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Number of reviews in Inverness: 36
Alex Johnson Hertz Inverness Airport
“The insurance built in gave me peace of…”

“The insurance built in gave me peace of mind as I always worry that the car will get damaged and cost me a huge excess - would use again !”

17-03-2020 08:29
Norma Hines FireFly Car Rental Inverness Airport
“Excellent service and friendly staff.”

“Excellent service and friendly staff.”

12-10-2019 08:44
Stavast Europcar Inverness Airport
“it worked out excellent by picking up…”

“it worked out excellent by picking up and bringing back but a little hick up from the checking guy;he saw a more then minimal screen stone hit and had to report it to head office wasn't capable to decide himself”

06-09-2019 11:49

Inverness Guide

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Inverness is a fast-growing city in Northern Scotland considered the gateway to the Highlands. It is the centre of commerce and administration of the Scottish Highlands, with a third of the region’s population living in the city. Located right at the mouth of River Ness, the same river fed by the famous Loch Ness, Inverness is a good starting point for out-of-town excursions. Historical sites as well as scenic spots like the Ness Islands can be reached by a short drive.

Who to Book With
Many car hire firms can be found in Inverness. They have offices near or in the general vicinity of the train and bus terminals, along Harbour Road or Millburn Road on the other side of town. Booking online, when possible, allows you to compare rates among international car rental brands such as Thrifty, Alamo, Auto Europe, Europcar and National. Local car rental firms are also available.

Best Time to Go
The high season in Inverness comprises of the summer months of May to September, when temperatures are relatively pleasant at around 13°C to 18°C. However, as this is still Scotland, the weather can be unpredictable. Rain and winds can come anytime, so it’s always best to be prepared.

Need to Know Essentials
When retrieving the car that you booked, you will need to present:

- A UK driving licence (or International Driving Permit)
- An ID with a photo
- The confirmed booking print-out
- A credit card

For more info read our FAQ's.

Driving
Driving in Inverness can be confusing to some, as many streets are one-way and are filled with numerous signs. There are several roundabouts too, so it’s always a good idea to have a road atlas with you. Parking spaces can be scarce at times, so staying in hotels that provide parking spots is recommended. The rates for parking in private car parks usually begin at around £1 an hour.

More tips on driving in the UK can be found in this guide.

Transport

The most effective means of transport into Inverness is the train, with daily overnight sleepers leaving London at night reaching Inverness by the morning. Buses are also available to take passengers within and outside Inverness. At night, taxis are the best way to get around as fares are still relatively cheap. To explore the rugged highlands around the city, hiring a car is highly recommended.

Trains
Getting into Inverness by train is easy. The Caledonian Sleeper, operated by ScotRail, is the most recommended way to get in the city, leaving London at night and arriving in Inverness the next morning. The trip takes eight hours and costs around £140. It is an even easier commute from the Scottish capital Edinburgh, with the ride taking around three hours costing about £37. Commuter trains also run to destinations around Inverness such as Dingwall in the north, Beauly in the west, Nairn in the east and Aviemore in the South.

Taxis
Public transport becomes harder to come by when evening comes. Taxis, mainly in the form of minicabs and a few black cabs, become the most reliable form of transport. Fares are relatively cheap given that any route in town in fairly short. On normal days, the first 785 yards will cost around £3, increasing by £0.10 every 130 yards.

Buses
Stagecoach is the main bus operator in Inverness, with around fifty routes covering city destinations as well as those outside. A day pass, which costs around £9, affords you unlimited travel on buses, not just in Inverness, but also to other cities in the region.

Exploring

Being the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Inverness has a number of attractions for tourists. The art and music scene here is quite lively, and a walk or a bicycle ride along the riverfront will take you past beautiful churches and parks. A number of recommended excursions can be taken from Inverness.

Recommended Drives

Balnuaran of Clava - This is a historic site located a few miles east of Inverness. It is home to several cairns, burial tombs used in the Bronze Age. Fifty or so cairns can be found here. From Inverness, visitors can take the Culloden Road heading east to get here.

The Battlefield of Culloden - This is another significant historical area located east of the city. The site saw the final battle of the Jacobite Rising of 1745, a movement that aimed to bring back the throne of Scotland to the first monarchs of the country, the House of Stuart.

The Ness Islands - These are located immediately south of Inverness city centre, and are a scenic spot to spend a day just relaxing. Here, visitors will find tree-lined paths and wildlife such as otters and deer. The Ness Islands are accessible via bridges from Bught Park, located on the mainland.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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