The best things to see on an 8-day tour of Scotland
The most popular places to visit on 8-day tours of UK and Scotland are Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city, as well the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. For the best way to travel around Scotland in 8 days, we recommend an itinerary that starts and ends in Edinburgh and includes overnights in the areas of Inverness, Fort William, Loch Lomond and Skye. On this classic route route of Scotland you can experience top attractions such as Loch Ness, the picturesque valley of Glen Coe, ancient standing stones, Eilean Donan Castle, Trossachs National Park, the Glenfinnan Viaduct (the “Harry Potter Bridge”) and some filming locations from the popular Outlander TV series, such as Doune Castle.
Another possibility is to spend a night in the Fife area, nearby the historic golf and university city of St Andrews, in addition to a drive through the Highlands. With 8 days in England and Scotland, you can even include travel to the beautiful Scottish Borders region, an easy add-on to stays in Glasgow or Edinburgh. All of 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.
Scenic routes for an 8-day self-drive Scotland tour
Want to do the driving in Scotland and explore at your own pace? A 8-day driving tour of Scotland is the way to go if you want to take your time at popular photography sites or enjoy a bit of hiking on your route. With 8 days in Scotland by car, you’ll have the flexibility to enjoy Scotland’s top attractions on your own terms -- even in wintertime!
If you want to slow down the pace and decrease your daily driving distances, or add more sites to your classic Highland road trip, we highly recommend extending your self drive tour to at least 10 days or more. With a longer road trip in Scotland you could also drive to lesser-travelled regions such as Aberdeenshire, Orkney Islands or the isles of the Outer Hebrides.
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 8-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.
See Scotland in 8 days on a guided tour
Don’t want to do the driving on your 8-day tour of Scotland? A guided small group tour by Nordic Visitor is the way to go. Unlike a standard bus tour, our tour groups are limited to 16 travellers so that you can enjoy more personal interactions with your local driver-guide and fellow adventurers while travelling in a comfy mini-coach. What’s more, all guided tours operated by Nordic Visitor include quality accommodations and opportunities to taste Scotch whisky at renowned distilleries. Extra nights in Edinburgh can be added to these tours to give you extra time for exploring the city’s landmarks, like the Royal Mile, on your own.
Nordic Visitor also offers fully customisable privately-guided tours, which offer the flexibility of a self-drive tour but with the ease of riding in a premium 4x4 jeep driven by a professional local guide. Private tours are a great option for those who are tracing Scottish roots, have a specific interest in Scotland’s historical sites or want an Outlander-themed trip, for example.