SCOTTISH HIGHLAND TOURS
Journey into the Highlands to uncover the fascinating legends and stunning scenery in the heart of Scotland. These Scottish Highland tours offer authentic experiences and come with accommodation, transport and more included in the package.
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32 tours available
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar
SELF-DRIVE WITH YOUR OWN CAR - DISCOUNTED RATES
UK road trippers, do your Scotland staycation holiday in style with a route planned by Edinburgh-based travel experts.
What do you get? Personal travel consultant. Tried-and-tested accommodation. Personalised map & travel guide documents.
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About Your Scotland Highlands Tour
Immerse yourself in the wonders of wild Scotland as you explore the majestic Highlands. Expect pristine nature, friendly locals, and fine food and drink on your trip. One of our knowledgeable Scotland travel experts will plan your Highland tour on your behalf, personalising your itinerary to suit you.
When you book a Scottish Highland vacation with Nordic Visitor, you get:
• An authentic travel experience planned by an established and trusted agency
• A dedicated travel consultant to arrange your tour
• A detailed online personal itinerary with all bookings
• Handpicked accommodation for a relaxing stay
• 24/7 emergency phone support for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it easy to start planning your trip. Simply follow these steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
Why choose Nordic Visitor
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Plan your trip risk-free with Nordic Visitor's cancellation insurance. Add it to your booking to enjoy flexible terms and peace of mind. Purchase it with your package or secure it free of charge by booking a tour with 20% deposit or more. Terms & conditions apply.
Trusted local travel experts
Nordic Visitor has been creating authentic travel experiences in Northern Europe since 2002. Leave it to our Scotland travel consultants – who are based in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh – to plan your trip. They know Scotland inside out and will create the perfect Highland tour for you.
You are in good hands
We are here to support you throughout your trip. In the case of any unexpected event, rest assured that your dedicated travel consultant will rework your itinerary where necessary while keeping you safe and informed. You’ll also have access to our 24/7 helpline, so we’re only ever a call away.
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.
You can leave all the hassle of trip-planning to your knowledgeable Scotland expert. They will take care of making all the bookings and arrangements on your behalf, including accommodation and transport. All you need to do is relax and look forward to your holiday.
Customisable tour options
Don’t hesitate to ask your Scotland travel consultant about customising your trip. They will happily tailor your itinerary if you have particular places or experiences in mind that you want to add. Our self-drive and private tours are the most flexible options if you’re looking for a bespoke tour of Scotland.
Full financial protection
With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your holiday arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded with an insurance protection that guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.
SCOTLAND TOUR REVIEWS
Take a look at feedback from our wonderful customers who visited the Scottish Highlands on a Nordic Visitor tour.
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.
Our agent, Agne, did a wonderful job dealing with us. All questions were answered and her trip planning resulted in... read more
Our agent, Agne, did a wonderful job dealing with us. All questions were answered and her trip planning resulted in one of our most enjoyable and worry free travel experiences.
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Your Scottish Highlands Highlights
You’ve arrived in Scotland and your Highland tour is about to begin. The rugged mountains, lochs and forests are coming into view. Next on your Scottish adventure, you could...
- Discover mythical Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle
- Hike in the forests and mountains of Cairngorms National Park
- Taste the Scottish “water of life” on a Speyside whisky distillery tour
- Marvel at the majestic peaks around Fort William and Glen Coe
- Drive the North Coast 500 to witness wild and remote corners of Scotland
- Visit the Culloden Battlefield and the Bronze Age cemetery, Clava Cairns
- Watch the Jacobite Steam Train glide over the famous viaduct in Glenfinnan
- Soak up Highland heritage at Eilean Donan Castle and Dunrobin Castle
- Head to the Isle of Skye and explore the dramatic Quiraing landscape
Advice About Scotland
Prepare for your Scottish Highlands adventure with these travel guides.
Frequently Asked Questions About Highland Tours
You might want to know more about the Scottish Highlands before you book your tour. Below you can find answers to commonly asked questions to help you plan your trip. Read on to learn all about visiting the Highlands or get in touch with our Scotland team.
You’ll find the Highlands in northern Scotland, covering the top part of the country. The southern Highland boundary covers the Fort William area in the west, taking in Aviemore and Inverness in the east. Spanning almost 10,000 square miles (25,900 square kilometres), the Highlands make up a third of Scotland.
Visit Scotland’s Highlands and you’ll get to experience iconic elements of Scottish culture and nature. The region is known for unspoiled mountains, glens, lochs, forests and rivers, as well as rugged islands and coastline. It’s also famous for castles, whisky distilleries, and the traditional Highland games.
Yes, we highly recommend you explore the Scottish Highlands! Visiting this region allows you to delve into some of Scotland’s most breathtaking landscapes. You’d get to enjoy outdoor activities in beautiful settings, look for native wildlife, and discover charming rural villages.
A trip to the Highlands also brings fascinating Scottish history to life. You’ll have the chance to discover centuries-old castles, famous battlefields and insightful museums.
What’s more, as Scotland is a relatively small country, the Highlands are easy to reach. It doesn’t take long to drive here from major cities like Edinburgh or Glasgow. All the more reason to come and explore this mystical corner of Scotland for yourself!
There are so many stunning places awaiting you in the Scottish Highlands. You could explore a mix of hidden gems and famous sites on your trip. Like so many visitors, you’ll probably want to come back to see even more of the region!
