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?'
Stepping through the Loire Valley is a bit like stepping back in time – way, way back to a time where fairytale princes and princesses lived among kings and queens and nobility in grand, extravagant castles.
Novelist Henry James once described the Loire Valley as 'the land of Rabelais, of Descartes, of Balzac as well as good dinners and good houses.' Indeed, life is sweet in the Loire Valley – the food, the wine, the beauty of both the land and the many châteaux and the brushes with royalty and celebrated historical figures.
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To help discover and explore more of Scotland by car, Avis Car Hire has just launched a new one-day road trip starting from the Scottish Capital, Edinburgh. The company worked with Edinburgh based travel blogger Sonja Bolger, who operates the blog Migrating Miss, to get her top ten ‘hidden gem’ favourite attractions that are a day’s drive away from the city. Taking in Scottish history, art, food, and more – it’s an ideal trip for anyone wanting a quick fix of Scottish culture!