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Petrol Stations?

Jensen Beach...
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Petrol Stations?

Hi We leave Florida in about 4 wks to head to Scotland. We will be renting a car and was wondering how hard petrols stations are to find, is there a list of locations? Thanks for any suggestions.

\Bev

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1. Re: Petrol Stations?

They are usually near large supermarkets or main road junctions.

Any that atre hidden away in back streets tend to go bust.

You won't drive that far without seeing one, so the simplest thing is to fill up when you are half-empty, which gives you about 400-600 miles range within which to find the next petrol station.

What's your itinerary, so that we might identify any 'gaps in petrol station provision'.?

Obviously, the more rural the area (eg north and west of the Caledonian Canal) the fewer the petrol stations. But you should never go 50 miles without seeing one.

Rural and island petrol tends to be much more expensive than town stations.

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2. Re: Petrol Stations?

petrolprices.com has a list of about 11,000 petrol stations and monitors about 8,000 of them daily for fuel prices. Free registration needed.

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3. Re: Petrol Stations?

You will not have a problem in finding petrol stations in Scotland, unless you are in the remoter parts of the Highlands. Most big supermarkets have them (notably larger branches of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Asda). Well known international brands such as Shell, BP and Esso (Exxon in USA) can be found. Petrol stations are almost always self-service; many petrol stations at supermarkets often have self-service payment facilities too (using a credit card).

One tip - if driving on the A9 road (between Perth and Inverness) you will not see any petrol stations by the side of the road. Don't worry, just drive into the the nearest town or village (all are clearly signposted). Pitlochry is good place to stop off for petrol.

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4. Re: Petrol Stations?

We are going Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen,Thurso, Isle of Skye, Oban back to Edinburgh possibly south to the borders for a day.

A stupid question. Looked at above site that was recommended for stations and saw price 113.9p how much is that exactly in pounds, is it 113 pounds, use to the usa $2.63~.

Thanks

Bev

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5. Re: Petrol Stations?

Its £1,13 per litre mind, not per gallon so multiply by 3.7 to get US gallons, roughly £3,60 per US gallon then.

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6. Re: Petrol Stations?

You'll be fine! Only thing I'd note is that many gas stations on the west coast near Skye etc will not be open on a Sunday, so plan that into your trip :-)

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Thanks Ronaldo :)

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8. Re: Petrol Stations?

most rental cars are diesel engines - should give you approx 400 miles per tank.

just be careful when you refuel - it can cause a bit of a problem filling the wrong fuel (and costs a bomb if you don't notice and drive until the engine stops)

as others have said - do refuel when you are at 1/2 tank and you should be OK

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9. Re: Petrol Stations?

That price of £1.13 per litre is to be found in the Cities, as mentioned earlier expect to pay around £1.19 in the sticks, so fill up whenever in the Cities or at one of the big supermarkets for the best prices, $2.63 a gallon? bet you never realised you had it so good!

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10. Re: Petrol Stations?

As mentioned above - make sure you know what fuel your vehicle uses. If you haven't driven a modern diesel, you may be surprised how smooth they are. On more than one occasion I have had to double check that tghe rental car I had been given really was a diesel - so smooth I thought it was a petrol.

At the filling station.

Diesel fuel lines are black.

Unleaded petrol (gas) lines are green.

Putting petrol in a diesel engine will destroy the fuel management system - in a modern car that's about £2,000 to replace.