For visitors, however, that means mile over mile on narrow roads, which are barely wide enough for two oncoming vehicles. Still, for Gordon Mayne it is a dream route – even if, as a driver, he cannot usually enjoy the landscape as much as his passengers. The latter, however, get their money’s worth on the drive through Moray Speyside, even if they are not so interested in the high-proof delights of the region.
The modern 3.60 m high Mercedes-Benz Tourismo almost looks like a foreign body between the historic stone houses: after all, many of the small houses only come up to the window line on the giant high-decker. The houses are so tiny, the streets so narrow. For Gordon Mayne, however, no reason to be nervous. He knows every bollard, every wall here and whatever else could be in the way, and manoeuvres the 12 m coach majestically between the tightly packed houses down to the harbour and back out.