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Scotland Tours in August

From scenic drives to fun-filled cultural events like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Highland Games, there’s so much to see and do on Scotland tours in August.

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VISITING SCOTLAND IN AUGUST

Visiting Scotland in August gives you endless possibilities of outdoor activities and attractions to enjoy as it's the warmest month of the year. With several popular festivals in Scotland in August, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Highland Games, it's also the liveliest time of year in the country.

Enjoy the best of both Scottish nature and culture on a Scotland tour in August crafted by Nordic Visitor, a travel agency with knowledgeable staff in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. We specialise in tailor-made Scotland itineraries designed by our very own local travel experts, with all local travel arrangements taken care of. Whatever your interests -- whisky, castles or Scottish heritage, for example -- you'll have your very own personalised itinerary to guide your adventures in Scotland.

Ready to start planning your August trip to Scotland? Keep browsing below for tour ideas and travel tips for visiting Scotland in August.

 

— 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.

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

Classic Scotland

1164GBP

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10% off
Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1164GBP

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10% off
Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

971GBP

Eur

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10% off
Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

971GBP

Eur

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10% off
Scotland
Best seller
Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2169GBP

Eur

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10% off
Best seller
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2169GBP

Eur

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10% off
Scotland
Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1765GBP

Eur

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10% off
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1765GBP

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Visit Scotland on a small group tour

Want to travel with a witty local guide and make some new friends along the way? Check out these guided small group tours, with maximum 16 travellers and transportation in a comfy mini-coach. Departures are 100% guaranteed.

Scotland
Guided Groups
7 days / 6 nights
Jun - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

2400GBP

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7 days / 6 nights
Jun - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

2400GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Best seller
Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

3300GBP

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

3300GBP

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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

3678GBP

Eur

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3678GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Mar - Oct

Speyside Whisky Journey

1878GBP

Eur

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5 days / 4 nights
Mar - Oct

Speyside Whisky Journey

1878GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
6 days / 5 nights
Mar - Oct

Islay Whisky Journey

2523GBP

Eur

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6 days / 5 nights
Mar - Oct

Islay Whisky Journey

2523GBP

Eur

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Scotland
Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
Mar - Oct

Scottish Whisky Journey

From Heather to Peat

3085GBP

Eur

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7 days / 6 nights
Mar - Oct

Scottish Whisky Journey

3085GBP

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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.

WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN AUGUST & DAYLIGHT HOURS

August is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of 14 °C (57°F). Nonetheless the weather in Scotland in August can change quickly, from rainy to sunny, so you should be ready for anything on August breaks in Scotland. Wondering what to pack for Scotland in August? We suggest a rain jacket, sturdy walking shoes and different layers to adapt to weather changes. What time is sunset in August? Luckily for your outdoor activities or driving in Scotland in August, you can expect about 15 hours of daylight, between 6 AM and 9 PM.

FESTIVALS IN SCOTLAND IN AUGUST

There are 5 main festivals in Edinburgh in August, so you can enjoy a festive array of cultural events during your visit. Take a look at what's happening during August in Edinburgh:

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival -- world’s largest arts festival, with dance, live music, theatre and more
  • Edinburgh International Festival -- celebrates performing arts from all over the world
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo -- a showcase of music, dance, technology and military regalia
  • Edinburgh International Book Festival -- events including readings and book signings
  • Edinburgh Art Festival -- UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art

As for other Scotland festivals in August, we recommend checking out the Highland Games in Scotland in August if you're interested in traditional Highland culture. This is your opportunity to watch Scots in kilts engage in unique competitions of shot put, tug-o-war, caber toss, hammer throw and other time-honoured Highland sports -- all with some live bagpipe music, of course.

PLACES TO VISIT IN SCOTLAND IN AUGUST

There’s a lot to see and do in Edinburgh with all the summer festivals, but the best things to do in Scotland in August require travelling beyond the capital city. Want to go hiking in Scotland in August in the national parks? Or play golf in Scotland in August? For the most flexibility in your itinerary, we recommend booking a customisable Nordic Visitor self-drive tour starting from Edinburgh.

If you want to explore both the Highlands and islands, give yourself a week or more, with overnights in areas like Fort William, Inverness, Loch Lomond and either the Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye areas. On such a route you can visit famous attractions such as Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe, The Old Man of Storr rock formation and other postcard-perfect sights. With a August tour of Scotland by car in 10 days or more you can extend your journey to the “Castle Trail” area of Aberdeenshire and to the more secluded islands in the Outer Hebrides. On longer tours you can even drive the famously scenic North Coast 500 route and take a ferry to Scotland’s Orkney Islands to see neolithic ruins like Skara Brae, a World Heritage Site.



Want to travel in Scotland in August without driving? A great option for touring Scotland in August without a rental car are Nordic Visitor’s privately-guided tours or guided small group tours, which are perfect for travellers interested in whisky tasting, Scottish heritage or filming locations from the hit series Outlander. Travelling with a witty local guide, you’ll hear stories and see sights you won’t know about from guidebooks.

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 customise your trip to Scotland in July, 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.

 

 

 

— 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.

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  • 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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