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A Scottish Christmas to Remember

(5 days / 4 nights)

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Have a merry, festive time in Edinburgh

Enjoy a 5-day stay in Edinburgh this holiday season to get into the festive spirit while enjoying some sightseeing. Edinburgh at Christmastime is a sight to behold, with its Christmas markets and streets lined with fairy lights. On this multi-day tour, you’ll enjoy some time to discover Edinburgh by yourself as well as on planned excursions and tours. Imagine sipping whisky in a cosy pub, taking in the rugged countryside scenery and doing your Christmas shopping on Edinburgh’s chic avenues. Scotland awaits!

5 days / 4 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in GBP

Approx 845 GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Comprehensive itinerary & travel guide
  • Quality & value for your money
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Service from local travel experts in Scotland
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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— Book With Confidence

  • Optional cancellation insurance
  • Affordable deposits from 10%

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Tour Highlights

  • Take in the festive atmosphere of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital
  • Experience the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Wander through the Christmas Market stalls, rides and festive lights
  • Walk along the shores of the famous Loch Lomond
  • Photograph iconic castles in Doune and Edinburgh
  • Enjoy a guided tour through Edinburgh’s Old Town and Royal Mile
  • Admire sleepy villages like the historic Luss
  • Choose from a variety of Edinburgh-based optional activities and tours
  • Hassle-free travel experience with day tours included

Travel style

Multi-Day Tours i


Castles and Royalty i, Christmas i, City Break i, Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Highlands i


Nov - Dec




Castles and Royalty i, Christmas i, City Break i, Culinary Experience i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Highlands i


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


    When you arrive in Scotland, make your way into Edinburgh city centre where your hotel will be located. Many travellers opt to take a taxi or use public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you.

    For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, especially the Christmas Market in New Town. This way you‘ll walk along Georgian streets lit up with fairy lights and enjoy a magical stroll through the Princes Street Gardens sitting right below the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

    For a spectacular view over the city we recommend going up Calton Hill. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at one of Edinburgh’s many gourmet restaurants and spend the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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    Today you have the morning to spend at your leisure to enjoy the city. You could pass by the Christmas Market if you haven’t had time already or do some early Christmas shopping. 

    This afternoon, you’ll join a guided group walk of Edinburgh’s Old Town to immerse yourself in the history of Scotland’s capital. You’ll learn all about the royals, artists and everyday folks who have called Edinburgh home throughout the centuries. Afterwards, you’ll skip the line at Edinburgh Castle and you’ll get to explore this iconic landmark.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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    Today you’ll join a day trip into the west Highlands to capture the beauty of Scotland’s nature and storied past. Board a minibus along with a small group of fellow travellers and a local guide who will share their insight with you. You’ll head into the Highlands, passing by snow-capped peaks, historic castle ruins and shimmering lochs. 

    There will be plenty of photo stops, to stretch your legs and to grab lunch throughout the day. First stop is Doune Castle, a famous filming location for many movies and TV series, including Outlander and Game of Thrones

    You’ll also get the chance to photograph the atmospheric Kilchurn Castle, fairy-tale like Inveraray Castle, and the scenic Stirling Castle on short stops. Finally, you’ll have some time to visit the charming village of Luss along the banks of Loch Lomond

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    Today you have a free day to do as you please in Edinburgh. Enjoy more of the city, its attractions and sights. You could go ice skating under the fairy lights of the Christmas Market or wander along the festive Princes Street Gardens mulled wine in hand. It’s a good time to buy some Scottish souvenirs along the Royal Mile too. 

    If you’re keen to discover more history or have another quintessential Edinburgh experience, book an optional activity from the list below. 

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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    Today, you say goodbye to Edinburgh. We recommend taking the Airlink bus or a taxi directly from your hotel to reach the airport. If you would like to add any additional nights to your trip or to arrange a private transfer, you can do so during the booking process. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for some last-minute shopping, to visit one of Edinburgh’s museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

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Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.


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.


We booked a 4-day Christmas Tour of Edinburgh which included hotel accommodation, a walking tour of the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, a day tour of the Highlands and Lowlands, castles, and lochs, and also a whisky distillery tour. The hotel was in an amazing location near the Christmas Markets and popular attractions. The day tours were such a wonderful way to experience the countryside outside of Edinburgh. We also added a driving service to drive us to and from the airport and the drivers were so lovely. The care package left at the hotel consisting of maps and suggested eateries was such a delightful bonus. We loved that every aspect of our trip was planned and ready for us once we arrived which diminished any travel stress that one may experience when travelling abroad.

Our travel consultant went above and beyond

Our tour representative in Scotland was Duncan and he was excellent, going above and beyond to make sure that we had a wonderful holiday even before we stepped foot in Scotland. We did the whisky tour, we had afternoon tea at the Astoria Caledonian, we did a Highland tour and a walking tour of the Royal Mile. All were excellent and along with our accommodation made for a fabulous holiday!


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

Comfort Plus

In this category, you can expect standard rooms in good quality 3-star guesthouses or country hotels.



In this category, you can expect standard rooms in 4-star hotels or boutique guesthouses.


Price per person from

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Approx 845 GBP

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Our best price per person when booking for two.


Tour Information

We recommend that you read through the following useful information about travelling in Scotland, what the tour includes, accommodation, and more.

All accommodations and planned activities (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor. This is a self-guided tour, with no dedicated tour guide for the duration of your stay. For each planned activity, you can expect a different tour operator and guide. You will have free time between activities. Nordic Visitor works with a small group of handpicked suppliers that are highly rated and deliver excellent service that meet our high standards.

Travellers can add on selected optional activities when booking online. You can also choose to upgrade part of your itinerary depending on your needs and interests. Just get in touch with us if you can’t find what you have in mind in the booking process. We’ll do our best to customize your package, subject to availability.

Winter in Scotland isn’t as cold as you might expect from a Northern European country. That said, the weather is more changeable at this time of year. It’s good to come prepared for wind, rain and maybe some snow when travelling to Scotland in late November and December. Pack layers to keep yourself warm and dry.

As Scotland is located so far north, it also has limited daylight hours in winter, and especially around the winter solstice in December (the shortest day of the year). In early December, you can expect daylight hours between 8 AM and 4PM in Edinburgh. By Christmas, daylight is down to 9 AM until 3.40 PM.

Travelling during the Christmas period is a magical time, but it’s good to be aware of restricted opening hours during this period. Many day tours and activities won’t be available on the 24, 25 and 26 December.

Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Generally, in Scotland, whilst room sizes may vary, our room types are based on European standard sizes.

Please note that twin rooms, triple and family rooms are not commonly available in Scotland, so please contact us for booking assistance if that is something you would like. Please also be aware that, due to the historic nature of the properties we usually select, most of the rooms are only accessible by going up stairs, as there are often no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

If you are planning on arriving in Glasgow, you could book a private transfer from Glasgow Airport to your accommodation in Edinburgh to start your journey in a comfortable way. During certain tours, you will have the options to end your trip in Glasgow, rather than Edinburgh, as well if that is more convenient for you.

Please note that sightseeing and tours are dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24-hour helpline to speak directly with our local Nordic Visitor staff.

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 your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all 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.

Nordic Visitor is working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours. Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund.

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