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Car Hire in Perthshire

Discover the beauty of Perthshire with the convenience of a hired car

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Embrace the wealth of unforgettable experiences Perthshire, an incredibly vibrant area in the heart of Scotland, has to offer. Known as 'Big Tree Country', Perthshire is a paradise for anyone with a love for outdoor activities and wildlife, boasting a fabulous blend of towering trees, tranquil lochs and rolling hills. Explore the heart of Scotland by immersing yourself in its legendary history and rich heritage, from the miraculous Stone of Destiny at Scone Castle to the Gothic Dunkeld Cathedral.

To make the most out of your trip, hiring a car can provide a convenient means to reach major attractions with ease. The epic River Tay is less than an hours' drive from Perth city centre, while the magnificent Glenturret Distillery can be reached within just a 30-minute drive from Crieff. The scenic drive also offers ample opportunity for wildlife spotting, such as deer and red squirrel.

Take a drive along the Cateran Trail, a marked circular route passing through Blairgowrie, Spittal of Glenshee, Alyth and more. Enjoy the stunning landscapes and discover the historic sites, including a Pictish stone and an Iron Age Hill Fort. Those who are into photography would find hiring a car to explore Perthshire a delightful journey with incredible panoramic views at every turn.

Car Hire in Perthshire

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the cost to hire a car in Perthshire?

The cost of hiring a car in Perthshire varies based on the car model and the duration of hire. On average, the cost ranges from £20 to £70 per day. For further details, please check our pricing page.

2. What car model is most in-demand for hire in Perthshire?

The most demanded car for hire in Perthshire is often a compact, fuel-efficient model such as a Ford Fiesta. Given the local topography with its winding roads and scenic countryside, compact cars allow for easier navigation and parking.

3. Where are the popular places to hire a car in Perthshire?

Popular places for car hire in Perthshire include Perth City Centre, Pitlochry, and Blairgowrie. These locations offer a range of options and flexibility for car hire.

4. Is there a 24-hour pick-up and drop-off service?

Yes, our service offers convenient 24-hour pick-up and drop-off options to accommodate your schedule.

5. Is there a minimum hire period?

Yes, there is a minimum hire period of one day for our cars.

6. What is the minimum age requirement to hire a car in Perthshire?

The minimum age to hire a car in Perthshire is 21 years. However, for certain high performance or luxury car models, the minimum age may be higher.

7. What documents do I need to hire or drive a car in Perthshire?

You must present a full, valid driver's licence and a credit or debit card in your name. Non-EU driver's licence holders may also need an International Driving Permit.

8. When is the best time to visit Perthshire by car?

The best time to visit Perthshire by car is during the late spring and summer, when the weather conditions are favourable for driving and outdoor exploration.

9. What are the main airports in Perthshire?

The main airports in Perthshire are Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow Airport. Both airports offer multiple car hire options.

10. Can I pick up the car in one Perthshire city and drop it off in another?

Yes, you can pick up a car in one Perthshire city and return it in another. However, you may incur a one-way fee depending on the pick-up and return locations.

Renting Tales

Mabel Tweedy

Perth – 04-05-2024. Absolutely superb service from this car hire company. I booked a cute compact car to explore the natural beauty of Perthshire and everything went smoothly. The booking process was straightforward and efficient. The staff were professional and amiable, adding that warm touch to the whole experience. For someone from the older generation like me, this was much appreciated! The car itself was clean and in excellent condition. Great prices and a great way to see the world on our doorstep.

Harry Bridges

Aberfeldy – 25-10-2023. I'm a young driver and I always find it hard to find reasonably priced car hire. But this company has been a game changer for me. I was delighted to find a company that not only offered affordable prices but centre their services around the customer. Touring around Perthshire, especially Pitlochry, was memorable and everything I could wish for. A positive experience, and I recommend it to other fellow drivers.

Eunice Graham

Blairgowrie – 04-09-2023. My dear husband and I decided to explore the bonny sights of Perthshire on a whim. We were truly impressed with the service we received from the car hire company. The vehicle was spotless and comfortable, suiting our needs perfectly. The prices were fair - you pay for quality after all! I wouldn't hesitate to hire again in the future.

