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Scotland Tours in March

From scenic road trips in the Highlands to private tours of the country, travel to Scotland in March to experience the quieter side of the country. Explore the castle ruins, be inspired by the mythical lochs and admire the stunning winter scenery on one of Nordic Visitor’s Scotland tours in March.

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VISITING SCOTLAND IN MARCH

Looking to travel to Scotland in March? You’re in the right place!

Visiting Scotland during the low season, and especially in March, is ideal if you want to experience Scotland’s natural beauty with fewer crowds at the major attractions and less traffic on the roads. At this time of year, you could visit Scotland by taking a scenic road trip or touring with a local private guide.

Our Edinburgh-based travel consultants will craft a package with their local knowledge to make it a memorable time for you in Scotland! When you book a trip with Nordic Visitor, you get hand-picked accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast and access to our 24/7 helpline.

Browse below for more tour ideas or get in touch via our live chat or toll-free numbers and we'll happily plan your March 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 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 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
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
5 days / 4 nights
Mar - Oct

Speyside Whisky Journey

1878GBP

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5 days / 4 nights
Mar - Oct

Speyside Whisky Journey

1878GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
6 days / 5 nights
Mar - Oct

Islay Whisky Journey

2523GBP

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6 days / 5 nights
Mar - Oct

Islay Whisky Journey

2523GBP

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Scotland
Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
Mar - Oct

Scottish Whisky Journey

From Heather to Peat

3401GBP

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7 days / 6 nights
Mar - Oct

Scottish Whisky Journey

3401GBP

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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! 

Paul, United Kingdom

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, September 2020

The best holidays we have ever had!

Superb!! Our first ever 'touring' holiday and right up there with the best holidays we have ever had. We are not youngsters, so this was taken on with a bit of trepidation, but were soon put at ease by the sheer quality of accommodation provided along with the superb travel itinerary book (yes, it's that thick and detailed) and map. Even though we often used local recommendations, these became our trusted companions throughout the week - and are now valued reminders of an exceptional holiday - Thankyou Nordic Visitor, we will be back!

Crystal, United States

Classic Scotland & The Orkney islands, September 2019

Wonderful experience!

Thank you so much! Our experience in Scotland was wonderful! We felt prepared for what to expect, particularly as it relates to making dinner reservations on the islands we visited. The food recommendations were excellent , the accommodations were cozy, and the recommendations for sites and attractions greatly appreciated. A special thank you to Agne who answered all my inquiries, helped us make dinner reservations and confirmed all our dates and meeting times - she was a pleasure to work with!  

David, United Kingdom

Classic Scotland, September 2020

Excellent trip

All accommodations were excellent with very friendly hosts. Car rental pickup was very quick and easy and car was excellent. Rebecca was excellent, she took all our requirements and made a personal tour for us. Her attention to detail was excellent.The documents at our first hotel were excellent especially the map with everything marked on for us.

David

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye, June 2019

A positive experience, beginning to end!

This tour was a positive experience for us, beginning to end. The planning by Nordic Visitor was complete, thoughtful, and worked flawlessly. Scotland was stunning and most interesting - we just wish we had more time. To Nordic Visitor: Great Job! We'll be back!

Gary, Canada

Scotland Winter World, November 2019

The accommodations, destinations and car were great!

The tour went very well. All the accommodation was excellent. We are very pleased with all the arrangements and communications that we had with Rebecca. The accommodations, destinations and car were great. Our only wish is that we would have had more time at some of the locations. We had a hard time packing it all in!

Jennifer

Express Scotland, July 2019

Nothing but great words to say about Nordic Visitor!

We were thrilled with all of our accommodations. All hosts/hostesses were very friendly and we felt very welcomed. The rental car service was also very good and thorough. And we felt as though everyone had a good working relationship as the businesses had nothing but great words to say about Nordic Visitor so we felt good that everyone was working together to make our visit a great one!

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 MARCH

Whatever you’re wondering about visiting Scotland in March, we’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions. Read below to find out all the details from our local travel experts.

Is March a good time to visit Scotland?

March is a good time to visit as there is less traffic on the roads and less visitors at popular attractions like Edinburgh Castle. It’s good to be aware that some sites will operate on reduced hours, but you’ll find you have them more to yourself.

You’ll also benefit from some mild weather as spring is settling in around the country and longer days with the start of daylight savings. There are also many events held around the country, from music and film festivals to races and other sporting events.

