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Car hire in Dundee

Hiring a car in Dundee

Dundee is a city that has long been overlooked in Scotland, overshadowed by the larger and more widely known Glasgow and Edinburgh. But that doesn't mean that the Tayside city, located ideally on the northern banks of the River Tay, doesn't have something to offer, both in its location, which is perfect for those who want the chance to see a good mix of Scottish locations, and its own quirky attractions.

Known as the City of Discovery, named after the famous ship that Captain Scott sailed into the Antarctic, Dundee is a modern and vibrant location with a diverse culture. Locals and students come together to give the city centre a charm and freshness that's hard to find in most big cities, and with an eye on both the historical importance of its past and the potential it has for the future, Dundee really ticks all the boxes when it comes to being the perfect place to visit for those seeking out something just a little different.

What you need to know

Dundee city centre is unlike most in that everything is not located in just one centralised area. There's museums, shops and other sights to see spread out from the riverside locations all the way into the heart of the city itself, and the best way to make the most of these is to ensure you have a car hired for when you arrive. Dundee is also so well located, with Perth, Fife and Edinburgh just short drives away, that a car means opening the door to Scotland and truly embracing the notion of discovery.

When you are planning your trip to Dundee, be sure to book a car hire in advance with Holiday Autos. We offer you the chance to compare prices from more than 1,500 of the world's biggest car hire firms, so you know we are giving you the best prices around. And with our 24-hour support and free amendments, you can get that peace of mind with your booking that everything will run smoothly from the time you reserve your car, to that moment you hit the roads in Dundee.

Where to pick up your car

If you're flying to Dundee, the chances are you will either be arriving at Dundee Airport (DND) or Edinburgh Airport (EDN). When flying into the former, you will be able to pick up your car in Dundee city centre at the many car hire offices available there, with most firms offering you a meet and greet service that sees a representative collect you on arrival at the airport and take you to the office at your convenience, making the process of collecting your car incredibly easy.

When you arrive at Edinburgh Airport, on the other hand, you can collect your car at the airport itself and be on the road to Dundee within minutes. Just follow the signs when you get to the arrivals hall and you will find the car hire desks located just outside the main terminal entrance beside the road, making it convenient to collect your car and get on the road in no time at all.

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Where to go

When you have collected your car and your keys and you're on the road, all that's left to do is to decide where you want to go in Dundee. Whether you want to hit the waterfront and learn more about Dundee's history as a port, or you wish to head into the city and discover just why it has been home to so many fictional comic book classic characters since 1937, the freedom is all yours when you have a hire car available.

Nearby Dundee

Hiring a car in Dundee means that as well as exploring the city itself, you also have the chance to head off and see what other delights are located around the local area. For golf fans, this can mean the exciting chance to partake in another sort of drive, as you grasp the chance to play on a championship course. Carnoustie has hosted the Open Championship on numerous occasions, and the magnificent course is well worth a visit, especially given its location just a 28 minute drive along the coast from Dundee.

Speaking of golf, Dundee is also just a stone's throw from the home of golf. St Andrews is little over half an hour from the city with only the Tay Bridge separating the two. When in St Andrews, you can take a walk around the old course to see where many a famous golfer has played, or head into the beautiful town itself to experience the wonderful atmosphere and homely nature that makes St Andrews what it is.

Longer drives

Of course, hiring a car from Holiday Autos means that you are not restricted to places near to Dundee. Use your car to unlock Scotland as a whole, and take the opportunity to discover more of this wonderful green country from top to bottom. No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to Edinburgh, for example. A little over an hour and a half from Dundee, the Scottish capital is perfect for tourists. Whether you want to see the castle, learn more about the grisly history of the city or just walk its cobbled streets to take in the architecture, there are so many reasons to visit Edinburgh.

On the other coast, Glasgow is Scotland's other big city, and is also worth a visit. Just under two hours from Dundee, Glasgow is perfect for those who want a more cultural modern day out. Hit some of the trendy bars at the bottom end of Sauchiehall Street, for example, or head out to Buchanan Galleries, the Burrell Collection and other exciting artistic venues to get a real grasp of what makes Glasgow the unique city it is today.

Top attractions to visit in Dundee

When you come to Dundee, there will be plenty to see and do. Whatever your tastes, you will find something to really brighten up your visit and make it a holiday to remember.

Discovery Point

Discovery Point is home to the ship that gave the city its nickname, and the Discovery itself is the shining light of the area, with the chance to board and see how Captain Scott and his crew lived on their Antarctic voyage a real highlight. You can also see any number of interactive exhibits and displays at the visitor centre, which gives you an insight into the Discovery and its importance to the city of Dundee.

City Square

The centre of the city itself, City Square is home to some of the most beautiful and quirky sights around, which means it really feels like it encapsulates Dundee as a whole. From the ornate facade of the 1930s Caird Hall, well worth a visit itself, to the bronze statue of one of the city's beloved fictional characters, the Dandy's Desperate Dan, City Square has the perfect surroundings for a stroll and a chance to soak up the Dundonian atmosphere.

Dundee Law

If you want to see Dundee from an entirely different perspective, there's truly nowhere like Dundee Law. At 174 metres tall, it towers over the city, and those who walk to its peak will find themselves rewarded with unrivalled views of the city, the to Tay bridges and even Fife on a clear day.


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