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Scotland Tours in October

Visit the best of Scotland in October, including the historic city of Edinburgh, the colourful Scottish Highlands and mysterious islands on a tailored travel package by Nordic Visitor.

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VISITING SCOTLAND IN OCTOBER

Looking for Scotland tours in October? We’ve got you covered!

Travel to Scotland in October to enjoy the good weather, smaller crowds and long daylight hours of the early summer season. From Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and the impressive Highlands, the country is stunning at this time of year.

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 Scottish 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

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
10% OFF IN 2022
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Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

971GBP

Eur

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10% OFF IN 2022
Best seller
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

971GBP

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Scotland
10% OFF IN 2022
Best seller
Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1349GBP

1214GBP

Eur

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10% OFF IN 2022
Best seller
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Oct

Classic Scotland

1349GBP

1214GBP

GBP

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Scotland
15% OFF IN 2022
Self-drive
11 days / 10 nights
Apr - Oct

North Coast 500 Escape

1438GBP

1222GBP

Eur

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15% OFF IN 2022
11 days / 10 nights
Apr - Oct

North Coast 500 Escape

1438GBP

1222GBP

GBP

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Scotland
15% OFF IN 2022
Self-drive
13 days / 12 nights
Apr - Oct

North Coast 500 Escape & The Isle of Skye

1694GBP

1440GBP

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15% OFF IN 2022
13 days / 12 nights
Apr - Oct

North Coast 500 Escape & The Isle of Skye

1694GBP

1440GBP

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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
10% OFF IN 2022
Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands - Private

3088GBP

2779GBP

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10% OFF IN 2022
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands - Private

3088GBP

2779GBP

GBP

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Scotland
10% OFF IN 2022
Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3678GBP

3310GBP

Eur

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10% OFF IN 2022
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

3678GBP

3310GBP

GBP

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Scotland
10% OFF IN 2022
Privately Guided
7 days / 6 nights
Apr – Oct

Outlander Experience

2702GBP

2432GBP

Eur

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10% OFF IN 2022
7 days / 6 nights
Apr – Oct

Outlander Experience

2702GBP

2432GBP

GBP

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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

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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 OCTOBER

Whatever you’re wondering about visiting Scotland in October, we’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions.

October is a good time to visit as there is less traffic on the roads and less visitors at popular attractions like Edinburgh Castle. Combined with mild weather and a good amount of daylight hours, it makes it an ideal month to explore.

Read below to find out all the details from our local travel experts.

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

One of the advantages of Scotland is that you can visit many of its top attractions throughout the year. Even though the high season is winding down in October, you’ll still find plenty of fun adventures to take on.

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

  • Drive around the beautiful Scottish Highlands
  • Admire the natural scenery
  • Go hiking and walking along the rugged hills
  • Sail to one or more of the Scottish islands
  • Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
  • Learn about Scotland’s Viking heritage
  • Taste the various whisky flavours and local food
  • Walk along the lochs and glens
  • Immerse yourself in Gaelic culture
  • Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages


What are the best places to visit Scotland in October

October is a great month to travel to Scotland and visit its towns, historic sites and natural highlights. More so, you’ll enjoy good daylight hours and mild weather, ideal conditions for exploring.

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



What is the weather like in Scotland in October?

October is a transitional month in Scotland between the cool summer and wet winter. This means that the weather can be varied. You can expect rain and wind, as well as possible frost. On average, there are highs of 12°C (54°F) and lows of 5°C (41°F).

What are October temperatures in Scotland?

The daily average for October is 10°C (43°F). But you can expect average temperatures to be anywhere between 5°C (41°F) and 12°C (54°F).

What to wear in Scotland in October?

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 starting to drop in October, we recommend wearing 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 rain jacket, hat and scarf.

And if you wish to do any hiking in Scotland in October, make sure to bring some good hiking shoes, preferably waterproof.



What are the daylight hours in October in Scotland?

In October, the days are becoming shorter with fewer hours of daylight. During the last week of October, you can expect the clocks to move backwards to mark the end of daylight saving.

Early in the month in Scotland, the sun rises around 7:15 AM and sets by 6:45 PM. By the end of October, after the clocks change, you can expect shorter days, with daylight between 7:20 AM and 4:30 PM.

Does it snow in Scotland in October?

The mountains may have snowy peaks and there may be a bit of frost on some mornings. However rain is more common than snow in October in Scotland.

Can I see the northern lights in Scotland in October?

During the winter months, when daylight hours are shorter, it is possible to see the aurora borealis in remote corners of Scotland, but it’s still rare.

For your best chances of spotting the auroras, we recommend heading north into the “Northern Lights Belt” 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 October?

There are many events taking place in Scotland in October, some of which you might want to go along to during your tour.

One of the most anticipated and high-quality events of the year is Enchanted Forest. This light show is set in the forest near Pitlochry and sells out early. Make sure to book your tickets in advance if you’d like to attend.

Other popular festivals and events include the Wigtown Book Festival and the Alfred Dunhill Links Golf Championship. You’ll also find a variety of local whisky, beer and gin festivals hosted around the country at this time of year, from Inverness to Ullapool.

What to pack for Scotland in October?

At this time of the year, it is best to be ready for all kinds of weather in Scotland. From the last few cool days of autumn to the windy and rainy weather of winter. 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 October:

  • Lightweight layers like long sleeve shirts
  • Warm jumpers or fleeces
  • Waterproof jacket or shell layers
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Light scarf and gloves
  • Warm hat

As well as these essentials, be sure to bring good sturdy walking or hiking boots depending on what activities you may want to enjoy.

How to tour Scotland in October?

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

Road trip around Scotland
October 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, the road conditions are usually good for touring and you’ll enjoy plenty of daylight hours to drive and explore.

Pick up your rental car from Edinburgh or Glasgow and drive to iconic locations. You could visit Loch Lomond, Inverness, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and Fort William, amongst many more.

Depending on the amount of time you have, there are many options and regions of Scotland you could incorporate into your travel plans. Do an express tour into the Highlands in 5 days or take 2 to 3 weeks to do a complete tour, including the northern and western isles.

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, make sure to hire an automatic car. Alternatively, you could choose from our privately guided tours instead and have a local expert do all the driving.



Learn about Scottish history and culture with a private guide
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 tour you pick, you’ll take advantage of all our signature benefits. As a local tour operator, we can guarantee you 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.

You’ll also have activities, like entry to castles and distilleries, included in some packages. All our self-drive tours include a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass or a Scottish Heritage Pass so you can pick what sites you want to visit.

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



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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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