Highlights of Scotland

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Explore the lush and historic Scottish highlands

If you want to get to know the real Scotland you can’t experience through guidebooks, this small group tour is for you. With an expert and witty tour leader, who will regale you with tales of history and folklore, you will enjoy many of Scotland’s top attractions and hidden gems and learn the fascinating stories behind each site. The Highlights of Scotland, Nordic Visitor’s flagship tour for Scotland, will introduce you to the classic sights as well as lesser known destinations off the beaten track. You will be treated to a lush landscape with historic castles, wondrous waterfalls, towering mountains, gorgeous gardens and dramatic lochs. Scotland’s stunning scenery and rich culture has something for everyone.

The tour includes stays in charming quality hotels, gourmet meals, boat trips and entrance fees to attractions. Each day offers unique insights into the culture, new adventures and a fantastic array of landscapes, from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye with the legendary Scottish Highlands in between.

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Travel style

Guided Small Groups i


Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Culture and History i, Highlands i, Isles i, Off the Beaten Path i


24 May - 25 Sep

Max group size



This exclusive tour takes you on a journey through one of the most classic routes in the Scottish Highlands. Your local guide knows the country like the back of his hand and has a wealth of knowledge and hidden gems to share with you. The transport is in a comfortable Mercedes-Benz mini-bus.


A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh & Group Meetup

    Arrive to the airport in Edinburgh or Glasgow. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in Edinburgh we are happy to arrange an optional private transfer for you. If you arrive early we recommend strolling along the Royal Mile or walking to Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the Old Town area. We can also assist you with booking day tours in Edinburgh.

    Then at 18:00 we’ll gather for a friendly welcome drink to meet our fellow travel companions and tour leader and chat about the days ahead. Afterwards, dinner is on your own.

    Spend the night at the charming Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: Into the Scottish Highlands

    Today we start our journey into the countryside, taking in the magnificent Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as we head north towards Highland Perthshire. Travelling away from the city, the scenery gradually becomes more dramatic, with high rolling mountains and wild landscapes forged by ancient volcanoes and ice ages.

    Further on, we have the opportunity for a lovely forest walk in the Hermitage area to see a stunning waterfall, followed by a coffee break in charming Dunkeld, a city of great significance in ancient times. From there we travel through the wide expanse of the Cairngorms National Park to Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, then continuing on to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor—the scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746. And moving from more “recent” Scottish history we end the day with a visit to the Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones which pre-date Stonehenge by 1,000 years.

    Enjoy dinner and accommodation at the luxurious Bunchrew House Hotel in the Inverness area.

    Estimated driving distance: 169 miles / 272 km 

    Walking: 30 minutes, easy level

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  • Day 3: Loch Ness & White Sands of the West Highland Coast

    Our journey today takes us to the wilds of Scotland, with a visit to the banks of the legendary Loch Ness and walks at Rogie Falls and the breathtaking Corrieshalloch Gorge.

    Next we head to the pretty seaport town of Ullapool, the gateway to the Outer Hebrides. Our drive around the rugged West Highland coast offers us stunning views of white sand beaches. We'll also stop for a visit at the botanical oasis of Inverewe Gardens & Estate before heading out to our hotel based on the shores of Loch Maree, often considered one of Scotland's most scenic & dramatic lochs.

    Enjoy dinner and accommodation at the Loch Maree Hotel in the Wester Ross area.   

    Estimated driving distance: 104 miles / 168 km 

    Walking: 45-minute intermediate walk to Rogie Falls and 30-minute intermediate walk to Corrieshalloch Gorge Nature Reserve

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    Today is full of adventures as we experience the formidable Torridon Mountains and one of the most scenic roads in the Highlands, the Bealach na Bà. At our next destination, Kyle of Lochalsh, we will meet a local fisherman who will tell us about  life at sea and welcome us with the freshest seafood you will ever eat.

    This afternoon we will make our way over to Skye and set sail on the ‘Misty Isle’, giving us the opportunity to see sharks, minke whales, seals and dolphins as well as giant sea eagles which soar above these parts. A wonderful experience awaits you as you are about to witness one of the best views in Scotland!

    Enjoy dinner and accommodation at the charming Hotel Eilean Iarmain on the Isle of Skye.

    Estimated driving distance: 140 miles / 226 km 

    Duration of Misty Isle Boat Tour: 1 hour 45 min incl. 30 min onshore walk to visit Loch Courisk 

    Walking: Short, easy walks

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  • Day 5: Northern Skye & Waterfall Walks

    We have the entire day to explore the magnificent Isle of Skye today. Our focus will be on the northern part, the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula, home to many of the island's most remarkable landscapes.

