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Key facts for hiring a car in Edinburgh

  • Best time to visit

    Price wise: during winter

    Weather wise: June - August

  • Car hire locations

    There are 12 locations to choose from in the city, however the airport offers most choice, with 13 suppliers to choose from.

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  • Not to be missed

    Squeeze in some coastal scenery and visit Portobello Beach to breathe in the refreshing sea air.

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Hire a car in Edinburgh

A magnificent city set in dramatic landscape, Edinburgh is a city surrounded by wilderness.

There are many cities worth visiting throughout the UK, but not many are as beautiful as Edinburgh. The capital of Scotland is perfect for a mini city break, and an ideal base for exploring the quieter corners of the countryside.

With untouched wilderness outside of Edinburgh’s metropolitan area, you can have the best of both worlds. So brave the wild, explore this enchanting city, or do a bit of both – it’s completely up to you.

Top rated suppliers for Edinburgh

  • Enterprise

    Average Rating 8.5 – “The customer service from Enterprise was exceptional & I will book these again wherever I travel to.”

  • Alamo

    Average Rating 8.4 – “Great personal customer service. Made the whole rental experience very pleasant.”

  • Arnold Clark

    Average Rating 8.3 – “Brand new car, excellent, helpful, personal service.”

  • Avis

    Average Rating 8.3 – “Very quick and easy to pick up the car, no queue. Staff were very helpful”

Travel secrets

Whatever the weather

Edinburgh is a cold city for a lot of the year and it gets a fair bit of rain (and snow). This shouldn’t put you off, as it’s part of Scotland’s charm. It’s a great place to visit, but if you are being money conscious then the coldest months offer the best deals on flights, hotels and car hire. April is a good time to go: this month generally sees the least rain and temperatures are comfortable enough. Plus, you can still avoid the majority of tourists at this time.

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Castle road-trip

  • Edinburgh Airport EDI

    The busiest airport in Scotland

  • Car rental centre

    All desks are through a covered walkway outside of the arrivals hall.

  • Blackness castle – 20km

    15th century fortress, once used as a prison.

  • Linlithgow Palace  – 7km

    The birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, overlooking a loch.

  • Stirling Castle  – 36km

    One of the biggest castles in Scotland, holding historical importance.

  • Doune Castle  – 14km

    Formidable castle with well-preserved great halls. Popular filming location.

Driving out of the city

Designated tourist routes near Edinburgh

Forth Valley Tourist Route – 69km
Start: Edinburgh
End: Stirling

Borders Historic Route – 143km
Start: Edinburgh
End: Carlisle

Fife Coastal Route – 124km
Start: Kincardine
End: Newport on Tay

Things to remember

  • Fill your car with snacks. Picnic food on the road is much better than hoping you stumble upon a load of restaurants en route. In rural parts, you won’t!
  • The same goes for petrol stations. As they become few and far between, they are also not guaranteed to be open. So, plan ahead and leave with a full tank!
  • Central Edinburgh is difficult for driving, especially the Old Town due to old streets and many one way systems in place. It’s much better to use a car for the beautiful roads outside of the city.

Food of Scotland

Must-trys

Scotch Pie
There are world championships for these, so take your scotch pie hunt seriously!

Fish supper
Good old fish and chips by the sea, accompanied by a side of brisk Scottish breeze.

Scotch egg
Not technically Scottish, and its origins are still debated today. But, meat and egg – what’s not to like?

Battered Mars Bar
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Cranachan
Whisky-spiked dessert served in a tall glass consisting of raspberries, cream, honey and toasted oats.

Tablet
The Scottish version of fudge with a granular texture.

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