You have a few choices today, depending on how much driving you'd like to do and what you'd like to see. If possible, we'd highly recommend that you take at least two days to fully explore this diverse corner of Scotland.
You can head directly inland from Aberdeen, skirting the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park and reaching Speyside, and your overnight stop in Aberlour, via the most direct route. This is a lovely drive and will give you more time to enjoy the day in Speyside, the home of the Malt Whisky Trail.
If you're longing for the mountains, head directly west from Aberdeen towards Ballater and Braemar, right in the heart of the Cairngorms. You can take the famous Snow Roads route over some of the highest passes and most rewarding driving roads in the whole of the UK, and you'll get back down to earth via the pretty Glen Livet, which works especially well if you're a whisky fan as this area is absolutely packed full of distilleries to visit.
The other option worth considering is to stick to the coast, and take the much longer route to Aberlour via Fraserburgh, Cullen and Lossiemouth, before turning inland and heading to your overnight stop. The Moray coast is one of the highlights of north-east Scotland, and an excellent place to spot dolphins, especially in the summer months.
Whichever route you choose, we can assure you the drive will be incredible and you'll arrive ready for an excellent dinner in an award-winning Speyside restaurant, and maybe a dram or two!