car of your choice and everything else you need for the best Scotland road trip experience. Take comfort in the fact that all of your accommodations are arranged for you by your own personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant in Edinburgh. And know exactly where you’re driving each day — and which optional attractions are nearby — with a personalised itinerary and Scotland travel guide booklet. We’ll also provide you with a hand-marked map of Scotland and our own 24/7 helpline.



The best way to see Scotland in a week or more is with an itinerary that starts from Edinburgh and loops around the Highlands, with overnights in places such as Inverness, the Isle of Skye, Fort William and the Loch Lomond area. With about 10 days or more, you can build on this route with stays in locations such as the Orkney islands, the further-flung isles of the Outer Hebrides and the “Castle Trail” area of Aberdeenshire. If you have 2 weeks or more, you can do the works: the Highlands, Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides, Orkney and the east coast. All Nordic Visitor self-drive tours are customisable, so can request extra nights to be added to your personal itinerary.



BEST WAY TO SEE SCOTLAND WITHOUT A CAR

If you want to let someone else handle the driving in Scotland — and make new friends on your Scottish journey, a guided small group tour by Nordic Visitor is the way to go. Unlike a standard bus tour, our tour groups are limited to 16 travellers so that you can enjoy more personal interactions with your local driver-guide and fellow adventurers. You’ll travel in a comfy mini-coach to Scotland’s world-famous sights — such as Loch Ness, the Quiraing and Eilean Donan Castle — while enjoying some authentic Scottish storytelling on the way. What’s more, all tours operated by Nordic Visitor include quality accommodations and opportunities to taste real Scotch whisky on distillery tours.

Want to travel with a guide on your own customised route? Nordic Visitor’s privately-guided tours offer the flexibility of a self-drive tour but with the ease of riding in a premium 4x4 jeep driven by a professional local guide. Private tours are a great option for those who are tracing Scottish roots, have a specific interest in Scotland’s historical sites or want a behind-the-scenes look at filming locations from the Outlander series



All of our itineraries can be tailored by our local experts with extra nights in Edinburgh, arrivals or departures from Glasgow, and more. 

 

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Sharon, United States
Wonders of Scotland, September 2023

Highly recommend Nordic Visitor

This is our second tour with Nordic Visitor. Agents used before the tour were always very prompt with responses to our questions. During the tour, we found the accommodation perfect, guide very informative and friendly, and the driver got used to where we needed to go without any problems. We would definitely use Nordic Visitor again!

Alan, United States
Highlights of Scotland, May 2023

Smooth experience

Throughout the years we have travelled a lot, but never with a group tour. This trip was our first time and it did not disappoint. The tour guide, the bus driver, our fellow passengers, the weather, accommodation, variety of activities, and how smoothly everything went makes me question why we never toured like this before!

David, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, September 2023

An unforgettable holiday

It was an unforgettable holiday. They took care of everything, and we got to wonder and explore with little hassle. If you want to visit Scotland (or anywhere else Nordic Visitor has tours) they are the way to do it. Already talking about our next adventure with Nordic Visitor.

Carol, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private, May 2023

An indescribably fantastic experience!

We are two middle-aged women who had never been to the UK before. My sister-in-law always wanted to go to Scotland, so I started researching and came upon Nordic Visitor through internet searches. I checked for reviews and found the company to be highly recommended. I started corresponding with Kirsten. She was extremely kind, very helpful and was able to put my nervous mind at ease. The package she put together for us was perfect! From my first email, the airport pick up and drop off service, and the tour with Dave, it was an indescribably fantastic experience!

Andrew, United States
Classic Scotland, June 2023

Top notch

The tour package materials were top notch. Spiral bound itinerary, recommended activities, restaurant recommendations and the large-scale road map of Scotland were a nice touch. Magdalena, our Nordic Visitor representative, responded promptly to our questions. Accomodation was all great.

Bethany, United States
Classic Scotland, May 2023

Perfect vacation!

For our 50th wedding anniversary, we trusted Nordic Visitor to make our vacation a memorable one, and they made it beyond special. Chris, our tour planner, did everything to accommodate our needs and answered our questions quickly. It was an absolutely perfect vacation!

Barbara, United States
Best of Edinburgh - Loch Ness & Highlands, June 2023

We were in good hands

As first-time visitors to Edinburgh, and senior citizens, our choice to use Nordic Visitor was an excellent one. The welcome package we received at the hotel was really helpful, with our tour vouchers, maps and restaurant recommendations. We would not have known what hotel to select and the one selected for us was perfect. The choice of tours offered was perfect for a 5-day visit. So glad to learn about the Royal Mile and visit the castle. The trip through the Highlands and Loch Ness was beautiful. Our travel agent, Rebecca, always quickly responded to email questions prior to departure. Thank you! Nordic Visitor made our trip easy and rewarding. We were in good hands.

Noreen, United States
Complete Scotland & Ireland, April 2023

Highly professional service

Nordic Visitor is a highly professional tour company. From beginning to end, we have no complaints. Our travel consultant, Chris, was very quick to answer all our questions from start to finish. Could not be more pleased.

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Our Services

Whether you travel independently or with a guide in your Nordic Visitor package, you will receive personalised service from a designated travel consultant and high-quality travel documents. What's more, all self-drive clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines the driving route, overnights and highlights along the way. Travel with ease knowing that Nordic Visitor has close professional relationships with local service providers, which are carefully selected by our staff for their consistently high standards.

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  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
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  • Enjoy personal service from Scotland travel experts.
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  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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Whether you’re looking to add a night in Edinburgh, want restaurant recommendations or have questions about your tour, we’re happy to help so get in touch with our friendly team to answer any of your travel queries.

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