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Situated on the river Lossie in Scotland’s famous whisky region, Elgin is rich in medieval history. The city’s highlight is the hauntingly beautiful ruins of Elgin Cathedral. Elgin is an ideal destination for exploring the Moray Firth coastline and the Scottish Highlands by hire car. Historical cities like Inverness,Dundee,Aberdeen and St Andrews are also within easy reach.
If you’re arriving via Inverness Airport, it’s a 32-mile drive by hire car into Elgin. En route you could stop off to visit Forres, a historic town on the Moray Coast noted for its beauty in springtime. Forres has a castle, parks, gardens, various art galleries and craft shops selling traditional and contemporary Scottish wares.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Keddy, Budget and Alamo. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
The 12th century Elgin Cathedral was once considered to be the most beautiful in Scotland and its ruins can still be found on the banks of the river Lossie. For a great family day out, the Moray Leisure Centre has a pool, water slide, ice rink and rainbow castle soft play area. The Moray Motor Museum showcases gleaming exhibits of vintage and classic cars.
Cairngorms National Park, a 41-mile drive by hire car, is a breathtaking mountain landscape 1,748 square miles in size. It’s the biggest national park in the UK and includes castles and whisky distilleries. You can also enjoy activities like cycling, hiking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing. The city of Aberdeen is 68 miles away and has enough shops, restaurants and museums to keep you entertained for a day. The historical gem of St Andrews, on the east coast of Fife, is a 144-mile drive and is home to the oldest university in Scotland.
The Moray Firth area and highlands are lovely to explore by rental car, but bear in mind that rural roads can be rugged and narrow. You may encounter the odd sheep or deer, so take special care while driving at night. If you’re visiting from abroad, remember that the UK is left-hand drive. Remember that it’s illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the UK.
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