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Scotland car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 35 car hire locations in Scotland, and the most popular city is Edinburgh.

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Scotland are Europcar, Hertz and Alamo.

  • Best time to hire a car

    The cheapest months to pick up your car hire in Scotland are February and January.

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Hire a car in Scotland

Scotland’s remote mysticism is a calling card for voyagers and daydreamers.

The country’s terrain is a vast mosaic of mountains, lochs and valleys, which act as a backdrop for the most exciting of road trips. You’ll find a welcoming hospitality from the Scots as well as an infinite natural landscape.

Though the tourism and film industries focus on the nation’s heritage, Scotland’s rising modern culture offers a different side to the country. Your trip to Scotland starts here: easyCar compares top car hire brands, helping you find the best rental deals across the country.

Local knowledge

Driving tips

Single lane roads
Scotland has a lot of narrow lanes with only enough driving width for one car. When navigating these, you must use specific passing places to let cars driving in the opposite direction pass. Always drive cautiously – this means looking ahead for cars, remembering where the last passing place was (in case you need to reverse!) and stopping when needed.

You’ll find plenty of petrol stations in the city but if you’re venturing out to the countryside or the North of Scotland, fill up whenever possible as fuel stations become few and far between.

If you’re planning a road trip through the Highlands or to different castles and national parks, keep in mind the long distances between destinations. Give yourself plenty of time to get from place to place and schedule your itinerary generously.

If you’re driving in the Highlands, don’t expect constant 4G signal! You may get some signal in larger villages for making phone calls, but internet may be on the slow side. Downloading an offline map or taking a paper map with you is the best way to ensure you don't get lost.

Car hire tips

Car hire guide

Frequently asked question Answer
Most popular place to hire a car in Scotland 1. Edinburgh
2. Glasgow
3. Inverness
Most popular rental length Three days
Most popular month to rent a car August, where a hire car costs on average £27.50 per day

Speed limit guide

Type of road Speed limit
Motorways 70 mph
Dual Carriageways 70 mph
Single Carriageways 60 mph
Urban areas 30 mph
Rural areas 60 mph

The historic capital


Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Edinburgh*
November £16.90
August £28.40
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Free things to do:
Besides Edinburgh’s abundance of free museums, the city has a selection of natural attractions you can visit for free. Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano that offers incredible views of the city. Another city escape is Cramond Island. Only reachable from the mainland during low tide, this is a great place to get away from the crowds for a short while.

Fancy a drive? Try the picturesque Borders Historic Route.

Length: 89 miles
Start: Edinburgh
Finish: Gretna Green

Points of interest in Scotland

  • Ullapool

    A Highlands harbour village offering views of lochs and surrounding hills.

  • Drummond Castle Gardens

    This castle is home to the best formal gardens in Scotland, featuring copper beech trees planted by Queen Victoria herself.

  • Kelburn Castle

    A unique 13th century castle covered in colourful graffiti murals.

  • Isle of Jura

    Once home to George Orwell, this Scottish island is one of the country’s wildest and most isolated places.

  • Glencoe

    A valley carved out by glaciers and volcanic eruptions, perfect for hiking and mountain climbing.

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Popular Scottish cities

A bit of everything


Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Glasgow*
November £15.70
December £27.60
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Car hire pick up point Prices from… Average price
Glasgow Airport £3.40 £21.80
Glasgow downtown £6.00 £21.90

Free things to do:
Not everything in Glasgow will cost you a hefty handful of money. Wander around the stately looking Gallery of Modern Art or glass-domed Botanic Gardens for your fill of culture and exotic outdoors. Alternatively, if you’re into spooky Victorian monuments, stroll through the Glasgow Necropolis.

Fancy a drive? Explore the Clyde Valley Tourist Route.

Length: 38 miles
Start: Hamilton
Finish: Abington