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Scotland Tours from New Zealand

Embrace adventure with our Scotland tours from New Zealand. Your holiday package could be a Highland road trip or a guided tour that focuses on whisky or Scottish heritage.

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Holidays in Scotland from New Zealand

Planning a trip to Scotland from New Zealand? You have great choices for customisable Scotland holidays from New Zealand with Nordic Visitor, a travel agency located in the heart of the charming capital city Edinburgh. 

Take an amazing trip with a Scotland holiday package that includes unique accommodation, transportation and more — all arranged by local travel experts. From Highland road trips to guided tours that focus on whisky or Scottish heritage, trust your holiday to Nordic Visitor.

To get started on your Scotland holiday from New Zealand, keep browsing below for tour ideas and other Scotland travel tips.

 

— 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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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
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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
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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

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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

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

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

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Scotland & Ireland
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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

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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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Scotland
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5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Oct

Scenic Scotland Express - Private

2282GBP

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5 days / 4 nights
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Scotland
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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.

HOW & WHEN TO TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND FROM NEW ZEALAND

Want to tour Scotland by car and explore at your own pace? Like New Zealand, motorists in Scotland also drive on the left, so a road trip is a great choice. Nordic Visitor makes it easy, with a range of Scotland self-drive holiday packages that include a rental car, pre-arranged accommodations (with daily breakfast), a hand-marked map, free GPS, personalised itinerary and more. 

To get the best weather and daylight hours, book your road trip between April and October -- the Scotland summer weather is best in July and August. Shorter self-drive tours are also available in Scotland’s winter months, November to March. 

If you don’t want to do the driving, or if you’re travelling solo in Scotland from Australia, then a privately guided tour, available year-round, or a guided small group tour from May to September are both wonderful options. In particular, guided holiday packages to Scotland from Australia are perfect for travellers with an interest in Scottish ancestry or whisky tasting.

BESPOKE TRIPS TO SCOTLAND FROM NEW ZEALAND

Want to add a few personal touches to your Scotland holiday from New Zealand? All of Nordic Visitor’s Scotland tour packages can be tailored by our local experts with extra nights at select locations, arrivals or departures in alternative Scottish cities, day tours in Edinburgh, and more. We can even a tailor an extra-special itinerary for a honeymoon in Scotland, or arrange Scottish heritage tours for travellers with ancestral roots.



WHAT TO SEE ON A DRIVING HOLIDAY OF SCOTLAND

For touring holidays around Scotland by car, there are several different route options depending on the sights you prefer, your length of stay and the pace of your travel. Below are a few of our suggested routes starting from Edinburgh.

Under a week: To see the most famous Highland attractions in a short time, give yourself at least 4 - 5 days to travel around the Inverness, Fort William and Loch Lomond areas. Want to visit some islands? Then plan to spend at least 6 days to drive through the Highlands to the Isle of Skye or -- if you’re a whisky lover -- the Oban and Isle of Mull area. On this express route of Scotland, you can visit sights such as Loch Ness, the picturesque valley of Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle and more.

1 - 2 weeks: To get the most out of your long journey to Scotland from New Zealand, spend around 10 days or more on your holiday. This allows you to extend your Highland trip to other unique places, like the beautiful old city of St Andrews and the “Castle Trail” region of Aberdeenshire. In 12 days or more you can expand your route to include the Orkney Islands, the scenic North Coast 500 route or the secluded isles of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. With a tour of over 2 weeks, you could even add a trip to to the far-flung Shetland Isles, the northernmost point of Scotland and all of Britain.

 

— Things To Do in Scotland

Top Scottish experiences

  • Tour one of Scotland‘s local distilleries and see how whisky, the “water of life”, is produced
  • Sample traditional Scottish cuisine such as haggis, porridge, kippers and black pudding
  • Stroll the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town, between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
  • Look for Nessie, the mysterious monster said to inhabit Loch Ness, Scotland's most famous lake
  • Visit Clava Cairns to see prehistoric standing stones similar to those in the Outlander TV series

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.

Research Your Holiday

Start preparing for your trip by doing some research before your Scottish adventure.

Flights to Scotland from New Zealand

The two biggest international airports in Scotland are in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and in Edinburgh, the charming capital city and usual starting point for Nordic Visitor tours. Tours of England and Scotland from New Zealand typically require one or two connecting flights, usually at major airports such as Dubai, Doha (Qatar), Singapore and London Heathrow.

Some of the largest airlines with flights from New Zealand to Scotland include (but are not limited to) Emirates, Qatar Airways and Air New Zealand, and the flight time from New Zealand to Scotland can take 30 hours or more, depending on the number and duration of layovers. We recommend checking with the airlines for flight availability and timetables. Flights are not included in Nordic Visitor packages.

What is the time difference between New Zealand and Scotland? The UK is on the GMT time zone, putting New Zealand 13 hours ahead of Scotland. To rest up and refresh after your New Zealand to Scotland air journey, we recommend adding an extra day or two in Edinburgh on arrival. Your dedicated Nordic Visitor travel consultant can adjust your itinerary accordingly.

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

  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • 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

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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