Explore the sparkling ‘Granite City’
Aberdeen is a city built on maritime industry, where shipbuilding and fishing is prominent to this day. It’s nicknamed ‘Granite City’ thanks to its distinct architecture that uses locally quarried grey granite stone. The buildings tend to ‘sparkle’ in the sun, due to small mineral particles reflecting the light, making the historical buildings appear even more beautiful during sunny days. If you take your rental to the city, park in one of the many long stay car parks like NCP Shiprow and go for a stroll around the city’s beautiful streets and beachfront. Visit the maritime museum to delve deeper into the history of Aberdeen and its port, or just to see the incredible oilrig model. From there, you can walk to the historical fishing village of Footdee and see the original fisherman cottages, then continue onto the Esplanade to see Aberdeen’s beach and maybe have a chance of seeing Bottlenose dolphins. You have to visit Old Aberdeen for a peaceful walk through Seaton Park and Aberdeen University’s historical King’s College grounds.
Climb atop a Munro in the Cairngorms
The Granite City is also a perfect place to start road trips around the region. With the Cairngorms National Park a short two hour drive away, you can experience some of the highest ‘Munros’ in Aberdeenshire and Moray – Scottish mountains with a height over 3,000 feet. The Cairngorms National Park is filled with unique wildlife, rivers, lochs and hiking paths. For those who love wildlife, the Cairngorms are a great place to see the endangered Capercaillies and Scottish Wildcats – but only if you’re lucky enough, as they try avoid human contact.
Taste the world’s finest Whiskeys in historical distilleries
For those into the golden Scottish spirit, the Cairngorms are home to plenty of Whiskey distilleries, such as Dalwhinnie Distillery or Royal Lochnagar Distillery. If you take the A96 from Aberdeen to the northwest, you can visit the two famous distilleries of Glenfiddich and The Macallan Estate – just make sure you have a designated driver as you definitely will do the tasting session. By renting a car with Enterprise, you’re opening the door to making great memories and experiencing the unique things Aberdeen and its surroundings have to offer. Get a quote above and experience the Scottish regions of Aberdeenshire and Moray in a comfortable Enterprise rental car.