Ethan Sinclair

Dunkeld – 19-08-2023. As an adventurous type, I have tried various car rental services in my travels. This one stands out for its efficiency and quality of fleet. The car was incredibly clean and well-maintained, perfect for driving around Perthshire and experiencing its stunning landscapes. The price was competitive compared to other providers and worth every penny for the excellent service. Two thumbs up!

April Mensah

Crieff – 30-07-2023. Car hire can be a minefield, but this company makes it easy. The staff were friendly and helped with my many questions. I'm a triper in my mid-30s, and I found their service and vehicles to be first-rate. The car was comfortable, reliable, economical and perfect for exploring the beautiful towns of Perthshire like Crieff. Their prices are competitive and the overall service is incredible.

Nico Daley

Kinross – 12-04-2023. I opted for this car hire service for a spontaneous trip around Perthshire. Being a student I was a bit wary of the cost, but the affordable rates were a pleasant surprise. This combined with their flexible approach and the top condition of the rental car made for an enjoyable experience. A highly recommendable, budget-friendly choice for car hire in the wonderful region of Perthshire.

Perthshire Destinations

Seven key cities in Perthshire

  1. Perth: Historically the county town of Perthshire, a cultural hub with beautiful architecture.
  2. Pitlochry: Best known for its scenic beauty and the famous Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
  3. Auchterarder: Known as 'The Lang Toun' or long town, popular for its long main street.
  4. Dunkeld: An old cathedral city with historical relevance and picturesque landscapes.
  5. Blairgowrie: Famous for soft fruit growing particularly raspberries and strawberries.
  6. Aberfeldy: Home to The Birks 'scenic walk', and a popular locality for hiring cars.
  7. Crieff: Known for its whisky production and stunning countryside.

Perthshire Road Connections

Essential Road Info for Perthshire Tourists

  1. Perth - St. Andrews: A 56 km drive on the A912 and A91 taking about one hour. Roads are generally good, keep watch for wildlife.
  2. Perth - Edinburgh: 77 km distance via A90 and M90. The drive takes roughly one hour and ten minutes. High-quality motorway conditions.
  3. Dundee - Glencoe: 135 km route on A90 and A82 with a 2.5-hour drive time. Beautiful scenic drive, mountainous on A82.
  4. Stirling - Blairgowrie: 70 km journey on the A9. Approximately 1 hour drive. Good condition roads though potentially busy.
  5. Dundee - Scone Palace: A 29 km drive via A90, taking about 30 minutes. A9 can get busy during peak tourist season.
  6. Stirling - Loch Lomond: A 60 km route via A811. Expect a driving time of around 1 hour. Beware of slow-moving tourist traffic.
  7. Perth - Loch Ness: A journey of 177 km via the A9. Allow up to 2.5 hours for the drive. Scenic drive, but beware of foggy conditions.

Drive to Discover

Top 8 Perthshire Tourist Attractions

  1. Scone Palace: A historical house that exhibits the iconic replica of the Stone of Destiny.
  2. Blair Castle: One of the oldest continuously inhabited houses which showcases Scottish history.
  3. Loch Tay: Offers excellent outdoor activities like fishing and boating with picturesque views.
  4. Kinnoull Hill: Perfect for short hikes with fantastic views over Perth.
  5. The Scottish Crannog Centre: Learn about Scotland's ancient loch-dwelling ancestors.
  6. Drummond Gardens: Several centuries old Italianate garden, noted for its intricate designs.
  7. The Hermitage: Walk through this beautiful woodland, home of Ossian's Hall and the Black Linn waterfall.
  8. Gleneagles Golf Course: Play golf in this world-renowned, PGA standard course.

Perthshire Roadtrips

Explore stunning Perthshire with these must-drive routes.

