Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom (UK) and houses about 800 small islands. Scotland can be explored comfortably at almost any time of year. However, it largely depends on what you want to do or see. You may enjoy summer festivals or the solitude of winter. Scotland’s four main airports are: Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh (rent a car in Edinburgh) and Aberdeen and several regional airports spread across the country.
Visa & Currency
You’ll need UK visa, the rules of which vary with your nationality. EU citizens can stay in Scotland as long as required
Scotland’s currency is the Great British Pound (sterling), which is used throughout Britain.
Car Rental in Scotland
There are scores of companies offering car rental in Scotland, but here are the important rules for driving in Scotland.
- 1. In Scotland and all over the UK, driving is always on the left-hand side of the road, just like it is in England (car renting in England).
- 2. Apart from your driving license, you need to carry an International driving license, vehicle registration in original, motor insurance certificate and your travel insurance document.
- Speed limits
- Motorways: 70mph (112Km/hr) for cars, coaches and minibuses 60mph (96Km/hr) for cars towing caravans or trailers and trucks. These speeds are valid for dual carriageways too.
- Built-up areas: 30mph (48kph). This is the usual speed around residential areas.
- Remote speed cameras are positioned on many roads.
- At present there are no toll roads or bridges in Scotland.
- All petrol stations provide unleaded petrol and diesel. You can also find LPG (or Auto gas), Bio-Diesel filling stations and Electric Vehicle Charging stations (or EVCs). The prices for petrol keep varying quite frequently; current price is around 120.0ppl and sells by the liter. Many petrol pumps in rural areas offer 24 hour access to fuel through automated pumps.
- It is obligatory for all drivers and passengers regardless of the seat they may be occupying, to wear seatbelts.
- All children below 12 and fewer than 135cm (4ft 5in) tall must use a child seat appropriate for their weight. You can ask for child seats when ordering car rental in Scotland.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence in Scotland and the UK, followed by heavy penalties. The current legal limit is 50 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood.
- Use of mobile (cell) phone while driving is illegal.
You can make the most of your pleasure trip by hiring cars from companies offering car rentals in Scotland. Scotland has some of the most excellent scenery in the world, renowned driving routes through Mountains, Glens and Lochs. You’ll really enjoy the tranquility and scenery of quiet rural roads of Scotland. Ireland (renting a car in Ireland) has simmilar scenery to offer, so you might want to visit that country as well. Most such roads are single track. It is fairly common in remote areas to run into grazing sheep and other wildlife on and by the roadside. On using the National Tourist Routes you can see Scotland’s countryside and visit great villages, towns and attractions on way to your destination.
Many reputed companies have booking stations at the airports, prominent hotels and city centers. It is not difficult t locate companies offering a pickup and delivery service to and from the ferry, airport or ferry terminals. You also get 4-wheel drives. Spending sometime on the Internet can get you very competitive offers. Some of the most renowned companies would charge for five days only if you hire their vehicle for one week. You can expect to hire a car for £125 per week from some of the most popular car rental in Scotland.