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Edinburgh Complete - Loch Ness, Highlands & Glasgow - Winter

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See Scotland in all its Winter Glory

Come spend a week in Scotland to experience the best of its city life and rugged countryside. With this multi-day trip, you can combine time spent at your leisure with guided excursions. This way you can see what you want when you want as well as enjoy the expertise of local guides. You’ll explore historic Edinburgh and be whisked away to the Highlands and the east coast to see some to Scottish sights.

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7 days / 6 nights

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Approx 1223 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

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Tour Highlights

  • Wander through Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital
  • Experience the natural scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Take in the grand beauty of Glen Coe
  • See the home of golf and Scotland’s oldest university in St Andrews
  • Photograph Rannoch Moor's vast wilderness
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
  • Skip the line at the impressive Edinburgh Castle
  • Explore the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow
  • Go on a cruise along the famous Loch Ness
  • Hassle-free travel experience with day tours included

Travel style

Multi-Day Tours i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, City Break i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Highlands i

Season

Nov - Mar

Departure

Daily

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, City Break i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Highlands i

Itinerary

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

  • Day 1: Welcome to Scotland

    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 in the New Town. Walk along grand Georgian streets, lined with shops and restaurants, or stroll through the Princes Street Gardens sitting right below the iconic Edinburgh Castle. 

    Tonight you can enjoy dinner at one of Edinburgh’s many gourmet restaurants and spend the evening at your leisure. We also recommend a cosy pub to try Scotland‘s local drink, whisky. 

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

    You have the morning to spend at your leisure to enjoy the city. You could spend some time in a café taking in the food scene of the capital or  visit some of Edinburgh’s many museums, such as the Scottish National Gallery. 

    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 to explore this iconic landmark.

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  • Day 3: Loch Ness, Glen Coe & the Highlands

    Today you’ll join a day trip into the Highlands to immerse yourself in the wintry 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’re in for a packed day full of discoveries, photos and incredible sights. The tour will pass by the famous Loch Ness, where you'll go on a scenic cruise, the impressive Glen Coe and the sweeping Rannoch Moor.

    Along the way, you’ll get to admire the peaks of the Cairngorms National Park, the enchanting forest of Highland Perthshire and more.

    This day trip is around 12 hours long, starting at 8 AM and coming back to Edinburgh at 8 PM. You can also decide to switch to a shorter tour into the West Highlands in the optional extras (free of charge). 

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  • Day 4: Edinburgh at your leisure

    You have a free day to do as you please in Edinburgh. Enjoy more  of the city, its attractions and sights. Walk up Calton Hill or Arthur’s Seat  to get a panoramic view over the city. Or you could book an optional tour. Visit the Royal Britannia ship, try a whisky experience or head out of town on an Outlander-themed excursion. 

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  • Day 5: St Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife

    On today’s guided tour, you’ll get the chance to see Scotland’s coastal scenery and quaint fishing villages. Your small group will leave Edinburgh behind crossing the Firth of Forth to reach the Kingdom of Fife. Here you can admire the fishing legacy and small villages that dot the rugged coastline. 

    First stop is Anstruther, famous for its harbour and fish and chips. Then, you’ll get the chance to explore St Andrews, a town at the heart of Scotland’s history. It boasts the title of “home of golf” with its many links and it’s where you’ll find Scotland’s oldest university dating back to the 1400s. Later, the tour will take you back to Edinburgh via Falkland, a beautiful market town featured in Outlander. Here you could decide to visit the royal palace.

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  • Day 6: The Charms of Glasgow

    You have another free day today, during which we recommend going on a day trip to see the country’s largest city, Glasgow. (You can also choose to end your trip in Glasgow in the optional activities below.) Catch the train to explore the musical and industrial heart of Scotland. You can wander along the shopping street Buchanan, visit the West End with its tree-lined avenues and interactive museums, see the Botanic Gardens in bloom, or follow the mural trail to catch some street art.

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  • Day 7: Departure from Scotland

    Now it’s time to 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.

Map

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 children over the age of 5.

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 12 hours, starting at 8 AM and returning to Edinburgh at 8 PM.

On this day trip, you’ll have the chance to see some of Scotland’s top highlights and take a cruise on Loch Ness. That said, it’s good to note that entrances are not included on this tour. They will be at your own expense should you wish to visit more attractions.

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.

You’ll join an expert guide and a small group of travellers to travel to coastal Fife aboard a mini-coach. This is a full-day tour meant to last around 9 hours, starting at 9:30 AM and returning to Edinburgh at 6 PM.

On this day trip, you’ll have the chance to see some stunning coastal landscapes, quaint fishing villages and the oldest university in Scotland. That said, it’s good to note that entrances are not included on this tour. They will be at your own expense should you wish to visit these attractions.

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.

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.

Reviews

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

A great adventure!

This was such a great adventure for us on our 20th! Amazing tours and time to roam around the city on our own! We fell in love with the people and cannot wait to go back!

Our travel consultant was great!

We worked with Rebecca in planning our tour. She was very prompt in answering our questions. Her hotel recommendations were very worthwhile. Our documents arrived in a very timely manner. She also left extra tour information at the hotel for when we checked in.

Everything was taken care of!

Made my trip so much easier! Everything was taken care of and I did not have to worry about a thing! Very professional service!

Accommodation

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.

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Superior

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

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