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    Car hire in Scotland

    Scotland is one of the most fascinating places in Europe, known for the vibrant city of Glasgow, the imposing Edinburg Castle, the freedom fighter William Wallace, and so much more. Scotland is full of unique traditions, captivating history and breathtaking landscapes. It is also a magnificent country for drivers due to its unparalleled scenery, populated by mountains and glens, countless places to visit and the chance to get immersed in the local culture. Additionally, Scottish people have a worldwide reputation for being friendly and warm, and you might hear some good stories and tales along the way!

    A car hire in Scotland allows you to explore at your own pace. With Auto Europe, you are able to choose from a wide range of available vehicles and pick-up locations, such as airports, train stations and downtown offices. It couldn't be easier to discover everything with car rental. Simply dial the number +441233225114 and get in touch with our team of experts, ready to help you with any questions.

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    Where to Pick up a Car Hire in Scotland

    For people who choose to rent a car in Scotland, Auto Europe can offer a variety of convenient pick-up locations and a large fleet of vehicles, enabling you to pick up your vehicle quickly and be on your way in just a few minutes. Besides the many car hire companies operating at a range of Scottish airports and train stations, there are also several conveniently-located downtown collection points available, including locations such as Aberdeen, Stirling, Kirkwall, Stranraer and more.

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    Book with the Best Car Hire Suppliers in Scotland

    Thanks to our longstanding relationships with some of the most renowned car hire supplier in the world we can offer a wide range of available rental options throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK. In Scotland we work closely with hihg-end names such as Sixt, Hertz and Europcar, as well as National, Enterprise and Alamo, giving you the option to choose from a wide range of vehicles, to affordable prices.

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    If you need help finding a suitable rental option, or you want to know more about our suppliers or our offers, please feel free to contact our dedicated reservations team that are on hand 7 days a week to help you with your booking or any questions or concerns.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Renting a Car in Scotland

    Contact UsRenting a car for the first time in Scotland and you have questions regarding the car hire process? Below you can find some of the most frequently asked questions that we at Auto Europe get asked about car rental in Scotland. Alterntively you can contact our reservations team for specific requests regarding your rental or have a look at our travel tip section.

    What are the most important driving rules in Scotland?

    Driving in Scotland is quite similar to driving in the UK. It's still important to have a good grasp of local laws to make your journey smoother once you book your rent a car in Scotland. Besides always driving on the left hand side of the road, keep in mind that on roundabouts you must give way to vehicles from your right. Please find below a list of guidelines for driving in Scotland:

    • Motorway signs are blue with white writing. In addition to the English language, some signs have a Gaelic writing version too.
    • Speed limits are often signposted. Built-up areas and cities' limit is 30 mph or 48 km/h, while on motorways it is 70 mph or 112 km/h for cars. A maximum of 20 mph or 32 km/h is quite common around residential areas and schools.
    • Scottish roads have speed cameras installed.
    • Seatbelts are compulsory by law for all drivers and passengers inside a moving vehicle. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure that children under 12 years old or 135 cm (4 ft 5 in) have an appropriate child seat for their weight.
    • It is illegal to talk or text on a mobile phone while driving, unless you have a hands-free accessory.
    • Drink driving laws in Scotland are very strict. You must have no more than 22mcg per 100 millilitres of breath or 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.
    • Major cities have dedicated bus lanes that can only be used by buses and taxis at certain time periods.
    • Be careful and respectful to the local farm animals or wildlife you might encounter on rural roads.
    • Snow chains or winter tyres are not compulsory when driving in the winter time, but we highly recommend it.
    • The emergency number in Scotland is the UK standard 999 for all emergency services including the coastguard.

    Petrol stations are usually located near large supermarkets or main road junctions. Some of the most common brands are Shell, BP and Esso. In addition, supermarkets such as Tesco, Morrison's, Sainsbury's and Asda also offer fueling stations. Fuel is priced by the litre and in the cities, you'll often find 24-hour access at fuel stations. Keep in mind that in the Highlands certain routes have sparse coverage. To learn more about road regulations in Scotland, pay a visit to our page about driving in the United Kingdom.


    How old do I have to be to rent a car in Scotland?

    Drivers must be at least 17 years old to hold a full driving licence. However, it's important to note that you must be at least 21 years old to be able to drive a car hire in Scotland. For those under the age of 26, an additional young driver surcharge may apply, depending on the car rental company. Additionally, most companies impose a maximum age limit of 75 years and may ask for a medical certificate proving the driver's ability to drive. For more information regarding age requirements, we recommend reading terms and conditions carefully before confirming your reservation.


    Can I hire a campervan in Scotland?

    Travelling around Scotland in style and comfort is now possible with a motorhome from Auto Europe. Our modern and well-equipped campervans are available for rent in several locations throughout the UK. Contact our team of specialists to learn all about our best offers!

