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Driving in Scotland


Scotland has an excellent road network with motorways and dual carriageway roads linking many of the main cities and towns. The primary road network extends over most of the country except for a few remote areas, where there are single track roads with passing places (this means that you have to draw in to let others pass or overtake). It is part of the pleasurable experience in getting away from traffic jams to drive on the quiet roads in Scotland. There are no tolls on the roads in Scotland but there are 4 bridges which have a toll charge - Forth, Tay, Erskine and Skye bridges.

Driving in Scotland


Driving License and Insurance


The holder of an overseas driving license may, for a period of up to one year, drive a motor vehicle in Britain. Visitors bringing their own cars from overseas require green-card insurance and the car registration documents.


Drinking & Driving


You are strongly advised not to drink and drive. Penalties are severe.


Speed Limits

  • Motorway 70mph/112kph

  • Dual Carriageway 70mph/112kph

  • Single Carriageway 60mph/96kph

  • Built-up areas 30mph/48kph

unless otherwise signposted. Unmarked police cars and cameras are positioned on many roads.




Many fuel stations throughout Scotland are open 24 hours a day and all with leaded and unleaded petrol and diesel. In remote areas, distances between stations are greater and opening hours may be shorter. Fuel is sold by the litre and the gallon.


Seat Belts


It is compulsory to wear seat belts, both front and rear. Small children and babies must be restrained in a appropriate child seat or carrier. Child seats should be ordered when you book your car.


The Highway Code


The rules for driving in Britain can be found in the Highway Code available from Her Majesty's Stationary Office (i.e. government bookshops), other bookshops, newsagents and from motoring organisations, for example the AA and the RAC.