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  • A a car drives along the B976 road between Gairnshiel Lodge and Crathie with the mountain ridge of Lochnagar beyond
    Rent a car and discover the breathtaking countryside of Aberdeenshire
  • View up Union Street in Aberdeen
    Union Street, Aberdeen

You can easily drive around Aberdeen City and Shire or if you've left the car at home, there are plenty of options for getting around.

Aberdeen City and Shire by land

By road

If travelling to the region by ferry, it is possible to take your car with you. However there are plenty of opportunities to rent a vehicle once you arrive here. Taxi hire and car rental services are available at Aberdeen Airport and in the city and larger towns.

By bike

Aberdeenshire’s quiet country roads make cycling a fantastic way of exploring the region. You can either bring your own bike or hire one once you arrive here.

If you’re considering travelling by bike, take a look at our advice on cycling in Scotland.

By bus

Why not leave the car behind and let someone else do the driving for you? Aberdeen City and Shire enjoys a good network of local bus services. First operate a high frequency network of services across Aberdeen City and offers a range of unlimited daily travel and season tickets to suit passengers of all requirements.

There are also a number of companies such as Stagecoach that operate tours around different parts of the region including Royal Deeside.

By train

There are frequent trains from Aberdeen to Inverness with stops at Dyce, Inverurie, Insch and Huntly.


One of the best ways to experience the breathtaking scenery, rich heritage and attractive towns and villages of Aberdeen City and Shire is with a tour operator. Sit back and relax while a knowledgeable local guide reveals the outstanding natural beauty and rich history of this special part of Scotland.