    Scotland Travel Guide

    The course of Scotland's over a thousand-year history is very complex, but also fascinating. The birth of Scotland occurred in the Palaeolithic Era, with the settlement of the first hunter-gatherers. However, its recorded history began with the Roman Empire arriving in 124 AD. Centuries later, the arrival of the Vikings and the Picts, who forged the Kingdom of Alba, ruled by the famous Macbeth. In the 12th century, Scotland became a feudal society, lands were turned into plantations and the economy flourished until the Battle of Stirling Bridge between Englishmen and Scots. Turmoil continued into the 14th century culminating to a signed letter by Scottish lords proclaiming the country as an independent sovereign state. A century later, Scotland was swept by the same renaissance wave that took hold around Europe, with advancements made in art, literature and politics.

    In 1603, the Union of the Crowns happened thank to James VI, who succeeded Scotland's throne and the English throne as well, as his predecessor, Elizabeth I, died without an heir. A hundred years later, the Act of Union created a single Parliament for both nations. Consequently, a number of laws were introduced in an attempt to assimilate those living in the Highlands and speaking Gaelic. Industrial advances started to shape Scotland's economy in 1800 and the country grew wealthier from the trade of tobacco, sugar and cotton and 1967 the UK has access to oil made at home for the first time. Since then, Scotland has experienced extraordinary developments and is currently a nation built on innovation. The country now has a population of over 5.4 million and an area of 30,414 sq m.

    Road trips with my car hire in Scotland

    Driving is a great way to explore Scotland and its 2,179 miles of road network. Not surprisingly, there are 12 official National Tourist Routes, and dozens of road trip options. Each one offers excellent opportunities to soak up the views at a famous landmark, stop at a nearby whisky distillery or castle, or simply enjoy the raw beauty of nature around you. Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring scenic drives is the one along the North Coast. 500 miles of coastal route beginning and ending in Inverness and crossing Munros and impressive lochs. You can find even more inspiration and tips by taking a look at our road trips guides: Scottish Highlands and Scottish Sights.

    What to do in Scotland

    Suggesting just a few must-dos is no easy task, however, with a car rental in Scotland, it's possible to see and do much more. Tourists here will have a great time hearing tales of kings and queens, visiting striking cliff-top castles and discovering the local traditions. Nature lovers can climb over 240 steps up the National Wallace Monument and enjoy views over the National Park or admire the stunning Northern Lights. Those interested in history have a plethora of ancient monuments, famous battlefields and legendary myths to uncover. Here are some of the places you cannot miss while travelling in Scotland:

    • Edinburgh Castle: This magnificent castle is the focal point of the city and well worth a visit - we recommend visitors to spend at least two hours here! The Edinburgh Castle is part of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site and it's the number one attraction of Scotland. St Margaret's Chapel is the oldest part of the Castle, dating back from the 12th century. During the following centuries, the Great Hall, the Half Moon Battery, and the Scottish National War Memorial were added to the compound. If possible, attend one of the concerts held inside the beautifully kept interiors of the Castle. Keep in mind that visiting hours are from 9:30am to 5pm on summers and 4pm during winter time. Currently, a single ticket costs £17.00.

    • Loch Ness: This iconic lake, located southwest of Inverness, is involved in myths and long-living tales of Scottish people. It spans over 20 miles and its depth reaches 700 feet and makes part of an absolutely gorgeous part of the Highlands. Nearby you will find small villages such as Drumnadrochit and Fort Augustus, several golf courses and the Urquhart Castle. You may also find Nessie, the monster first photographed on April 21, 1934 - over one thousand sightings of Nessie have been recorded so far! In fact, the largest search for the monster happened in 1987, when advanced sonar and camera technology, as well as £1 million, were employed in a non-fruitful exploration.

    • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum: Not only is this located in a spectacular and vast property, but it also offers an extensive collection of paintings, artifacts and statues. It's no wonder that the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland's most visited attractions. In addition, the beautiful gardens surrounding the property are perfect for a relaxing stroll and a quick bite. Opening hours during the week are from 10am to 5pm, while on weekends it opens an hour later.

    • Arthur's Seat: This exhilarating hillfort dates back from around 2,000 years. The highest elevation point is 823 feet, and from there, hikers are able to see the most spectacular views of Edinburgh, Colton Hill and the skyline above the ocean. We recommend spending the day exploring the Holyrood Park, where Arthur's Seat is situated within. There is a ranger service on site.

    • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Tourists visiting Scotland in August will have a blast at the Military Tattoo. Over 12 million spectators have seen The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo since it first began in 1950! The annual military tattoos are performed by the British Armed Forces and international military bands and artistic performers from over 48 countries around the world. As a result, you will experience a skirl of the pipes, drums and choreographed movements creating magic at the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Tickets usually go on sale on the first day of December.

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