Private Guided Tours of Scotland
Scotland is open for travel! Experience breathtaking panoramas on your private tour of Scotland, where each leg of the journey is tailored to your travel wishes. Your handpicked personal guide will accompany you, their expert local insights helping you to make unforgettable memories.
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Our tours are customisable to fit your needs
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Only 10% deposit required : Cancellation insurance available : Covid entry test refunds
13 tours available
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar
Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Winter - Private
8 days / 7 nights
Nov - Mar
About Your Private Escorted Tour
Immerse yourself in Scottish culture with a specially chosen local guide on hand to share the country's secrets. On your private escorted tour, you'll see and learn about the history of each attraction and explore to your heart’s content.
Travel your tailor-made route in a comfortable vehicle, which your guide will expertly drive while pointing out facts and stories.
When you book a private guided tour with Nordic Visitor, you can expect:
• An authentic travel experience operated by a trusted local company
• A dedicated travel consultant who will arrange your tour
• An expert local guide to escort you and offer unique insights
• A comfortable journey on a spacious premium-standard vehicle
• Handpicked accommodation for a peaceful stay
• 24/7 phone support during your adventure for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it as easy as possible to book a private tour. Start your journey by following these simple steps:
1. Pick a tour or ask a consultant for help
2. Confirm (or customise) 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 is a leading travel agency with Edinburgh based travel experts. Our consultants have in-depth knowledge of every must-see attraction, ensuring every package is of great quality and value. We pride ourselves on our excellent one-to-one service strive to deliver a first-class experience.
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.
Every aspect of your trip is arranged before you arrive, including a private airport transfer, comprehensive itinerary, transportation and a dedicated private guide. You will have your own personal travel consultant from start to finish which will save on time and effort, as we organise all the practicalities.
Our privately guided tours can be tailored to your needs and interests. Decide with your personal guide which areas to stay longer in, and the attractions you want to focus on. We can add extra nights at the beginning or end of the trip, and you can choose optional activities to make the most of your trip.
You are in good hands
Trust us to provide a hassle-free vacation where peace of mind is standard. If there is an unexpected event or severe weather, we will work with your guide to modify your itinerary while keeping you safe and informed.
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 Privately Guided Tours Reviews
Read what our customers have to say about our privately guided tours.
We had a wonderful time on our private tour with Brian. He is an exceptional guide. He shared an extensive knowledge... read more
We had a wonderful time on our private tour with Brian. He is an exceptional guide. He shared an extensive knowledge of Scotland, and made the country come alive. We saw more with him than we would have on our own, and we felt that he catered the tour to make sure that we saw what we wanted to see. We couldn't have been more pleased! The folks with Nordic were exceptional over all, and we look forward to booking another tour with your company in the future.
We thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed our guide's knowledge and expertise. Brian was extremely informative,... read more
We thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed our guide's knowledge and expertise. Brian was extremely informative, patient, and entertaining. He was very considerate of the fact that we were 2 active but older women. He was also very kind to other travellers who realized he was a guide and would stop him to ask advice. Although this was to be my only trip to Scotland, thanks to his influence and fascinating instruction on the Highlands and Highlanders, I know I need to see more. I would let Nordic Visitor give more advice on the tour must sees. We met with the Edinburgh office staff - Maria, Anna, and Kris - after our tour was done, again Brian going above and beyond to bring us to meet them, days after our tour was over. I cannot say enough good things about all the help they gave us.
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Your Escorted Tour Highlights
You’re about to start your Scottish adventure through the highlands with your personal guide by your side. Imagine all of the amazing views and attractions you’ll experience. Here are just a few of them…
- Delve into the rich history of Scotland and visit Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle
- Walk along the pebbled shores of Loch Lomond and Loch Ness
- Taste freshly caught seafood in the charming fishing town of Oban
- Discover the gems of the Scottish Highlands, from Eilean Donan Castle to the prehistoric Clava Cairns
- Photograph the stunning landscapes and local wildlife of Trossachs National Park
- Explore the Isle of Skye, where you can visit the magical Fairy Pools and see the “tartan” Kilt Rock
- See Glencoe, a movie location for Harry Potter films, Braveheart, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- Try drams from across Scotland on an Edinburgh whisky tour
- Visit the restored battlefield of the infamous Battle of Culloden Moor, and learn about the Jacobite uprising.
