I went up to Speyside last week & here are a few ideas for anyone visiting the area.
I travelled up the long way via Royal Lochnagar distillery, which as most know is somewhat remote. After going on the tour & getting a few items from the shop I then headed north stopping off at The Glenlivet on the way, once again doing the tour & purchasing a few items from the shop.
Royal Lochnagar was £5 for the tour with obligatory dram at the end, The Glenlivet was free with a choice of either the 12,15 & 18 at the end.
The following day I visited Elgin tourist information who were very helpful & gave me the following info; the No. 336 bus has been named The Whisky Trail, this covers from Forres (Benromach & Dallas Dhu), Elgin (Glen Moray) & southwards towards Dufftown via Rothes & Aberlour.
A day rover ticket costs £15.50 (this covers a very wide area). Check the Stagecoach website for weekly ticket prices.
I managed to get to Glen Grant & The Macallan before doing the Aberlour tour (as recommended on here).
Glen Grant was £3.50 for the tour with a tasting of the majors reserve & the 10 yo.
The Macallan tour was fully booked but I was given a free dram in the visitors centre.
I won't go into the Aberlour tour as it's been covered before, other than to say it deserves the hype.
The next day I visited Dallas Dhu & Glenfarclas.
Dallas Dhu was £5.20 for the tour & a dram of Rhoderick Dhu at the end.
Glenfarclas only charged £2.50 as it was close season with a dram of the 10 year old at the end.
I travelled back the next day stopping off at Tullibardine.
As mentioned on here previously you do need to phone ahead for some distilleries (Benriach, Knockdhu & The Macallan) others don't allow any visitors (except during festival time).
Hope this info is of use to anyone planning to visit the area.