Car Hire in Edinburgh
This information is correct as of July 2015.
To conveniently explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland in the United Kingdom, rent a car and drive around the city and its surrounding areas on your own time and see destinations and attractions like Holyrood Palace, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh Castle, and more.
Where to hire a car in Edinburgh
The car rental companies that provider their services within Edinburgh include well-known providers like Avis, National, Dollar, Sixt, Hertz, Sunnycars, Alamo, Easirent, E-Z Rent A Car, Fox Rent A Car, Auto Europe, Ofran, Ace, Enterprise, Europcar, Thrifty, Budget, and Condor, among others. These car rental operators are all ready to provide the highest quality service and cars in excellent conditions. The car rental offices can be found in convenient locations across the city, with pick-up and drop-off locations like the Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, the city centre, and Dunedin Street.
What to expect when hiring a car from Edinburgh
The central area of Edinburgh can be very challenging to drive in, especially within the Old Town due to its older streets that entangle with couple one way systems here and there. In comparison, New Town is slightly better albeit it is riddled with the “Blue Meanies” who prey on the vehicles that are illegally parked even for just a couple of minutes. In addition to the Blue Meanies, there are controlled parking zones within Edinburgh where street parking is illegal within a large central area.
There are the Edinburgh Trams that started serving the capital as of May 2014. The tram’s completed line goes for approximately 8.7 miles or 14.0 kilometres starting from Edinburgh Airport within the west of the city, to its terminus at York Place, towards the eastern end of the city. There have been plans for the trams to also go from Haymarket through Ravelston and Craigleith to Granton Square located on the Waterfront Edinburgh, among others. Take extra caution when driving along these areas and give way to incoming trams.
Getting to your destination
A city within the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is the administrative centre of the Highland council area and features notable attractions like River Ness, Inverness Cathedral, Eden Court Theatre, Clava Claim, Ness Islands, among others. From Edinburgh to Inverness is approximately three hours and 22 minutes for 156 miles. Jumpstart your road trip by driving down B901 and A902 to get on Hillhouse Rd/A90. Next, go down M90 and A9 to Sir Walter Scott Dr/B8082 in Inverness; take the exit via A9. Lastly, take 1 and B853 to get to B861.
Visit Perth to see points of interest like Scone Palace, Huntingtower Castle, Elcho Castle, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, and Perth Concert Hall. Perth is the city within the central area of Scotland by River Tay. Also, currently, the city serves as a retail centre for its surrounding areas.
Get to Perth, United Kingdom from Edinburgh by driving down B901 and A902 to Hillhouse Rd/A90. Go down M90 to reach A912 in Perth; just take the A912 exit from M90. Lastly, go further down A912 to reach South St and reach the destination. Look forward to approximately an hour and 17 minutes of driving, for 43.3 miles.
Located and clustered around a large fortress and medieval old-town, Stirling is a city in central Scotland known to house points of interests that include Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Blair Drummond Safari Park, Stirling Smith Museum and Art Gallery, and Church of Holy Rude, to name a few.
When driving from Edinburgh to Stirling get on M9 by driving from A90 and A904. Next, go further down M9 to reach A872 in Stirling; take exit 9 from M9. Go down A872 and Burghmuir Rd/A9 to A811 in Stirling and reach the destination. The total travel time is approximated at an hour and 13 minutes, covering around 36.4 miles.