Car hire in Elgin
Car hire in Elgin
Elgin is a town in Moray, part of the very north of Scotland, close to the picturesque Scottish coast. Its nearest airport is Inverness Airport (INV), some 30 miles away. The motorways don't stretch this far north, but Elgin is situated just off the A9, which runs from the M90.
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Where to pick up my car
Elgin car hire collection points tend to be clustered around the A96 and the A941, two of the main roads running into the town. After picking up your Elgin car rental vehicle, you can drive a few miles to the coast, or begin exploring the fascinating cities found in this part of Scotland.
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Where to go
Inverness is the nearest big city to Elgin, while the nearby Cairngorms National Park offers beautiful rural scenery. Aberdeen can also be easily reached by car from the Moray town, but the most breathtaking sights in the area are those of the vast North Sea from the nearby coast.
Just a 15-minute drive from Elgin is Lossiemouth, a fishing port and regarded as the jewel in Moray's crown. You can learn all about its history at the Lossiemouth Fisheries and Community Museum. Scotland also offers some great golfing opportunities, with the Moray Golf Club just a few moments' drive from Lossiemouth.
Inverness is an hour and five minutes' drive from Elgin. The historic Urquhart Castle can be found here on the edge of Loch Ness - home of the mythical monster. Aberdeen is an hour and 45 minutes from Elgin by car, where the turreted Craigievar Castle will make you feel like you've stepped inside a fairytale.
Eating and drinking
Fresh fish and seafood can be found in abundance in Elgin thanks to its close proximity to the fishing port of Lossiemouth. Alternatively, sample traditional Scottish dishes such as haggis with neeps and tatties and make sure to take as much sweet, buttery shortbread as you can carry.
Things to do
Scotland is home to hundreds of castles, with both Spynie Castle and Duffus Castle in the Elgin area. Spynie Castle is the largest surviving medieval bishop's house in Scotland, having been standing for more than 500 years. Meanwhile, the crumbling ruins of Duffus Castle date from 1190. Both are well worth a visit.
The Grade I-listed ruins of Elgin Cathedral date from 1224 and tell a fascinating tale of Scottish history. The nearby Pluscarden Abbey is another beautiful architectural example. Monks still reside in the abbey, but tourists can visit the building and its surrounding gardens and can even attend Mass with the monks themselves.
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