Car hire is inexpensive and offers the freedom to travel beyond the major towns and cities at your own pace without a timetable. Scotland has some of the finest roads in the UK
, including the world famous North 500. Take on Scotland's greatest road trip in a rental car from Inverness, a road trip that will last long in the memory.
Most popular locations to hire a car in Scotland
Guide to renting a car in Scotland
1. Drive on the Left
Scotland and the entire UK drive on the left hand side of the road. A ‘keep left’ campaign was launched in 2019 to educate foreign drivers to keep left and avoid accidents.
2. What are the best car rental brands?
Choose between class-leading rental agents such as Alamo (8.5/10), Budget (7.9/10), Enterprise (8.9/10) and Sixt (7.8/10) as rated by over 1,000 real customers.
3. Best time of year to rent a car?
Scotland doesn’t suffer from high seasonal car hire prices like many tourist destinations, prices remain stable throughout the year. It is best to book car hire early for the best deals with lowest prices in October and November
4. Where can you hire a car in Scotland?
There are over 35 locations to hire a car in Scotland including all international airport and rail station locations. You can also collect rental cars across city centre locations in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
5. Alcohol limits to drive
The legal limit for drinking and driving in Scotland is 0.05% BAC, lower than the 0.08% in England and the rest of the UK.
There are five international airports in Scotland these being Inverness Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Aberdeen Airport, Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow International Airport. Scotland is also gifted with a great road system, featuring motorways and major trunk roads into almost every area of the country, along with an expansive rail system.
The largest city to be found in Scotland is Glasgow; it is also the third most highly populated city in the UK.
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.