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        About Edinburgh

        Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and one of its 32 boroughs. Formerly part of the county of Midlothian, the city is located in Lothian on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth. Edinburgh has been recognised as the capital of Scotland since at least the 15th century, houses the Scottish Parliament and is the seat of the Scottish monarchy. The city has long been a centre of learning, particularly in medicine, Scots law, literature, philosophy, theology and engineering. It is also known as a stronghold of Calvinism. Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town districts were inscribed on the World Heritage List UNESCO in 1995. Edinburgh's Old Town is the best example of a mediaeval Old Town in the UK, while the New Town is the best example of Georgian architecture in the country. It is the largest financial centre in the UK after London. Edinburgh was one of the founding cities of the mediaeval Kingdom of Scotland.

        Basic info and car hire in Edinburgh

        • Location: United Kingdom
        • Population: 518,500 (2020)
        • Official language: English
        • Currency: Pounds Sterling (GBP)
        • Weather: The weather in Edinburgh is generally mild, with average temperatures of around 10°C (50°F) in winter and 17°C (63°F) in summer. However, it can be unpredictable and changeable, so it's always a good idea to pack a coat! The city gets quite a bit of rain throughout the year, so an umbrella is necessary. Overall, Edinburgh is worth a visit at any time of year.
        • Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi.
        • Road conditions: Road conditions in Edinburgh, UK, can vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. Generally, roads are well maintained and easy to drive on. However, ice and snow can make roads slippery during the winter. Drivers should take extra care when driving in these conditions.
        • Car hire in Edinburgh: Hiring a car at Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh Downtown, or Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station with Orbit Car Hire gives you plenty of freedom to get around Edinburgh and the UK. With a wide range of vehicles to choose from, you can be sure to find the one that suits your needs and gives you the most benefit on your trip. 

        Driving in Edinburgh

        You should know a few things when driving in Edinburgh, UK. Firstly, the city is very hilly. This can make driving challenging, especially if you are not used to it. Secondly, there are a lot of one-way streets in Edinburgh. This can confuse visitors, so paying attention to the signage is essential. Finally, finding a parking space can be difficult and expensive. If visitors keep these few things in mind, getting around Edinburgh will not be a problem.

        • Age limits: The age limit is between 21 and 25, depending on the car rental agency. Many agencies will either charge a young driver fee if you are under this age or not allow you to rent the car.
        • International Driving Permit: Yes, if your driver's license is not identifiable as Driving License, for example, if it is written in a non-Latin alphabet (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese).
        • Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company if your policy does not cover you when driving in the UK).
        • Additional requirements: Warning triangles, spare wheels and a hands-free kit with hearing aids are required if you are talking on the phone while driving.
        • Children in the car: All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt. Children under twelve years of age or over 5 feet tall may ride in the front passenger seat.
        • Driving side of the road: Left.
        • Lights: Headlights must be on at all times (day and night).
        • General speed limits: 80 mph / 130 km/h on motorways, 49 mph / 80 km/h on main roads outside built-up areas and 31 mph/50 km/h inside built-up areas.
        • Parking suggestions: Almost all car parks are metered, and the average price per hour is around GBP 1.90/ € 2.20.

        Car Hire in Edinburgh

        Most popular car hire at Edinburgh

        The most selected hire car in Edinburgh is the Fiat 500, with the Seat Leon and Toyota Aygo also popular options. The most popular car types in Edinburgh are mini and economy car categories. 

        Popular Driving Routes

        Popular One-Way car hire from Edinburgh

        Do you want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No problem! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way rentals in many locations outside of Leeds. One-way hire is ideal for travelling across the city or country and saves you time by not having to return to your original location.
        As Edinburgh is a city in the southeast of Scotland surrounded by many fascinating cities and towns, it is exciting to travel beyond Edinburgh. Take your rental car, for example, to Glasgow, Manchester, London or another location of your choice. With the permission of the car rental company you work with, you can even take your rental car to other places like England, Northern Ireland and Wales and start your little UK trip. The possibilities are endless!
        Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the United Kingdom.

        Popular day trips from Edinburgh

        You can take many day trips from Edinburgh, whether you want to see historical sights, experience the Scottish countryside or visit other cities in the country.

        Scotland's largest city is just over an hour by car from Edinburgh. Glasgow is known for its rich history and culture, and there is plenty to see and do there. From visiting Glasgow Cathedral to the Glasgow Science Centre, there is something for everyone.

