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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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VISITING SCOTLAND IN FEBRUARY

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.

 

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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, free GPS, attractions guide and more.

Scotland
Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar

Scotland Winter World

957GBP

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8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar

Scotland Winter World

957GBP

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Scotland
Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Winter Escape

932GBP

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7 days / 6 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Winter Escape

932GBP

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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.

Scotland
Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Highlands Express Winter - Private

1915GBP

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5 days / 4 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Highlands Express Winter - Private

1915GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private

3551GBP

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8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private

3551GBP

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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.

Simon, United Kingdom

Highlights of Scotland, October 2020

A very good tour with a great information pack.

A very good tour with good information and map with highlighted attractions and a very good information pack.

Kalli

Express Scotland, October 2019

Absolutely love working with Nordic Visitor!

I have already traveled twice with Nordic Visitor, and am already in the process of booking a third trip! Absolutely love working with you! Every bed and breakfast we stayed at was amazing. The hosts were so welcoming with great suggestions of things to do and places to eat. The rooms were very comfortable, and the amenities were awesome! 

Moreen, Singapore

Scotland Winter World, January 2020

Our second time with Nordic Visitor!

This is our second time using Nordic Visitor.

Lisa, United States

Classic Scotland, October 2019

The trip of a lifetime!

Every accommodation was stunning! We were met with enthusiasm and kindness and courtesy. I cannot say enough about our trip and the way it was set up and the accommodations. Everything was spot on and it was the trip of a lifetime for my sister and I. We already have friends who have booked a trip through Nordic as well. I am seriously considering another trip to Scotland next year and using Nordic for sure.

Audrey, United States

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, October 2019

Great trip!

All of the hotels had great food and people. Response time was excellent -  Agnes was very attentive. The packets were wonderful, we referred to them constantly. The big map was very helpful as well.

Raymond, Canada

Classic Scotland, October 2019

Very satisfied

Our second trip with Nordic Visitor. Recommended friends who went to the Scandinavian countries with Nordic Visitor and they were very satisfied.

Wally, United States

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private, October 2019

Excellent!

Our experience was excellent. We had no worries the entire trip.  

Matt K, United States

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, October 2019

Wonderful trip!

Once in the tour, we realized everything was simple and working out as planned. No issues. It was wonderful!

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 FEBRUARY

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, free GPS, 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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