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20-Day Tours in Scotland

Explore the top Scottish heritage sites and natural attractions in 20 days in Scotland on a custom road trip designed by the local travel experts at Nordic Visitor. Take a scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands and do some island-hopping to the Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides and Orkney -- all on a Scotland itinerary in 20 days.

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Visit Scotland on a custom 20-day itinerary

A customised Scotland itinerary in 20 days is the perfect way to explore the furthest reaches of Scotland, including the islands of Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. To maximise your 20 days in Scotland, we recommend travelling on a self-drive tour, which can be modified to your liking by Nordic Visitor's travel experts based in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

Need some trip ideas and suggestions for what to see during your 20 days in Scotland? Keep browsing below.



Why book with Nordic Visitor

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Enjoy a custom 20-day Scotland tour

Go on the ultimate Scotland road trip in the Scottish Highlands and isles! Have the travel experts at Nordic Visitor modify this self-drive tour package to fit your 20-day stay in Scotland.

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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.

Best route for a 20-day road trip in Scotland

A 20-day self-drive 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 20-day trips to 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 on your 20-day Scotland tour, 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 tour of Scotland in 20 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. If you have any specific attractions or destinations in mind, there are many customisations available for a 20-day Scotland itinerary from Nordic Visitor.

Customisations for Scotland itineraries in 20 days

With so many possibilities of things to see and do in 20 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 20-day Scotland tour package, 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.

What’s included in a 20-day driving tour of Scotland

Nordic Visitor’s self-drive vacation 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 20-day road trip in Scotland.

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.

Scotland Travel Guide

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

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.

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  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
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  • 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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