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    There are 6 car hire locations in Aberdeen, and the most popular is Aberdeen Airport.

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    Coldest month: January (3°C)
    Warmest month: July (14°C)

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Hire a car in Aberdeen

Despite being known as the Granite City, Aberdeen is not all grey and grim.

Take a stroll through the enchanting cobbled streets of Old Aberdeen, an amble down the road to its sandy beaches, or a drive out to the majestic wilderness.The discovery of oil in the North Sea triggered Aberdeen's wealth, making it Scotland's third largest city. But it is the heartwarming nature of its residents and cultural strongholds that have created a truly booming city.

Car rental in Aberdeen – the numbers

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Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the most popular rental length in Aberdeen?
A. Five to six days.

Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Aberdeen?
A. August.

Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Aberdeen?
A. Keddy by Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Aberdeen, offering cars from just £4 per day.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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The kingdom of castles

Dunnottar Castle

Stacked upon a outcrop of coastal cliff, this castle was once an impregnable fortresses. The 160-foot cliff on which it sits was carved away from the mainland for defense. This meant that during its active life, enemies had only two ways into the castle – climbing up the steep face of rock walls or breaking down the strongly defended main gate.

Dunnottar has played a significant role in Scottish history. Most famously, the castle successfully saved the Scottish Crown Jewels from destruction by Oliver Cromwell's army. Mary Queen of Scots and William Wallace are just a couple of notable figures who have visited the castle.

About a half and hour drive south down the coast from Aberdeen, will bring you to the (now welcoming) entrance of the castle.

Local knowledge

Parks and gardens

Johnston gardens – This tranquil garden is probably more reminenist of a garden you would find in Japan, rather than the coast of Scotland. Filled with sparkling streams, waterfalls, and a rustic bridge, it is a charming place to explore.

Seaton park – North of the city centre, neighbouring the River Don and St Machar's Cathedral, this is one of the city's most popular parks. Its Cathedral Walk is always a splendid site, featuring delightful flower displays. If you follow the river bank from the park, you'll arrive at the famous medieval crossing, Brig o'Balgownie.

Duthie park and David Welch Winter gardens – Spread over 44 acres of land, Duthie Park is large enough for everyone to find their own patch of peace and quiet. Even if you're visiting the city during a chillier time of year, the indoor Winter Gardens will still be in bloom with a range of exotic plants.

Entertainment venues

His Majesty's Theatre – According to Billy Connolly, the theatre's auditorium is like “playing a gig inside a wedding cake!” A national treasure and architectural triumph, His Majesty's Theatre is one of only two so named in the world. The venue's design is as awe-inspiring as the West End shows, operas and ballets performed here.

Lemon Tree – An eclectic venue presenting a little bit of everything, from alternative music to experimental performance art. They support an up-and-coming range of young artists and house boundary-pushing Artist in Residence programmes.

The Tivoli Theatre – Built in 1872, closed in 1997 and restored through a £1.2 million renovation project, the historic theatre is an elegant and eye catching venue. It has hosted some of the world's best-known performers, like Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel, and is still following that same tradition.

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The ultimate Aberdeen road trip

  • Aberdeen Airport ABZ

    Located just under 10km from the city centre.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire agents are all located within the terminal building.

  • Balmoral Castle – 78km

    The Royal Family's Scottish home, purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert.

  • Aberlour Distillery  – 70km

    Just one of numerous distilleries in the heart of the Speyside whisky production region.

  • Portknockie  – 42km

    Here you will find Bow Fiddle Rock, the natural sea arch.

  • Fraserburgh  – 67km

    The first ever lighthouse in Scotland was built here at Kinnaird Head.

Nearby attractions

Doric dialect

Doric describes the dialect of language spoken in Aberdeen and North East Scotland, highlighting the distinct features of the regional speech, while echoing the way of life in the area.

The poet Allan Ramsay first used the term Doric as alternative name for the Scots language. It compared the Scots speech to the language of the ancient Grecian working class.

Though it is declining, and facing linguistic competition with Gaelic, efforts are being made in Aberdeenshire to preserve it.

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