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a VirtualTourist member from Richmond asked on Sep 8, 2016

Scotland

How safe is it to leave a rental car with luggage while we take walks in the Highlands?

Since walks and hikes are such an integral part of a Highlands trip this question has been bugging me. We'd like to stop off for a 3-4 hour walk in Glencoe between our B&B stops in Oban and Plockton however we'll have our bags with us. Oddly enough this is the only time that it will be a problem. I suppose that we could re-arrange our day trips however we'd be doubling back to see the area - not that it would be a hardship! Anyway, can any see a problem with leaving our worldly belongings in a road-side car park for a few hours? Thanks, Pete



12 Answers


answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Tuttlingen

The danger won't be higher than anywhere else. All the car parks are next to the main road through Glencoe, and if you "hide" your belongings in the trunk of the car, I doubt that anything will happen at all. It might be a different thing if you leave backpacks or handbags visibly in the passenger cabin, but this is something I would never do anywhere, not even in my own backyard. So if you exercise caution you should be fine. Scotland is not a dangerous place, but if you want to be 100% sure you might have to double back. We had to do, not because of our luggage but because of the weather. Glencoe, as majestic as it is in pouring rain and fog, was much more interesting in nicer weather...




answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Chicago

We recently did a drive around Scotland and frequently left our luggage in the car, however, we put everything in the trunk so that you couldn't see that there was luggage in the car. I rented one up from the smallest so I made sure that we would have enough room for our bags. I never left my passports in the car when we were out and about nor any money etc., everything else can be replaced. I'd just advise to make it look like it's not the car of a couple of people that have something of value in their car (good advice for anywhere)




answered on 9/8/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Agree that is it no less safe than anywhere else and considerably safer than many, many places....including wherever you park your car in any UK town or city.

Obviously you'll make sure that absolutely *nothing* of any value is left visible in the car (anywhere, not just in the Highlands). Not even a coat, because thieves can assume something is hidden underneath or in the pockets.




answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Aberlour

I would say living in the highlands, you could in all likelihood even leave the car unlocked and it will all be there when you get back. Considerably safer than back in civilization up here in the Highlands. However the midgies will probably steal a few pints of blood off you while you are walking. Avon skin so soft or the most powerful insect repellant money can buy is strongly recommended.




answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

My tether was a member of the rambling club and used to take trips most weekends in the better months. He once had his car broken into, but maybe that was once in several hundred trips. Cannot remember exactly where this happened but it was in a car park at the beginning of a hiking route. So normally it is safe enough, but as said above it can happen anywhere.




answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

Sorry, meant to say my father!




answered on 9/8/16 by
a VT member from Toronto

You wouldn't have any problem if all the valuables are packed well and kept in the car trunk. Park your vehicle only in parking areas. But carry the important documents with you.




answered on 9/8/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

There aren't always formal 'parking areas' in the Highlands where one wants to walk. Nor, indeed, in most of the UK's areas of lovely countryside. Thankfully.




answered on 9/10/16 by
a VT member from Richmond

Thanks to all of you for your help. I figured it would be as you all stated however it just feels better hearing from experience. Loved the Skin So Soft recommendation! it is a staple in the South (US) for everything from biting flies to mosquitoes (except ticks). Thanks again, and happy travellin'.




answered on 9/11/16 by
a VT member from Glasgow

As someone from the Highlands, I would say that that the post by onewhisky is the most accurate but to be on the safe side, I would lock my car and put valuables in the boot. I wouldn't think twice about it.

--------------------------------------------------------------- by onewhisky [Online Now] Sep 8, 2016 at 1:22 PM

I would say living in the highlands, you could in all likelihood even leave the car unlocked and it will all be there when you get back. Considerably safer than back in civilization up here in the Highlands. However the midgies will probably steal a few pints of blood off you while you are walking. Avon skin so soft or the most powerful insect repellant money can buy is strongly recommended.




answered on 9/11/16 by
a VT member from Vancouver

I too agree with onewhisky, there is a very small chance that someone will want to break into your car and lake your dirty laundry. Just don't leave anything of obvious value (or anything that might be conceived as valuable) in clear sight.




answered on 9/12/16 by
a VT member

Know the area well. Shouldn't be a problem but don't leave things such as handbags and wallets etc on display. Lovely part of Scotland Enjoy. I 'd leave my bags in the car without worries





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