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Scotland Tours in December

From Edinburgh’s festive Christmas Market to the beautiful wintry landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, there’s a lot to see and do on Scotland tours in December.

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Visiting Scotland in December

Visiting Scotland in December is a great idea for travellers who want to experience the winter beauty of the Scottish countryside, with fewer crowds at major attractions and less traffic for scenic drives in the Scottish Highlands. What’s more, Scotland tours in December are a great way to experience Scottish holiday traditions and festivities, such as Edinburgh’s popular Christmas Market and Hogmanay, Scotland’s unique New Year celebration.

With all the different ways you could experience Scotland's scenery and culture, it's good to trust your Scotland tour in December to Nordic Visitor, a travel agency with knowledgeable staff in Scotland's capital city Edinburgh. We specialise in tailor-made travel experiences in Scotland, with a variety of self-drive and guided tour packages designed by our very own local travel experts. Whatever your interests -- whisky, castles, Scottish heritage or simply a special Christmas getaway -- you'll have all of your local travel arrangements taken care of along with a personalised itinerary to guide your adventures in Scotland in December.

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

 

— 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

 

Explore 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

1293GBP

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Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1293GBP

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

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

Eur

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Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

Eur

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

Grand Tour of Scotland

2410GBP

Eur

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Best seller
17 days / 16 nights
Apr - Oct

Grand Tour of Scotland

2410GBP

Eur

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

Complete Scotland

1961GBP

Eur

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14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1961GBP

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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
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

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.

WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER & DAYLIGHT HOURS

You can experience all types of weather changes in one day at this time of year in Scotland, through the winter weather in Scotland in December is generally considered mild. Does it snow in Scotland in December? With an average temperature in Scotland in December of about 5 °C (40°F), rain is more common but snowfall can occur in the mountains and in northwestern Scotland. In terms of what to pack for Scotland in December, it goes without saying that you’ll need to bring a warm, water-repellent coat and lots of layers, like thermal garments, fleeces and sweaters. It's also good to pack a cap, scarf, gloves and waterproof hiking boots. 

How many hours of sunlight in Scotland in December can you expect? At mid-month you can expect just over 8 daylight hours per day, roughly between 8 AM and 4:15 PM. Can you see the northern lights in Scotland in December? While not nearly as common as in Scandinavia or Iceland, aurora sightings in December in Scotland may be possible in the far northern areas. 

WHERE TO GO IN SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER

Although some of the historical attractions may close or have limited opening hours in winter, there are still many things to do in Scotland in December and beautiful places to visit. Below are some of our suggestions for where to visit in Scotland in December and how to travel there.

Want to take a Scotland road trip in December? With about a week on a Nordic Visitor self-drive tour starting from Edinburgh, the best places to visit in Scotland in December are the Scottish Highlands and surrounding areas. With overnights in areas like Fort William, Perthshire and Loch Lomond, you can enjoy some of the best things to do in Scotland in December. For example, visit Loch Ness in Fort Augustus, Eilean Donan Castle, Stirling Castle and other amazing attractions. You can also see famous landscapes like the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock on the iconic Isle of Skye.



Wondering what to do in Scotland in December without renting a car? A Nordic Visitor privately-guided tour is a great way to experience Scotland’s top sights as well as whisky tasting, Scottish heritage or Outlander filming locations with an experienced local driver-guide.

December is also the perfect time for exploring Edinburgh! In December, when the city is illuminated with twinkling lights, we recommend visiting the German-style Edinburgh Christmas Market at Princes Street Gardens -- a popular place for the locals to gather and enjoy a cup of mulled wine. You can also stroll the old cobbled streets of The Royal Mile, visit the Edinburgh Castle, or take a day tour to nearby cities like St Andrews or Glasgow. And if you’re visiting over December 31st, don’t miss Hogmanay in Edinburgh, a New Year celebration with lots of food, music, dancing and fireworks. 

CUSTOMISED TOURS OF SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER

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 December, 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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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)

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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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