These are the top-recommended destinations to visit on your Scottish Highlands vacation:
- Loch Ness
- Cairngorms National Park
- Fort William
- Isle of Skye
The best time to visit Scotland depends on what you’d like to see and do during your time here. If enjoying outdoor activities and reaching remote areas are your thing, we’d recommend visiting Scotland in summer (June to August). You’d get long daylight hours and mild weather at this time of year.
Summer is the most popular season for visitors to the Highlands. The spring and autumn are both great alternatives if you want to travel during a quieter period. You’d also have a better chance of avoiding midges, which are most active in the summer months.
You could consider a winter trip to the Highlands if you love the idea of escaping to a cosy guesthouse amid the frosty landscapes. Compared to the summer, you’d have fewer hours of daylight for exploring and colder weather. But for peace and quiet, winter is your best bet.
For more expert advice on when to visit the Scottish Highlands, check out these guides by season:
The best way to get around the Scottish Highlands is by driving. You could take the train or bus, but with a car you’d be able to reach more sights and see all that Scotland has to offer.
With Nordic Visitor you can choose from self-drive, privately guided and small group tours of Scotland, depending on how you want to see the country. You might like to take a self-guided trip, or perhaps you’d prefer to explore with a local guide.
To leave the driving to someone else and have a local guide show you around, opt for a privately guided or small group tour. You’d benefit from the insight of a Scotland expert who would share their insider knowledge with you.
Alternatively, a self-drive tour is ideal if you’d prefer the independence of a Scottish road trip. You can travel at your own pace and stop whenever you feel like it. If you are visiting from the UK, you could still enjoy a Nordic Visitor self-drive tour but with your own car. Contact us to find out more.
Deciding how long to spend in Scotland all depends on the type of experience you are looking for. The longer you stay here, the more you’ll get to see!
For an in-depth tour, we recommend you stay for two to three weeks. This would give you enough time to explore all corners of the country and travel to some of the beautiful islands. For example, you could visit Shetland, the Hebrides, or the Isles of Mull, Iona and Islay.
Or come for around 10 days to experience the highlights of Scotland. You’d be able to reach the Highlands, Isle of Skye and eastern Scotland in this time.
If you’ve only got one week or less, you can enjoy an express Scotland trip. Take a tour from Edinburgh or Glasgow and see the essential sights like Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, one of the national parks in Scotland. You could also venture further north to visit the Highlands.
Yes, your self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor includes car rental with our tried-and-tested hire car suppliers in Scotland.
You receive a collision damage waiver (CDW) and an excess waiver to reduce liability to zero. On top of that, you enjoy unlimited mileage, authorisation for two drivers, and a GPS navigation system for peace of mind. We don’t cover your road trip music: that is all up to you!
When you rent a car for your self-drive tour of Scotland with Nordic Visitor, there are some requirements that you should be aware of.
To rent a car in Scotland, you must hold a valid and full driving licence for a minimum period of 4 years. This reduces to 1 year if you are over 23 years of age.
Drivers aged 23 or 24 can take a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, subject to a young driver surcharge of £25 per day. You can hire vehicles in our rental car groups A, B, C or F.
The minimum age to rent a car in Scotland is 21. So if you're aged 21 or 22, we would be delighted to arrange your tour and provide you with information on how you can arrange your own car rental with specific suppliers who can cater to those aged 21 and 22.
If you are aged 80 or above, you can rent a car in Scotland so long as you provide medical proof that you are fit to drive. Please note this should be issued no earlier than 4 weeks before your travel date. You can hire vehicles in our rental car groups A, B or C.
Learn more about vehicle groups and car rental in Scotland on our travel guide.
Yes, we will gladly tailor your Scotland Highlands tour to suit your tastes and interests. You may want to visit specific places that hold special significance to you. Perhaps you have Scottish roots and want to explore your clan ancestry. Or maybe you’d love to stay in a historical castle or manor house.
Our self-drive and privately guided packages are the most flexible itineraries we offer. You can add extra nights, destinations, and day tours to your liking.
Small group packages are a little different, as you are on a fixed itinerary for the duration of the guided tour. However, you can add extra nights to the beginning or end of your trip.
Don’t hesitate to ask your dedicated travel consultant to customise your tour. They will be delighted to create a personalised itinerary for you!
Find out more about Scottish clans and ancestry on our expert’s blog.
Yes, you can select your preferred dates. Our packages are available to purchase online so you can choose the best dates for you.
If you’ve already got a tour but now need to change your dates, contact your travel consultant as soon as possible to rearrange your package.
We recommend that you book your Nordic Visitor tour first to secure your preferred dates before buying your flights. Do search for flights in the meantime so you know what’s available, but wait to purchase them until after your travel consultant has confirmed your tour booking.
By securing your Scotland tour first, you get introduced to your dedicated travel consultant and you will receive all of your package details. This means you can make a more informed choice when reserving flights in and out of Scotland. If you have any questions you can always contact us for advice.
Scotland’s climate can be a little unpredictable, even in summer. You might get lovely sunny days, rain, wind, or snow (in winter). That’s why we suggest you pack clothing and gear for all eventualities.
Here’s our recommended packing list for your Scottish Highlands tour:
- Warm layers
- Waterproof trousers and jackets
- Sensible footwear
- Small rucksack
- Hat, scarf and gloves
You may also wish to bring smart outfits for dining out or attending a special event.
Speak to one of our Scotland travel experts about visiting the Scottish Highlands. They will be delighted to help you and plan your perfect trip.
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