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How to Rent a Car in Scotland
You’ll need a car to reach many rural Scottish castles and houses. (Photo: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images )
Many international visitors to Scotland stick to the major cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, but the majority of the country s castles and large, historic houses are in rural areas, so you may want to rent a car to visit them. Trunk roads, known as A roads, link Scottish regions, while 12 designated National Tourist Routes pave the way for exploring the wild landscape of the Highlands or the dramatic northern coastline.
Car Rental Companies
Large international companies like Hertz and Europcar operate in Scotland, but you can also rent from a smaller local company. The Scotland National Tourism Organisation website — visitscotland.com — carries an up-to-date list of car-rental companies. Frommer s advises doing some advance research to get the best price as rental rates can vary widely; you re apt to get a better deal on rentals lasting a week or more than leases lasting a few days. You’ll likely have a choice of vehicles, from small cars to American-style SUVs. There’s no avoiding the steering wheel being on the right, but if you would prefer an automatic transmission you should specify this in advance. Stick-shift rentals are usually less expensive.