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Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

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Detroit, Michigan
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Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

We're looking to rent (hire) a car outside of the city of Edinburgh for the day. Being from the States (as well as our 1st time driving on the other side of the road....to us!), we wanted to start outside of the city. Our goal is to aimlessly drive the Highlands, enjoying the scenery, small towns, etc. We plan on getting an early start and returning in the evening. We would like to take the bus (even the train if necessary) to get to a good starting point. Any suggestions?

Stanley, Falkland...
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1. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

Well, the airport is the obvious one. That's where you tend to find lots of car hire firm, and there are good road links right outside for all directions. Frequent bus service to the airport, too.

Detroit, Michigan
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2. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

I'm very nervous about driving in the city for my 1st time out, as I said. This would provide a quick link to the highway vs. city driving? (We're 1st time visitors!)

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3. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

The airport connects fairly close by with motorways to Glasgow, Stirling, Perth as well as the city bypass. There are alternatives to the motorways, but to be honest these involve far more time and driving effort as they tend to go from town to town. Your quickest access to Highlands-type scenery is to head towards Stirling - Doune - Callander, considering a branch sideways to the Trossachs and Loch Lomond.

Detroit, Michigan
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4. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

Thank you very much!

London
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5. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

A reminder (and apologies if you've already realised this) that cars on UK rental fleets are mostly manual transmission. If you need automatic you need to specifically reserve that.

Detroit, Michigan
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6. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

Thank you. We saw that when we were looking on the rental car site. Both of us can drive a stick, but don't want that to add to the confusion of the driving.

7. Re: Car rental outside of Edinburgh for a days drive...

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