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Hertz Car Hire in Dundee

The waterfront city of Dundee is a welcoming mix of old industrial architecture and new high-tech industries that forms the perfect base for exploring the impressive landscapes of the surrounding area.

To get out and explore Dundee, as well as nearby the beaches, mountains and forests, it really helps to have a hire car. We’re conveniently placed near the distinctive hill known as The Law that overlooks the centre of Scotland’s fourth city.

It’s a handy location for reaching the city centre, the Tay Bridge and the outlying commercial districts. We aim to get you in a car as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you hire a car in Dundee remember that we offer the facility to drop your vehicle off at any of our other rental sites if that suits your journey plans.

Driving in and around Dundee

Dundee looks across over the River Tay

Dundee stands in an enviable location on the north bank of the River Tay just a few miles from the sea. The city centre links directly to the Fife Peninsular to the south of the river, thanks to the Tay Road Bridge carrying the A92. This continues east of Dundee along the coast towards Carnoustie and Arbroath.

The A90 forms a dual-carriageway ring road around the north of Dundee. It heads west to Perth to meet the M90, which can whisk you down to Edinburgh, 60 miles south. The A90 also heads north from Dundee, towards Forfar and Aberdeen.

Other roads that can help you get around easily include the A991, which forms a tight ring road around the city centre, and the A85, which links the city to its airport. You’ll find that the Tay Road Bridge is the only crossing of the river between the sea and Perth, 30 miles inland.

The 1.4-mile bridge was opened in 1966 and is one of the longest road bridges in Europe. The crossing is free and one of the essential experiences of a visit to Dundee.

Driving and parking in Dundee is better than many other cities, thanks to this helpful road network and the provision of so many parking spaces by the city council.

Many streets in the very heart of Dundee are pedestrianised but around the inner ring road there are 530 on-street spaces and a ring of car parks offering around 5,000 parking spaces. This is one of the reasons Dundee has been voted the number one city in the UK for ‘car and motorist friendliness’.

A Quick Guide to Dundee

Broughty Ferry Castle in Dundee

Residing on Scotland's east coast, Dundee is renowned for its ‘jute, jam and journalism’. That refers to its role in producing jute cloth and rope in the 19th-century, its marmalade factory and being the home of DC Thomson, which produces comics and magazines.

But you’ll find that today’s city is equally dominated by contemporary industries, including video game developers and biotechnology firms.

The Discovery and scientific exploration

Like its industries, Dundee is a mix of old and new. One of the most popular sights is Shackleton and Scott’s Arctic polar exploration ship RRS Discovery, which is moored at Discovery Point on the Tay.

It was built in Dundee in 1901 before spending two years trapped in pack ice in Antarctica. Today, you can explore inside the ship and learn more about the crew’s hardships through authentic antique artefacts and interactive displays.

You’ll find a more modern attraction within the striking architecture of the multi-million-pound Dundee Science Centre. This exciting museum is a family-friendly way to learn more about science through a collection of exhibits on topics ranging from robotics to keyhole surgery.

Retail therapy

Dundee is a regional shopping centre for a wide area of northeast Scotland, so there is every type of retail offering. You can explore shops ranging from major malls to quirky independent stores.

The best place for browsing the big name stores is in Murraygate and the High Street, both of which are pedestrianised. Look out here for the statue of one of local publisher DC Thomson’s best-known comic creations, ‘Desperate Dan’.

Alongside, within easy walking distance, are two large malls, the Overgate Centre to the southwest and Wellgate Centre to the northeast, packed with familiar stores.

Running off the High Street, however, are smaller alleys and streets with unique boutiques, independent shops and quirky cafes. Nearby is the Forum Centre indoor market. Further south, check out the newer stores along Dock Street and Exchange Street that are transforming this former dockland into an extension of the High Street area.

Golf, of course

You’ll find two of the world’s best-known golf courses within a short drive of Dundee: Carnoustie to the east and St Andrews to the south of the Tay.

There are plenty of great courses even closer too, befitting this area of Scotland that gave birth to the sport. Downfield, Camperdown and Caird Park are just to the north of the A90 and Scotscraig lies just across the Tay Bridge to the south.

Exploring outside Dundee

The old fishing town of Arbroath is a few miles up the coast. The classic local speciality to try here is an Arboath Smokie, a salted and smoked fillet of haddock.

To the north of Dundee the village of Glamis is dominated by its huge fairytale castle, the legendary setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The old cottages and Folk Museum offer a chance to see how the other half lived in rural Scotland in times gone by.

Kirriemuir, a few miles further north, is a charming old market town with narrow winding streets. The must-see attraction here is the birthplace of JM Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan - you’ll spot a statue of Peter in the centre of the town too.