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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.
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
Average Rating 8.5 – “The customer service from Enterprise was exceptional & I will book these again wherever I travel to.”
Average Rating 8.4 – “Great personal customer service. Made the whole rental experience very pleasant.”
Average Rating 8.3 – “Brand new car, excellent, helpful, personal service.”
Average Rating 8.3 – “Very quick and easy to pick up the car, no queue. Staff were very helpful”
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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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
Borders Historic Route – 143km
Fife Coastal Route – 124km
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.
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Where to road trip
Good for film buffs
3hrs 30mins northwest
Close to the arched viaduct made famous by Harry Potter, and Ben Nevis.
Good for chasing legends
3hrs 30mins north
Eight miles from Loch Ness, on the northeast coast.
Good for hiking
3 hours northwest
Situated in Glencoe valley, and know for its waterfalls and wildlife.