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Known as “Scotland’s largest town” and situated seven miles west of Glasgow in the county of Renfrewshire, Paisley had a flourishing weaving industry in the 19th century, which is where it name derives from: a weaving design called Paisley pattern. Historic weavers’ cottages throughout Paisley can be visited for a bit of history. Paisley also used to be a religious centre in Scotland, as attested by the history of the magnificent Paisley Abbey, built in 1163 and promoted to the status of abbey in 1245.
A Paisley car hire will enable you to visit all the exciting scenes in Greater Glasgow and beyond.
Fly into Glasgow International Airport, pick up Paisley rental car and you’ll be in Paisley in 10 minutes.
Edinburgh is less than an hour from Paisley on the M8, Stirling is a 47-minute drive northeast via the M8 and the M80 and East Kilbride just over a half-hour on the road heading southeast via the A726.
A huge choice of car hire companies is available at Glasgow International Airport. Choose from the following:
The Famous Grouse Experience, Scotland’s oldest distillery in Crieff, an 80-minute drive via the M80 in a Paisley hire car, offers a range of guided tour options including, of course, whisky tasting. While adults indulge in the history of whisky-making, enjoying the whiff of malt in the air, the Grouse Room will keep the children entertained with fun interactive games.
South of Paisley, 37 miles, or a 55-minute drive away via the M77 and the A77, you can delve into the world of Scotland’s most famous poet at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The museum is one of several attractions within the Burns National Heritage Park. You can also see the cottage where Burns was born, listen to a reading of his work and cross the Brig o’ Doon, the cobblestone bridge that forms the setting of one of Burns’ best known works.
Taking time to appreciate the beauty of its landscape is a must in Scotland. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, 25 miles north of Glasgow (a 35-minute drive via the A82), offers 720 square miles of lowland hills bursting with colours as well as Munroes and Corbetts (that is, mountains), dozens of lochs and natural forestry. The park is a dream landscape for autumn hiking, cycling, golfing, boating, bird watching, even Munro climbing. Loch Lomond, a freshwater loch, is the UK’s largest inland body of water.
Drive on the left side of road and only overtake on the right. At roundabouts get in the correct lane as soon as possible and stay there; indicate if you’re turning right or left; give way to the traffic on the right side.
British car hire companies generally provide manual transmission cars. If you prefer an automatic one, you need to specifically request one to your car rental company.
Seat belts are obligatory by law in the UK. When driving, always keep your ID, driver’s licence and car insurance documents at hand.
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