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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$35.28 / per day
Edinburgh Granton
Standard Commercial Van/Truck
Opel Vivaro Cargo or similar
Opel Vivaro Cargo
  • 3
  • 2
  • 4
  • Man.
Enterprise
$37.44 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Economy
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Drivalia
$39.43 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
Ford Focus
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$41.17 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Edinburgh Airport
Intermediate SUV
Kia XCeed or similar
Kia XCeed
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Europcar
$50.42 / per day
Edinburgh Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$88.52 / per day
Downtown
Premium
Mercedes Benz C Class or similar
Mercedes Benz C Class
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$123.66 / per day
Downtown
Full-size SUV
Volvo XC60 or similar
Volvo XC60
  • 5
  • 5
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
National
$129.35 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 07:03 on 2024-05-28. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
English
Currency
GBP
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+44
Average car rental price
$68 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
48 km/h or 30 mph
Speed limit out of town
96 - 112 km/h or 60 - 70 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
9.2 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.99 per liter or $7.55 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.80 per liter or $6.83 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.41 per liter or $9.14 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Edinburgh?

Historic and beautiful, Edinburgh is one of the most unique cities in the United Kingdom. Having the freedom of your own car will let you visit its different neighborhoods and beautiful Scottish landscapes, at your own pace. From older parts of the city to modern and upbeat districts and even nearby beaches and nature areas, there is plenty to explore.

Edinburgh

One-Way Car Rentals in Edinburgh

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Edinburgh and drop off in another city include:

  • From Edinburgh to Glasgow - 327 offers from $32.72 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Inverness - 143 offers from $41.34 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Manchester - 104 offers from $39.38 per day
  • From Edinburgh to Aberdeen - 104 offers from $41.34 per day
  • From Edinburgh to London - 130 offers from $42.53 per day

Top ways to enter Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh Airport. The sixth-busiest airport in the United Kingdom and the largestin Scotland, Edinburgh Airport is served by more than 30 different airlines. Along with domestic flights and many flights to other places in Europe, Edinburgh Airport is also connected to North America and the Middle East. The airport is about 9 km (5.5 mi) west of the city center.
  • Glasgow Airport. The second-largest airport in Scotland, Glasgow Airport is served by a large number of airlines, including many low-cost carriers. The airport is slightly more than an hour’s drive west of Edinburgh.
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport. Another international airport serving Glasgow, it only has flights one airline serving it, Ryanair. With connections to Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Poland, it can sometimes be the cheapest airport to fly into in Scotland. Glasgow Prestwick is a 1 hour and 40 40-minuteive west of Edinburgh.
  • By rail. If you’re arrive in Edinburgh by train, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station.

City facts

Like much of the rest of the United Kingdom, Edinburgh has a temperate maritime climate with little temperature change between seasons. Though typically much drier than Glasgow to the west, its location  on the North Sea means Edinburgh sometimes experiences haar, or sea fog. While not everyone likes it, it certainly adds to the city’s unique atmosphere.

Edinburgh has 4,500 protected buildings of historic architectural importance that cannot be demolished or rebuilt without the permission from a special local authority. Edinburgh has more protected buildings, proportionally, than any other city in the United Kingdom making it a must-visit for history lovers.

Top destinations and activities

  • Edinburgh Castle. Of all the many impressive buildings of Edinburgh, its castle is arguably the most famous one and the most important landmark of the city. First built in the 12th century from a volcanic rock, the castle is now one of the city’s top attractions. The castle complex includes attractions like the Portcullis Gate and the St. Margaret’s Chapel, ad offers truly amazing views.
  • Royal Botanic Garden. The garden is one of the nicest green places in the city. It includes the 165 m (541 ft) long herbaceous border and many smaller gardens of both local and exotic plants. The stunning John Hope Gateway with a restaurant and museum is also located here.
  • Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The museum is actually made up of two separate buildings called Modern Art One and Modern Art Two, which are divided by a street,. Both feature a large number of famous artworks and beautiful gardens for relaxing and taking it all in. The National Gallery of Modern Art is in the picturesque Dean Village area of Edinburgh.
  • National Museum of Scotland. First established in the 1860s, the National Museum of Scotland is actually made up of two separate museums, the Royal Scottish Museum and the Museum of Scotland. The former is dedicated to natural history and classical cultures from around the world with exhibits that range from Assyrian sculptures to a taxidermy of Dolly the sheep, the first-ever cloned animal; the latter, meanwhile, stays closer to home and offers fascinating artifacts of the Celts, Picts, and other cultures that have inhabited Scotland over the millennia.
  • Dynamic Earth. Known for its futuristic building, an amphitheater in front of it, and many interactive exhibitions, Dynamic Earth is one of the most visited attractions in Edinburgh. Some of the sections of the museum are a real iceberg, a possibility to experience an earthquake simulation, and the Deep Time Machine which permits visitors to travel through the geological eras of the planet.
  • Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. Having grown out of a 19th-century observatory and an ‘Outlook Tower’ that functioned as a museum and an urban study center of Edinburgh, Camera Obscura is one of the city’s most interesting attractions today. Taking up the tower’s six floors, it is an interactive museum of the original camera obscura, as well as optical illusions, mazes, and even a vortex tunnel. The attraction is just a stone’s throw from the aforementioned Edinburgh Castle.

