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Classic Scotland - Private

(10 days / 9 nights)

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See Scotland's Top Sights with Your Own Local Guide

Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights on a private tour of Scotland. You will be accompanied by an expert local guide who will drive you into the impressive Highlands. Check Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye off your travel wish list. Plus, each day you will be able to tailor your itinerary with your guide, getting an insider look at Scotland’s hidden gems and history.

5.0

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in GBP

Approx 5461 GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Seamless travel experience
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map & 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

  • Experience the vibrant Scottish capital city, Edinburgh
  • See the breathtaking Isle of Skye and its top sights
  • Walk along the mysterious Loch Ness
  • Marvel at the sweeping views of Glen Coe, Scotland’s most famous valley
  • Enjoy the striking landscape of the Scottish Highlands
  • Immerse yourself in the Trossachs National Park’s quiet beauty
  • Photograph the picturesque Dunnottar Castle
  • Explore the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and its surroundings
  • Pick which castles to visit on the Castle Trail in Aberdeenshire
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Best Seller i, Castles and Royalty i, Highlands i, Isles i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Interest

Best Seller i, Castles and Royalty i, Highlands i, Isles i

Driving distance

1535/954 km/mi

Itinerary

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

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

    Upon your arrival in Edinburgh, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you to your hotel in the city centre. If you arrive early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old and New Towns, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: SCOTLAND'S DRAMATIC EAST COAST

    Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle to start your private tour. The first stop will be the quaint village of Falkland, where you may like to explore its Renaissance palace. If time allows, you can head east to the town of St Andrews, famous for being the home of golf and of the oldest university in Scotland. Then, you’ll continue north, passing by Dundee, a UNESCO City of Design. You can decide with your guide if you’d like to take the direct route to Aberdeen, or if you might take the coastal scenic route, which will take you past the spectacular Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven.

    Spend the night in the Aberdeen area.

    Driving distance: 235 km / 135 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 9 hours

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  • Day 3: ROYAL DEESIDE, CASTLES & WHISKY

    From Aberdeen, your guide will take you into the Scottish Highlands. You’ll first journey along the “Deeside Tourist Route”, an enchanting route through the Cairngorms National Park. On the way, there are plenty of castles that you could visit, including 16th-century Crathes Castles, or you can ask a recommendation from your guide. You will then continue to Speyside, which is famous for its whiskies. There are over 40 distilleries to choose from, such as Glenfiddich or Aberlour, if you would like to visit one of them*.  

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    *Please contact us if you would like to book a distillery tour in advance. This is highly recommended if you have a specific distillery in mind.

    Driving distance: 240 km / 150 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8 hours

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  • Day 4: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS

    Today your guide will take you to explore Inverness and its stunning surroundings. You will be able to wander around the historic Battlefield of Culloden Moor and witness the Bronze-age cemetery Clava Cairns. A bit further out, Cawdor Castle and Gardens is a 14th-century castle linked to Macbeth, which you might enjoy visiting. You might also choose to hop onto the nearby Black Isle to see the natural landscapes of the Moray Firth.

    Spend another night in the Inverness area.

    Driving distance: 105 km / 65 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7 hours

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  • Day 5: LOCH NESS & CASTLES

    Take in some of the most famous sights in Scotland today. Your guide will first drive you  to the shores of Loch Ness where you can visit the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition. You could visit the Urquhart Castle ruins or take a boat tour onto the loch to admire the views and try to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster. From there, you’ll continue west toward the breathtaking Isle of Skye. On the way, if you wish, you can ask your guide to stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle for a good photo opportunity.

    Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Driving distance: 185 km / 115 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8 hours

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  • Day 6: THE ISLE OF SKYE

    A private driver is the best way to take full advantage of your day on Skye. You will visit the main village of Portree, with its colourful buildings and boutiques, before heading north to the striking Trotternish Peninsula. Here you’ll have the option to see highlights such as “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle,  Kilt Rock Waterfall, the Quiraing landscape, and the mystical Fairy Glen. You can decide with your guide where you would like to spend the most time and if you would like to go for certain walks.

    Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Driving distance: 70 km / 45 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7 hours

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  • Day 7: SLEAT PENINSULA & GLENFINNAN

    You will head to Skye’s southern Sleat Peninsula, characterised by beautiful beaches, lochs, and glens of the region. Depending on your interests, you may wish to stop for a walk at the crystal-clear Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin Hills. Or you could go sample the local whisky at the Talisker Distillery (pre-booking is essential). In the afternoon, you will catch the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig to return to the mainland. Your guide will drive you to your accommodation, passing by Glenfinnan along the way.  Here you can marvel at the Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct, the latter of which features in the Harry Potter film series.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Ferry duration: 30 minutes
    Driving distance: 135km / 85 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8 hours

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  • Day 8: TRAVEL ALONG DRAMATIC GLENS

    Today’s journey will be a scenic one, so don’t hesitate to let your guide know if you have specific interests. You’ll travel past Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Coe, which offers world-famous scenery. This is a great location for a panoramic walk. Further, you could stop at the grave of Rob Roy at Balquhidder or to admire the beautiful Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin.

    Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.

    Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7 hours

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  • Day 9: TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK TO EDINBURGH

    Today’s drive will bring you back to Edinburgh (you can choose to end your trip in Glasgow in the optional activities below). You’ll travel through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you could stop to take a nature walk, visit a distillery or, if time allows, enjoy a boat tour on Loch Katrine. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, featured in many TV series and films. You could also stop by Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions, or the Kelpies sculptures.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

    Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8 hours

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  • Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to Edinburgh Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing. You could walk up Castle Hill for one more view over the city, stroll through the Princes Street Gardens or wander down the Royal Mile to the elegant Holyrood Palace.

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 private 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 private tour with Nordic Visitor, you can sit back and enjoy a curated itinerary, led by your personal driver-guide.

Your guide will be an expert in Scottish history and culture. They’ll share their local knowledge and stories with you and take you to hidden gems across the country. They will also be happy to tailor your journey to your unique needs and interests along the way.

Your experience will also begin and end with private airport transfers.

Depending on availability and on the size of your travelling party, we can offer a range of vehicles, such as premium executive cars, 4-wheel drives and touring vans.

During the booking process, you'll be able to book a group up to 7 people. Should you have 8 people in your travelling group, please contact us.

Your Scottish experience begins the moment you land at Edinburgh Airport. Make your way to the arrivals hall, where a driver will be waiting to greet you. From there, you’ll enjoy a comfortable ride in a private vehicle to your accommodation in the city.

On the day of your departure from Scotland, a private car will pick you up from your accommodation in Edinburgh. Your driver will then take you straight to the airport in time to catch your flight home.

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.

This tour includes a few guided walks along the itinerary. This means you must be prepared and able to walk between 1-3 kilometres (0.6–2 miles) daily. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the vehicle and at each accommodation.

Travelling with your kids? No problem! Just let your travel consultant know during the booking process. We’ll arrange any cots needed at your accommodation.

If you need multiple rooms, please note that we can't guarantee family rooms or interconnecting rooms at all accommodation. You may even have rooms on different floors.

If you'd like us to arrange for a car seat to be provided for your trip, please let us know ahead of time. This will incur a small extra cost.

Summer in Scotland might be warmer than you expect! While temperatures are unlikely to reach higher than 20°C (68 °F), heatwaves in Scotland are usually humid. This means it can feel hotter than it is, especially in Edinburgh or Glasgow.

That said, the weather is also very changeable, so you’ll want to come prepared for anything. Rain is always a possibility, and when the sun sets a warm jumper or jacket is a must. We’ve prepared a useful packing guide to help you decide what to bring with you.

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions are not favourable during your visit. If something unexpected occurs, you can call our 24/7 helpline to speak directly with a Nordic Visitor staff member.

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.

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 ask your guide or call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline.

The Edinburgh-based travel expert on call will handle any unforeseen situations for you, 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.

There are limited laundry facilities in Scotland’s countryside, though you’ll find laundrettes in the cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. Some hotels do offer dry cleaning for an additional cost.

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.

If you enjoy your experience with your guide, it’s a nice idea to give them a tip.

This tour includes the service of a personal guide who will be happy to help you customise your experience along the way. They will get to know your interests, and you can tell them about any places where you would like to stop on the drive.

You can also customise this tour online during the booking process. You’ll be able to add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades.

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 the arrivals hall, where the driver of your private transfer will be waiting for you. They’ll welcome you to the country and take you straight to your accommodation in Edinburgh.

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.

An experience that we will not soon forget

We had a lovely time in Scotland. Dave, our guide, was fabulous and provided an experience that we will not soon forget. The locations we stayed at were lovely, the food was really great (haggis was surprisingly good) and it was an experience we will not soon forget. We do wish we had known to what extent we needed waterproofs.

A wonderful experience

Despite our limited mobility, Nordic Visitor created a wonderful experience for us.

Our guide was the best

Our private tour guide Andy was the best. It was great because of him.

Absolutely terrific

Our tour guide, Peter, was absolutely terrific. He listened carefully to our interests and our needs. His knowledge of Scotland and Scottish history was top-tier. He was always friendly and pleasant, full of stories and anecdotes.

Everything went smoothly

Duncan, our travel consultant, was very helpful and efficient with all the adjustments I wanted to make to the 8 days Classic Tour. He also chose the right driver/guide for us. The tour was wonderful and corresponding to our indiviual pace. The hotels were very good and he had made dinner reservations, what I wouldn't have expected to be necessary. Everything went smoothly.

Our experience was so special

Airport transfers were excellent. Drivers were on time and friendly. Accommodation was all good. You couldn't have paired our family with a better guide/driver than Dave. He made our Scotland experience so special by taking us off the beaten path and showing us some of the most beautiful natural sites and places in Scotland. We covered 1000 miles in distance in our 7 days. We learned so much from Dave.

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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Vehicle

Be comfortable and enjoy the journey as a passenger in the vehicle of your choosing.

Private car

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  • x5
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Private car

  • Comfortable vehicle depending on the size of your travel group.

Price per person from

The amount will be charged in GBP

Approx 5461 GBP

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