Hiring a budget rental car at Inverness Airport is easy using Skyscanner's handy rental car comparison search tool. Most major car hire agencies have offices in the arrivals terminal at Inverness Airport. It's important to note that many of the car rental offices at Inverness Airport have early closing hours. Only Avis and Europcar's offices are open until 10 p.m.
Driving From Inverness Airport to Inverness City Centre
Motorists drive on the left side of the road in Scotland, just as in the rest of the U.K. Drivers must have a valid driving license from their own country, plus adequate vehicle insurance. An international driving permit is not required. To get to Inverness City Centre, visitors should take B9039 and A96 southwest, and drive 15 kilometres. The drive takes 24 minutes in normal traffic. Before B9039 joins A96, travellers might enjoy a quick stop at Castle Stuart for a haunted house and a game of golf.
Driving to Attractions in Inverness, Scotland
Inverness is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Driving a rental car is the best way to fully experience the misty lochs, rolling hills, and ancient stone castles adorning the beautiful landscape. A drive along Bank Street leads to Old High Church and Inverness Castle. Across Ness Bridge and along the riverside sits Inverness Cathedral. From there, visitors may take A82 to South Inverness to visit one of the many golf courses surrounding Inverness. It's a great place to enjoy some quality tee time in the home country of the game of golf.
Driving to Attractions in the Scottish Highlands
Travellers can take A82 south from Inverness to reach Loch Ness, home of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, as the locals call it. Many stop at Parking Loch Ness and scan the loch for any signs of the creature. The south on A82 takes just 25 minutes to reach Loch Ness Cruises. Visitors should remember to take a camera with a good zoom lens in case of a Nessie sighting. A few more minutes south leads to the ruins of the 16th century Urquhart Castle. Strolling the ruins costs 9 GBP (CA$15), but parking is free.
From Urquhart Castle, travellers can continue driving south on A82 to A87 west for a scenic, two-hour drive through the glens and along the lochs of the Scottish Highlands. Eilean Donan Castle stands stoically on an island off the northern shore of Loch Duich. This 13th century stone castle is a prime example of the quintessential Scottish castle and well worth a visit.
Gas Stations Near Inverness and Inverness Airport
Most car hire companies require the driver to return the rental cars with a full tank. Fuel up at Oilfast Limited near Inverness Airport. There are many other gas stations along the drive through the Highlands, including an Esso station at Urquhart Castle and a Jet Petrol Station by Loch Duich. Visitors should check the fuel policies of each rental car company in Inverness for details.
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