  1. The Cateran Trail: This circular route covering 104 km winds its way through Blairgowrie, Kirkmichael, Spittal of Glenshee, Alyth and Bridge of Cally. A scenic trail revealing Perthshire's hidden gems.
  2. Perth to Dundee: A quick 32km drive with amazing views along the River Tay. Dundee is a vibrant, modern city with its own historic charm.
  3. The Highland Tour: This circular 195km route unveils the heart of the highlands, passing Pitlochry, Blair Atholl and the breathtaking Killiecrankie.
  4. Perth to Stirling: Travel 53km to witness the historic charm of Stirling, dominated by its magnificent castle and stunning old town.
  5. Loch Tay Circular: An 82km drive around picturesque Loch Tay, passing through Kenmore, Killin and Aberfeldy - the essence of highland Scotland.
  6. The Borders Tour: Drive 182km through charming towns like Kelso and Jedburgh in the beautiful Borders region South of Perthshire.
  7. The Coastal Trail: An expansive 202km trail from Perth to Aberdeen, threading along the breath-taking east coast of Scotland.


Driving in Perthshire

Common queries addressed

1. On which side of the road do we drive in Perthshire?

In Perthshire, as in the rest of the UK, you should always drive on the left-hand side of the road.

2. What are the speed limits in Perthshire?

Typical speed limits in Perthshire are 30 mph (48 km/h) in built-up areas, 60 mph (97 km/h) on single carriageways and 70 mph (113 km/h) on dual carriageways and motorways. Always observe local signage as speed limits may vary.

3. Which driving licence do I need to drive in Perthshire?

You can drive in Perthshire with a valid UK or EU/EEA driving licence. Overseas visitors can also drive with a valid driving licence from their home country, or an international driving permit, for up to 12 months.

4. How can I find petrol stations in Perthshire?

Petrol stations are widely available throughout Perthshire. Many are open 24 hours a day and also offer amenities such as restrooms and convenience stores.

5. Are there many speed cameras in Perthshire?

The presence of speed cameras is common in the UK, including Perthshire. The cameras are there to enforce the speed limits and increase road safety.

6. Are there any toll roads in Perthshire?

There are no toll roads in Scotland, including Perthshire. You can use all public roads freely.

7. What should I know about the general rules and customs of driving in Perthshire?

The general driving rules in Perthshire follow the UK Highway Code. Keeping to speed limits, not using mobile phones while driving, and always wearing your seatbelt are fundamental rules. Also, remember to give way to the right at roundabouts.

8. Is parking easy to find in Perthshire?

Parking in Perthshire varies depending on the area. Town centres may have limited parking, but generally, there are car parks and on-street parking available. Always remember to check the local parking restrictions and charges.

9. What's the state of the roads in Perthshire?

Most of the main roads in Perthshire are in good condition. However, rural and minor roads can be narrow and require care when driving, particularly in bad weather conditions.

10. Are there any specific safety rules for driving in Perthshire?

Apart from the general safety rules mentioned above, you should pay attention to the local weather, as conditions can change rapidly, particularly in winter. Also, be aware of wildlife on the roads, especially at dawn and dusk in rural areas.

11. Are there any special precautions I should take when driving in rural areas of Perthshire?

When driving in rural areas, be mindful of narrow roads, single-track lanes with passing places, and unpredictable livestock. Also, remember that some roads can be prone to flooding in extreme weather conditions.

12. What sorts of fines apply to motorists in Perthshire?

Fines for driving offences can be issued on-the-spot in the UK. These can range from a £100 fixed penalty for offences like speeding or using a mobile phone, up to much more for serious offences such as dangerous driving.

13. Can I use my car's GPS in Perthshire?

Yes, using a GPS is allowed when driving in Perthshire. However, drivers should set their destination before they start the journey or ask a passenger to do it while driving to avoid distraction.

14. What do I do if I'm involved in a traffic accident in Perthshire?

In the event of an accident in Perthshire, you should follow the same procedures as in the rest of the UK: stop your car, make sure everyone is safe, exchange insurance details with the other party, and report the incident to the police if necessary.

15. Do the same drink driving laws apply in Perthshire as they do in the rest of Scotland?

Yes, the drink driving laws in Perthshire are the same as the rest of Scotland. The legal alcohol limit is less than in other parts of the UK, at 22 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath or 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.