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Why hire a car in Aberdeen?

Don’t let Aberdeen’s nickname of the “Granite City” put you off; from beautiful sandy beaches and ocean views to the stunning architecture of the old town, Aberdeen is one of Scotland’s most stately cities. But if you hire a car and hit the road, you’ll be within easy reach of some of Scotland’s finest treasures, including the stunning Cairngorms National Park and Scotland’s spectacular Castle Trail.

How to get to and around Aberdeen?

Visitors arriving in Aberdeen will most likely find themselves at either Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) or the train station, both of which provide easy access to the city’s hotels, restaurants, shops, and Aberdeen car hire services.

Aberdeen Airport is home to leading car rental companies including Hertz, National, Europcar, and Enterprise. The airport is located just five miles north of the city centre, and those choosing to drive can reach the city centre via the A96. Alternatively, the Jet Service bus takes about 35 minutes.

What brands are available?

Car hire brands available in Aberdeen include Avis, Europcar, Budget, Sixt and Hertz.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Aberdeen

Planning a day at the beach might seem a bit odd this far north, but Balmedie on the outskirts of Aberdeen boasts a beautiful stretch of sand with miles of dunes to walk (and play) on. The water is safe and clean (if a little chilly), and the breeze coming in from the North Sea creates the perfect conditions for both surfing and flying kites. Keen photographers will find plenty of opportunities for wide-angle shots, while nature lovers can spot seals and sometimes even whales. Driving time: 40 minutes.

Aberdeenshire has been called “Scotland’s Castle Country”, and with good reason. The Castle Trail put together by Visit Scotland runs from Stonehaven (just south of Aberdeen) to Alford and features 19 of the county’s most impressive examples. An easy day trip for history buffs would be to take in a few of the spectacular castles surrounding Aberdeen – perhaps starting at Dunnottar Castle to the south, the epitome of a romantic ruined castle in a dramatic setting by the sea, where you can spot dolphins and puffins. Then move inland to 16th-century Crathes Castle with its impressive towers, the 13th-century Drum Castle with its gardens, or magnificent Castle Fraser with its ghost tales, all within an easy drive of each other and Aberdeen. Driving time: 30 minutes to Dunnottar Castle.

Kids will love getting close to birds of prey at the Huntly Falconry Centre. There are three public flying displays a day featuring a range of raptors, including include owls, falcons and eagles, with guided hands-on interaction. The centre also provides introductions to falconry for those who want to try their hands at flying these magnificent birds, and has a café for refuelling after your adventures. Driving time: 1 hour 5 minutes.

Tips and tricks for driving in Scotland

If you’re a veteran at driving in the UK, you might think that the uncongested roads of the Scottish Highlands will be a breeze. However, there are a few things to be aware of if you’re driving through the Highlands, especially in winter. The weather can change suddenly, so if your route takes you through exposed sections, it’s worth checking the forecast (or even checking with locals) before hitting the road. There are also a number of mountain passes which are not suitable for learner drivers, and which are sometimes closed in poor weather; again, check your route before you leave.

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