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Scotland Winter World

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Frosty landscapes, winter activities, warm hospitality

The days are shorter, but Scotland’s majestic winter atmosphere more than makes up for it. Surround yourself with scenes of rust-coloured valleys, castle ruins shrouded in mist, snowy Highland peaks and colourful towns aglow in festive lights. On this winter self-drive journey you’ll experience famous places including the Cairngorm National Park, Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan and Trossachs National Park, along with the cities of Edinburgh and Inverness.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 753 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Castles and Royalty, Classic, Culture and History

Season

1 Nov - 31 Mar

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

940/584 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Edinburgh

    Welcome to Edinburgh. For an easy and comfortable way to get from Edinburgh Airport to your hotel in the city centre, we are happy to arrange a private transfer for you (at additional cost). After settling in, go out and explore. Edinburgh has a long and storied history, so there’s no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums and landmarks to visit, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle. And of course there are plenty of restaurants and bars to enjoy some warm Scottish hospitality—not to mention a taste of the local whisky.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: Into the Highlands

    Head towards the majestic Highlands today. There are many notable highlights on your way, including the lovely village of Dunkeld, perched on the banks of the River Tay and The Hermitage. Here you can see the beautiful cathedral ruins, or take a winter walk through the Hermitage Forest to view the romantic Black Linn Falls and Ossian´s Hall of Mirrors. Continue to Pitlochry, from where a 20 minute detour along Loch Tummel takes you to the stunning Queen’s View, one of Scotland’s best known lookouts. Spend some time in Pitlochry itself where you can find plenty of pubs and cafes, you might be tempted to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea!

    Another option is to take part in a 2.5-hour jeep safari, guided by a local ranger, through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks with chances to see Scottish wildlife like red deer, grouse, mountain hares or golden eagles. 

    Travelling north into the Cairngorms National Park, if time allows you might wish to stop at Scotland’s highest whisky distillery, Dalwhinnie, where you can take a tour and sample a wee dram.

    Spend the night in the Aviemore area. 

    Driving distance: 204 km /127 miles

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  • Day 3: Cairngorms National Park

    Today you have a full day to explore the area surrounding Aviemore. There is no shortage of activities: you can opt for a long walk around the tranquil and crystal clear Loch an Eilein, take the funicular railway up to the top of Cairngorm Mountain for grand vistas over the Highlands or visit the Reindeer Centre where you can feed and pet the friendly reindeers that are free-roaming on the mountainside. If you are fortunate to experience a good snowfall you can go snow-boarding or skiing on the slopes of the Cairngorms. If you want to take things at a more relaxed pace, you can sample the wares of the award-winning Cairngorm Brewery. Beautiful nature abounds in this popular winter destination of Scotland!

    Spend another night in the Aviemore area.

    Driving Distance: 40 km/24 miles

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  • Day 4: Loch Ness & Eilean Donan Castle

    Experience some of Scotland’s most famous attractions today. Make your way to the shores of Loch Ness via the capital of the highlands, Inverness. En route, you have the option to explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins on the shores of the loch. Further along the drive, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a sight you will surely recognize from many photographs, films and TV shows. 

    If you’re a keen photographer, winter is an especially great time for visiting the castles as the crowds are much lighter. Then head for the picturesque Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides, where you can enjoy the bright frosty mornings and stunning winter sunsets.

    Spend the night on the Isle of Skye. 

    Driving Distance: 232 km/ 144 miles

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  • Day 5: Winter Tranquillity on Skye

    Today you have a full day to immerse yourself in the magic of Skye, a haven for nature lovers and history enthusiasts alike. Take some time to wander around the scenic village of Portree with its colourful buildings and boutiques, and drive around the northern part of the island via the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. Here you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle for stunning views and view the beautiful Kilt Rock waterfall.

    Other suggested highlights include the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot dinosaur footprints dating back 165 million years, and the sweeping vistas from the Quiraing landslip.

    Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby vicinity. 

    Driving distance: 66 km/41 miles

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  • Day 6: Sleat Peninsula & Glenfinnan

    Today head to the beautiful Sleat Peninsula of Skye and take in some gorgeous scenery characterized by dramatic beaches, lochs, forests and glens. Before heading back to the mainland on the afternoon ferry, you might wish to visit the Talisker distillery to sample some genuine single malt whiskey or enjoy a walk to the beautifully crystal clear Fairy Pools at foot of the Black Cuillin Hills.

    In the afternoon you will be taking the ferry back to the mainland from Armadale to Mallaig.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Driving distance: 137 km / 85 miles

    Ferry duration: 30 minutes

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  • Day 7: Famous Glens, Loch Lomond & Stirling

    Head to Rob Roy country, the Trossachs and Loch Lomond area today. This journey takes you past Scotland’s most famous valley, the magical Glen Coe, combining world-famous scenery and history. For a fun photo opportunity, don't miss the Doune Castle, featured in the classic film Monty Python & the Holy Grail and the Outlander TV series as "Castle Leoch." Another ideal place to visit is Stirling Castle and the monument dedicated to William Wallace, the rebellious Scottish knight and subject of the film Braveheart.

    Back in Edinburgh, return your rental car and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure, perhaps with a fine dinner to top off your amazing journey.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Driving distance: 261 km /162 miles

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  • Day 8: Departure

    To get to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Airport Express bus from Waverley Bridge or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s museums or simply relax and take in the old world atmosphere of the city.

    We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.

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Map

Here’s a map of Scotland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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Thank you very much for everything!

Back to Portugal, we cannot tell you how much we have enjoyed travelling arround your beautiful ​country. It would not have been possible without a superb organisation and support from your side. The map with the itinerary was a great help, without doubt, as well as the booklet with lots of useful information. We used them both throughout the whole time. Let us also tell you that we have enjoyed very much all the hotels and rooms you've booked for us. Needless to say that we look forward to using Nordic Visitor services again, in the future!

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel, B&B, well-appointed guesthouse or similar. All provide breakfast..

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Quality

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • x4
  • x3
  • x1
  • M

Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Picanto (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x3
  • x1
  • A

Kia Picanto (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Astra
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Vauxhall Astra
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Toyota Auris (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Toyota Auris (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: D
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Insignia
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • M

Vauxhall Insignia
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Manual

Ford Mondeo (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

Ford Mondeo (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

BMW 520 (automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • A

BMW 520 (automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 4
  • Transmission: Automatic

Vauxhall Zafira
or similar

  • x7
  • x5
  • x1
  • M

Vauxhall Zafira
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Passengers: 7
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Kia Sportage
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Kia Sportage
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • x9
  • x3
  • x9
  • M

Mercedes Vito
or similar

  • Type: J
  • Passengers: 9
  • Luggage: 9
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual
  • *upgrade to automatic available upon request

Price per person from

Approx 753 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2017
2018

Tour Information

Travel seasons and price savings
July and August are Scotland’s busiest travel months, known as the high season. August is an especially busy month in the City of Edinburgh, due to a number of major festivals taking place throughout the month. The Isle of Skye can also be quite congested in July and August, with its status as one of Scotland’s ‘must see’ destinations. During this season, there is less availability at accommodations and attractions tend to be the most crowded.
 
Booking a tour in the shoulder season — May and June — offers a more peaceful travel experience, a better chance at reserving preferred accommodations and prices that are as much as 15% lower than high season. For even greater savings and fewer crowds, consider booking in the low season, April and October. 
 
 
Good to know:
Currency rate
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 working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of 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.

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