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Scotland Tours in September

Experience beautiful landscapes and fascinating heritage on a Scotland tour in September, soaking up the last days of summer and the start of autumn. Our local experts will organise your Scottish itinerary for you, so you can look forward to an unforgettable trip.

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VISITING SCOTLAND IN SEPTEMBER

Thinking about Scotland trip in September? We can help!

September is a transitional month between summer and autumn in Scotland, which means you can enjoy some good weather and picturesque scenery. Although the lively festival season has passed, you can still attend some excellent food, folk and music events, as well as the traditional Highland games.

As a specialist tour operator based in Edinburgh, we know Scotland inside out. Your personal travel consultant will arrange everything on your behalf, whether that’s a self-drive adventure, small group tour, or privately guided vacation.

Plus, when you book a trip to Scotland with Nordic Visitor, you get hand-picked accommodation, transportation reservations, daily breakfast and access to our 24/7 helpline.

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 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
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Self-drive
8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

971GBP

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8 days / 7 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye

1079GBP

971GBP

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

Classic Scotland

1349GBP

1214GBP

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

Classic Scotland

1349GBP

1214GBP

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

North Coast 500 Escape

1438GBP

1222GBP

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

North Coast 500 Escape

1438GBP

1222GBP

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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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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.

Guided Groups
7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

2400GBP

2160GBP

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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Wonders of Scotland

2400GBP

2160GBP

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Scotland
10% OFF IN 2022
Best seller
Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 2 (Moderate)

3300GBP

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10% OFF IN 2022
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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of Scotland

3300GBP

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

Scottish Highlands - Private

3088GBP

2779GBP

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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Oct

Scottish Highlands - Private

3088GBP

2779GBP

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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

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

Outlander Experience

2702GBP

2432GBP

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7 days / 6 nights
Apr – Oct

Outlander Experience

2702GBP

2432GBP

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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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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 SEPTEMBER

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

Is September a good time to visit Scotland?

Yes, September is a great time to visit Scotland! As summer turns to autumn, you can still catch some good weather and 11 to 14 hours of daylight per day. 

In September you might like to go along to exciting events, ranging from literary festivals to the traditional Highland games. Taste the flavours of late summer by tucking into freshly caught seafood and perfectly ripened fruit and vegetables. Or watch some live music at a festival or concert.

September is also a great time to admire Scotland’s gorgeous scenery. By the end of September, the natural landscapes and tree-lined city streets are made even more beautiful with autumn hues of ruby, amber and gold.

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

There are so many things you can do in Scotland in September, whether you want to immerse yourself in nature or Scottish culture. Plus, the good daylight hours and fair weather allow you to enjoy more of the fun travel experiences Scotland offers.

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

  • Drive around the beautiful Scottish Highlands
  • Admire the natural scenery
  • Go hiking in the rugged hills and national parks
  • Sail to one or more of the Scottish islands
  • Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
  • Learn about Scotland’s Viking heritage
  • Taste exquisite food and drink, including Scotch whisky
  • Walk along the lochs and glens
  • Attend the Highland games
  • Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages


What are the most popular events in Scotland in September?

Travel to Scotland in September and you could attend some of the varied events hosted around the country. Why not go along to some Highland games on the weekends, taking place all over Scotland? These involve a series of traditional athletic competitions (with lots of kilts and bagpipes!).

The most famous Highland games event in Scotland is the Braemar Gathering, taking place on the first weekend of September. Come to watch the sporting traditions and Highland dances in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Members of the royal family – including the Queen – attend every year.

As well as this, you might like to experience some music concerts, food festivals or sporting events. If you love golf, don’t miss the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St Andrews.

Can I attend Highland games in Scotland in September?

Yes, you can attend the Highland games in September. As a tradition going back centuries, the games are a great Scottish cultural experience. Watch Highland dancing, “tossing the caber” (log-throwing), races, tug-of-war, and bagpipe processions.

You’ll find games held across the country, from Oban and Stirling to the Isle of Skye and northern Highlands. The Braemar Gathering is the most popular Highland games event in September.

Are there any festivals in Scotland in September?

Take your pick from an array of cultural festivals in Scotland in September. These are the most popular ones:

  • Largs Viking Festival
  • Stranraer Oyster Festival
  • Skye Live Festival
  • Tidelines Book Festival
  • Deeside Local Food Festival
  • Linlithgow Folk Festival
  • Islay Jazz Festival
  • Dundee Flower and Food Festival

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

Take advantage of the late summer weather to get to know Scotland's towns, historic sites and natural highlights.

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



What is the weather like in Scotland in September?

Visit Scotland in September and you’ll find the weather is mild as it gradually transitions from summer to autumn. On average, there are highs of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 7°C (45°F). You’ll notice that the foliage begins to show its fall colours, particularly towards the end of September.

Bear in mind that you might experience all sorts of weather, as Scotland’s climate can be a little unpredictable. It could rain, be windy or very sunny!

What are September temperatures in Scotland?

Scotland has average high temperatures of 15°C (59°F) and lows of 7°C (45°F) in September.

Are there midges in Scotland in September?

If you come to Scotland in September you are less likely to encounter pesky midges compared to the summer months. Midges are tiny insects that bite, found especially in the Highlands and islands of Scotland. July and August is usually considered the worst period for midges in Scotland.

They are at their most active in the early mornings and evenings. You can try to avoid being outside in the countryside at those times of the day. Or we recommend carrying the Avon Skin-So-Soft body oil spray, the repellent of choice for Britain’s Royal Marines.

What to wear in Scotland in September?

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 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.

What are the daylight hours in September in Scotland?

Although the long days have ended, you’ll still get a good amount of daylight hours when you visit Scotland in September. Depending on where in the country you go and the time of month you visit, you’ll have between 11 and 14 daylight hours per day.

Come at the start of the month and you’ll have more hours of daylight to explore Scotland. In Edinburgh, the sun rises at 6:15 AM and sets at 8 PM. At the end of September, the sunrise takes place at 7:15 AM and the sunset at 6:50 PM.

Does it snow in Scotland in September?

You are unlikely to see snow in Scotland in September, as it’s only just the beginning of autumn. However, it is possible to catch sight of some snow at the tops of the tallest mountains.



Can I see the northern lights in Scotland in September?

You probably won’t see the northern lights in Scotland if you visit in September. It is possible to see them in the Scottish winter (November to March), when daylight hours are shorter, 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 to pack for Scotland in September?

For a trip to Scotland in September, you should prepare for all kinds of weather. From warm days to windy and rainy weather, 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 an essential packing list for your Scotland tour in September

  • Lightweight layers, including t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and shorts
  • Warm jumper or fleece
  • Jeans or warm trousers
  • Waterproof jacket or shell layers
  • Insulated jackets
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Wool socks for hiking
  • Warm hat and cap

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



How to tour Scotland in September?

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

Road trip around Scotland
September is a fantastic time to visit Scotland on a self-drive tour. At this time of year, the road conditions are good. Additionally, the 11-14 hours of daylight give you plenty of time to drive and explore.

Pick up your rental car from Edinburgh or Glasgow and drive to iconic locations. You could visit St Andrews, Loch Ness, Inverness, 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 visit. 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 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.



Join a small group tour of Scotland
Do you want to leave the driving to someone else? Between May and September, you could opt to join a small group tour. This way you could explore the highlights of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye with like-minded travellers.

A small group tour offers an enriching experience, allowing you to get the most out of your trip thanks to the expertise of a local tour guide. What’s more, you’ll be travelling alongside 14 people at most, so the trip is still personal for you.



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.

You’ll also have activities and day trips, like entry to castles and whisky 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 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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