From castles to highlands and lochs to isles, Scotland is known for its dramatic scenery and endless vistas. The mighty Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye and Scottish highlands are just a few sights that should be on your bucket list. For the tastebuds, try black pudding and haggis at least once.
These Scotland tours provide best-in-class sights and excursions at a great value, putting more pounds sterling in your pocket for a wee dram of whisky at the end of the day.
1. Skye and Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh
On gorgeous, winding drives along the rugged northwest coast, you’ll soak in wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This tour stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness along the way, with two nights spent in Portree, the charming capital city of Skye. You’ll have ample time to explore local pubs and wander through the stunning landscape — with and without your guide.
Length: 3 days
Included: Accommodation at a 3-star hotel or bed and breakfast, and transport from place to place in a Mercedes mini-coach. An expert guide is included, but you’ll pay for meals.
Visit Loch Lomond National Park, explore seaside towns and taste locally-brewed whiskey on this immersive cultural tour. Discover why Scottish people called this dark grain drink the “water of life,” and learn the significance of the distinctive smoky flavors while seeing historical sights firsthand.
Length: 4 days
Included: All meals, accommodations, an expert guide, and transportation.
See essential Isle of Skye sights in just one day, with 10 stops throughout your journey. You’ll visit the village of Achnasheen and Kyleakin, where the legendary Castle Moil is located. Snap pics of Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, Trotternish Ridge, Eilean Donan Castle and more. Don’t worry about the pace — you can grab coffee in a local cafe along the way.
Length: 1 day
Included: Transportation and a professional guide.
This private tour is for history junkies that want to trace the fateful footsteps of the legendary Jacobites. Explore Culloden Battlefield and have tea at the Culloden House Hotel — where Bonnie Prince Charles stayed before the infamous battle on the moor. You’ll also visit Fort George.
Length: 1 day
Included: Transportation, lunch, tea and an expert guide.
In just one day, you’ll visit four iconic locations around Scotland, starting at the Deacon’s House Cafe in Edinburgh, including the Kelpies and the Helix, Scotland’s largest public art installation. Choose to tour Doune Castle or Deanston Distillery and Visitor Center, and see Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle — for less than $60 per person.
Length: 1 day
Included: Expert guide and transportation. Pay extra for admission to each destination.
Best Scotland tour for Outlander fans: Full-day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
Did you fall in love with rugged, red-haired Jamie and headstrong Claire in the Outlander series? Visit real-life locations from Diana Gabaldon’s stories, including Clava Cairns, Urquhart Castle, Castle Leoch and more.
When selecting tours for this list, we weighed overall value against price point. We selected itineraries that visit key sites around Scotland with well-paced daily schedules known for delivering immersive, culturally authentic insight each locale. We looked at the quality of transportation and accommodations for every tour, and confirmed the best-in-class reputation of each company’s expert guides. Finally, we considered customer reviews and firsthand travel experiences.
Booking a tour through Scotland can enrich your experience with sights, sounds and expert guidance that you might otherwise miss. After you’ve got your sightseeing straightened out, read our expert money tips for your time in Scotland.
Frequently asked questions
The warmest months to visit Scotland are July and August, with average temperatures ranging between 52 to 66 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yes! Hogmanay is the New Year’s celebration in Scotland. Taking a tour on this holiday can be a wonderful way to immerse yourself in Scottish traditions. Check out Tour Radar’s collection of Hogmanay tours to see top-notch options.
Amy Stoltenberg is a staff writer covering all things travel, shopping and lifestyle. After earning a BA at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked as technical designer in corporate fashion before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop's closed, you can find her wandering around Los Angeles looking for hole-in-the-wall eateries and plotting her way to all 50 states (she's currently at 28).
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