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    The closest car rental brand to Hamilton West train station is Thrifty – it takes just under 10 mins to walk there (0.6km).

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    The most popular car rental brands in Hamilton are Europcar, Keddy, Alamo, Thrifty and Hertz.

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Hire a car in Hamilton

Situated where the Clyde and Avon Rivers meet, Hamilton was once a bustling Lanarkshire town.

It took its name in 1445 from the Hamilton family, who significantly contributed to the area's construction – many of the town's historic buildings relate back to the family, including the grand Hamilton Palace. Hamilton later became the main stopping place for stagecoaches travelling between Scotland and England and thrived during the 19th century after the discovery of coal.

Just 14 miles southeast of Glasgow and resting on the head of the Clyde Valley, Hamilton is a quick car trip from big cities and scenic landscapes.

Points of interest near Hamilton

  • Hamilton

    A small South Lanarkshire town in the lowlands of Scotland.

  • Glasgow

    Scotland's largest city is an all around heavy-hitter, with a striking style of music and culture.

  • Stonypath

    These imaginative gardens, also referred to as Little Sparta, once belonged to artist Ian Hamilton Finlay and are considered a work of art.

  • Bothwell Castle

    This impressive 13th century stone castle was highly desired and fought over during the Wars of Independence.

  • Irvine

    With a strong nautical history, this seaport town is a great gateway to the Ayrshire coast.

Scottish drives

Clyde valley tourist route

At only 61km, the Clyde Valley Tourist Route may be one of Scotland's shortest national road trips, but nevertheless, it's still dotted with plenty of attractions. This scenic north – south route from Hamilton to Abington (or vice versa) cuts through the central belt of Scotland passing by lush countryside and castles, while offering insights into the area's industrial heritage. Here are a couple of key places to explore on your journey:

New Lanark was a utopian town thought up by philanthropist Robert Owen. The 18th century village became a model industrial community, nestled in the Scottish greenery near the Falls of Clyde. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, informing visitors of its past glory.

Built in 1530, Craignethan Castle is a stunning example of sophisticated artillery fortification. Picturesquely positioned to overlook the River Nethan, the castle includes a stone vaulted shooting chamber – a rare defense feature in Britain.

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