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Scotland Tours in February

Visit Scotland in February to experience warm Scottish hospitality and the wintry beauty of the Highlands during the calm low travel season. Come explore the beautiful castles and old cobbled streets on a tour package crafted by the local travel experts at Nordic Visitor.

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Curious about Scotland tours in February? We’ve got you covered!

February is one of Scotland’s winter months, so it’s a great time to visit if you want peace and quiet. There are fewer visitors at this time of year compared to the summer, but the scenery is as dramatic and awe-inspiring as ever.

Since we are a Scottish tour operator based in Edinburgh, our travel experts live and breathe Scotland. You’ll be assigned a personal travel consultant for your Scotland tour in February, who will do all the planning for your self-drive adventure or privately guided vacation.

They’ll advise you on what to do and where to go depending on your interests. Plus, you get hand-picked accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast and access to our 24/7 helpline included in your itinerary package.

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



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 on a self-drive tour. You do the driving, we handle your accommodation booking, route planning and any customisations you desire. Enjoy a personalised itinerary, hand-marked map, attractions guide and more.

8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Winter



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Nov - Mar



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7 days / 6 nights
Nov - Mar

Express Scotland - Winter



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7 days / 6 nights
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Travel on a private tour in Scotland

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.

Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private



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8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar



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Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
Nov - Mar

Express Scotland Winter - Private



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7 days / 6 nights
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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.

Ryan, United States
Edinburgh Complete - Loch Ness, Highlands & Glasgow - Winter, November 2023

A great adventure!

This was such a great adventure for us on our 20th! Amazing tours and time to roam around the city on our own! We fell in love with the people and cannot wait to go back!

Kathleen, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private, February 2023

I can't thank Nordic Visitor enough

This is our second trip in two years to Scotland with Nordic Visitor, and we are seriously thinking about another. I can't thank Chris enough for his patience and expertise when booking this trip.

Cynthia, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Winter, March 2023


We went on the Scotland Winter World tour for 8 days, and overall it was great. We experienced so much and travelled all over Scotland. The detailed information that was provided upon arrival was amazing. Magda was wonderful and knowledgeable and responded quickly to emails and phone calls.

Brett, United States
Edinburgh Complete - Loch Ness, Highlands & Glasgow - Winter, January 2023

Everything was taken care of!

Made my trip so much easier! Everything was taken care of and I did not have to worry about a thing! Very professional service!

Rosanne, United States
Edinburgh Complete - Loch Ness, Highlands & Glasgow - Winter, March 2023

Our travel consultant was great!

We worked with Rebecca in planning our tour. She was very prompt in answering our questions. Her hotel recommendations were very worthwhile. Our documents arrived in a very timely manner. She also left extra tour information at the hotel for when we checked in.

Colette, United Kingdom
A Scottish Christmas to Remember, December 2022

Our travel consultant went above and beyond

Our tour representative in Scotland was Duncan and he was excellent, going above and beyond to make sure that we had a wonderful holiday even before we stepped foot in Scotland. We did the whisky tour, we had afternoon tea at the Astoria Caledonian, we did a Highland tour and a walking tour of the Royal Mile. All were excellent and along with our accommodation made for a fabulous holiday!

Javier, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Winter, February 2023

Excellent service from Nordic Visitor

I want to thank everyone that helped with the trip because it was an excellent service. I will recommend you to people I know, because all of Nordic Visitor's recommendations were great and the hotels and B&Bs were amazing. I will probably do another trip with you guys. I hope you expand your services to more countries.

Stacy, United States
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Winter, December 2022

So convenient

It was so convenient to have the logistics already planned for us. The accommodation was all nice and the suggested outings were perfect.

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.


If you want to know more about Scotland tours in February, read on for our expert advice. We’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions to help you with your Scotland travel plans.

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

Thankfully, many of Scotland’s amazing attractions are accessible all year long. What’s more, even with short daylight hours and cooler weather, if you’re going to travel to Scotland in February, you’ll find plenty of things to do.

