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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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— Cancellation Protection

  • Rebook your tour on one occasion, or
  • Cancel for any reason and receive a partial refund and travel credit

Terms and conditions apply

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Essential information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this multi-day tour in Scotland. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Scotland Travel Guide.

On a multi-day tour, Nordic Visitor books your accommodation and excursions for a self-guided travel experience. That means you’ll enjoy some free time to explore on your own as well as planned, guided day tours.

Each activity is run by a different tour operator, so you’ll get to meet a few local guides throughout your trip.

You can rest assured that Nordic Visitor only works with a small number of handpicked suppliers that meet our high standards. The activities you’ll participate in are all extremely well rated so you’re sure to have a memorable time.

And rest assured that we’re with you every step of the way. On arrival, you’ll receive personalised information, including an itinerary and our very own Scotland Travel Guide. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip should you need to contact us.

Yes, you can customise this tour online. During the booking process, you can easily add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades.

Due to the nature of this tour and activities included, it’s not recommended for families with young children. That said, it is suitable for well-travelled, active children of 13 years or older. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Please note that the local legal drinking age is 18. It means that those aged 17 and under will not take part in distillery tours.

You’ll join an expert guide and a small group of travellers to travel into the Highlands aboard a mini-coach. This is a full-day tour meant to last around 10 hours, starting at 8 AM and returning to Edinburgh at 6:30 PM.

On this day trip, you’ll have the chance to see some of Scotland’s top highlights. That said, it’s good to note that some entrances are not included on this tour. Entrance to Doune Castle is included but for other attractions, entrance fees will be at your own expense should you wish to visit them.

We recommend you bring a small day bag with you, for daily essentials, water and snacks. Your guide will stop during the day to allow you to have lunch on the way.

Your transfers are not included between your accommodation and tour meeting locations. That said, Edinburgh is a very walkable city. Or, you could decide to take a city bus or book a taxi.

During your Scotland tour, you’ll stay in accommodation hand-picked by our local travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience.

In Scotland, you can choose from single or double rooms. Twin, triple and family rooms are not commonly available. Please also note that in Scotland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America.

For example, a double room often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. And single rooms are often smaller than the standard double.

Due to the historic nature of the properties we usually select, most of the rooms are only accessible by stairs. Lifts are not common in Scottish hotels. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are not able to walk up stairs.

As Scotland is located so far north, it 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 4 PM in Edinburgh and Glasgow. By Christmas, sunrise and sunset are closer to 9 AM and 3:40 PM. You’ll want to make good use of these hours.

Winter in Scotland isn’t as cold as you might expect. That said, the weather is more changeable at this time of year, and it can definitely get chilly. It’s good to come prepared for wind, rain and maybe some snow when travelling to Scotland between November and March.

You’ll want to pack lots of layers and rain gear to keep yourself warm and dry. We have a handy packing guide to help you decide what to bring in your suitcase.

If you’re visiting Scotland during the holiday period, it’s good to be aware of local opening hours.

Many day tours and activities won’t be available on the 24, 25 and 26 December. Certain attractions will also be closed or operate reduced hours. This is also true for shops and restaurants. In the cities, like Edinburgh and Glasgow, a variety of things stay open during the holidays.

Whatever time of year you’re in Scotland, you’re likely to see lots of different types of weather. As you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors it’s a good idea to come prepared for a combination of weather conditions.

Here is a recommended packing list for a summer trip:

  • A warm jumper or fleece
  • A waterproof jacket
  • Good walking shoes or boots (especially if you intend to hike and go on nature walks)
  • Light scarf or thin sweater
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and a sunhat

In some areas of Scotland, such as the Highlands and islands, you might notice small, pesky insects called midges. They’re most active on summer evenings and tend to swarm near still water. You can avoid bites by wearing long-sleeves and trousers and by packing an insect repellent.

And here’s our recommendations for a winter getaway:

  • A warm, windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Thermal base layers and cosy jumpers
  • A scarf, gloves and hat
  • Sturdy boots and some woollen socks

For more information, check this packing list suggestion.

Your breakfast is included at all your accommodation in Scotland. For the rest of your food, your spending money will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to.

Budget between £15–£20 per person for each day’s lunch. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between £20–£25. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay £40–£50 or more. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline.

During your tour, there will always be an Edinburgh-based travel expert on call to handle any unforeseen situations, such as unusual weather or events.

If you’re arriving from Canada, the United States, Australia or the European Union, you won’t need a visa to visit Scotland.

Visiting from another country? You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Scotland on the website of the UK government.

Your passport must also be valid during the entirety of your stay in Scotland. It’s a good idea to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the availability calendar to see which months are open for booking. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking. 

Nordic Visitor offers 10–20% deposits so you can reserve your trip as early as it’s convenient for you. The remaining balance is due 30 days before you travel. 

Many tours are also open for the following year if you like to plan well ahead. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

No need! Nordic Visitor is already 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. 

You can get in touch with our Scotland travel experts ahead of your trip if you have any questions. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office opening hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Scotland Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll send you e-copies of your travel documents.

Upon your arrival in Scotland, you’ll receive a welcome bag with hard copies of your itinerary, attraction and tour vouchers, the Nordic Visitor Scotland Travel Guide and more.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect upon landing in Scotland?

After picking up your luggage, make your way to your accommodation in the Edinburgh city centre. If you’ve come from another airport, such as Glasgow, you can take the train or book a private transfer.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2–4 PM.

You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel if you have to wait. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your arrival if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will need to check out from your room, but will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before catching public transport or a taxi to the airport.

All bookings are billed in British Pounds (GBP), the local currency in Scotland and the UK.

Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.


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.


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Approx 845 GBP

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