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Car hire in East Kilbride

Car hire in East Kilbride

East Kilbride is the largest town in South Lanarkshire and was Scotland's first post-war new town when it was founded in 1947. Located between the M77 and M74 motorways south of Glasgow, it makes a great base for exploring both the urban central belt and rural lowlands.

What I need to know

There are several East Kilbride car hire firms and these are all in or close to the town centre. We can compare car hire services in East Kilbride to ensure you get the best possible deal for your visit. We offer free cancellation, no credit card fees and a track record of having served more than five million customers.

Where to pick up my car

East Kilbride's car rental firms are mostly based around the industrial estate on the west side of the town, close to Queensway. Those picking up a car through an airport rental firm can do so at Glasgow Airport (GLA), either in the terminal or at Car Park 2.

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Where to go

East Kilbride lies just south of the Cathkin Braes Country Park, which has a world class mountain bike course designed for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Next to this is the Cathkin Marshes nature reserve. The Strathclyde Country Park with its lake and funfair are 15 minutes away along the A725 Kilbride Express.

Nearby East Kilbride

The town is very close to Glasgow, which features everything from the Georgian architecture of the West End to the floral wonders of the Botanic Gardens. The Burrell Collection is a superb collection of art and sculpture in Pollok Country Park. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery is one of the city's most impressive buildings.

Longer drives

Scotland's beautiful capital city of Edinburgh is just over an hour away, while the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park lies half an hour north of Glasgow. The historic port city of Dundee is an-hour-and-a-half away, while it takes a similar time to drive south to the English border city of Carlisle.

Eating and drinking

East Kilbride offers some specifically Scottish delicacies. These include haggis, neeps (mashed swede) and tatties (potatoes), lorne sausage and tablet (a kind of hard fudge), plus the modern speciality of deep-fried Mars bars. Scotland is famous for its whiskies, while those who prefer a soft drink should try Irn Bru.

Things to do

Sports fans have lots of good reasons to visit Glasgow, with a Celtic or Rangers home game every weekend during the football season and Scotland matches at Hampden Park, which also houses the Scottish Football Museum. The city also has a wealth of parks, while half an hour to the south-west is the Whitelee Windfarm visitor centre.


While nearby Glasgow offers some fine historic buildings, those who enjoy the countryside can enjoy spectacular views from the tops of mountain peaks such as Tinto, Culter Fell and Broad Law. Those who enjoy coastal scenery can reach the Ayrshire seaside resorts of Ayr and Troon in just over half an hour.


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