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12-Day Tours in Scotland

Want to explore Scotland’s outer reaches? On a Scotland itinerary of 12 days you can visit top Highland attractions as well as places off the beaten path, such as the Orkney Islands up north or the western isles of Harris and Lewis where old traditions thrive. It’s all possible with a custom road trip designed by Nordic Visitor.

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The best Scotland itinerary for 12 days

Wondering what to see and do on a Scotland itinerary in 12 days? You’ll be amazed at all the fascinating attractions and hidden gems you can experience on a 12-day road trip in Scotland! The local travel experts at Nordic Visitor will make the most out of your 12 days in Scotland with a self-drive tour specially tailored to your interests.

Need some trip ideas and suggestions for what to see during your 12 days in Scotland? Keep browsing below.

 

— 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
Self-drive

12 days / 11 nights

Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland & The Orkney islands

1646GBP

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12 days / 11 nights

Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland & The Orkney islands

1646GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Self-drive

12 days / 11 nights

Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland & Outer Hebrides

1575GBP

Eur

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12 days / 11 nights

Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland & Outer Hebrides

1575GBP

Eur

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See more of Scotland on a longer road trip

Spend more time in the Highlands, Western Isles and other off-the-beaten path destinations in Scotland on a tour lasting 14 days or longer.

Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive

17 days / 16 nights

Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2404GBP

Eur

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Best seller

17 days / 16 nights

Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2404GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Self-drive

14 days / 13 nights

Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1962GBP

Eur

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14 days / 13 nights

Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1962GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Self-drive

21 days / 20 nights

Apr - Oct

Ultimate Journey of Scotland

2962GBP

Eur

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21 days / 20 nights

Apr - Oct

Ultimate Journey of Scotland

2962GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Self-drive

14 days / 13 nights

Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & West Coast at Leisure

1755GBP

Eur

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14 days / 13 nights

Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & West Coast at Leisure

1755GBP

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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.

Go on an incredible 12-day Scotland road trip

On a 12-day self-drive tour of Scotland it’s easy to experience many of the country’s most famous sights and scenic routes. Starting from Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, the most popular Scotland itineraries for 12 days usually include a trip up the beautiful east coast to Aberdeenshire, a journey through the rugged Scottish Highlands and some time to explore the main attractions on the Isle of Skye.

Here are just a few of the highlights of such a route:

In addition to this classic route through the Highlands, on a 12-day Scotland tour you can also spend a night either in the Outer Hebrides, on the isles of Harris and Lewis, or up north in the Orkney Islands. Both island groups offer a vast array of highlights, from the stunning sandy beaches and traditional handicrafts of Harris to the mysterious neolithic ruins that dot Orkney. Plus, if you opt for the Orkney detour, you can also drive along the popular and very scenic North Coast 500 route, which is considered by some to be “Scotland’s Route 66”. 

Included services & optional add-ons for 12-day Scotland tours

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 accommodations on your 12-day road trip in Scotland have been pre-arranged by your dedicated Nordic Visitor travel consultant in Edinburgh. And know exactly where you’re driving each day — and which optional attractions you can visit — 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.

Want to add a few personal touches to your trip? Nordic Visitor’s Scotland tour packages can be tailored by our local experts with extra nights at select locations, alternative arrivals or departures from Glasgow, day tours in Edinburgh and more.

 

Flights to Scotland

The two biggest international airports in Scotland are in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, and in Edinburgh, the capital city and usual starting point for Nordic Visitor tours. Flight times to Scotland are, for example, 6.5 hours from New York City and 1.5 hours from London. Major international airlines with flights to Scotland include (but are not limited to) British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta and KLM.

Scotland and the rest of the UK is on GMT time. If your journey to Scotland involves one or more connecting flights, or if you're crossing several time zones to get here, your dedicated Nordic Visitor travel consultant can add extra nights in Edinburgh to your package so you can rest up after arrival.

Please note that flights to Scotland are not included in Nordic Visitor packages.

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.

Scotland Travel Guide

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