A bus service linking Tomintoul and Grantown-on-Spey will continue for the foreseeable future.
The initiative has come from Moray Council’s public transport unit and will benefit not only residents in the two communities but also visitors to the popular tourist area.
The return service will operate morning and afternoon on a Wednesday, with an adult fare of £5 for the 13-mile one-way journey. A day return fare will be £6.50.
The new service – No 364 – will depart the village square in Tomintoul at 9.10am and 12.30pm, arriving in Grantown at 9.35am and 12.55pm. Return journeys will depart Grantown square at 10.05am and 1pm, arriving in Tomintoul at 10.30am and 1.25pm.
There is currently no public bus service between Tomintoul and Grantown which, although on opposite sides of the local government boundary, have long-established links.
It will also open up Tomintoul and the surrounding area, which is popular with walkers and mountain bikers, to visitors without their own transport.
A Moray Council spokesman said: “This is not a dial-a-bus service and there is no need to book in advance. The service is available to everyone and passengers simply need to turn up on time and pay their fare or show their concession card to the driver.”