Bolts Car Hire

Shetland's Leading Car Rental Fleet

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Welcome to Bolts Car Hire

Bolts Car Hire is Shetland's largest and most experienced rental company, offering a wide range of modern, well maintained cars, vans, and mini buses. It is our aim to provide a reliable, personal, and friendly service. Our competitive rates cover:

  • Unlimited Mileage
  • Comprehensive Insurance Cover
  • Free Delivery Near Our Depots
  • Free Child Seats On Request
  • No Surcharge On Fuel Refills
Fleet of cars for hire

About Bolts Car Hire

Bolts Car Hire first began operating in 1971, starting with just four cars. The business quickly grew during the construction of the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the late 1970's had a fleet of nearly four hundred vehicles. In 1995, the business was bought by Arlene and John Garriock who, with the help of their family, have continued the Bolts tradition of being a family run business.

Lerwick Main Office

Our main office is on North Road, in Lerwick where our staff are on hand to help with any enquiries you may have, or to pick up or drop off your vehicle. Around the corner from the office is our garage facilities where we fully service and maintain our fleet of vehicles regularly to keep them running smoothly and to meet our own high standards for cleanliness.

As well as our main premises on North Road, Lerwick, we have four other depots where your car can be delivered. For arrivals at Lerwick Ferry Terminal, Cruise Ship Quay and Tingwall Airports please contact our Lerwick office.


Sumburgh is Shetland's main airport and is situated at the southern tip of the mainland, 25 miles from Lerwick. We maintain a fully staffed office and fuel refilling facility at Sumburgh Airport, where Bolts Car Hire has been established for over 45 years. Our car hire office at Sumburgh Airport is open seven days a week for all scheduled and most charter flights. Please let us know your flight number and arrival time.


Northlink run a daily ferry service between Lerwick and Aberdeen, with a connection to the Orkney Isles on certain nights. Contact us to book your car and we will be waiting for you in the terminal. Our desk is situated on the ground floor inside the terminal building and is staffed for a limited time for all prior reservations, between 08:00 and 08:30.

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Used by the Direct Flight inter-isles service, Tingwall Airport is only 7 miles west from Lerwick. The Shetland Islands Council arrange Dial-A-Ride transport to and from the airport for a minimal fee. Telephone us before you fly in and we will arrange to have you collected and taken into our main office at Lerwick where you can collect your car.. You can leave your car at the Airport when you fly out.


Cruise ships visit Lerwick all summer. We can arrange to meet you on the quay, so that you can get away to enjoy your time in Shetland as soon as you get ashore. You can also leave your car back on the quay when you get back. Some days we have more than one cruise ship, so it is important to tell us which one you are on.

Explore Shetland with Bolts Car Hire

Upon arrival in Shetland it will soon become apparent that the islands are much larger than you may have anticipated and that, in order to explore and fully enjoy them, a car is essential. Of the 100 islands comprising the group some 15 are inhabited. Six car-ferry services serve the larger islands. The 625 road miles covering Shetland are well worth exploring and with the freedom of a car you will soon discover the delights of these unique islands. There are over 3000 miles of scenic coastline where birds and wildlife abound.