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Scotland Winter Tour Packages

From Edinburgh’s festive Christmas Market to the beautiful landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, there’s a lot for you to see and do on a Scotland winter tour.

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ENJOY A CUSTOM SCOTLAND WINTER ITINERARY

Scotland’s daylight hours may be shorter in winter, but the country is just as beautiful as any other time of year -- possibly even nicer with the snow-capped mountains in the Scottish Highlands, seasonal festivities and cosy atmosphere of B&Bs and country inns. 

Scotland winter tours from Nordic Visitor allow you to experience many of the top highlights on a custom-made self drive holiday or privately-guided tour. Based in Edinburgh, our Scottish travel experts create Scotland winter vacations with a personal touch, taking care of all your local travel arrangements and suggesting the best things to do in Scotland in winter.

Want more inspiration for visiting Scotland in winter? Keep browsing below for tour recommendations and tips about the weather and things to see on Scotland winter tours.

 

— 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. You do the driving, we handle your accommodations, route planning and any itinerary customisations. Tours come with a hand-marked map, free GPS, attractions guide and more.

Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1290GBP

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1290GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1085GBP

Eur

View map
Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1085GBP

Eur

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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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Explore Scotland on a Private Tour

Enjoy more Scottish cultural insights on a privately guided tour with a local driving you around in style. Tours are fully customisable and ideal for those interested in Scotch whisky, Scottish cuisine, Outlander film locations and more.

Scotland
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3639GBP

Eur

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3639GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Oct

Express Scotland - Private

2581GBP

Eur

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6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Oct

Express Scotland - Private

2581GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
4 days / 3 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Lochs & Castles with a Local

1389GBP

Eur

View map
4 days / 3 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Lochs & Castles with a Local

1389GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Oct

Isle of Skye Exclusive

2252GBP

Eur

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6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Oct

Isle of Skye Exclusive

2252GBP

Eur

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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.

WINTER WEATHER IN SCOTLAND & DAYLIGHT HOURS

With average winter temperatures in Scotland of around 4°C (39°F) to 5 °C (40°F), it is possible to experience all types of weather conditions in a day. The winter weather in Scotland is known to change quickly and often, from rainy to snowy to sunny, so in terms of what to pack for Scotland in winter you should be ready for just about anything. When travelling to Scotland in winter, we recommend bring lots of layers such as sweaters or fleeces as well as a warm, waterproof jacket. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are also a must if you want to do any short winter hiking tours in Scotland.



In terms of sunrise and sunset in Scotland in winter, the daylight hours between December and February vary between 8 AM in the morning and 4 PM or 5 PM in the afternoon. This means that on winter breaks in Scotland you’ll have plenty of time to experience the warm Scottish hospitality at night with some gourmet Scottish food and a wee glass of whisky.

WHERE TO VISIT IN SCOTLAND IN WINTER

Winter in particular is a great time to year to visit the capital city, Edinburgh, as its attractions are much quieter than during the busy summer high season. It’s the perfect time for strolling The Royal Mile, visiting the Edinburgh Castle, taking a “barrel ride” at the Scotch Whisky Experience or even taking day trips to nearby cities like St Andrews. What’s more, you can enjoy the famous Edinburgh Christmas Market and Hogmanay (New Year’s) festivities in December, or visit the city around January 25th to take part in Burns Night events and experience Scottish traditions like Ceilidh dancing.

Want to see more of Scotland on a tour lasting around 1 week? Highlands winter tours are another fabulous option! From Edinburgh, head north and visit castles on the Aberdeenshire Castle Trail, or experience some winter activities in the Cairngorms National Park. As it doesn’t get cold enough for lakes to freeze over, why not experience the mysterious Loch Ness or Loch Lomond on a short boat cruise? Or head further west to the iconic Isle of Skye and see its surreal rock formations like the Old Man of Storr.

CUSTOMISED WINTER TOURS IN SCOTLAND

Nordic Visitor specialises in custom-made travel experiences in Scotland all year-round, so it’s possible to book a privately-guided or self-drive tour in winter and have it tailored to your interests. With a custom private tour in Scotland, you will get the peace of mind of a local expert guide, who will drive you around in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle and tell you all about Scottish history and legends. This is a great option for whisky lovers, travellers with Scottish roots or anyone not comfortable driving on the left.

If you prefer to do the driving in Scotland on your winter vacation, we make it easy for you as all Nordic Visitor self-drive tours include vehicle rentals with free GPS, a hand-marked map of Scotland and two authorised drivers so you can share the driving responsibilities with a travel mate. No matter what kind of trip to Scotland in winter you book, you’ll have your own dedicated travel consultant at Nordic Visitor at your assistance. All of our itineraries can be tailored with extra nights, alternative departures or arrivals in Glasgow, day trips from Edinburgh, and more.

 

 

— Things To Do in Scotland

Top Scottish experiences

  • Tour one of Scotland‘s local distilleries and see how whisky, the “water of life”, is produced
  • Sample traditional Scottish cuisine such as haggis, porridge, kippers and black pudding
  • Stroll the Royal Mile in Edinburgh's Old Town, between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
  • Look for Nessie, the elusive monster said to inhabit Loch Ness, Scotland's most famous lake
  • Visit Clava Cairns to see prehistoric standing stones similar to those in the Outlander TV series

 

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.

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