CASTLE TOURS IN SCOTLAND
Step back in time on our Scotland castle tours, where you’ll explore royal palaces and former clan strongholds on your picturesque route across coastlines and Highlands. Discover the secrets of Scottish history and take home everlasting memories.
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23 tours available
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar
About Your Castle Tour
Delve into the illustrious history of Scotland while exploring its medieval castles, royal palaces and battle-scarred fort ruins. Your Scotland castle tour package will take you to where kings and queens once ruled and royal courts changed Scottish history. Whether you choose to travel on a private tour, a small group journey or a self drive adventure, you’ll make amazing memories to take home and treasure.
When you book a Nordic Visitor package, you can expect:
• A dedicated travel consultant who’ll arrange your expedition
• A personalised itinerary and route
• 24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
• Excellent accommodation at your chosen price point
• Special seasonal tour itineraries for summer and winter
To start your adventure with Nordic Visitor, simply follow the following steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor package
2. Confirm (or customise) your tour
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
Trusted local travel experts
Nordic Visitor is a leading travel agency with travel experts based in Edinburgh. Our consultants test all our packages, including important areas like accommodation quality. Their in-depth local knowledge of all aspects of your itinerary mean you’ll take home unforgettable memories.
Our dedicated teams deliver excellent service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travelers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Value for money
By booking with us, you will save time and money as you will benefit from our network of trusted Scottish suppliers. We leave no stone unturned when creating excellent quality tours dotted with the best historical attractions and finding ultra comfortable rooms.
We plan your trip for you before you arrive, meaning the finer details are looked after. You will have a comprehensive itinerary and booked accommodation, so all you have to do is enjoy the areas and attractions you’ll visit.
Customisable tour options
Nordic Visitor packages are created to delight guests on their adventures, and our travel experts will customise tours to suit your wish list. Whether you’d like some extra nights in Edinburgh or a special diversion to a breathtaking natural attractions, we will change your travel itinerary the way you want.
You are in good hands
One of our travel experts is always on call 24/7 to handle any unforeseen situations during your trip. Unexpected delays or weather? No problem. Nordic Visitor will rework your itinerary, and re-organise any upcoming activities and accommodation, all while keeping you informed.
Established and award-winning, Nordic Visitor has been managing online transactions since 2002 and has a tried-and-trusted payment system. All you need is an initial deposit and you can rest assured your preferred dates and package are secured.
OUR SCOTLAND CASTLE TOUR REVIEWS
Here’s what our fantastic customers think about their attraction-packed castle tour.
This tour was not very good but EXCELLENT!! I would highly recommend it to anyone who asked me. Pete was an awesome... read more
This tour was not very good but EXCELLENT!! I would highly recommend it to anyone who asked me. Pete was an awesome tour guide and I can't wait to go back to see the things I missed. Too much to see in only a week. “ This was one of the best trips ever, my husband and I token and I have been all over the world! We both agreed, we would do it again in an instant. Annie handled everything quickly and to my satisfaction. If there was a selection for EXCELLENT, she would have gotten it.
Michael and LynneAustralia
The tour was very well organised and everything went very smoothly. The hire car was excellent (essentially brand... read more
The tour was very well organised and everything went very smoothly. The hire car was excellent (essentially brand new). All of the services provided were of a good standard. We thoroughly enjoyed our Scottish holiday, and many thanks to Christoph for his assistance.
Certificate of Excellence
Unmask the mysteries of Scotland’s royal history by exploring its ancient ruins, imposing fortress battlements and fascinating castle halls. Soon you could….
- Discover Scotland’s clan history at Dunvegan Castle, ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod
- Learn about Edinburgh Castle's military history and uncover its formidable fortress secrets
- Visit Stirling Castle and see Renaissance period royal chambers and grand hand-woven tapestries
- Be amazed by Blair Castle's grand ballroom and traditional arsenal of armoury
- Explore dramatic fortress ruins of Dunnottar Castle, which once was home to the Scottish Crown jewels
- Go "behind the scenes" at Doune Castle, filming location for Harry Potter, Outlander and Game of Thrones
- Visit the former battlefield of the famous Battle of Culloden and learn how it changed the Highlands forever
- Stroll along the pebbled shores of Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and Loch Lubnaig, and spot indigenous flora and fauna
- Take a day tour of Edinburgh’s many attractions, including the bustling Royal Mile, St Giles' Cathedral and Mary Kings Close
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Castle Tours
We’ve collected the most commonly asked questions and queries just in case you want to know more about our Scottish packages before you book. If you want more in-depth information on the payment process, then please see our FAQs or get in touch with us.
