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Skye mountains in winter
Isle of Skye, Scotland © Nordic Visitor

Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye Winter - Private

From £3551 per adult

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November — March

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Explore the wintry landscape of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye with Nordic Visitor on a tour with your very own private guide. Learn about the history and culture and marvel at the castles, snow-capped mountains and sweeping valleys.

This private tour is the winter version of our Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye private tour, slightly adjusted for the festive season. With 8 days travelling around the country, you'll get to see the top highlights of Scotland and more. Your private guide will recommend and adjust stops along the way based on your interests.

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. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, 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.

Included: Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

DAY 2: INTO THE HIGHLANDS

Today your private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle. On the way you can stop at the charming village of Dunkeld and go for a wintry walk in the picturesque Hermitage woods. Arriving near Inverness, you have the option to visit the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, to see where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746, marking "the beginning of the end for the Highlands." Nearby you could also roam around Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years.

Spend the night in the Inverness area.

Included: Entrance to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor

Driving distance: 251 km / 156 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 9-10 hours

DAY 3: LOCH NESS AND THE ISLE OF SKYE

Your guide will take you from Inverness to the Isle of Skye today, passing by the mysterious Loch Ness. If there is time, you could go on a boat tour or explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins. Later, you'll make a stop at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Arriving on Skye, your first stop will be to wander around the main town, Portree, with its colourful harbour and delicious seafood restaurants.

Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

Included: Entrance to Urquhart Castle

Driving distance: 185 km / 115 miles  

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

DAY 4: THE ISLE OF SKYE

You have all day to visit the Trotternish Peninsula with your guide. This is where some of Skye's most famous sights are located. You may enjoy a walk at the "Old Man of Storr" rock formation or at the Quiraing. Admire the stormy sea from the Kilt Rock waterfall, spot ancient dinosaur footprints at the Staffin beach, and learn about the myths of the island at the Fairy Glen.

Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

Driving distance: 70 km / 45 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

DAY 5: SLEAT PENINSULA AND GLENFINNAN

This morning, spend some time exploring the Sleat Peninsula in the south of the island. This region is characterised by its beautiful beaches, lochs and expansive glens. You could stop by the Fairy Pools or even sample local whisky at Talisker Distillery. Then say goodbye to Skye as your guide drives back to the mainland. Before reaching Fort William, you may want to take a detour via Glenfinnan where you can admire its famous viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films, and visit the Glenfinnan monument.

Spend the night in the Fort William area.

Included: Entrance to Glenfinnan Monument

Driving distance: 135 km / 85 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

DAY 6: TRAVEL ALONG DRAMATIC GLENS

Today’s drive will take you past some sweeping glens and historic sights. First, take some time to marvel at Glen Coe, which offers world-famous scenery. On the way south, you can go for a walk at the atmospheric Kilchurn Castle by Loch Awe. Later, you can stop by the charming towns of Inveraray and Luss.

Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.

Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

DAY 7: TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK TO EDINBURGH

Today’s drive will take you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park back to Edinburgh. You could also opt to spend your last night in Glasgow to visit Scotland's largest city. You'll have a choice of a few activities, from a walk in nature, to a boat tour on Loch Katrine, or a visit to Deanston Whisky Distillery. Later on, stop for a fun photo opportunity at Doune Castle, featured in many movies and TV series. If time allows, you could also stop by Stirling Castle or at the Kelpies sculpture.

Spend the night in Edinburgh.

Included: Entrances to Doune and Stirling Castles

Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles

Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Contact details

Nordic Visitor UK
139/2 George Street
Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh
Scotland
EH2 4JY
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre Edinburgh Airport
Length
8
Days
Transport
Driver guide
Type
Private
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Architecture Castles Food and drink History Landscapes

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  • £3551 Per Adult
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Nordic Visitor UK

Nordic Visitor provides tailored tour packages in Scotland. Our travel experts are based in Edinburgh and will craft a personal itinerary for you based on your vacation or holiday needs. All our travel packages are tested by our consultants to ensure your Scottish getaway is everything you dreamed of and more. Choose from self-drive, small group or private tours. You'll also find a range of special interest packages including tours focusing on castles, whisky, cuisine, Outlander and more!

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Monday: 9am–5pm
Tuesday: 9am–5pm
Wednesday: 9am–5pm
Thursday: 9am–5pm
Friday: 9am–5pm
Office closed during local Edinburgh holidays.

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