        St Andrews
        Just over an hour's drive from Edinburgh, St Andrews is the perfect day trip for golf lovers. The town is home to the world-famous St Andrews Links, where you can play a round of golf on one of the oldest courses in the world. In addition, there are many other things to do in St Andrews, from visiting the castle to exploring the beaches.

        The Scottish Highlands
        A trip to the Highlands is a must for anyone who wants to experience the stunning scenery of Scotland. There are many different ways to explore the Highlands, whether you take a tour, go hiking or even take a scenic drive. Highlights of the Highlands include Loch Ness, Glencoe and Ben Nevis - Britain's highest mountain. There is something for everyone with so many different day trips you can take from Edinburgh. The drive from Edinburgh takes about three hours.

        What to see in Edinburgh

        Edinburgh is a lively and vibrant city steeped in history, with a variety of colourful festivals taking place throughout the year. Discover what this fantastic city has to offer.

        Edinburgh Castle
        Edinburgh Castle is one of Scotland's most famous landmarks. The castle has been home to many kings and has been part of many important historical events. The castle sits high on a hill overlooking the city of Edinburgh and is a popular tourist destination. Visitors can explore the castle grounds, which include the Royal Palace, St Margaret's Chapel and the Great Hall. Edinburgh Castle is also home to the Scottish National War Memorial and the Stone of Destiny.

        The Scott Monument
        The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic memorial to the Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. The tower is 200 feet (61 m) high and has a series of viewing galleries with views over Edinburgh. It is built of grey granite and sandstone and was completed in 1844. The monument is located in Princes Street Gardens.

        The National Monument of Scotland
        The National Monument of Scotland is a memorial to the Scottish soldiers and sailors who died during the Napoleonic Wars. The monument was designed by architect William Playfair and completed in 1829. It consists of an octagonal Greek temple with a Corinthian colonnade surmounted by a statue of Nelson Mandela. The National Monument is located on the top of Calton Hill, at the eastern end of Princes Street Gardens. It offers sweeping views over the centre of Edinburgh, the Forth Bridges and beyond.

        Lauriston Castle
        Lauriston Castle is a historic house with gardens in Edinburgh. The castle is located in the suburb of Cramond, on the south shore of the Firth of Forth. Lauriston Castle was built in 1590 and acquired by the City of Edinburgh Council in 1929. The gardens of Lauriston Castle are considered one of the finest examples of formal gardens in Scotland. The gardens were laid out in 1620 and consisted of terraces, lawns, flower beds and herbaceous borders. The gardens are open to the public from April to October. Lauriston Castle is a fine example of a 16th-century Scottish castle; its gardens are among the finest in Scotland. Lauriston Castle is worth visiting if you are interested in history or gardening.

        The National Museum of Scotland
        The National Museum of Scotland is one of the world's great museums. It tells the story of Scotland and its people, from the beginnings of human settlement in Scotland to the present day. The National Museum of Scotland is also a place to learn, discover and enjoy. The museum has something for everyone, whether you are interested in history, nature or science. The National Museum of Scotland was founded in 1866 and has since become one of Europe's largest and most important museums. The museum houses over 8 million objects, including many rare and unique items. The National Museum of Scotland is integral to Scottish life and culture and is visited by millions yearly. The National Museum of Scotland is in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. The museum is easily accessible, and there are several car parks nearby. The National Museum of Scotland has something for everyone. Whether you are interested in history, nature or science, the museum has something for you.

        Calton Hill in Edinburgh

        Dean Village in Edinburgh

        Where to eat, drink, and party in Edinburgh

        If you are looking for good food in Edinburgh, the city is full of great restaurants and bars. Whether you fancy traditional Scottish cuisine or something international, you are sure to find something to your taste. And with so much choice, you will find great value too.

        Best restaurants and bars in Edinburgh

        Scott's on Princes Street
        In the heart of Edinburgh, on one of the city's most famous streets, is Scott's on Princes Street. This restaurant has been a popular fixture in the Scottish capital for almost two decades, serving some of the best seafood in the city. The menu at Scott's is based on fresh, seasonal produce and changes regularly to make the most of what's available. Whether it's oysters from the Scottish coast, lobster from the Isle of Mull or crab from the waters around Edinburgh, you can be sure your seafood dish will be full of flavour. If you are not in the mood for seafood, there are plenty of other options on the menu. The steaks are all perfectly cooked, and the venison loin with blackberry sauce is a real treat. No matter what you order, you'll be able to enjoy a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle as you eat. Scott's on Princes Street is the perfect place to enjoy a special meal with family or friends.