Traffic and parking

The United Kingdom drives on the left-hand side of the road

On-street parking is usually heavily restricted. Never park on a white, double yellow or double red line (stopping on motorways and along red lines is illegal).

There are relatively few parking areas available for city visitors in Edinburgh. Some pay parking spots are available via a pay-and-display system. You can find many those on this map on the city’s official website. The exact fee will depend on the length of the parking period, on the hour of the day, and the day of the week. It is not a good idea to park without a permit as the fines are quite high and the rules are strictly enforced; sometimes your car might even be towed away. 

You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving, unless you use a hands-free system.

Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 112 km/h (70 mph) on motorways, 112 km/h (70 mph) on dual carriageways, 96 km/h (60 mph) on single carriageways and 48km/h (30 mph) or 32km/h (20 mph) in residential areas and areas with street lightning.

In Scotland, the legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for both experienced and novice drivers. In the rest of the UK, the legal alcohol limit is 0.08% for all drivers. Exceeding the limit can lead to large fines, a suspended license, or even imprisonment.

The insurance and documentation of the car needs to be in it whenever you’re driving.

The emergency numbers  is 999.

Toll roads

Currently there is only a single toll road in the United Kingdom, the M6 toll. You also have to pay a toll for using a number of bridges and tunnels, as well as for entering the central areas of London and Durham (a city in North East England).

As an alternative to the M6 around Birmingham, the M6toll is a 43 km (27 mi) long portion of the road, also known as the Birmingham North Relief Road (BNRR), that relieves congestion on the M6 itself. There are toll gates where you can pay by either cash or credit card. As of January 2023, the price is £8.20 for using the toll road from Monday to Friday (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.), £8.20 for using the toll road on Saturday or Sunday (from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.), and £7 for using the toll road at night (11 p.m. to 5 a.m.)y Find out more on the M6 Toll official website

Find out more about toll roads in the United Kingdom on the European toll road website

Ideas for day trips

  • Portobello. Affectionately called “Porty” by locals, Portobello is a nice beach in the area. Frequented by travelers and local families alike, it is a great place to have a picnic and spend a relaxing day away from the city. Even if you’re visiting in winter, you can still have a nice walk along the beach or visit the Portobello Swim Center and enjoy dipping in the Victorian baths. Portobello is just a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh center.
  • North Berwick. Another nice beach town, and arguably even more local in character, North Berwick is famous not only for its coastline, but also for the Tantallon Castle and Coastal Communities Museum. If you’re more of a nature lover, you’ll enjoy the impressive views of the Bass Rock or a visit to the Scottish Seabird Center. North Berwick is about 45 minutes drive northeast of Edinburgh.
  • Pentland Hills Regional Park. Great for long walks through its pastures and forests, the Pentland Hills is a nature area just south of Edinburgh. Its austere landscape might not be the most impressive in Scotland, but it is a perfect spot to spend a day away from the city
  • Glasgow. Edgier than Edinburgh, perhaps less historic, but nonetheless charming, Glasgow is a fun city to visit. From quirky museums to unique restaurants, bars and live music, there’s plenty to see. Glasgow is just an hour’s drive west of Edinburgh.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Edinburgh is the VW Golf. Many travelers also pick the Vauxhall Corsa and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are compact, economy, and mini.

