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Edinburgh or Airport Accommodations? Car Suggestions?

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Edinburgh or Airport Accommodations? Car Suggestions?

We (two couples) will be coming to Scotland in the latter part of June. We plan to spend 4 nights in/near Edinburgh. During this time we expect to visit St. Andrews, Stirling, and Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, etc. We intend to rent a car as we will be traveling over the next week to the Highlands and Skye before flying out from Glasgow.

My questions are as follows. Would we be better off finding accommodations closer to the airport, making our visits to St. Andrews and Stirling somewhat easier, or would we be better off staying in Edinburgh and only renting the car for the last two days of our Edinburgh stay and driving to Stirling and St. Andrews from the city? This would save about 100 BP prime location fee, but isn't a major factor in our decision.

Finally, the four of us will each have a sizable suitcase and purses, camera bags, etc. I am considering a large SUV (Jeep Cherokee, etc.), but have concerns about the size of the vehicle on the back roads of the Highlands and Skye. Is this a legitimate concern? If so, what are some alternatives that would be smaller but hold our luggage?

Thanks to all of you who take the time to help.

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1. Re: Edinburgh or Airport Accommodations? Car Suggestions?

In terms of the car something like a Ford Mondeo Estate or Passat Estate might be ok for 4 adults and bags? It depends where you're heading but you might encounter single track roads with passing places once you get further north.

I definitely wouldn't hire a car for the days you plan to spend sight seeing in Edinburgh, you can travel around easily by foot and bus. The choice of hotel location is really up to you. As you say, it will be cheaper to stay outside the centre and somewhere to the west/north west of town would be most sensible for accessing Stirling and St Andrews. You could do Stirling and St Andrews by train if you chose to stay central. My only concern about not staying in the city centre (or nearby) would be having things to do and places to eat in an evening. That said, the local buses run until late so getting to/from town isn't an issue so long as you don't mind being out all day and not being able to go back to your hotel to change before going out later for dinner etc.

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2. Re: Edinburgh or Airport Accommodations? Car Suggestions?

Rent the biggest car you can afford. There's nothing worse than 4 adults and a lot of luggage crammed into a Ford Focus. A range rover or as the previous poster said, an estate car, would do it. Don't worry about the roads. If heavy goods vehicles can get along them to deliver to the shops then so can you.

There are plenty of accommodation options on the west side of town. Take the airport bus there and back to the airport to hire your car. St Andrews is awkward by train. It's a good place to hit on your first day as you leave Edinburgh by car

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3. Re: Edinburgh or Airport Accommodations? Car Suggestions?

To do St Andrews on the train you need to take the train to Leuchars and then the bus into St Andrews:

stagecoachbus.com/PdfUploads/…20.pdf

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