        L'escargot Blanc
        L'escargot Blanc is a French restaurant in Edinburgh. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city, near Princes Street. The menu includes classic French dishes such as coq au vin, escargot and crème brûlée. The wine list includes both French and Scottish wines. The restaurant has a casual atmosphere, and the service is friendly and efficient. Reservations are recommended. Prices are moderate to expensive.

        If you are looking for a great Italian restaurant, stop by O'Oliviero's. The food is fantastic, and the atmosphere is cosy and welcoming. The staff are also very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, so they can help you choose the perfect dish. Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, O'Oliviero's is the perfect place.

        Café Andaluz
        Café Andaluz is a restaurant serving Spanish cuisine. The restaurant is located in the city's heart, close to many tourist attractions. Café Andaluz has a relaxed and informal atmosphere and offers a wide range of Spanish dishes on its menu. The restaurant also has a good selection of Spanish wines.

        Bread Street Kitchen and Bar
        Bread Street Kitchen and Bar is a popular restaurant in Edinburgh. The restaurant is known for its delicious food and friendly atmosphere. The menu features classic British dishes such as fish and crisps, shepherd's pie and banger and mash. The restaurant also has a great selection of beers and wines. Bread Street Kitchen and Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a meal with family or friends.

        Gordon St Coffee
        Gordon St Coffee is a great place to get a caffeine boost in Edinburgh. The coffee is excellent, and the staff are friendly and helpful. There's also a great selection of food, so you are sure to find something to your taste. Whether you are looking for a quick snack or a sit-down meal, Gordon St Coffee is worth a visit.

        The Raging Bull
        The Raging Bull is one of Edinburgh's most popular bars, and for a good reason. This stylish venue attracts a lively crowd night after night, enjoying the excellent selection of drinks and the great atmosphere. Whether you want to enjoy a few cocktails with friends or dance the night away, the Raging Bull is the perfect place to let loose and have fun. And if you get hungry, the bar also serves delicious food to keep your energy up for dancing! If you are looking for a great night out in Edinburgh, visit The Raging Bull - you will not be disappointed.


        What you need to know about renting a car

        What do I need to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        credit card in the name of the main driver needs to be presented. A security deposit may be required while renting a car so the credit card must have sufficient funds. You can find details about the security deposit listed while booking the vehicle as well as on your voucher. It is important to have a valid driving license with the name of the main driver as well as additional drivers when it applies. An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). It can also depend on the country or car rental company you are renting with. If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements. You will need to have identification with you such as a passport and ID cards. When you pick up your rental car you need to have your voucher with you.

        How old do I need to be to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        The minimum age to rent a car is 25 years old and with some suppliers for people over 75 years of age. Young driver surcharges may apply to many car rental companies for people under 25 years of age. This information is visible in the search engine with Orbit Car Hire.

        Do I need car insurance in the UK?

        Insurances are very important when renting a car and can be different between countries. When renting a car in the United Kingdom with Orbit Car Hire the prices will include mandatory insurances in the country.

        Do I need a credit card to rent a car in the United Kingdom?

        In most cases, a credit card is required to be presented in the name of the main driver. A security deposit may be required when renting a car so it is important to have sufficient funds on the credit card. When searching for a car at Orbit you can see credit card requirements from all our suppliers.

        Do I need an international driving license in the UK?

        An International Driving Permit is required in addition to a National Driving License if the National Driving License you or any of the Additional Drivers hold is not clearly identifiable as a Driving License, eg, it is in a non-Latin alphabet (eg Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese). If you have found a car on our website, you can press the rental terms link from the supplier for more information about driving license requirements.

        How do I get the cheapest car in the United Kingdom?

        You can find cheap car hire by comparing prices with all major car rentals at Orbit. A good idea can be to book in advance as the prices can increase closer to the travel period.

        What is the cheapest rental car in the UK?

        You will find the mini car category or economy cars to be the cheapest car categories. Vehicles such as Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Corsa often provide the best prices. 

        What is the best car rental company in the United Kingdom?

        You may find excellent service provided by companies such as Enterprise Rent a Car, Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental, Europcar Rent a Car and Green motion.

        What types and makes of rental car deals can I find in the United Kingdom?

        You will find car types such as mini, economy, compact, Full-Size, and luxury cars. Popular rental cars are Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Focus, Volvo XC 60.

        Does my rental car have unlimited mileage when I book it for the UK?

        Most car rentals in the UK offer unlimited mileage in their offers. 

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