We recommend that you read through the following useful information about travelling in Scotland, what the tour includes, accommodation, and more.
INFORMATION ABOUT OUR MULTI-DAY TOURS
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.
ADD-ONS & OPTIONAL UPGRADES
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.
NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATIONS
This package includes your entry to the Hogmanay Snow Ball at the Assembly Rooms. The venue will open at 7:45 PM with the event ending at 1 AM. You will have VIP tickets and thus have access to the afterparty at the Shanghai Nightclub at Le Monde Hotel.
The dress code for the Snow Ball is glamourous party attire, such as ball gowns, or Highland dress.
WINTER WEATHER & DAYLIGHT
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 December and January. 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, 21 December (the shortest day of the year). For example, on 31 December, the sun rises around 8:45 AM and sets by 3:45 PM.
OPENING HOURS DURING THE HOLIDAYS
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 31 December, 1 and 2 January.
BOOKING DINNER RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE
As with opening hours for attractions, we recommend pre-booking restaurant reservations as soon as you can. This is especially true for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Many restaurants will have special festive menus and may book out early. Ahead of your arrival, you'll receive a festive dining guide with suggestions and recommendations.
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.
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE FROM GLASGOW
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.
SAFETY & WEATHER CONDITIONS
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 WITH NORDIC VISITOR
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.