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.