Where is Aberdeen?
Found in the northeast of Scotland, Aberdeen is a coastal city perched in the corner of the country with an ever-growing population. The North Sea is the biggest component of Aberdeen, allowing visitors to enjoy a seaside retreat, but the city itself is known as The Granite City thanks to the material used in much of the architecture. If you have the ability to explore further afield you’ll find plenty of greenery to complement the blue and grey, especially if you hire a car and do a little Scottish exploring.
Where’s the Closest Airport?
Aberdeen Airport can be found around seven miles from the city centre, with a variety of transport links available to get you out of the terminal and into the heart of Aberdeen. This airport serves a great many destinations throughout Europe – within and outside the UK. Many visitors to Inverness and Dundee will opt to fly into Aberdeen or Edinburgh Airport.
If you’d like to take a train, you’ll need to get to the town of Dyce (that will require a taxi), or if you have plenty of time to spare a bus will be an option. A taxi might be costly as it will take over half an hour, so if you’d rather travel by road, a car hire at Aberdeen airport would be the way forward.
What’s in Aberdeen?
You can pass some time in Aberdeen utilising the attractions found within the city centre, but for any prolonged period of time you may need to think about getting out and about and trekking further afield. Access to private transport will be a huge advantage in Aberdeen.
Architecture is a big deal in the city, and constructs don’t come much more breath-taking than St. Machar’s Cathedral, but a stroll through Old Aberdeen in general will give plenty of opportunities to bask in historical greatness – including the ancient and highly respected city university.
Seaton Park, meanwhile, is a glorious and quiet green space, and beachfronts are easily accessible from the city centre. If you’re looking for somewhere to wile away a rainy day, try the Maritime or Tolbooth Museums.
Do I Need a Car to See the Sights?
It’s very highly advisable to arrange car rental while you are staying in Aberdeen. Although there are a handful of different attractions and locations to be experienced and visited throughout Aberdeen, the reality is that the city is tucked away in something of a remote corner of the country.
Once you have exhausted every possible method of amusing yourself in the city centre, you’ll be itching to explore the rest of eastern Scotland with your car hire- something that the limited public transport outside of the city limits will restrict you from doing.
With the aid of a car rental, you’ll be able to drive the nearby Balmoral Castle, a destination that any family can easily spend a day within, or check out the sizeable number of National Trust sites that can only be accessed by driving. Of course, you’ll also be able to investigate other cities with the use of such transport – something that will be very tricky if you’re reliant on trains.