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Car Hire & 5 day tour

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Car Hire & 5 day tour

Could anyone recommend a car hire company based at Sumburgh Airport.

Also suggestions for a five day tour around the Shetlands

Edinburgh, Scotland
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1. Re: Car Hire & 5 day tour

Haven't used them yet, but I've booked with a company called Bolts and the booking was done easily online and they confirmed it quite quickly. Google for more info.

Good luck

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Hi I use Bolts all the time when in Shetland and never had any problems. Once got my vehicle upgraded for no extra cost. If you get a vehicle from them you get it full of fuel and you return it full of fuel or they will charge you for the fuel they use to fill it up and it is more expensive that way.

Molde, Norway
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3. Re: Car Hire & 5 day tour

The company which has the airport franchise now is Star . Here's a link to them:


I hired from them last year, price reasonable, car very good.

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4. Re: Car Hire & 5 day tour

I hired a car from Star at the airport. The service and the care were first class. It looks like you can choose either of these companies.

Regarding a tour round the islands, you may find five days is a bit too long for the mainland. It would be OK if you were taking in some of the other islands I suppose but the car could be a problem if you are using lots of ferries.

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5. Re: Car Hire & 5 day tour

Have you already decided where you are going to stay?

Also are there things that you particularly want to see?

And finally, when are you planning to go? Daylight hours vary considerably during the year so that is a factor to consider in suggesting routes to you.

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6. Re: Car Hire & 5 day tour

To give you some idea of what you can see in 5 days on Shetland, I would say 25% of the place at best.

Reason I say this is that I come from Shetland originally, but now live in Norway. When I first took my Norwegian partner to see Shetland we had 10 days, drove 1200 miles around the islands, and she reckons she's only seen about 50% of it. I must agree with her, because we were taking pictures for our website, and although we took well over 3000 images, we only got about a quarter of the pictures we needed.

For some information and pictures from Shetland see our website:


or a great site with pictures from all over Shetland:




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