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Scotland Tours in April

April is a great time to visit Scotland if you’d like to experience the charming spring scenery during a relatively quiet month. Explore stunning landscapes, Gaelic culture and fascinating heritage sites. Choose from a variety of Scotland tours in April and have your itinerary arranged by the local experts at Nordic Visitor.

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VISITING SCOTLAND IN APRIL

Want to travel to Scotland in April? We can help!

Visit Scotland in April to experience the country’s natural beauty during the shoulder season, which is quieter compared to the peak summer months. Spend your days soaking up the sight of pretty spring flowers, shimmering lochs and mighty mountains.

As an Edinburgh-based tour operator, our travel consultants have in-depth knowledge about Scotland and will plan a trip that’s perfect for you. You might want to explore the historic cities and beautiful countryside on a Scottish self-drive adventure or on a privately guided tour.

When you book a trip to Scotland with Nordic Visitor, you get hand-picked accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast and access to our 24/7 helpline. We do everything to make it a stress-free and memorable experience for you.

Get in touch via our live chat or toll-free numbers and we'll happily plan your Scotland adventure.

 

— 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
  • 24/7 emergency helpline during tour

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, attractions guide and more.

Scotland
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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
4.8
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1879GBP

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

1879GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
4.7
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1566GBP

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Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

1566GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
4.7
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

Scottish Highlands & North Coast 500

3508GBP

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Best seller
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

3508GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland at Leisure

2629GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

2629GBP

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Travel in 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
Best seller
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
4.9
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

4254GBP

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Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

4254GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Oct

Scenic Scotland Express - Private

2282GBP

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5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Oct

2282GBP

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Scotland
Best seller
Privately Guided
10 days / 9 nights
5.0
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland - Private

5461GBP

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

5461GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland - Private

8255GBP

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

8255GBP

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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.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Sherri, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, October 2023

Couldn't ask for any better

Everything was organised. No issues at all. Just show up to where you have been booked and everything is good. No checking in or paperwork or credit cards to leave. The tour itself was amazing! The guide, the book, the suggestions. Really couldn't ask for any better.

David, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private, July 2023

Special experience

The tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide (Peter) quickly got a good idea of the things we liked and tailored the tour to see the things that he thought we would like and avoid the things that he did not think that we would like. His judgement was spot-on, and we felt like he truly listened to us and made our experience special.

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!

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.

Amanda, United States
Classic Scotland, August 2023

Thank you Nordic Visitor!

We had really great experiences with each B&B we stayed at but Gail at Dionard Guest House was especially lovely. If I were to go back I may stay there half the time then go back to the Isle of Skye for the rest of the time. It's just breathtaking there! Thank you Nordic Visitor!

James, United States
Outlander Experience, June 2023

One of the best trips we have ever taken

The entire experience was excellent. Nordic Visitor made it easy for us, although we are amateur travellers. Our guide was the absolute best, we couldn't have asked for a better person. He was able to convey his experience and amazing knowledge to make the trip both fun and educational. One of the best trips we have ever taken, thank you!

Terry, United States
Highlights of Scotland, July 2023

Amazing trip!

It was an amazing trip! My husband and I took the Highlights of Scotland tour in July and had a wonderful time! Our tour guide, Andy, was amazing. His knowledge of Scotland was top notch and kept us informed throughout the entire tour. Andy educated us on Scotland history, shared delightful stories and enlightened us with Scottish culture. The accommodation were all so nice. Each one a bit different, but comfortable and lovely. Each place had helpful and respectful staff. Our bus was very comfortable, lots of room and great windows for the amazing views of Scottish scenery. The drivers were great. So glad they were driving us around the country.

Kristen, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, June 2023

Enjoyed my tour so much!

I enjoyed my tour of Scotland so much! Booking with Nordic Visitor was so easy. Their itinerary showcased highlights across the country, so I feel like I experienced the best of the best! The communication from our tour consultant, Duncan, was prompt and detailed. It was so comforting knowing that Nordic Visitor was only a phone call away 24/7.

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCOTLAND IN APRIL

If you want to know more about Scotland tours in April, read on for our expert advice on what it’s like to visit at this time of year. We’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions so you can plan for any future tours to Scotland in April.

What are the best things to do in Scotland in April?

You can visit many of Scotland’s top attractions throughout the year. In spring though, you have plenty of daylight hours to see more sites in the same day and drive between different destinations. It’s also a good time of year for outdoor activities such as hiking.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Scotland in April:

  • Drive around the beautiful Scottish Highlands
  • Admire the natural scenery
  • Go hiking in the rugged hills
  • Sail to one or more of the Scottish islands
  • Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
  • Learn about Scotland’s Viking heritage
  • Taste the various whisky flavours and local food
  • Walk along the lochs and glens
  • Immerse yourself in Gaelic culture
  • Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages


What are the most popular events in Scotland in April?