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

  • Drive around the beautiful Scottish Highlands
  • Admire the natural scenery
  • Attend winter festivals and music concerts
  • Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages
  • Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
  • Discover stunning Scottish islands
  • Learn about Scotland’s Viking heritage
  • Taste exquisite food and drink, including Scotch whisky
  • Walk along the lochs and glens
  • Meet the local wildlife

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

With fewer visitors compared to the summer, you’ll have more of Scotland’s top places to yourself in February. Take advantage of this to get to know its towns, historic sites and natural highlights at a relaxed pace.

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

What is the weather like in Scotland in February?

It’s winter in February in Scotland, so expect cold weather, wind and rain. It gets particularly wet on the west coast. There is also a chance of snow at this time of year. On average, there are highs of 6°C (42°F) and lows of 0°C (32°F).

These weather conditions needn’t put you off though. One of the great things about a Scotland winter tour is warming up at a cosy guesthouse or pub at the end of a day exploring. There’s nothing like experiencing warm Scottish hospitality with some local food and a glass of whisky.

What are February temperatures in Scotland?

February is one of the coldest months of the year in Scotland, so expect average high temperatures of 6°C (42°F) and lows of 0°C (32°F).

What to wear in Scotland in February?

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

Since the weather is changeable in Scotland, we recommend you wear 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 waterproof and insulated jacket.

Here is an essential packing list for your Scotland in February:

  • Lightweight layers
  • Warm jumper or fleece
  • Jeans or warm trousers
  • Waterproof and insulated jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wool socks for hiking
  • Scarf, gloves and a warm hat
  • Sturdy boots for forest and hill walks

What are the daylight hours in February in Scotland?

The days are quite short in February in Scotland, although they are gradually growing longer as we approach spring. Depending on where in the country you go and the time of month you visit, you’ll have between 8 and 11 daylight hours per day.

At the start of February, the sun rises at 8:10 AM and sets at 4:45 PM in Edinburgh. At the end of the month, the sunrise takes place at 7:10 AM and the sunset at 5:45 PM.

Does it snow in Scotland in February?

It can snow in Scotland in February, although in the towns and cities it is more likely to rain. If you visit the mountains and rural areas with higher ground, you will have more chance of experiencing snow in Scotland.

Can I see the northern lights in Scotland in February?

It is possible that you could see the northern lights in Scotland in February, particularly if you visit the northern regions. That said, it’s still a rare occurrence. Scotland lies too far south of the North Pole for the aurora borealis to put on a regular display.

To increase your chances of spotting the auroras, we recommend heading further north, towards the Arctic Circle, between October and March. You could pick a northern lights tour in Iceland, Lapland or Northern Norway.

What are the most popular events in Scotland in February?

Although the weather may be cold in February, there are some great events on to liven things up. During your visit to cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, you can always find a music concert, play, comedy or other show to entertain you.

Here are some of the best events taking place in Scotland in February each year:

  • Celtic Connections, Glasgow
  • February Fest, Glencoe
  • Bute Gin Festival
  • Up Helly Aa, Shetland Islands
  • Fort William Mountain Festival
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Inverness Music Festival
  • Braemar Mountain Festival

If you’ve heard about the traditional Burns Night and want to experience it yourself, time your Scotland trip for January instead.

On 25 January, Scotland celebrates the national poet Robert Burns. Typically you’ll get to join the locals in their traditional dancing (ceilidh), haggis dinner, poem readings and whisky drinking.

How to tour Scotland in February?

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

Road trip around Scotland
February is a good time to visit Scotland on a self-drive tour. As it’s not the peak season, there are fewer visitors and less traffic. The road conditions are usually fine, although you should take care on mountain roads and look out for ice in rural areas.

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

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 a guided tour instead and have a local expert do all the driving.

Learn about Scottish history and culture with a private guide
On the other hand, 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.

In addition, all our winter tours include a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass so you can pick the attractions you want to visit.

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

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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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