Scotland was once home to over 2000 castles, but many are now ruins and some are only mentioned in historical record.
Scottish scholars estimate that there are 120 castles still standing and in visitable condition. Discover the most popular and historically significant sites in our guide to the best castles in Scotland.
From coast to coast, Scotland has an abundance of beautiful palaces and impressive castles but of course, there are sites that stand out amongst the rest. Here are must-visit castles you have to see:
Stirling Castle: see the Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned
Doune Castle: this tower house castle dates back to the 14th century and was the filming location for Outlander’s Castle Leoch
Eilean Donan Castle: cast your eyes on this beautiful island top 13th century castle
Dunrobin Castle: discover this fairytale castle and its Palace of Versailles inspired gardens
Inveraray Castle: explore the ancestral seat of Clan Campbell, with its beautiful grounds and extensive woodlands
Crathes Castle: enjoy a leisurely stroll along the historic castle grounds and it’s 16th century walled garden
Want to discover more of Scotland’s amazing coastal and highlands castles? Read our article on the most famous castles in Scotland.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II owns the Balmoral Castle and stays in the Palace of Holyroodhouse when she visits Edinburgh.
The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen’s official residence in Scotland and the palace is open to visitors. You can explore the adjoining 12th-century ruins of Holyrood Abbey, the magnificent throne room, regal state apartments and the Great Gallery.
Balmoral Castle, meanwhile, is based in the heart of Aberdeenshire and is famously the favoured summer retreat of the royal family. It has been owned by the royal family since it was purchased as a gift to Queen Victoria in 1852. You can visit Balmoral Castle in the spring and summer seasons but be sure to ask your travel consultant to check dates as the visiting times can change depending on whether The Queen is in residence.
Yes, you’re able to visit royal castles and palaces in Scotland. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is open to the public all year round and Balmoral is open in the spring and summer months but closed when The Queen is in residence. You can also visit former royal homes, such as:
Mary Stuart, known popularly as Mary, Queen of Scots, lived in many well-known Scottish castles and palaces before she was sent into exile, and later executed, in England. You can still visit them today, and experience the same stunning scenery she would have seen. Here’s a list of her former royal homes:
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Ireland has more castles than Scotland. Historically the Emerald Isle was home to approximately 30,000 castles. The majority of these are now ruins with the number of complete, visitable castles sitting at around 380.
In most cases, yes. Many of our packages have flexible dates with daily departures. The exceptions are our guided small group tour packages, which have pre-set start dates.
Our local experts have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to you, ensuring every sight or attraction you visit is one that you won’t forget. When creating packages, routes are extensively planned with this in mind so that our guests see the best of Scotland.
However, if there are any areas or attractions in particular you’re keen to see, we can help add them to the itinerary depending on package. We can also add on extra nights in Edinburgh so you can see more of Scotland.
On a guided group tour, you’ll get to experience the sights in the company of an expert local guide and fellow like-minded travellers (a maximum of 15 per group). On these tours, you can add on days at either end of your journey to see more of the capital city, Edinburgh.
On self-drive tours and privately guided tours, you get to set the pace, meaning there’s plenty of time to explore. These tours are also very flexible, meaning you can stay longer at areas and viewpoints along the route.
We’d advise that you look over flights for timings and dates, but hold off purchasing until you’ve booked your preferred tour.
Once you’ve had a confirmation email from your personal travel consultant, you should then choose and pay for your flights. The reason for this is once you have all the details, you can make an informed choice on timings.
Also, you will have been introduced to your travel consultant who will answer any questions you may have regarding timings.
When you pack for Scotland, remember that the country has countless words and expressions for the weather, including over 400 for snow. This gives you an indication of the ever-changing climate so with this in mind, we recommend that you pack and dress sensibly and bring the following items to keep you safe and dry:
Want to know more about our Scotland castle tours? Or perhaps you want to extend your current package with extra nights. We’re happy to help, so get in touch.
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