Further destinations

For more about traveling around Scotland with a rental car, check out our complete guide.
  • Scottish Highlands. Sparsely populated and spectacular, the Scottish Highlands are, for many, among the most spectacular areas of Europe. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or to learn about traditional Scottish culture, it’s all there. Start at the region’s capital, Inverness, then go on to explore Glencoe Valley, the mountains, and the lakes. Glencoe is around 3 hours’ from Edinburgh. Northumberland National Park. On the other side of the border, this is the northernmost national park in England. There are very few people here, even for a nature area - instead, you’ll find blue lakes, extensive woodlands, and the remains of ancient religious sites. The border between England and Scotland was defended by Hadrian’s Wall during the Roman times, a large part of which still survives and can be explored within the national park’s territory. The park’s northeast corner is just a 90 minutes drive from Edinburgh.
  • Shetland and the Orkney Islands. These islands north of Scotland, teeming with wildlife, offer visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in nature and see historic sites from the neolithic era. They can be reached by ferry from Aberdeen, north of Edinburgh. Rental cars can be picked up and dropped off at the Aberdeen Northlink Ferry Terminal. It is also possible to pick rental cars up at Kirkwall Airport which has flights to and from Edinburgh. 
  • Aberdeen. Sitting on the coast of the North Sea, Scotland’s third-largest city has been steadily growing in stature as a tourist destination. Known as the Granite City thanks to its distinctive architecture, it boasts a variety of attractions from the well-preserved Old Town to Aberdeen Maritime Museum and many beautiful public gardens. Despite its northerly location, Aberdeen is also a major hub of surfing and other water sports. Located about 205 km (127 miles) northeast of Edinburgh, Aberdeen can be reached in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Newcastle. The closest big English city, Newcastle upon Tyne is only a 2 hour and 30 minute drive south of Edinburgh. More importantly, it’s a fascinating destination known not just for its unique accent and industrial heritage, but also its busy cultural life, Edwardian shopping arcade, and other landmarks such as the Tyne Bridge, Newcastle Cathedral, and Gallery North.

Car Rental Prices in Edinburgh

  • Station wagons - from $85 per day
  • Large cars - from $37 per day
  • Medium cars - from $41 per day
  • Vans - from $231 per day
  • Premium cars - from $79 per day
  • Small cars - from $35 per day
  • SUVs - from $42 per day

Money-saving tips

  • Land a great rental car deal in Edinburgh by applying these tricks:
  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Edinburgh is cheapest in March when renting a car is about 52% cheaper than the yearly average and about 72% cheaper than renting a car in December, around Christmas time and the New Year’s Eve. 
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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This article was reviewed and updated by Hannah, the adventurer behind That Adventurer, a travel blog for active travellers. If you like exploring new places by hiking, biking, kayaking or paddleboarding, then you’ll enjoy That Adventurer’s travel guides. Originally from the UK, Hannah has lived in Canada, Norway and France.

Top 20 Cities near Edinburgh

  1. 38.3 km / 23.8 miles
  2. 49.8 km / 30.9 miles
  3. 62.4 km / 38.8 miles
  4. 66.7 km / 41.4 miles
  5. 90.4 km / 56.2 miles
  6. 146.6 km / 91.1 miles
  7. 156.8 km / 97.4 miles
  8. 181.8 km / 113 miles
  9. 188.4 km / 117.1 miles
  10. 204.9 km / 127.3 miles
  11. 214.3 km / 133.2 miles
  12. 230.3 km / 143.1 miles
  13. 243.1 km / 151.1 miles
  14. 246 km / 152.9 miles
  15. 256.3 km / 159.3 miles
  16. 274.6 km / 170.6 miles
  17. 282.4 km / 175.5 miles
  18. 289.3 km / 179.8 miles
  19. 292.9 km / 182 miles
  20. 297.2 km / 184.7 miles

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Edinburgh?

Car rental prices in Edinburgh vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Edinburgh
$36.97
January
$35.86
February
$52.84
March
$58.42
April
$77.06
May
$89.03
June
$100.15
July
$90.69
August
$60.26
September
$53.30
October
$38.58
November
$55.74
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Edinburgh is February (when prices average $35.86 per day). This is 43% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $100.15).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Edinburgh?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in June, the average renter keeps their car for 7 days, and in January, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Edinburgh
5
January
5
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
5
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Edinburgh?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Edinburgh is August, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Edinburgh by pick-up date relative to the average
36%
January
37%
February
59%
March
85%
April
121%
May
129%
June
168%
July
191%
August
141%
September
129%
October
52%
November
54%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 7
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Drivalia, Arnold Clark, Alamo, GreenMotion, Enterprise
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $35 per day
Cheapest supplier GreenMotion

