Zipcar has hopped across Hadrian's Wall and you can now book cars in Glasgow and Edinburgh - perfect for when you're up for that overdue family reunion or visiting on business. The cars are parked at airports, meaning you can jump off the plane and straight into a Zipcar to take you the rest of the way.
We've rounded up our favourite things to do with a Zipcar near these great cities, giving you plenty of inspiration for a stay-cation. (And don't forget you can save on longer trips with our Multiday, Anytime Rates)
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Plus we've indicated the destinations' nearest Zipcar city and the closest Zipcar to the train station for Londoners making a real break away from metropolis.
Distance from Zipcar's Glasgow Airport location: 38.7 miles
This royal home of the Stewarts is equal distance from Glasgow and Edinburgh, so whichever Scottish Zipcar city you’re visiting, Stirling Castle is a must-zip destination for anyone with even a passing interest for history. The Palace itself has been restored to the colourful glory it held upon completion under James V in 1545, making it one of the best preserved Renaissance buildings in the UK – you can almost hear the lute and the hog crackling on the spit. And if the winds aren’t ready to whip up hell, you can enjoy a walk along the walls of the Castle, with views across the battlefields of Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn.
Castle Esplanade, Stirling, FK8 1EJ; adult entry: £14
Distance from Zipcar's Glasgow Airport location: from 17.8 miles
A childhood favourite for many of the Scottish-born Zipcar team, there’s a bit of something for everyone at Loch Lomond. From paddling in the shallows on that rare Scottish summer day, to long bike rides along the water’s edge, and from daring water skiing, to carefully tracking red squirrels, otters and sparrowhawk on one of the many nature trails.
Distance from Zipcar's Glasgow Airport location: approx. 35 miles to Ben Venue
While also part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, we felt the great range of hills and mountains of the Trossachs region were worth a mention in their own right. Whether you’re a gentle hillwalker or a ‘Munro Bagger’, the Trossachs is a great place to start when zipping from Glasgow. From easier ascents like Ben A’an (1,491ft) which rewards you with views over Loch Katrine at its summit, to more full on ‘Corbetts’ like the neighbouring Ben Venue (2,420ft). If you’re after a Munro though, you can’t go wrong with nearby Ben Lomond (3196ft).
Left to right: View of Loch Katrine from the summit of Ben A'an; Zipcar's Danni exhausted after climbing Ben A'an
Distance from Zipcar's Edinburgh Airport location: 12.2 miles
Birthplace of the infamous Mary Queen of Scots and pleasure palace of the Stewarts, Linlithgow Palace sits majestically beside a loch. The estate has been twice ravaged by fire, yet the roofless great hall can still evoke a good ‘wow’ from visitors. If the weather is treating you well, bring along a picnic to enjoy in the expansive park that surrounds the Palace, and try and spot the wildfowl for which the loch has been deemed a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Kirkgate, Linlithgow, EH49 7AL; adult entry: £5.50
north queensferry deep sea world & the forth bridge
Distance from Zipcar's Edinburgh Airport location: 11.7 miles
There may not be any trolls under the iconic Forth Rail Bridge, but there are schools of sharks, piranhas, seals and many more wonders of the sea at Deep Sea World. If you’re really feeling brave you can even dive with the sharks! But while you’re in the area, be sure to take time to appreciate the Forth Bridge – when it was completed in the late nineteenth century it was considered the eighth wonder of the world – and enjoy the views from the parallel Forth Road Bridge.
Battery Quarry, North Queensferry, Fife, KY11 1JR; adult entry: £13.50
Distance from Zipcar's Edinburgh Airport location: 19.2 miles
Anyone who watched the 2014 Commonwealth Games will recognise the two 100ft glistening horse heads, known as The Kelpies. These equine guardians of the Forth & Clyde Canal are the brain-child of sculptor Andy Scott and took 8 years to construct. As magnificent as they are photographed against the (admittedly rare) Scottish blue skies, you really need to get up close to appreciate how spectacular they truly are.
Grangemouth, Falkirk, FK2 9EE; free entry