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Scotland Tours in May

From scenic drives in the Highlands to hikes in breathtaking places like the Isle of Skye, there’s a lot for you to see and do on Scotland tours in May.

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VISITING SCOTLAND IN MAY

Visiting Scotland in May is a fantastic idea! As May is on the cusp of the busy summer high season in Scotland, you can beat the crowds to the major attractions and enjoy less traffic on the rural roads. What’s more, May is the beginning of the popular Highland Games, a series of traditional athletic competitions (with lots of kilts and bagpipes!) held throughout the Highlands on weekends -- a great Scottish cultural experience for visitors.

Nordic Visitor, a travel agency with knowledgeable staff in the capital city Edinburgh, specialises in custom-made travel experiences in Scotland. Whether you want to explore Scotland's historic cities and beautiful countryside on a self-drive or a guided tour package, we make your tour of Scotland in May easy as we handle all your local travel arrangements and add a personal touch to your itinerary.

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

 

— 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

Eur

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

Classic Scotland

1164GBP

Eur

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

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

971GBP

Eur

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

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

971GBP

Eur

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

Grand Tour of Scotland

2169GBP

Eur

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

Grand Tour of Scotland

2169GBP

Eur

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

Complete Scotland

1765GBP

Eur

View map
10% off
14 days / 13 nights
Apr - Oct

Complete Scotland

1765GBP

Eur

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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

Eur

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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

Eur

View map
Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

3300GBP

Eur

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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

View map
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

View map
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 MAY & DAYLIGHT HOURS

Late spring is a great time to visit Scotland, as the weather in Scotland in May tends to be mild with an average temperature of about 9 °C (48°F). Does it snow in Scotland in May? There may still be a bit snowfall in the mountains, but rain is more common this time of year. In terms of what to pack for Scotland in May, it’s a good idea to bring a rain jacket and a variety of clothing layers to adapt changing weather conditions. Planning on doing some hiking in Scotland in May? Make sure to bring good hiking shoes, preferably waterproof.

As for sightseeing and driving in Scotland in May, you’ll have plenty of daylight hours for your outdoor activities. With sunrise starting around 5:15 AM and the time of sunset in Scotland in May at 9:30 PM, you can expect about 16 hours of daylight for your adventures.

WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO DO IN SCOTLAND IN MAY

There are endless options of places to visit in Scotland in May and activities to enjoy around the country! Feel like exploring the sights at your own pace on a road trip? Where to go in Scotland in May on your driving holiday all depends on how many days you have and your preferred pace of travel.

On a Nordic Visitor self-drive tour starting from Edinburgh, the best places to visit in Scotland in May are the Scottish Highlands and surrounding regions. With overnights in areas like Fort William, Inverness and Loch Lomond, you can enjoy some of the most popular things to do in Scotland in May, such as looking for the Loch Ness Monster, admiring the views of Ben Nevis -- Scotland's highest peak, and visiting picture-perfect sights like Glencoe and Stirling Castle. You can also visit the Isle of Skye to see its famous landscapes like the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. With a May tour of Scotland by car you can even extend your journey to the “Castle Trail” area of Aberdeenshire and travel further west to the islands in the Outer Hebrides.



Want to travel in Scotland in May without doing any driving? A great option for May breaks in Scotland 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.

There are also plenty of things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland in May on foot or via public transport. For example, stroll the cobbled streets of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, browse numerous museums, join a day tour with local guides to the abbeys of the Scottish Borders, visit the Edinburgh Castle, or take day trips to nearby cities like St Andrews and Glasgow.

CUSTOMISED TOURS OF SCOTLAND IN MAY

With all the possibilities of things to see and do in Scotland in May, it’s good to have the trusted Scottish travel experts at Nordic Visitor to guide your trip planning and create a tailored Scotland itinerary in May for you. 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 May, you’ll have your own dedicated travel consultant at Nordic Visitor at your assistance.

 

 

— 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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