There are a number of bus tours from Inverness and Aberdeen which offer day trips to the Moray Speyside Area. They mainly focus on visiting the Speyside Whisky Distilleries for tours and tastings. There are also trips departing from Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are also whisky tour themed trips and it’s no surprise that they also often head to Speyside.
Most of the whisky bus tours include a visit to the Speyside Cooperage. The Cooperage Tour includes time spent watching the coopers making the barrels. The distillery stops may include a tour but quite often it will be a whiksy tasting stop. Always check the itinerary before booking as itineraries change. For longer trips, always check to see if accommodation is included in the price or is extra.
Bus tours from Inverness to Moray Speyside
Rabbies offer small group tours. Departures from Inverness include their Speyside Whisky and Moray Firth Tour. This is a one day itinerary which includes stops at Benromach and Glenfiddich Distilleries. They also have a departure from Aberdeen which includes a visit to the Speyside Cooperage and the very photogenic Strathisla Distillery.
Highland Experience Tours run a Highland Castles and Malt Whisky Trail Tour which leaves from Inverness. This includes stops at Benromach, Speyside Cooperage, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. It’s possible to go to nearby Brodie Castle instead of Benromach.
WoW Scotland has a comprehensive one day whisky tour which takes in Tomatin (Highland Region Whisky), Cragganmore, Glenfarclas, the Speyside Cooperage and the modern visitor centre of Macallan.
Bus tours from Edinburgh to Moray Speyside
There are also whisky bus tours departing from the Scottish capital. Scottish Routes have a 3 day Speyside Whisky Tour from Edinburgh. En route to Speyside you visit Lindores Abbey. The first Speyside distillery is Strathisla followed by Glenfiddich, Glenfarclas, Aberlour and Macallan. The Speyside Coooperage is also included as is Glenlivet.
Rabbies also offer a 3 day Whisky Tour from Edinburgh which again includes Lindores Abbey. They take a different route taking in Dalwhinnie, Benromach, Cardhu and Glenlivet.