Aberdeen, often referred to as the "Granite City" due to its many gray stone buildings, is located in northeastern Scotland. It's known for its maritime history, cultural heritage, and as a hub for the North Sea oil industry. Here's what you need to know about driving in Aberdeen and the surrounding areas with your hire car:
Driving in Aberdeen:
Side of the Road: Like the rest of the UK, you drive on the left-hand side of the road in Aberdeen.
Documentation: You should have a valid driving license. If your license isn't in English, it's advisable to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). You'll also need insurance and the car's registration documentation.
Parking: Aberdeen city center can be quite busy, so it's advisable to use designated car parks. Some areas have on-street parking with a "pay and display" system.
Traffic: Like many cities, Aberdeen can experience rush hour traffic, particularly during weekday mornings and early evenings.
Roundabouts: Being familiar with how to navigate roundabouts is beneficial, as they are common in the UK. Vehicles already on the roundabout have the right of way.
Distances from Aberdeen Airport:
Aberdeen Airport is located in Dyce, about 7 miles (around 11 km) northwest of Aberdeen city center.
Aberdeen City Center: Approximately 7 miles (11 km), about a 20-minute drive via the A96.
Stonehaven: Around 16 miles (26 km), approximately a 30-minute drive via the A90. It's a picturesque harbor town south of Aberdeen, known for the stunning Dunnottar Castle.
Roads are generally well-maintained, but always be cautious of the weather, especially during the winter months when ice can be an issue.
Aberdeen and its surrounding areas have many single-lane roads, especially in the countryside. Use passing places to let faster vehicles overtake or if you encounter oncoming traffic.
Scotland has strict drink-driving laws with low limits. The legal alcohol limit is 50 mg of alcohol in every 100 ml of blood, lower than the rest of the UK.
If you're planning to explore beyond Aberdeen, the Aberdeenshire area offers a scenic coastal trail, historic castles, and the famous whisky-producing Speyside region.
Remember to always be alert and adhere to local traffic laws. Aberdeen and its surroundings provide a mix of city driving and scenic routes, making it a rewarding driving experience. Safe travels!
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