Car Hire at Wick Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
Discover some of Scotland's most remote areas the easy way: hire a car at Wick Airport. There's not much in the way of public transport this far north, so it's best to have your own form of transport. With four wheels you can get out and explore the rugged scenery of the highlands, pop in for a dram in the friendly villages, and hang ten at some seriously intense surfing beaches.
Where to hire a car at Wick Airport
Europcar/National is currently the only firm offering car hire at Wick Airport. It's recommended that you book your rental in advance to avoid disappointment.
Petrol stations near Wick Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There's a petrol station at the Tesco superstore, which is just a few minutes' drive from the airport. Alternatively you can fuel up in Wick itself.
Driving around Wick Airport
The roads around Wick Airport are small. The A9 (the 'spine of Scotland', which connects John O'Groats to Falkirk in the Central Belt) is about 25 minutes drive to the west. We recommend choosing a car hire package that includes a sat-nav system: this will make it more difficult to get lost on those small country roads.
Getting to your destination
We've put together a quick guide to driving from Wick Airport to some of the most popular destinations nearby. You should always try to plan your route before you fly, even if you are planning to use a sat-nav.
Formerly a Viking settlement and one of Europe's busiest herring ports, today Wick is a charming town perfectly located for exploring the far north of Scotland.
It takes about 5 minutes to drive into Wick from the airport. Free parking is widely available throughout the town, and there's a large car park beside the airport too. Most of the accommodation in Wick will offer guest parking: it's a good idea to confirm this before you go.
One of the northernmost points in the British Isles, John O'Groats is packed with Scottish history and blessed with dramatic scenery.
It takes just over 20 minutes to drive to John O'Groats from Wick Airport. There's a large free car park in John O'Groats, and plenty of other places to leave your car for an hour or two.
The most northerly town on the British mainland is a picturesque destination. As well as great cafes, old fashioned shops, and a great museum, Thurso also has a fantastic surf scene.
It takes about half an hour to drive to Thurso from Wick Airport. Parking is ample, and for the most part free.
Prices subject to change