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Aberdeen is widely considered to be one of Scotland’s most stately cities, featuring everything from beautiful sandy beaches and ocean-views to stunning architecture of Old Aberdeen. The city is nearby a number of attractions of national importance; including the Cairngorms National Park, the United Kingdom’s largest national park; and Scotland’s Castle Trail, that let’s you discover 18 of Scotland’s most impressive castles.

Visitors arriving in the country’s north eastern city of Aberdeen will most likely find themselves at either Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ) or Aberdeen Train Station, both of which provide easy access to the city’s hotels, restaurants, shops, and car hire services. While those staying in the city centre may not need a car, if you’re hoping to explore the beautiful region of Aberdeenshire then hiring a car may save you money and time during your trip.

Hiring a Car from Aberdeen International Airport (ABZ)

Like most major airports, Aberdeen International Airport is home to a car rental centre that hosts some of the industry's best known 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.

Hiring a Car near Aberdeen Train Station

Visitors will find a number of car hire centres within a short walk or taxi-drive from Aberdeen Train Station, including leading brands such as Sixt and Enterprise, as well as local services such as Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental and Car Hire Aberdeen. To receive the best price on your car hire, as well as your preference in vehicles (SUV, compact, van etc.), be sure to reserve your car in advance.

Drive through the Stunning Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park is one of the last true wildernesses to be found in the United Kingdom, and those driving through the park will not only come across a wide range of picturesque scenery, but can also visit a number of iconic local sites, such as Balmoral Castle, which has been one of the residences of the British Royal Family since 1852. You can also see Blair Castle and Gardens, whose long and storied history includes visits from Mary Queen of Scots, Queen Victoria, and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Cairngorms National Park is currently at work on perfecting their ‘Snow Roads Scenic Route’, which will be a must-drive when completed in 2016. It is important to remember that these roads can become dangerous to drive in the winter time, so please check road reports before planning your tour.

Visit the Highland Capital of Inverness

Those willing to embark on the scenic three hour drive from Aberdeen to Inverness will be rewarded with an array of wonderful coastal sites to enjoy along the way in towns like Nairn along the Moray Firth. The attractive city of Inverness is also worth the trip, as it features sites like the pink Inverness Castle, and the nearby waters of Loch Ness.

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