Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, invites you to rent a car and explore this fascinating city by rental car. With more than 490,000 inhabitants, the capital is the second largest city in the country, and only Glasgow with about 600,000 inhabitants is larger. Edinburgh's townscape is dominated by the characteristic Castle, which towers above the city on a rocky outcrop, on the imposing Castle Rock. The castle dates back to the 11th century, but Castle Rock itself was inhabited long ago.
Edinburgh is very well developed as a tourist destination and offers many centuries of sightseeing. But Edinburgh is also a vibrant metropolis of economic importance. This is why Edinburgh is also an important transport hub and is linked to Scotland and England via road. The M 8 motorway provides the connection to Glasgow, the M 9 to Stirling. Both motorways are located in the immediate vicinity of Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is therefore conveniently located.
Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) is located about 13 miles west of the city center. The two-storey terminal on the ground floor houses the check-in and arrival area as well as the baggage claim area. The upper floor houses the security checkpoints and a total of 23 gates. Some of these are equipped with passenger boarding bridges. Almost half of the gates, i. e. gate 13 to 23, are located in the South East Pier annex, which was opened just a few years ago. The terminal has duty-free shops and other shopping facilities as well as several airport lounges. Edinburgh Airport (EDI) has a large number of airlines serving UK and European destinations, as well as transatlantic flights.
At Edinburgh Airport (EDI) you will find a wide range of car rental options. Numerous well-known providers are represented directly at the airport with their service counters and pick-up stations. It's convenient and affordable for you to book your rental car with a car hire company that operates a pick-up point directly at the airport, so you can get the car you want to rent without any major detours. Some car rental companies are located directly in the terminal of the airport, others are spread out on the airport grounds. You will find these car hire companies at Edinburgh Airport, among other:
Depending on the chosen fuel regulations for your rental car, you will have to fill up the car at the pick-up station or you will have to return it to the pick-up station of the car rental company with a full tank of fuel. It is therefore advisable to look for petrol stations near the pick-up station. If you pick up and return your rental car directly at the airport at a pick-up station, you will find several petrol stations nearby where you can fill up at a relatively low price. Towards the city center there are several Shell petrol stations which are open around the clock. If you are travelling to the city from the airport by public transport to rent a car at a car rental company, you should also ask for petrol stations near the car rental collection point. The car rental staff will be happy to help you.
Near the Scottish capital there are many worthwhile destinations for a trip in a rental car. For example, the city of Perth, which is only 42 miles away and can be reached in about an hour by rental car. The Highland Games are regularly held in Perth, an event that gives you a good insight into Scottish traditions. Tree trunk throwing, rock throwing and hammer throwing are popular disciplines, Scottish folk dancing and the contest of the Pipe Bands are also worth seeing.
You should also make a detour in the opposite direction and visit the metropolis Glasgow. Glasgow Castle is one of the sightseeing attractions of this vibrant city, which you can also reach within an hour by rental car. The city's attractions include Pollok Castle and Cookston Castle, as well as Glasgow Cathedral, where the Church of Scotland hosts church services, and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St Andrews.
If you want to travel by car to more distant destinations, you should take a trip to Loch Ness. The legendary lake is about 170 miles from Edinburgh, the route can be covered by car in about three hours. And if you have already ventured so far into the Scottish highlands by car, you could also plan a trip to Glencoe, which can be reached from Edinburgh by car in about 2 hours and 40 minutes. The valley was the scene of a dark chapter in Scottish history, the Glencoe massacre. Today the valley is a popular hiking and skiing area, and the Visitor Center offers typical Scottish delicacies and souvenirs. In the local cinema you can learn about the history of the valley before you return to Edinburgh by rental car.