Scotland is a destination that everyone passionate about traveling should visit. Scotland covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain, sharing a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west.
In addition to the scenic mainland, Scotland is made up of more than 790 islands, including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.
So there is a lot to see and the best way to experience as much as possible, is to get behind the steering wheel and hit the road. Depending on the weather and who are you travelling with, here are 5 popular cars to drive in Scotland.
There is something intimate about this chic Italian city car, that is also perfect for some longer trips. The soft top retracts to give you a new perspective of the road and weather. Enough space for your gear if you are travelling solo or with a partner, good fuel economy and performance. Clearly it is a more popular choice for females, though it is a fun drive for everyone, especially if you are planning to spend more time in cities.
New Skoda Superb Combi
The third generation Skoda Superb is now more giant and range-topping than ever. The car is 3cm longer and 5cm wider that its predecessor, with more space inside, offering 660 litres of space and when folding down the rear seats increasing the boot capacity to an extraordinary 1,950 litres. Combined with great choices of four-cylinder turbodiesels ranging from 118bhp to 187bhp, or petrols spanning from 123bhp to 217bhp and also optional 4WD on some engines, you can literally park it on the beach and sleep in it comfortably, assuming you are not a tall basketball player.
The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most iconic compact off-road vehicles with roots in the World War II Willys MB models. Now in its third generation the Wrangler is far from being new (it desperately needs a big update and the fourth generation is expected to arrive in the coming years), but it still offers plenty of fun. Available both as a compact SUV with two doors and as an Unlimited model with four doors, it is great to drive off-road and also with the soft top offers the feel of a convertible. The short wheelbase model feels much better off-road, but the longer version is a must have if you have a family or want to take more friends with you.
Volkswagen Caravelle or Transporter T5 has its roots in the iconic Type 2 camper. Of course the model has very little similarities with the iconic van. The current generation was launched in 2003 and through different facelifts has remained a popular people mover with many impressive features.
One of the most popular versions of the Transporter T5 is California campervan range. The range topping ‘California’ is a fully equipped camper with beds, sink, and fold-up seat and tables. The entry level ‘California Beach’ comes with just a fold-up bed.
In any configuration the T5 is great to drive and with the California specification it would be a perfect road trip mini bus to explore Scotland.
Porsche 718 Boxster
This would be my top pick if I were to explore Scotland during the summer, either alone or with someone special. With a new 718 prefix, the new Boxster is powered by a four-cylinder power for the first time packing up to 350 hp in the S model and 300 hp in the base model. That’s plenty to feel the Atlantic breeze in your hair while taking scenic coastal roads. The trunk and frunk won’t with too much, but you can grab the essentials.
If you are heading to Scotland are are looking for a car, then check out used cars in Scotland by Hertz Rent2Buy. When you are planning a longer trip it is a very good option versus traditional car renting.