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Car Rental at Inverness Mini Guide

A Hire car is a must as Inverness is located near majestic Loch Ness and one of the most popular things to do here is to drive the length of Loch Ness, trying to spot Nessie. One of the pretty sights to see in Inverness is Inverness Castle which is as beautiful a medieval castle as you will find anywhere in Scotland.
 

Driving in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, offers the opportunity to explore both the city itself and the rich scenic landscapes surrounding it.

Here's a rundown on driving in Inverness, local attractions, and their approximate distances from the city centre:

Driving in Inverness:

  1. Drive on the Left: Like the rest of the UK, always drive on the left side of the road.

  2. Parking: Inverness city centre offers various parking options, including on-street parking (often metered) and car parks. Always observe parking signs to avoid fines.

  3. Speed Limits:

    • 20-30 mph (32-48 km/h) in built-up areas.
    • 60 mph (97 km/h) on single carriageways.
    • 70 mph (113 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways.
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  4. Weather: The Highland weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared for sudden changes, especially if you're venturing outside the city into the countryside. Rain and fog can reduce visibility, so drive with caution.

  5. Rural Roads: If you venture into the more remote areas, be cautious on single-track roads and use passing places to allow vehicles to pass.

Sightseeing Attractions:

  1. Inverness Castle: Located in the heart of the city, this red sandstone structure offers panoramic views of the River Ness and surrounding areas. (Walking distance from city centre)

  2. River Ness & Ness Islands: A picturesque series of small islands in the middle of the River Ness, they're connected by Victorian footbridges and offer peaceful walks. (Walking distance from city centre)

  3. Inverness Botanic Gardens: An oasis of calm and beauty within walking distance of the bustling city centre. (Approx. 2 miles from the city centre)

  4. Caledonian Canal: This impressive canal runs from Inverness to Fort William and offers beautiful paths for walking and cycling. (Starts from Inverness)

  5. Culloden Battlefield: A significant site in Scottish history, this is where the Battle of Culloden took place in 1746. (Approx. 5 miles east of Inverness)

  6. Clava Cairns: A well-preserved Bronze Age cemetery complex of passage graves; it's fascinating and atmospheric. (Approx. 6 miles east of Inverness, close to Culloden)

  7. Urquhart Castle: Overlooking Loch Ness, this castle offers a chance to explore medieval ruins and perhaps even spot the Loch Ness Monster. (Approx. 16 miles southwest of Inverness)

  8. Fort George: One of the most outstanding artillery fortifications in Europe, it's still an active military base. (Approx. 12 miles northeast of Inverness)

  9. Loch Ness: A must-visit, this famous loch offers more than just monster hunting. Its scenic beauty and surrounding villages make it a great day trip. (Starts approximately 8 miles southwest of Inverness)

  10. Glen Affric: Often described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland, it boasts picturesque landscapes with lochs, mountains, and ancient Caledonian pine forests. (Approx. 50 miles southwest of Inverness)

Exploring Inverness and its surrounding areas by car provides a flexible way to experience the beauty and history of the Highlands at your own pace. Safe travels and enjoy your trip!


Current Rental Rates in Inverness

BMW 3 Series

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 150.54 EUR/day
BMW 3 Series

7 Days rental at 1053.84 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 52.36 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 366.57 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  No

Opel Astra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 56.24 EUR/day
Opel Astra

7 Days rental at 393.70 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Inverness: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • The name Inverness is Gaelic meaning ‘mouth of the River Ness’.
  • It’s considered to be the capital city of the Highlands.
  • The city is built at one end of the Great Glen.
  • It’s one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
  • Nearby is the site of the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

 

Inverness - Popular Destinations

Best car rental companies in Inverness

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No.1: ARNOLD CLARK CAR & VAN,
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Inverness car hire information

  • 9.0/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    ARNOLD CLARK CAR & VAN RENTAL
  • € 366.52
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 52.36
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 5
    Most Popular Type:
    Standard
  • 2
    Most popular model:
    Peugeot 3008
  • 11
    Total Cars Available
     

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