Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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UK islands will be key tourist hotspots this year, according to Avis Car Rental UK.

The rental brand have analysed popular destination searches on its website in March 2019 versus the same period last year.

Skye, Arran, the Outer Hebrides, the Orkneys and the Shetland Islands all appear on the list.  

Inverness saw an increase of more than 30 per cent this year – acting as the gateway to Oban, Skye and the Outer Hebrides.

Lerwick, the harbour capital and largest settlement of the Shetland islands also saw an increase of 25 per cent in search traffic.

Prestwick has one of the closest airports to the Isle of Arran and has seen the biggest increase in searches this year, with over 93 per cent more searches in 2019 compared to last year. It was closely followed by the Orkney island capital of Kirkwall, up almost 66 per cent, in second place.

Nina Bell, Managing Director, UK & Scandinavia, Avis Budget Group says: "The UK offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, but traditionally the scenic islands surrounding the mainland often don't get a look in – until now it would seem.

"With all the locations on the list now easier than ever before to explore by car, and without the need to worry about a passport, we are preparing for a busy summer in some of our more remote locations as curious Brits look set to venture further afield in their homeland this year."

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