    There we can take a walk to the gorge overlooking Lealt Falls, see waterfalls plunging over the 90-meter Kilt Rock sea cliffs, pass by the needle-like Old Man of Storr and visit the craggy, primordial features of the Quiraing.

    Spend another night at the Hotel Eilean Iarmain on the Isle of Skye

    Estimated driving distance: 180 miles / 290 km 

    Walking: 20-minute intermediate walk to Lealt Falls

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    After breakfast, we turn back towards the mainland via ferry and stop at the glorious  Camusdarach Beach—a stunning sight with its white sands and clear blue water. We will drive alongside one of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe, the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct—famous in the Harry Potter films. Then we make our way through historical Glencoe towards The Trossachs National Park.

    Enjoy a farewell-dinner and accommodation at Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in the picturesque village of Luss. 

    Estimated driving distance: 189 miles / 304 km 

    Walking: 20 minute intermediate walk (Glencoe)

    Duration of ferry Armadale to Mallaig: 30 minutes

    *Please note, the farewell-dinner and accommodation will be at the beautiful Knockderry House Hotel in the Trossachs National Park for the August 2018 departure.

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  • Day 7: The Trossachs, Whisky & Doune Castle

    Today we explore Trossachs National Park on the Trossachs Trail to the charming village of Aberfoyle on the River Forth. En route, enjoy a visit to the Deanston Whisky Distillery and have a wee taste of the “water of life”—as whisky is called in Scotland.

    Further on we get to immerse ourselves in the history of the iconic Doune Castle, which has been a film location in the TV series Outlander and Game of Thrones as well as the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Other highlights include the historical city of Stirling and the giant metal 'Kelpies' horse head sculptures.

    Back in the Edinburgh city centre, enjoy the rest of the evening, including dinner, at your leisure after being dropped off at your accommodation.

    Spend the night at Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh.

    Estimated driving distance: 72 miles / 116 km 

    Walking: Several short, easy walks

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  • Day 8: Departure

    When it’s time to head to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Air-Link bus departing from Waverly Bridge by Waverly Station or hire a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, take the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or visit one of the city’s interesting museums. 

    If you wish to spend more time in Edinburgh or Glasgow before or after the tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services, such as private airport transfers or guided sightseeing tours. We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.


Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.


We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Fun & educational

Tour director Brian Collie was amazing! He made the trip fun & educational. 

Brian provided us daily bonus stops in addition to the planned itinerary. I loved that we didn't hit all the usual crowded tourists stops! 


Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.


These accommodations have been hand-picked for their character, charm, service and location. Rooms all have private WC and shower ..


Tour Information

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.
  • This tour is subject to availability. We recommend booking well in advance, as spots fill quickly on the small group tours.
  • Departures are guaranteed.
  • Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Twin rooms are extremely limited. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people, or if you are looking to book a twin room.
  • This tour is not recommended for families with young children.
  • Extra nights can be added to this package, before or after the guided program. Contact us for details.
Meals during the tour
Some evening dinners with the group are included in this package, as listed in the detailed itinerary. There is one 2 course a la carte meal, three 3 course a la carte meals and 1 seafood lunch included. 

Please note drinks are excluded. Your tour guide will give you details about the food and dinner time for each day. Please note, if you have specific needs with regards to food, please do let us know in advance and we will do our best to allocate those.
Lunches are not included in this tour but the group will be stopping at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased. Continental breakfasts is included at each accommodation.
Disclaimer:  Please note the itinerary is subject to change.  +
The tour will travel in mini-coaches, therefore space for luggage is limited. You are entitled to one piece of luggage that is a standard size of no more than 158 cm (when the length, width and height is added together) and not exceeding more than 20 kg. In addition, you may bring one small carry-on bag per person. If you have more luggage, please make arrangements to store it while you are on the tour as we will not have the space to bring it along.
Travel seasons and price savings
July and August are Scotland’s busiest travel months, known as the high season. August is an especially busy month in Edinburgh, due to a number of major festivals taking place throughout the month. The Isle of Skye can also be quite congested in July and August, with its status as one of Scotland’s ‘must see’ destinations. Furthermore, with Scotland being big on all things outdoors, the summer is also the time for various popular activities such as Highland Games, music festivals and sporting events! Please keep in mind that during this season, there is less availability at accommodations and attractions tend to be the most crowded.
Booking a tour in the shoulder season — May and June — offers a more peaceful travel experience, a better chance at reserving preferred accommodations and prices that are as much as 15% lower than high season. For even greater savings and fewer crowds, consider booking in the low season, April and October. 
Our travel consultants are happy to offer you more information about the differences in Scotland’s travel seasons and the best times to visit based on your needs and interests.  
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in British Pounds (£, GBP). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.


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