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

A huge benefit is that many of Scotland’s amazing attractions are accessible all year long. What’s more, even with shorter daylight hours and cooler weather, if you’re travelling to Scotland during the winter months, you’ll find plenty of things to do.

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

  • Drive around the beautiful Scottish Highlands
  • Taste the local whisky flavours at distilleries
  • Admire the stunning, natural scenery
  • Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages
  • Walk along the lochs and glens
  • Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
  • Head off the beaten path in the islands
  • Meet the local wildlife
  • Take on a winter activity like skiing
  • Learn about Scotland’s Viking heritage


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

March is a great month to travel to Scotland. It’s still easy to drive around and visit the top attractions, including its lovely towns, historic sites and natural highlights.

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




What is the weather like in Scotland in March?

If you travel to Scotland in March, you can expect mild and changing weather in Scotland. Make sure to be prepared for rain as well as possible snowfall. On average, there are highs of 8°C (46°F) and lows of 1°C (34°F).

What are March temperatures in Scotland?

The daily average for March is 6°C (43°F). But you can expect average temperatures to be anywhere between 1°C (34°F) and 8°C (46°F).

What to wear in Scotland in March?

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 is changeable in winter in Scotland, you can expect to experience all seasons in one day in March. For that reason, we recommend a mix of thin and warm layers. Wear thermal layers as well as a waterproof shell to be able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

This also goes for your feet. Make sure your walking shoes or boots are waterproof as you may encounter some wet and muddy ground.

What are the daylight hours in March in Scotland?

In March, the days are growing longer. This is especially thanks to the clocks springing forward due to the daylight saving starting at the end of March.

Early in the month in Scotland, the sun rises around 7 AM and sets by 5:45 PM. By the end of March, after the clocks change, you can expect longer days, with daylight between 6:45 AM and 7:50 PM.



Does it snow in Scotland in March?

March is one of the winter months when it is most likely to snow. What you’ll find is that it doesn’t settle on lower ground. It is in fact more likely to rain. However, if you head up into the Highlands, you can expect more snowfall.

How is driving in Scotland in March?

Winter in Scotland can bring icy and snowy conditions. However, you’re more likely to encounter rain, making it an easy location to do a winter road trip. Just make sure you come ready to drive on the left!

The days are growing longer, but we still recommend not overloading yourself with too much driving. This way, you can enjoy the sights along the way during the daytime.

During your trip check weather and road conditions regularly. For your peace of mind, our team is on hand 24/7 should you need to contact us at any point. And if there is an unexpected event or severe weather, we’ll get in touch and modify your itinerary while keeping you safe and informed.

When you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, your car rental comes with collision damage waiver, a GPS, and a hand-marked map of your route. You also get two named drivers on the insurance policy so you can share the driving with a travel companion.



What are the most popular events in Scotland in March?

March is a quiet month in Scotland, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of events to go around. Here are some of the popular festivals held around the country in March:

  • Inverness Music Festival
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Braemar Mountain Festival
  • Fife Whisky Festival
  • Aberdeen Jazz Festival
  • Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival

For more festivals and fun events such as Highland games, we recommend coming at the height of summer. Visit Scotland in July and August for better weather and more outdoor fun.

What to pack for Scotland in March?

For a trip to Scotland in March, it is best to be ready for all kinds of weather. From rainy weather to the colder mountain climate, make sure to pack all the necessary clothing. That way, come rain or shine, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country.

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

  • Lightweight layers like long-sleeved shirts
  • Warm jumpers or fleeces
  • Jeans or warm trousers
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Scarf, gloves and a warm hat

As well as these essentials, be sure to bring good sturdy walking or hiking boots as well as wool socks if you want to go for forest or hill walks.

How to tour Scotland in March?

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

Road trip around Scotland
March 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, there are fewer visitors and less traffic on the roads.

Pick up your rental car from Edinburgh or Glasgow and drive to iconic locations. You could visit Loch Ness, Inverness, 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’re not used to that, we recommend you hire an automatic car or book a private tour.



Tour Scotland with a private guide
Do you want to leave the driving to someone else? You might prefer to be accompanied by your very own local expert throughout your Scotland experience.

Our privately guided tours are 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 package you pick, you’ll take advantage of all our signature benefits. As a local tour operator, we can guarantee you charming accommodation, daily breakfast, our Nordic Visitor Scotland Travel Guide, and a hand-marked map with your route and highlights.

All our winter tours also 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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