Edinburgh Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Edinburgh lies near to the Forth of Firth on the North Sea and is part of the East Central Belt.
  • There are more than 4,500 listed (historically valuable) buildings in Edinburgh.
  • Edinburgh is famous for the Edinburgh Arts Festival which showcases various performance arts and comedy.
  • After London, Edinburgh is the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom.
  • The Scottish Parliament is based in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Mini Guide

Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh is known for its fantastic architecture and the many festivals held there. The landscape in this part of Scotland is dramatic, with features such as Arthur’s Seat and the Castle Crag having been formed by volcanic activity.

Edinburgh Castle Crag

To get to Edinburgh you will fly into Edinburgh Airport which connects with many European destinations including Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Zurich.

At the airport, Rhino car hire can have your vehicle waiting for you to make the short journey eastwards into Edinburgh.

If you are coming to Edinburgh from the south of England you will take the M1 motorway until it becomes the A1. Edinburgh is linked to the rest of Scotland by the M8, M9, A90 and M90 roads.

The old town of Edinburgh has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the city has a mixture of fine medieval buildings, Gothic churches and Georgian grandeur. Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace are the centrepieces of the old medieval town while the new town and commercial centre is 18th century Georgian.

Edinburgh Holyrood palace

Other areas of interest are the port area of Leith, the beach district of Portobello and Edinburgh west where the fortress of rugby, Murrayfield Stadium, can be found. You’re best advised not to drive in the city centre and instead use the park and ride facilities. This also saves you having to find a place to park where you will not be harassed by parking wardens. When you consider that there are the usual confusing one-way systems within Edinburgh as well as road works to build a new tram line, then the park and ride makes more and more sense.

Edinburgh Portobello beach

The romantic city of Edinburgh is rich in history, so what better way to soak up its unique character than with a musical walking tour?

Edinburgh native, Graeme E. Pearson sings traditional and parody songs along with stories of the people and events that shaped the Royal Mile. OOR tours is a unique attraction in Edinburgh and Edinburgh Tour Guide.

If you are heading to Edinburgh at any time of the year, you can also check out a couple of other sites, http://www.graemeepearson.co.uk and http://www.mutineers.com

Like much of Britain, expect the weather in Edinburgh to be cold during winter and unpredictable during the rest of the year. The most exciting times of year to go are during the New Year’s Eve celebrations of Hogmanay and in the summer for the Edinburgh and Fringe festivals.

These are unsurprisingly the busiest times of year to visit and you will have to book your accommodation very far in advance to have any chance of finding somewhere to stay. There is so much to see in Edinburgh that the Edinburgh Pass is a sound investment as it allows you access to 27 sights (worth £155) for the price of £24 (a one day pass). It also gives you guide books and discount vouchers for shops and restaurants making it a bargain.
 

Latest Update from Edinburgh:

14/05/12 - Until the 4th November, highlights from the Royal Collection will be on display in the Queen's Gallery at Holyroodhouse. The collection is rarely seen and is usually kept in London but in the queen's jubilee year it is making a rare visit to Scotland.

16/05/13 - There are so many events in Edinburgh this summer. One of the best for those that love the traditional is the International Storytelling Competition which runs for a week from the 25th of October to the 3rd of November.

Driving in Edinburgh

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    Road Driving Side

  • 25-48kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 95kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 110kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  • GBP £

    Currency

  • 23

    Min Rental Age

  • YES

    Tolls

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We offer a range of vehicles in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Whether you want to sightsee around this grand old city, attend a meeting or go fishing in the glorious Scottish Highlands we have a suitable car for your trip. That includes compact cars for city driving, prestige vehicles to make the right impression and 4x4s to tackle the countryside.

Remember that if you can’t find the vehicle that you require we also offer car hire in Edinburgh from the main airport. Definitely book early though, Edinburgh is classed as a World Heritage Site and is always popular with tourists.

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