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A trip to Scotland would not be complete without experiencing the countryside. The countryside has so much to offer between its distilleries, historic castles and breathtaking scenery that helps connect you to nature. Some sights not to miss include Loch Ness, Trossachs National Park, Isle of Skye and Stirling Castle.

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Overview

There are two major regions of the Scottish Countryside, the Highlands and the Lowlands. The Highlands refers to anything north and west of the Highland Boundary Fault while the Lowlands refers to anything not included in the Highlands. The Highland area differed from the Lowlands in language and tradition, having preserved Gaelic speech and customs leading to the perceived divide between Highlander and Lowlander dating back to the 14th-Century.

Ths Scottish Highlands is a sparsely populated area of the country that contains most of Scotland's mountain ranges, including the highest peak, Ben Nevis. Today, the Scottish Highlands is the largest of Scotland's whiskey-producing regions with more than 30 distilleries in operation.

Unlike the Scottish Highlands, the Scottish Lowlands is not named after its terrain; it is merely the best way to identify areas of Scotland outside of the Highlands. This area includes the Central Belt, an area where most of the major towns and cities are found, including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Perth. This area makes up roughly 80% of the country’s population.

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Top Experiences

  • Ben Nevis : Located on the western side of the Grampian Mountains, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

  • Castle Stalker : A four-story tower house set on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, accessible from shore at low tides. One of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses in Scotland.

  • Isle of Skye : Located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, Isle of Skye is the largest of the major islands. The rocky slopes provide some of the most dramatic scenery in Scotland.

  • Loch Ness : A deep, freshwater lake located in the Scottish Highlands, 37 kilometers southwest of Inverness, and renowned for its alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster.

  • Neist Point Lighthouse : Working cliff-top lighthouse in operation since 1909.

  • St. Andrews Cathedral : 12th-century cathedral ruins, designated as a world heritage site in 1999.

  • Stirling Castle : This 12th-century royal castle holds both historical and architectural significance to Scotland, having crowned several Scottish Kings and Queens of the past.

  • Trossachs National Park : Less than an hour from Edinburgh, the Trossachs National Park has some of the best views of the rugged landscape.

  • Urquhart Castle : On the shores of Loch Ness are the ruins of Urquhart Castle, a 16th-century fortress.

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Edinburgh Airport
Car Rental Centre, Edinburgh, GB, EH12 9DN
Telephone: +44 034 454 46004
Monday-Friday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Edinburgh Waverley Station
24 East London Street, Edinburgh, GB, EH7 4BQ
Telephone: +44 084 454 46059
Monday-Friday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Sunday Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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  • Rates include the daily rental rate, unlimited mileage, taxes and service fees.

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the rental.
  • Major credit card in own name. Debit cards are not accepted.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Avis at the rental location.


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Edinburgh Airport
Jubilee Road, Edinburgh, GB, EH12 9FS
Telephone: +44 131 333 0400
Monday-Friday Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Edinburgh Waverley Train Station
New Street Car Park, Edinburgh, GB, EH8 8BH
Telephone: +44 131 556 6340
Monday-Friday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Downtown Edinburgh
12 Annandale Street, Edinburgh, GB, EH7 4AN
Telephone: +44 131 557 0000
Monday-Friday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, unlimited mileage, taxes and service fees.

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the rental.
  • Major credit card in own name. Debit cards are not accepted.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Enterprise at the rental location.


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