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Visitors to Scotland can choose to travel the country using a variety of public transportation services, but they may find they can save both time and money with the help of a car hire. Explore the many attractions that this picturesque country has to offer at your own pace. For those arriving in the country via Edinburgh, the capital city, there are various car hire centres and a wide range of destinations you can drive to, as well as scenic routes you won’t want to miss out on.

Hiring a Car from Edinburgh Airport (EDI)

Edinburgh Airport connects Scotland to a vast mix of destinations and is the country’s busiest airport handling just over 1.1 million passengers a year. For those hoping to hire a car at the airport, the car rental centre features a direct walking path to the terminal and major companies such as: Alamo, Europcar, National, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt, and Thrifty. Edinburgh Airport and the car rental centre are just five miles from the city centre, which can be reached via the M8 motorway.

Hiring a Car in the Edinburgh City Centre

Those arriving in Edinburgh by train at either Waverly Station or Haymarket Station can choose from numerous locations and car hire companies, which include the same major brands as those found at Edinburgh Airport. For the largest concentration of available services, make your way to the information point at Waverly Station, where you can receive directions to car rental centres within easy walking distance of the train station.

Drive to the Cities of Glasgow and Stirling, and the Town of St Andrews

Located at the eastern tip of Scotland’s Central Belt, the capital city of Edinburgh is within easy driving distance of the country’s most iconic attractions, most being less than two hours. These destinations include, amongst others; Glasgow, the country’s largest city and home to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside of London; Stirling, the “heritage capital” of Scotland, featuring the famous Stirling Castle that once housed the likes of Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots; and the town of St. Andrews, considered a golfer’s site of pilgrimage as the Old Course is widely believed to be the birthplace of modern golf. There can be traffic during peak hours between major southern cities, so be sure to check traffic reports or travel off-peak.

Visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Visitors interested in driving through some of Scotland’s most scenic landscape should be sure to plan a visit to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, whose many beautiful sites have inspired artists to create iconic works such as The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, a national folk song, and The Lady in the Lake, a poem by national man of letters Sir Walter Scott. Known to be one of Britain’s most atmospheric drives is the route of Duke’s Pass, which can be found in the park along the A821.

To plan your driving tour of Scotland and to reserve local hotels or research attractions, try using the Expedia search tool now, which will help you create an itinerary that best suits your travel needs.

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