Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and is located on the east coast close to some of the country's busiest motorways and roads. Many visitors fly to Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) which is 10 miles west of the city center. Once you've collected your car rental at Edinburgh Airport it's a straightforward drive into the city on the A8 Glasgow Road. If you're coming to Edinburgh by train you will probably arrive at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Our rent a car office at the station is the perfect place to pick up a vehicle for your stay in Edinburgh.
Driving in Edinburgh is easier than you may think. Princes Street and Shandwyck Place are not open to private vehicles and some of the town center is one-way traffic only. However, your GPS will help you work out the best routes, enabling you to get from A to B quickly and safely. The A8/M8 connects the city to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, while the A68/A1 leads south to magnificent Border towns like Jedburgh and on to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the north of England. Rent a car in Edinburgh and drive north through South Queensferry to enjoy fabulous views of Ayr and the Firth of Forth or west to Glasgow and the Western Isles.
Edinburgh is a city that is home to attractions which appeal to all ages. Children will love Edinburgh Zoo with its unique hillside layout and it's just a short drive to Corstorphine from the city center. Drive out to the coast at North Berwick to see the Bass Rock, a haven for seabirds, or use your rental vehicle to discover little-known gems like Edinburgh's canal district and Portobello Beach. If you're visiting in summer, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a must; the massed bands and displays against the looming backdrop of Edinburgh Castle after dark is sensational.
A car rental allows you to visit historic sites like Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirk and St. Giles Cathedral whenever you wish. Many people love having a roomy rent a car for trips to shopping centers like the Gyle or the designer boutiques of Multrees Walk while others enjoy being able to catch sporting events at local stadiums. Be sure to try haggis, a Scottish national dish made from oatmeal and lamb, at one of the city's many restaurants. Finally, don't forget to pick up tartan souvenirs, Scotch whisky and shortbread for your family and friends from the quaint gift shops in the Grassmarket.