Any Scottish Highland adventure should include the Outer Hebrides islands. Using Stornoway Airport car hire is the best way to explore the remote islands, which have a limited public transport network. Read our best tips below so you are prepared with the finest information when you book your car through KAYAK. Car hire at Stornoway Airport has five service providers through which you can find the perfect car for your needs.
Car Hire Hebrides is the only car hire provider at Stornoway Airport that has a counter at the airport. If you want to save time, consider using them. Bear in mind that a lot of companies have different requirements with regards to driver age and previous accidents, so make sure you carefully read the terms and conditions. Cancellation policies are very variable, so make sure you clarify the details with the assistant when you book.
Because the island is small and there is a distinct community-oriented atmosphere your car rental experience may be quite different to what you are used to. Some tourists say that they found their rental car parked at the airport, with the keys in the ignition, just waiting for them to drive off. In these cases, they were asked to return the keys to a counter at the airport, or return the car to the car hire office, not located at the airport. This is, however, the exception to the rule. In most cases, you will have a normal Meet and Greet experience, if you use one of the service providers who do not have a counter at the airport.
In keeping with the small town, community vibe on the Hebrides Islands, you will notice car hire companies who are locally owned and operated by families. They pride themselves on their service and offer a personal touch. Vans, SUVs and vehicles suitable for big groups are available, just include your specific or special requirements when you send your booking request.
FAQs about hiring a car at Stornoway Airport
The airport is small. Only Car Hire Hebrides has an office in the arrivals terminal. Follow the signs for a short walk to their office. All the other service providers offer a Meet and Greet service, and they will either meet you at the arrivals terminal or in the car park. Be sure to give Meet and Greet services your flight details.
Due to the island's size, and its relative isolation there are fewer service providers. This means you have less variety to choose from, but also that car hire is more competitive. You are likely to find a good deal if you book well in advance using KAYAK's convenient comparison and booking tool.
If you are travelling with children, don't worry about extra luggage. You can hire booster seats, toddler seats or infant chairs from the car hire company at a low extra charge. Automatic cars are available, but we recommend booking those in advance. Some companies also provide wireless hotspots or GPS navigation systems, so you are certain you won't get lost.
Stornoway Airport has shorter operating hours due to local traffic volume and requirements. The average operating hours are 07:00 to 19:45 during weekdays, 07:00 to 15:15 on Saturdays and 12:45 to 17:15 on Sundays. Car hire companies will be available during these hours for pick-ups and drop-offs. An out-of-hours service is available by prior arrangement.