Car hire in Scotland
Hiring a car in Scotland
The uninformed may associate modern Scotland with whisky, kilts and bagpipes, but the Scots have given much more to the world over the centuries: Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone in 1876, James Watt’s rotary steam engine in 1781, Alexander Fleming’s penicillin, radar, insulin, television, the list goes on.
Scotland’s key historical figures go further back than that too. William Wallace, one of the leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence in the late 13th and early 14th centuries who would eventually appear on the silver screen as Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. Scotland also provided the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth tragedy.
What you need to know
Today, Scotland is home to 5.3 million people as well as some of the biggest highlights in the UK events calendar, like Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, both held in August.
Magnificent castles are dotted all around the country and at least one of them should be within a couple hours drive away from where you’re staying. From Stirling, Edinburgh and Dumbarton to Dunnottar in Stonehaven and Dundee’s Brougthy Castle, it’s worth driving out to any of these stony relics.
Scotland may have a reputation for being a bit chilly but it boasts some deceptively impressive beaches. Aberdeen’s Balmedie Beach, Ceannabeinne Beach at the top of the country, and Sutherland’s Sandwood Bay are just three worth mentioning.
Where to pick up your car
All five of Scotland’s international airports (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Prestwick) are well-equipped to meet your car hire needs with several companies based at each terminal, backed by a healthy fleet of vehicles.
You’ll be able to collect the keys from most of the providers in the terminal with the vehicle itself waiting in an airport car park. However, a small few will direct you to a free shuttle bus to meet your car.