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Car Rentals in UK & Inverness/Oban Roadtrip Intinerary

Has anyone used the car hire service SIXT? What was your experience with them? Their rates are half of what Enterprise/Avis/Hertz are charging.

We are traveling to Scotland in July and will be spending 3 days in Edinburgh and want to venture north for 3 days/2 nights.

Any suggestions for this itinerary are appreciated.
Head up the A9 stopping for a tour of the Edradour or Dalwhinnie distillery. Drive to Nairn and spend a few hours at the beach before heading to Inverness for the night.

Head south stopping to view Loch Ness, Urquart Castle and the Falls of Foyers then onward to Oban. Any recommendations for restaurants, pubs or music in Oban?
Next day, Oban back to Edinburgh along Loch Lomond.

Thanks.
Jim

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What's drawing you to the Nairn Beach out of curiosity? I've been traveling to the Inverness area for a number of years and have driven through Nairn many times--stopped once to buy rain pants and a outlet type store--but otherwise, we've been on our way to Culbin Sands for walking. Are you looking of a good view of the Moray Firth?

There are a few key sights in the Inverness area that you might want to consider. First, of course, is Culloden Field where Bonnie Prince Charlie was finally defeated. Not far from the battlefield are the Clava Cairns. It's a lovely little stone circle. And then there is Fort George. This the fort that was built after the Battle. It's a star fort and is still in use, but has spectacular views of the Moray Firth.

In Inverness there are quite a few places for music. If you want traditional music, Hootananny is probably your best bet. But Gellions also has music.

If you're in Oban on a Thursday, the Lorne Bar will have traditional music. Another option is one of those traditional music evenings. I went to one in Fort William and it was fun. i'm wondering now if this is the same group as they seem to do it in both Oban and Fort William. Stop and ask in the TI to see what is happening.

The Gig Guide is another resource for finding music. You have to keep checking it as new gigs get added closer to your trip.

Pam

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And Sixt is fine. If they have the best deal, take it.

If you find sometthing better through kayak that isn't consolidated by Holiday Autos, take that instead.

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We had excellent seafood dinners in Oban at Coast and the Waterfront Fishouse. The latter is larger and some tables offer great views. Food was great at both.

If you haven't booked a place to stay in Oban yet, I highly recommend Greystones. Beautiful rooms, modern and very tastefully done, with amazing views over the harbor. Some rooms have a 2-night minimum, but not the standard room. Well worth paying a bit more for the sea view.

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We used Sixt in France years ago, and they were great. Two years ago, we were on a flight to Sicily, and it seemed the rest of the passengers were German. Upon landing, they all lined up at the Sixt rental desk, and we went to the Europcar desk, where we'd found the best price for us. All those Germans couldn't be completely wrong, though ;-)

I'd hope that Sixt is as good in Scotland as they were on The Continent.

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Sixt has been around Europe forever. You also see them in Africa, Asia, South America, and a couple spots in the Middle East. In the last few years they've moved into the US. I've seen them in Atlanta, Charlotte, Las Vegas, and Miami -- so they must be in a lot of other places.

They ain't small spuds.

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Thanks to all on the responses regarding Sixt.

Pamela, my GF wanted an afternoon at the beach and by the ocean. When I searched, Nairn came up in the top 10 according to Trip Advisor. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Beaches

Thanks for the information on where we can find some live music while in the area.

Cheers

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Hmmm, okay. I guess that I most walk on Scotland's beaches. I have one friend from England who seems to always want to make a mad dash into the water. The rest of us look on in awe. Is she looking to soak up some sun? I would just suggest some alternate plans in case the weather doesn't cooperate. Scotland's beaches are really beautiful, but it's also often a wee bit cool. The beach can also be very atmospheric. One of my absolute favorite pictures was taken on a walk on the beach on Harris. The mountains are almost hidden in the mist and their layers upon layers of muted color. I have a print on my wall and often use it a wallpaper on my computer.

Pam