Travelling from Aberdeen's awe-inspiring city centre through the amazing areas of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park makes for the perfect Scottish road trip.
Hiring a car and hitting the road means you can take it at your own pace, combining a city break with a country adventure, choosing exactly what you want to see and when.
Perhaps you'll find yourself speaking a little Doric, the ancient Scottish dialect, which is still spoken here. 'Fit like min?' It just means 'Hi – how are you?'