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Drivalia Volkswagen Polo 5 1 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Renault Captur 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Ford Fiesta 5 2 Small cars
Arnold Clark Peugeot 3008 5 3 SUVs
Arnold Clark Kia Ceed 5 2 Medium cars
Arnold Clark Mercedes Benz Vito 5 3 Vans
GreenMotion Kia Rio 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Ford Focus 4 2 Medium cars
Hertz Ford Fiesta 5 1 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Romania
Ford Fiesta
May 8, 2024
great accommodation in the middle of nature, surrounded by deer and Scottish cows lovely people amazing places
India
Kia Ceed
April 9, 2024
We rented the car for a trip around Scotland and the drive itself was beautiful as we went through the Snow Roads. Definitely recommend everyone to have a drive there. There're a lot of nature spots to stop by and just soak in the scenery. There're also a lot of attraction spots to discover different things about Scotland and various cities and towns to stop for food or groceries.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Juke
January 20, 2024
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Ireland
Ford Fiesta
January 17, 2024
Winter Hiking in the Cairngorm, stunning location
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Australia
Nissan Juke
December 30, 2023
Travelled from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands for christmas, the car was easy to drive, the sat nav is easy to use, the roads were all good.
Brazil
Ford Focus
December 27, 2023
nature views
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
November 19, 2023
If going to Scotland definitely rent a car and drive around the Highlands
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
November 15, 2023
We were not on a trip we were hiring a car as our house had been broken into and had 4 cars stolen
United States of America (USA)
Kia Ceed
October 29, 2023
First time on left side of road - not too bad. Enjoyed the Scottish countryside.
United States of America (USA)
Vauxhall Corsa
October 23, 2023
This was a trip of a lifetime for my sister and I. We went from the Highlands of Scotland to Edinburgh, then to Wales, Ireland, then to the Cotswald and London. 35 days driving around the countries. Took a little getting used to driving on the left side of the road being from the states. The roundabouts were an experience. This was slow travel, and we enjoyed every minute of it. So much to see in such a beautiful area of the world. We recommend slow travel. Get to know the people, enjoy local cuisine, make friends. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice.”
Australia
Nissan Qashqai
October 12, 2023
Visited too many locations to summarise the trip but had a great time in Scotland.
Australia
Skoda Octavia
October 7, 2023
Loved every part of the trip
United States of America (USA)
Vauxhall Corsa
September 21, 2023
The whole trip was great. Some of the backroads left a lot to be desired, especially driving on the left side of the road for the first time. We went from Edinburgh to the Borders region, to St. Andrews, to the Highlands, to the Orkneys, back down to Skye, Fort William, Loch Lomond, and lastly the Glasgow area.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Ceed
September 17, 2023
I was in Scotland for my first time and stayed three weeks. I saw and did so much, it’s hard to share it all. I will say that having a car is a must if you wish to experience this beautiful country. Taking public transit and/or going on tours will not provide a fully immersive experience. I’d never driven on the left side of the road or in any driving situations remotely close to what I encountered in Scotland. And it was all a fantastic and wondrous adventure. Rent a car from Arnold Clark and go see Scotland!
Australia
Ford Focus
September 14, 2023
Travelling around Scotland and the Lake District with stops at Hexham and Carlisle were very rewarding. Pase visit ullswater and its quaint Verse bookstore where they have lovely coffee and cakes together with a fantastic collection of books.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500
August 31, 2023
Scenery was beautiful, amazing sites and visited ancient ruins
Italy
Vauxhall Corsa
August 28, 2023
From Edinburgh to Glasgow, castles, skye island, ecc. Everything's seem a dream! Highlands so amazing
Italy
Ford Focus
August 28, 2023
Travel throught Scotland. 1600 miles in 4 days. Wonderful landscapes and good food.
Spain
Ford Focus
August 28, 2023
The highlands are amazing
France
Fiat 500
August 24, 2023
Scotland is super beautiful, we had such a nice weather (super lucky), people are super kind, nice pub, nice music, my friend and I fell super nice in Scotland. I definitly recomand to travel there.
Canada
Ford Kuga
August 17, 2023
The car was comfortable and smooth ride.
Spain
Ford Focus
August 15, 2023
Scotland is a beautiful country, full of amazing spots, definately great place to visit.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
