any questions?

We want you to be informed about the terms of rental and to be confident in our service

If you wish to ask us a question or would like more information on renting a car from DriveSkye, please email us at

We looked at a number of car hire companies on Skye. DriveSkye were the friendliest and most helpful. Quick to respond to enquiries, easy booking, good value.

How old do I need to be to rent a vehicle from DriveSkye?

Anyone wishing to rent a vehicle must be at least 25 years old and have held a full, valid driving licence for at least 24 months at the start of your rental.

Do I need to bring my driving licence with me?

Yes. All drivers must bring all parts of their driving licence with them. Under the terms of our insurance, we can currently only rent to drivers whose driving licence was issued in the United Kingdom, EU, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand.

If you hold a driving licence whose country of issue is different from the above, please contact us directly to discuss rental options.

Do I need to bring proof of identification?

Yes. You must bring your driving licence, one other form of photographic identification such as a passport or national identity card and a credit card with valid signature. 


What is included in the rental price?

Your rental includes VAT, comprehensive insurance, roadside recovery, and unlimited mileage.

Will I need to give a pre-authorisation or pay a security deposit?

Yes. We will require a pre-authorisation to cover the insurance excess. This must be secured by credit card upon collection of the vehicle.

Where do I collect the rental vehicle?

We meet all of our customers upon arrival at the ferry terminal in Armadale as courtesy. You are also welcome to  collect your rental vehicle from MacGillivray Motors Ltd, which is a five-minute walk away.

Can I have a vehicle delivered to me at another location?

We ask that all of our rental vehicles be collected from Armadale. If you are arriving at another point on the island, we can advise on how best to reach us.

Can I return the vehicle out of hours or drop it off at another location?

We ask that all of our vehicles be returned to Armadale. You will find useful information and links to local and national transport services here.

We can accommodate out of hours return and we go over this process upon collection. 

Will I be allowed to inspect the vehicle when I collect it?

Yes. It is very important to us that you are happy with your rental and that you feel confident driving the vehicle. You will have the opportunity to check and agree both the interior and exterior condition of the vehicle. A member of the team will also make sure that you are familiar with the basic controls, operation and use of the vehicle before driving the vehicle.

Will the vehicle come with a full tank of fuel?

Yes. All our rental vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel and should be returned with a full tank or you will be required to pay the costs of re-fuelling.

Can anyone else drive the car?

Yes, but only if they fulfil the conditions of rental and have signed the rental agreement. 

Can I extend the rental period?

Yes. We can arrange to extend the rental period subject to vehicle availability, but this must be requested before the end of the original hire period to ensure continual insurance cover.

What happens if the vehicle breaks down during rental?

Roadside assistance is included free of charge. If you need to call for roadside assistance, you must only call us or our roadside assistance provider. 

Will I be liable for damages to the vehicle?

Vehicle rental includes fully comprehensive insurance. An insurance excess applies – £500.00 for EU drivers and £800.00 for non-EU drivers and requires to be guaranteed by credit card upon commencement of rental.

You will be responsible for the damage repair amount up to the value of the excess in respect of each and every incident involving the rental vehicle. This includes punctures, damage to wheels, wheel trims, tyres, windscreen, lost or broken keys and any damage due to negligence; the cost of damage resulting from incorrect fuel; and any damage to additional extras such as child seats and GPS devices.

Am I allowed to smoke in the car?

No. It is against the law to smoke in public places within the United Kingdom and the vehicle is considered a public place. Any evidence of smoking in the vehicle will result in a £100 fine.

Am I allowed to have pets in the car?

We currently do not allow pets in any of our vehicles.

Where can I find out about driving in the UK?

It is your responsibility to ensure that you adhere to UK road safety laws and you can view these online at:

You will find useful tips and advice on driving on the island on our website here.

What happens if I get a speeding or parking fine during the rental period?

You are responsible for all fixed penalties, fines and charges issued during the rental period. These could include parking charges, toll charges, traffic or speeding fines, towing charges and clamping costs.

If a fine or charge is sent to us because you haven’t paid a charge or complied with the law, we will deduct the payment for the fine or charge from your credit card.

I wish to cancel my booking. Will I be charged?

Reservations must be cancelled in writing, by email, no later than 7 days in advance of the start date of the rental. Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the start date of the rental will be subject to a cancellation fee of £100.00. Cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to the start date of the rental will be subject to the full cost of the rental being deducted.

Who should I contact with any additional questions?

Email us at and we will be happy to help with any questions you might have.


We have a small fleet of well-maintained, compact and economical cars that are ideal for exploring the island.