Advice for Privately Guided Tours
We know you can’t wait to start your tour, so why not get ready by reading our useful Scotland travel guides.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Privately Guided Tours
You may have questions about your upcoming Scottish tour, so we thought we would answer the most frequently asked ones for your convenience. Whether you want to customise your itinerary or are interested in extending your stay, keep reading for more information. If you want to learn about Scotland as a destination, then check out our Scotland Travel Guide. And if you want more information about booking and payment, then read our FAQs.
On a private tour, you are escorted on your journey by an experienced local guide who will share their insider knowledge. This guide will be specially chosen by your dedicated travel consultant based on your personal travel needs, whether those include photography, Scottish ancestry, castles or something else.
Each day you will be driven to attractions, quaint villages and areas of interest and your guide will tell you all they know and answer your questions. We work closely with our guides and each is carefully chosen to ensure our guests have a fantastic time.
If you’re more interested in doing the driving, we offer self drive Scottish tours where you lead the way with the help of our handy personalised maps and itineraries. We also have small group tours, where you get to travel with like-minded people and see the best of the Highlands, coasts and more.
When you travel on our tours, we want to give you the opportunity to explore Edinburgh for yourself. So when you arrive, you will have the rest of your arrival day to see the city. We’d recommend a walking tour, or maybe even a trip through the historic vaults.
The next day your private tour guide will meet you and take you on your adventure.
Scotland is generally a safe country and according to the GPI, one of the top 45 most peaceful countries in the world. Should any unexpected event occur while you’re visiting Scotland, you can contact us on our 24/7 emergency helpline. If you’re with your private guide, they will ensure you’re kept safe and sound.
Finding the perfect time to visit Scotland depends on what you want to do, and what your interests are. If you love the great outdoors and want a mild climate to travel in, then spring and summer are ideal times to visit. However, if you love festive markets, brisk weather and longer nights, then travel during the autumn and winter.
Read our comprehensive guide on when you should visit Scotland for more information.
Scotland has some of the most diverse landscapes and coasts in the world, as well as many treasured heritage sites. Here’s a list of the best places to see and things to do in Scotland:
Scotland is home to around two thousand castles, however many of these are now ancient ruins. The castles that are restored and maintained are ancestral family homes or occasional filming locations for the likes of Outlander and Game of Thrones. Others are active army barracks, hotels and tourist attractions. Why not read our blog on Scotland’s best castles and you can decide which of them you want to visit.
The vehicle you will travel on depends on the size of your party. We cover all group sizes from one to 16, and all of our vehicles are spacious, clean and comfortable.
We accommodate up to seven people for a private tour of any length. However, for parties of seven and above, private tours are limited to a maximum of six days touring with one guide. This is due to minibus tour regulations in the UK.
Yes, you can personalise your trip by extending your stay at either end of your private tour and by adding optional activities like day tours. This means you get to spend more time exploring Edinburgh and its many sights of interest as well as its vibrant culinary scene. Read up on Edinburgh in our travel guide, and to extend your trip, contact your travel consultant.
We recommend that you organise your flights once your package has been booked and confirmed by your dedicated travel consultant. This ensures that your tour is secured, and you have the correct timing information when you book your flights. You can of course check for flight dates and times beforehand. If your flights change, contact your travel consultant to move your tour dates.
The length of the flight to Scotland depends on where you are travelling from and which airline you’re with. Read our list of estimated travel times:
The Scots have many words and phrases for the weather, over 400 of which are used to describe snow. This should give you an indication of the diverse climate of Scotland so when packing for your private guided tour, we’d suggest that you err on the side of caution. Here’s a list of what to pack:
A local tour guide will make your journey through Scotland come alive! They will also be specially chosen based on what you tell your travel consultant that you want most out of your tour, whether that's photography insights, information about heritage, whisky knowledge or something else.
Your guide is not only a luxury private chauffeur. They’ll also know the best photography spots, facts about each attraction and remarkable stories about Scottish folklore and history.
Your guide will have a personal connection to the land, and their local knowledge and tour experience will take your journey to the next level.
Tipping your guide is entirely up to you. While a tip is not expected by your guide, we have no doubt that the gesture would be greatly appreciated.
The northern lights are called 'Mirrie Dancers' in Scotland, and they are a spectacular sight. Unfortunately, viewings in Scotland are rare due to its distance from the Arctic Circle, where sightings are more frequent.
Do you need to know more about our private escorted tours? Perhaps you would like to add an extra day to the end of your stay. We’re here to help, so please contact us.
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+354 578 20 80
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