August 15, 2023
The Scottish Highlands were magnificent to visit. Weather held out and apart from a few mosquito bites, we had a wonderful time.
customer photo
Australia
Ford Fiesta
August 13, 2023
Not much to tell. Good trip on freeway to. Glasgow. Car performed well nice to drive.
Portugal
Ford Focus
August 13, 2023
Scotland is great in everything, nature, landscapes, monuments, food... and the Fringe Festival in Edimburg (a very beautiful city) was also great. And it was easy to get used to driving on the left side.
Hungary
Ford Fiesta
August 8, 2023
Scotland is beautiful.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
August 2, 2023
Traveled widely: Edinburgh up to the Orkneys, and so many places between.
Kuwait
Nissan Qashqai
July 28, 2023
It was amazing ..Isaac Mackie was very helpful and very kind and we didn't wait for along time we find her in drop off section
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
July 28, 2023
Beautiful scenery but rained a lot
Canada
Ford Focus
July 20, 2023
We were in Scotland and we did a tour of the Highlands. It was fantastic. Glencoe was the most beautiful place we visited.
Canada
Kia Ceed
July 19, 2023
The Fort William area must have the worst weather in all of Scotland, pouring rain every day. Much drier in the East, avoid the West.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
July 12, 2023
Scotland is beautiful. Everywhere we went we met nice people and saw amazing scenery.
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Aygo
July 12, 2023
Week-long hiking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. Visits to Edinburgh, Durham, Whitby and York.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
July 9, 2023
lots of hiking and biking and beautiful scenery in the highlands of Scotland
United States of America (USA)
Vauxhall Corsa
July 8, 2023
Edinburgh was wonderful. The Isle of Sky was spectacular and the Old Man of Storr was difficult but well worth it. Wimbledon was an exciting event.
New Zealand
Vauxhall Corsa
June 29, 2023
Being able to enjoy the wonderful sights of Scotland at our own pace.
Canada
Ford Fiesta
June 20, 2023
Did a full circuits of Scotland driving country roads to distilleries, castles and golf courses from Edinburgh - Inverness - Skye and Glasgow.
Canada
Ford Focus
June 17, 2023
Manager in Edinburgh whose name we didn't get was very helpful along with Skye who was very informative and thorough . Holly in Glaswgow was also excellent
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
June 11, 2023
Great experience exploring Scotland!
United States of America (USA)
Vauxhall Corsa
June 10, 2023
We rented a Fiat 500, which was great for the two of us and really helped when getting parked in small places. We toured Scotland and went to Aberfeldy, Inverness, Isle of Sky, Sterling and Edinburgh. We saw lots of castles and great mountain hikes with fantastic views.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
June 9, 2023
Scotland and N England were beautiful
Canada
Ford Focus
June 7, 2023
Travelled all over Scotland! So enjoyed having a vehicle! Got lost lots but that was part of the adventure
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
June 2, 2023
football team unbeaten in 3 games!
Sweden
Ford Galaxy
May 27, 2023
Was driving around with friends and played linksgolf in the north of Scotland.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Ceed
May 27, 2023
We started in Edinburgh and made our way to Inverness, seeing national parks, lochs, hiking in Glencoe then proceeded to Glasgow. Overall a lovely trip and our rental was a smooth and safe ride the whole time.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
May 25, 2023
This was a driving tour of Scotland. We visited historical sites, sporting sites, ancestral locations, and more
Canada
Vauxhall Corsa
May 21, 2023
There were many parts of our trip that enjoyed
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
May 16, 2023
Spent time in Fort William hiking Ben Nevis, enjoying good food and ale. Traveled to Isle of Skye where we hiked more and enjoyed beautiful scenery. Explored amazing Stirling and Edinburgh.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
May 13, 2023
We spend a few days in Edinborough but then headed to grantown on Spey for some hiking, fishing, and whiskey tasting. Then spent a few days in Skye which is amazing. So much natural beauty. We hiked, explores, and did more whiskey tasting! We made sure to stay one night near glencoe for some sight seeing as well
Germany
Kia Ceed
May 10, 2023
The roads are a desaster with their holes. Very dangerous for a foreign driver.
Malta
Nissan Juke
May 10, 2023
We hit on a week of beautiful weather all over the highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye and the trip was absolutely wonderful.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Focus
May 9, 2023
The west coast, especially between Loch Lochee and Glasgow, was very beautiful.
