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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. 

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.



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. 

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

 

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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
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1293GBP

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1293GBP

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

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

Eur

View map
Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

Eur

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

Grand Tour of Scotland

2410GBP

Eur

View map
Best seller
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2410GBP

Eur

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

Complete Scotland

1961GBP

Eur

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1961GBP

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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
Guided Groups
7 days / 6 nights
Jun - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

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

2400GBP

Eur

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7 days / 6 nights
Jun - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

2400GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Best seller
Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

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

3300GBP

Eur

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

3300GBP

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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
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3678GBP

Eur

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3678GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Mar - Oct

Speyside Whisky Journey

1878GBP

Eur

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5 days / 4 nights
Mar - Oct

Speyside Whisky Journey

1878GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
6 days / 5 nights
Mar - Oct

Islay Whisky Journey

2523GBP

Eur

View map
6 days / 5 nights
Mar - Oct

Islay Whisky Journey

2523GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
Mar - Oct

Scottish Whisky Journey

From Heather to Peat

3085GBP

Eur

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7 days / 6 nights
Mar - Oct

Scottish Whisky Journey

3085GBP

Eur

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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.

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.

Book With Confidence

  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • Unexpected change of plans? You won’t lose your deposit.
  • We work closely with trusted, high-quality suppliers.
  • Enjoy personal service from Scotland travel experts.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Contact us

Whatever your travel needs, we are here to help. If you have any questions about our Scotland travel packages or services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our local phone is  is
+44(0)131-344-4630
Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (GMT)

Or, you can reach us by e-mail.

What do our customers say?

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

Mary, United States

The Outlander Trail, September 2018

I cannot say enough good things about Nordic Visitor

I cannot say enough good things about Nordic Visitor. Information given was thorough, accommodations were very comfortable (very friendly hosts) and tourist sights suggestions were incredibly helpful. Agne did a wonderful job! I highly would recommend her to anyone. If anyone has any doubts about booking with Nordic Visitor I would simply suggest reading the reviews...You'll find that the positive reviews are accurate!

 

Lisa, United States

Scottish Highlands & the Isles, August 2018

Had the best time and experience

We had the best time and experience, the self-drive tour was easy to follow and gave us enough structure to see a lot in a small amount of time but still gave us the freedom to explore at our own pace. The restaurant recommendations were really helpful and the places we stayed were so memorable and inviting. It was also great that we had the flexibility to add another day to Edinburgh at the beginning of the trip to explore. I'll highly recommend the tour agency.

 

Chris, Australia

North Coast 500 & Orkney, June 2018

Journey was terrific and easy to follow

Agne was extremely helpful and informative when organising the holiday. All travel documents were emailed to us before we left Australia and hard copies were also waiting for us at our first accommodation in Edinburgh. The fold-out map that had been highlighted with route of the journey was terrific and easy to follow.

Sharon, United States

Highlights of Scotland, August 2018

Thank you again for great memories

We just returned last night from our trip to Scotland and I wanted to let you know what a great trip we had with Nordic Visitor. You were wonderful setting up our requests and I cannot thank you enough for switching our tour dates when we were unable to go as originally planned in May. The hotels and food were brilliant. Brian was magnificent. We could not ask for more of a guide. Even the special trip to see Highland coos. This was our second Nordic Visitor trip and we are now looking into our 3rd for next year. Thank you again for great memories. I am glad we were able to meet you on our first night.

Alan, Canada

Classic Scotland, June 2018

More customizable & more fun adventure

We are thankful we went with Nordic Visitor for our tour of Scotland. We were at each location one hour before all of the tour buses because we had our own car and could get around quicker. More customizable and a more fun adventure.

Gretchen, United States

Express Scotland, June 2018

Will for sure continue to use Nordic Visitor

This is our second time using Nordic Visitor and both times have been absolutely wonderful! The stress of having to book accommodations and arrange car rental and travel from the airport is completely eliminated by utilizing this travel resource. We will for sure continue to use Nordic Visitor and have shared your information and website with many friends and even strangers.

Robert, South Africa

Grand Tour of Scotland, June 2018

Whole experience was a pleasure

I was very impressed with the ease of use and professionalism of Nordic Visitor right from the initial website browsing through online booking, tour confirmation, payment and final documentation. Service from our Travel Consultant (Sarah) was top class and personalized. The guidance given on sites of interest was well researched and fully comprehensive. The whole experience was a pleasure. Well done.

Lois, United States

Complete Scotland, April 2018

"Above and beyond" service

"Very Good" comes short of describing my trip! This was probably my top, most favorite trip every and I travel a lot. The B&Bs and hotels were excellent and I chose the standard. My itinerary was well planned making it so easy to just enjoy everything. The detailed guide book also was a great help in offering suggestions of thing not to miss. My deepest appreciation to Annie not only for planning this outstanding trip, but also her "above and beyond" service dealing with my luggage which the airline had lost.

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