Edinburgh has a majestic blend of museums, castles and evergreen landscapes. Experience the Old and New Towns in the city centre and brush up on Scottish history, or travel through the countryside and enjoy the peaceful scenery. Edinburgh's Old Town encompasses many historic and cultural landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Scottish Parliament and St. Giles' Cathedral. Edinburgh Castle is home to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a combination of bands, singers, pipe and drum players who perform against the beautiful skyline of Scotland's capital during August. Visit the Scottish Parliament to observe a session in the Public Gallery. Be sure to appreciate this unique, Spanish style building, a prime example of the many cultures that have influenced this world-renowned city. The St. Giles' Cathedral, named after the city's patron saint, offers free admission and guided tours upon request. To view a combination of Scottish heritage as well as innovative, modern architecture, visit the National Museum of Scotland for a guided tour. The National Gallery of Scotland boasts a world-class art space displaying seasonal collections from local artists.
If you want to leave the hustle and bustle of the city, take a walk along the Water of Leith, a small river that flows through Edinburgh. This area is a perfect haven for a quick escape. Take a short hike up the Calton Hill to see Edinburgh's most iconic monuments and the breathtaking Scottish countryside.
For a day trip out of Edinburgh, take the M8 motorway about an hour west until you reach Glasgow, Scotland's largest city and hub of fashion outlets, eateries, museums and galleries. When in the city centre of Glasgow the shopping thoroughfare is on two main streets, Argyle Street and Sauchiehall Street. Near to this, visitors will find Georgian town house style architecture. After a day of shopping, be sure to treat yourself to a night of wining and dining at the Boudoir Wine Bar. East Lothian is another destination only 30 minutes east of Edinburgh, a region offering picturesque green countryside, golden beaches and golf courses. It is neighboured by small towns and villages including Gullane, a magnet for golfers, and Musselburgh for those with a keen interest in horse racing. View our fleet guide to see the possible vehicles in which you could cruise this gorgeous terrain. See where Prince William went to university with a trip to St. Andrews, just over an hour away from Edinburgh. Visit the Auto Europe blog for more ideas on what to see and do around Scotland.
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Our car hire suppliers in Edinburgh include InterRent, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Enterprise.
Car rental depots are located at the Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station and at numerous convenient downtown locations. Enter your details in the search form to find the best location for you.
Parking in Edinburgh, like many large capital cities, can present challenges. Public Pay & Display parking operates from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, Monday to Saturday in the city centre, and until 5:30 pm in areas further away. Charges generally range from £1.00 and £3.20 per hour. There are also a number of private, multi-storey car parks in the city. Edinburgh also has several Park and Ride car parks. It is often less expensive or free to use these car parks and take public transport into the city. More information about parking in Edinburgh can be found on the city's parking page.
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