United States of America (USA)
Vauxhall Corsa
April 29, 2023
Drove around few places in Scotland and England.
Norway
Ford Fiesta
February 21, 2023
N/A Visiting relatives.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Ceed
October 15, 2022
Saw many ancient and historical sites
Australia
Peugeot 3008
October 6, 2022
Should have been a 10 but I injured myself ... can't blame the rental company for that!
Malaysia
Ford Focus
September 14, 2022
Skye and Scotland was a beautiful place to visit.
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot 3008
September 13, 2022
We love Scotland. The car we got was big enough for the four of us with all of our luggage.
United States of America (USA)
Kia Ceed
September 12, 2022
Book well in advance!
Australia
Toyota Aygo
August 30, 2022
rosslyn chapel and loch lomond
Malaysia
Fiat 500
August 18, 2022
Reliable and seriously means business.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Tiida
June 14, 2022
We traveled about the boarder lands and Northumbria. Quite gorgeous. Friendly peoples. For drivers, be sure you know the signs on the road and proper etiquette for driving in single lane roads.
Finland
Ford Focus
April 28, 2022
I can recommend warmly the Scottish Highland and Isle of Skye in particular.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
March 22, 2022
Scotland is immense and absolutely breathtaking, our drive up to Inverness was gorgeous, driving along Loch Ness was amazing. We took a ferry over to Isle of Lewis and the drive along the coast line was breathtaking. I would advise travelers to really track their time wisely as we lost a lot of sunlight driving and had to cut a lot of outdoor activities short, because we just drive for so long.
Portugal
Vauxhall Corsa
January 3, 2022
Cost is the only issue.
Italy
Citro?n C3 Aircross
September 27, 2020
Beautiful city. I love Scotland.
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
September 17, 2020
I live in Edinburgh but took car to the North Coast of Scotland. Car was comfortable and easy to drive
Brazil
Citroen C4 Cactus Auto.
January 10, 2020
Best saleswoman!
South Africa
Vauxhall Astra
September 6, 2019
Drove in Scotland. Great roads and easy to navigate with very good signposts.
Denmark
Ford Fiesta
July 26, 2019
Edinburgh can be a bit hectic to drive around, especially for foreigners, however it is great to have as a base for exploring the surrounding nature and even the highlands. Thus, I would recommend renting a car. We hiked around Glencoe and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and visited St. Andrews and would highly recommend this.
Malaysia
Ford Fiesta
July 25, 2019
Unless its a weekend, finding parking in central Edinburgh is an absolute nightmare and expensive. Wouldn't recommend getting a car if you're just wanting to explore the city, would definitely recommend however if you're wanting to explore the highlands
Ireland
Ford Fiesta
July 10, 2019
Edinburgh Castle is a must see and make sure have enough time to get around. Then exploring the region and visiting whisky distilleries was really fun.
Portugal
VAUXHALL CORSA
April 30, 2019
If you want the car to go to the city, check if you have parking available.
Ireland
VW Polo
April 8, 2019
Great lively city full of historical interest, buzzing with activity and easy access to countryside.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
February 18, 2019
All very convenient except for the long walk to pick up the shuttle bus
United Arab Emirates
Ford S-Max
January 3, 2019
Edinburgh City is not car friendly, however a car is essential to see the beautiful Scottish countryside. My favourites include the fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife; the Wallace Monument and Castle in Stirling; the little towns and ruined abbeys of the Borders ; Pitlochry, Loch Tay and Loch Earn in Highland Perthshire; the Angus Glens; the Cowal Peninsula, Inverary and Loch Lomond in Argyll; and Glencoe and Appin, all of which are within a few hours drive of both Edinburgh and Glasgow
Spain
Ford Fiesta
November 22, 2018
We´ll be back to Scotland for sure. It´s a great place to visit
Slovakia
Ford Galaxy
October 26, 2018
I definitely recommemd to hire a car and experience the Scottish country side and isles this way. Far more comfortable, you stop when seeing anything interesting. I just love such road trips.
United States of America (USA)
VW Polo
October 6, 2018
Edinburgh was wonderful as well as our journey to and in isle of Skye.
United Kingdom
Volvo V60
September 2, 2018
Edinburgh is a nice place. Plan ahead especially if you have a young family.
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai i10
August 5, 2018
Edinburgh is amzing
Slovenia
VW Golf
July 22, 2018
Parking in Edinburgh might be an expensive problem, but to travel around Scotland rental is valuable and recomended solution.... but: keep driving on LEFT side, please. :-)
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