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17-Day Tours in Scotland

Take a scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands and do some island-hopping to the Isles of Skye, Harris, Lewis, Orkney and Mull -- all on a Scotland itinerary in 17 days. Explore the top Scottish heritage sites and natural attractions in 17 days in Scotland on a road trip designed by the local travel experts at Nordic Visitor.

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See the top sights on a 17-day Scotland itinerary

Want to see the Highlands, numerous castles, prehistoric ruins, charming old villages, mountainous national parks and more all in one incredible trip to Scotland? It’s possible on a custom Scotland itinerary in 17 days designed by Nordic Visitor!

To get the most out of your 17 days in Scotland, we recommend travelling on a self-drive tour, which can be modified to your liking by our local travel experts based in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

Need some trip ideas and suggestions for what to see during your 17 days in Scotland? Keep browsing below.

 

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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

 

Go on a 17-day Scotland road trip

Explore the Highlands and famous isles on an adventurous self-drive tour. We handle your accommodation booking and route planning; you drive and experience Scotland at your own pace.

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

Grand Tour of Scotland

2169GBP

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Best seller
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2169GBP

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See more of Scotland on a longer road trip

The ultimate Scotland road trip! Spend more time in the Highlands, Western Isles and other off-the-beaten path destinations in Scotland on a self-drive tour lasting 3 weeks or more.

Scotland
Self-drive
21 days / 20 nights
Apr - Oct

Ultimate Journey of Scotland

3040GBP

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21 days / 20 nights
Apr - Oct

Ultimate Journey of Scotland

3040GBP

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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.

Where to go on a 17-day road trip in Scotland

A 17-day driving tour of Scotland is ideal for travellers interested in hiking, photography and Scottish heritage, as well as anyone who just wants extra time to relax and enjoy delicious Scottish cuisine and whisky. Most 17-day tours in Scotland begin with a day in Edinburgh, where you can explore such landmarks as the Edinburgh Castle and the cobbled streets of The Royal Mile.

From Edinburgh, drive north along the beautiful cliffs of the east coast, with a stop in the ancient city of St Andrews, to the Castle Trail area of Aberdeenshire. Then head into the Scottish Highlands, crossing Cairngorms National Park and the city of Inverness on your way to the scenic North Coast 500 route, nicknamed “Scotland’s Route 66”. While in the northern Highlands take a detour to the Orkney Islands, full of neolithic World Heritage Sites, then make your way down along the rugged northwest coast and over to the secluded, culturally-unique islands of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

For even more island-hopping, head next to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most popular destinations. From Skye, travel down Scotland’s west coast to the seaside town of Oban and Isle of Mull, a major whisky-producing area. Then make your way back across the Highlands to the capital city, traversing the picturesque Trossachs National Park and Loch Lomond area on your way.

On such an all-encompassing driving route of Scotland in 17 days you can experience many major attractions, including the shores of Loch Ness, the picturesque valley of Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, the Glenfinnan Viaduct from Harry Potter fame, Dunvegan Castle, numerous Highland sights near Fort William and much more.

What’s included in a 17-day driving tour of Scotland

Nordic Visitor’s self-drive tour packages include a rental car of your choice and everything else you need for the best Scotland driving experience, including accommodations that we select based on our own experience, your own personalised itinerary and a Scotland travel guide booklet with our local tips. We’ll also provide you with a hand-marked map of Scotland, a GPS navigation system and our own 24/7 helpline for your 17-day road trip in Scotland.

Customisations for Scotland tours in 17 days

With so many possibilities of things to see and do in 17 days in Scotland, it’s good to have the trusted Scottish travel experts at Nordic Visitor to guide your trip planning and create a tailored tour of Scotland for you. All of our itineraries can be tailored with extra nights, alternative departures or arrivals in Glasgow, day trips from Edinburgh, and more.

No matter how you’d like to tailor your 17-day trip to Scotland, you’ll have your own dedicated travel consultant at Nordic Visitor to advise you on possible add-ons and make all local travel arrangements for you.

 

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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