There are many events taking place in Scotland in April, some of which you might want to go along to during your tour.

The most popular events in April are:

  • Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
  • Edinburgh Science Festival
  • Etape Loch Ness
  • Glasgow Festival of Visual Art

In addition, the Easter weekend takes place any time between 22 March and 25 April, although the specific dates change each year. Good Friday and Easter Monday make this a popular time for long weekend holidays. Although it can get busy, there are lots of fun activities to try.

What are the best places to visit in Scotland in April?

April is a great month to travel to Scotland and visit its towns, historic sites and natural highlights. More so, you’ll enjoy good daylight hours and fair weather, ideal conditions for exploring.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Scotland in April:



What is the weather like in Scotland in April?

As April is a spring month, Scotland’s weather is varied. Some years it might rain, while others can be really sunny. Generally though, there are highs of 10°C (50°F) and lows of 2°C (36°F).

What are April temperatures in Scotland?

The average temperatures around the country will be between 2°C (36°F) and 10°C (50°F) in April. You might experience some lovely warm, sunny days, but it changes every year in Scotland!

What to wear in Scotland in April?

Like in many of the Nordic countries, Scots have the saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.

As the weather can be both mild and cool in April, we recommend wearing layers. That way you can remove or add clothes depending on the day’s weather. Make sure to bring some lightweight and warm under layers as well as a rain jacket, hat and scarf.

Here is a list of packing essentials for your Scotland tour in April:

  • Lightweight layers, including t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and shorts
  • Warm jumper or fleece
  • Jeans or warm trousers
  • Waterproof jacket or shell layers
  • Insulated jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Scarf, hat and gloves
  • Hiking boots
  • Wool socks
  • Sun hat or cap


What are the daylight hours in April in Scotland?

In April, the daylight hours are growing longer as we slowly approach the summer solstice. This means you’ll enjoy plenty of daytime brightness to explore Scotland to your heart’s content. You can expect 13 to 16 hours of daylight per day in April.

Daylight hours differ based on the time of the month you visit. In Edinburgh, the sun rises at 6:40 AM and sets at 7:50 PM in early April. By the end of the month, it grows longer with daylight hours between 5:30 AM and 8:50 PM.


Does it snow in Scotland in April?

You can still see snow dusting the mountaintops of Scotland in April, but it doesn’t usually settle on lower ground. However, as Scottish weather is unpredictable, there is always a small chance of snow at this time of year.



How to tour Scotland in April?

There are various ways to travel on your Scotland tour in April. Depending on your personal tastes and requirements, you could either go for a guided or self-guided vacation.

Road trip around Scotland
April is a great time to visit Scotland on a self-drive tour, which would allow you to stop at the sights you want to see at your own pace. At this time of year, the road conditions are usually good for touring and you’ll enjoy plenty of daylight hours to drive and explore.

Pick up your rental car from Edinburgh or Glasgow and drive to iconic locations. You could visit St Andrews, Loch Ness, Inverness, the Isle of Skye and Fort William, amongst many more.

Depending on the amount of time you have, there are many options and regions of Scotland you could incorporate into your travel plans. Do an express tour into the Highlands in 5 days or take 2 to 3 weeks to do a complete tour, including the northern and western isles.

Driving in Scotland is an adventure that you won’t regret! Especially if you book with Nordic Visitor, as we offer collision damage waiver and a 24/7 helpline for emergencies.

Good to note: In Scotland, and the wider UK, motorists drive on the left. If you are not used to this, we recommend hiring an automatic car. Alternatively, you could choose from our privately guided tours instead and have a local expert do all the driving.



Learn about Scottish history and culture with a private guide
You might prefer to be accompanied by your very own local expert throughout your Scotland experience.

A privately guided tour is one of the most exclusive ways to see Scotland and learn all about this beautiful country. You’ll have your own personal guide to show you the best locations and teach you about the local history.



Whatever tour you pick, you’ll take advantage of all our signature benefits. These include charming accommodation, daily breakfast, transportation, such as car rental and ferries, our Nordic Visitor Scotland Travel Guide, and a hand-marked map with your route and highlights.

You’ll also have activities, like entry to castles and distilleries, included in some packages. 

Good to know: Our Scotland itineraries aren’t set in stone. Our Edinburgh-based Scotland experts will help you see the country your way, tailoring your itinerary and adding all the best excursions to suit you.



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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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  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

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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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