Car hire in Kilmarnock
Car Hire in Kilmarnock
The nearest international airports are Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) or Glasgow Airport (GLA).
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There is no credit card fee and if your travel plans change then there’s no charge for cancelling your Kilmarnock car hire. Additionally, customers also have 24/7 support so there’s always someone to personally handle your booking.
Where to pick up my car
Kilmarnock’s car hire companies can generally be found in the centre of the town, which makes car collections simple for those arriving by train.
Alternatively, there are also several car rental companies in nearby Glasgow city centre and at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Kilmarnock may only boast a population of around 46,000, but there’s still enough to keep the casual visitor busy.
Within the town, there’s the Dick Institute, which has the largest museum and galleries space in Ayrshire as well as East Ayrshire's central library, and the Burns Monument, dedicated to the Scottish poet Robert Burns who published his first collection of work here.
You could also take a stroll around Dean Castle and Country Park.
If you want to get out and about in your Kilmarnock hire car, you could consider the short drive to Glasgow, 22 miles away.
Here, you could visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the Riverside Museum or indulge in some retail therapy down Buchanan Street with its attractive blend of popular high street brands and desirable premium names.
Driving north of Glasgow is Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, which is reachable in about 75 minutes.
The Scottish capital of Edinburgh sits around 65 miles away, which is easily doable in a sub-two hour drive. The city is home to the majestic Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and if you’re there in August, you could witness the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Eating and drinking
The national food and drink of Scotland is haggis and whisky - the country’s biggest export. Both are very unique and both should at least be tried. Five whisky regions can be found in Scotland and each has it own original flavours and character. Some are sweet and fruity, others are light and grassy, while a few boast salty notes from the sea.
Things to do
If you fancy a spot of mythical monster hunting, you could book onto a boat ride on Loch Ness and explore the fabled home of Nessie - the elusive water monster. You could also visit Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Alternatively, Glasgow’s Pollock Country Park makes for a pleasant walk in the city.
In Kilmarnock, keep an eye out of the the Swimmer Sculpture. This kooky artwork, devised by Shona Kinloch, is the head and shoulders of a goggled swimmer poking out from the pavement. It’s a really unusual piece of street furniture and is sure to raise a smile. The Burns Monument Centre is definitely worth dropping by too.
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