The Best Private Tours of Scotland

Discover the best of Scotland with Nicolson Tours

Leave the buses behind and join us for your private tour in the luxury and comfort of our Land Rover Discovery 4. Your personal guide, a proud Scotsman, will share with you his knowledge of our beautiful country in a relaxed and fun manner, unlocking Scotland at your own pace.

Our handcrafted tours are designed to make the most of your time, without the need to ever rush you, so that your experience will be fun, informative and enriching. Wherever you want to go and whatever you wish to experience, whether it is the gentle rolling hills of the lowlands or the dramatic highlands, tranquil islands with their miles of stunning coasts and glorious sandy beaches, history, food, drink, the great outdoors or vibrant city culture, Scotland has just what you are looking for.

Allow us to plan your perfect vacation using our intimate knowledge of this diverse country.

Browse through our selection of itineraries below and if you are unable to find what you're looking for, please contact us to find out about our tailor made planning service.

Nicolson Tours; the obvious choice for the discerning traveler.


Beautiful, Glorious Scotland, has spoilt me for every other country.




Immerse yourself in Scotland's awe-inspiring landscape with a private tour designed just for you.

Custom Tour

1-21 days


Travel Over the Forth Road bridge into the Kingdom of Fife and visit beautiful villages and palaces on route to St. Andrews, one of Europe's finest towns.

St. Andrews and Coastal East Neuk of Fife

1 day


Visit specially-selected Highland whisky distilleries, enjoy breathtaking scenery, iconic castles, quaint Scottish villages and more.

Whisky and Castles

2 days


Visit breathtaking and historic castles that played an important part in Scottish history before exploring North Berwick and enjoying a dram in a traditional Scottish pub.

Three Historic Scottish Castles and a Pub in a Day

1 day


Visit the most iconic locations, deep within the Scottish highlands - Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Glencoe, Loch Ness and more.

Loch Ness and Glencoe

2 days


Visit the famed Isle of Skye, West Coast, Glencoe, Castles, Palaces and the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Authentic Skye and  Scottish Highlands

5 days


Visit so many amazing iconic locations across Scotland and her isles with your very own private guided driving tour of bonnie Scotland.

Experience Iconic Scotland

7 days


Visit romantic lochs, famous castles and the haunting Glencoe on this day tour with a local guide who shares your interests.

Glencoe and Highlands Adventure

1 day


Visit some of the best that the Lowlands has to offer in a single day; Rosslyn Chapel, Melrose Abbey, Craigmillar Castle and more.

Best of Lowland Scotland in a Day

1 day



Where does the tour start from?

All tours start from Edinburgh.

How long is the tour each day?

The average day will be about 8-9 hours of guiding. Your evenings are then free for you to relax or explore.

How many people can come on the tour?

Our vehicle is a luxury Land Rover Discovery 4x4 which can comfortably carry 6 passengers. The vehicle is solely yours for the duration of the tour and will not be shared with different groups.

What language is the tour in?

The tour is entirely in English.

What should I pack for the tour?

Scotland, whilst outstandingly beautiful, is famous for its unpredictable weather, so waterproofs and an extra layer of warm clothing is always advisable. To get closer to the real Scotland and the sights, walking shoes/boots would be recommended.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, or bank transfer. Payment with PayPal is accepted, but will incur a 4% payment fee. A 25% non-refundable deposit (of the total tour cost) confirms your booking. The remaining 75% balance is payable 28 days before the date of your tour departure. A tour booked within 28 days of departure will require payment in full.

Will I need insurance?

You are strongly recommended to take out cancellation/holiday insurance in case of any circumstances out of our control.

How do I book a tour?

If you would like to book a tour, please contact us and we will discuss and organize your dream vacation.

Will you guide us around castles and historical attractions?

I can guide you around most castles and historical attractions, but every site is different; some sites have their own tour guides who can give a much more detailed perspective and often disallow external tour operators from guiding visitors round their site.

What is the cost of your tours?

Our half/full day tours cost from £200 to £395 per day for you and your party's exclusive use of our Land Rover Discovery, including your own Scottish driver/guide. All our multi day tours start from £395 per day. Our prices are dependent on the time of year and the distance to be covered over the tour. The price quoted will be the price invoiced, with no hidden costs. Please enquire about the cost of tours on our website or if you want a bespoke tour, please let us know your ideas and must sees and we will give you a quote. (excludes meals, drinks, accommodation and entries to attractions).

What is included in the tour price?

Costs quoted include: Our Driver/Guiding Services: Our services as your driver/guide – generally available to you for eight hours per day (flexible). Vehicle: All costs relating to the vehicle (Land Rover Discovery 4) – fuel, insurance, parking etc. All rates quoted are per vehicle, not per person. Insurance: We hold Hire Vehicle Insurance as required by law for those who carry paying passengers. We are also covered for Public Liability. Not included in our quote: Guest Accommodation: This is not included. We can make suggestions, that meet your budget, for you on request. Food and drinks, entrance fees to visitor attractions, distillery tours, castles, ferry crossings etc: Are not included, unless by prior arrangement. Costs will be quoted for each attraction on the final itinerary, if requested, for you to decide which you wish to visit. Gratuities: Gratuities are at clients’ discretion. Travel Insurance: This is not included and we would strongly advise you to arrange personal insurance cover before travelling.


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