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.
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, a GPS navigation system 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.
- Check what the weather in Scotland will be like for your road trip.
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.
- Get our advice on what to pack for Scotland.
All of our itineraries can be tailored by our local experts with extra nights in Edinburgh, arrivals or departures from Glasgow, and more.
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