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Rental car from GLA to highlands to Dundee- one way

I need a rental car for a few days to see the highlands. I'd like to pick the car up in Glasgow, then return it in Dundee before taking public transportation to the Glasgow airport to fly home. Dundee is my next stop after the highlands. Every car rental site will not allow the one-way rental. Any tips or suggestions? The car rental prices are astronomical!

Posted by
21086 posts

Have you tried AutoEurope, Kemwell and Gemut? They are rental-car consolidators; perhaps one of the companies they work with is one you've overlooked?

Everyone is reporting sky-high rental rates now, so I'm not sure that part of your problem has a solution.

Posted by
5556 posts

The most popular car rental site by far is Arnold Clark, a long established Scottish company, judging by the number of their vehicles we see on the road.

They allow pick up in Glasgow and drop in Dundee, based on the dummy dates I just plugged in. There were few automatics available - possibly because they would need to be repatriated to Glasgow, as there is probably little demand for them in Dundee, hence the high price. If you want a manual, there was plenty of choice for my dummy dates. Rentals are always more expensive in the summer months.

Posted by
1345 posts

Arnold Clark is one of Scotland's largest car dealership, so that car you are renting today, some local is buying tomorrow!

Posted by
49 posts

@Jennifer, you are my hero! Arnold Clark was the only company that would allow me to do a one-way from Glasgow to Dundee. Your advice saved me around $500 in unneeded days of car rental, plus parking on those extra days. Thank you SO much!

In case anyone is curious, the cost of a 5-door, automatic transmission car for three days is $344.75 total. This includes a $75 one-way drop-off fee. I did also add on the guaranteed refund if I need to cancel and a dash cam.

Posted by
153 posts

We did a Manual car rental last November but as the vacation approached my wife was apprehensive about driving it. We asked at our pickup location in Inverness and received a slightly larger car with automatic for about 300 pounds more for the 19 days, dropping off in Glasgow at the end. We were very happy as online it was FAR more to do that.

Very helpful chap at the Inverness Airport