Car hire Inverness: tour the city in style and at ease with a rental

What you should know before hiring a car in Inverness

Inverness city centre
Inverness Airport (INV): 8 mi from city centre

Car hires in Inverness: practical information

Where to rent a car in Inverness

With the Scottish highlands sitting at the doorstep of Inverness, it's no wonder you're searching for a cheap car rental on! Renting a car in Inverness is essential if you want to get out of the city and explore the region. From Inverness Airport, you can choose from two companies offering economy car rentals, Avis and Europcar. Both are good options but there is more selection in the city centre.

You'll find car hire companies scattered around the city centre. Hertz is next to the Eastgate shopping centre and train station, Budget is along Londman Road, Focus, Enterprise and Sixt are on Harbour Road. Inverness is a popular tourist destination in the summertime and it is necessary to reserve your cheap rent car early.

Driving in Inverness: parking and other tips

While not as many as in cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh, there are around a dozen car parks in the city centre. There are four within one to two hundred metres of the central train station. On the street you'll pay £1/hour while at the car parks it costs £15/day to park. There are some places you can park for free however, at the Tesco, B&Q and at PC World, although they're located out of the city centre.

While you are organizing your trip and booking your holidays in Inverness and ironing out the details for your car hire, make sure as well that your hotel accommodations offers free parking to its guests. Located at the heart of the Scottish highlands, there are endless adventures waiting for your just outside of Inverness. The remote wilderness of Scotland is best explored by car, all you have to decide is where to go first.

Road trips from Inverness: what to do, what to see

Culloden Battlefield

Inverness to Culloden

Culloden Battlefield is a nearby heritage site where Bonny Prince Charlie met his final defeat in 1746. The Jacobite Rebellion ended here. Culloden is a small village, no doubt with a good pub or two. Don't miss the Clava Cairns which are located very close to this place. There is a visitor centre at the battlefield, although little remains but a field of heather and a 20 foot memorial cairn, built in 1881.

Loch Ness

Inverness to Loch Ness

Loch Ness! While not as close as most think, Lock Ness is an essential stop on the tourist trail in this part of Scotland, 14 miles away from Inverness. The best way to experience this place is by boat from nearby Tomnahurich. Read up on the history and the legend of Nessie at the Loch Ness Visitor's Centre and if the waters are right, you may just spot the legendary creature yourself.


Inverness to Cairngorms

If you've packed a pair of good hiking boots then plan a day trip to Cairngorms, the largest national park in Scotland. It's rocky and mountainous, a great place for skiing in the winter. Come summer though, it's the perfect place to trek, spot wildlife and take in some of the most extraordinary views that the highlands have to offer. National Geographic rates it as one of the 20 top places to visit in the world in 2011.

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