The Royal Deeside Railway

Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  

The Royal Deeside Railway is a standard gauge steam and diesel hauled heritage railway, in a beautiful setting running alongside the River Dee.  The line is currently about one mile long and the return journey lasts about 15 to 20 minutes.

At the Milton of Crathes, we have a Victorian station, a railway carriage tearoom, a shop with ice creams etc., all with a wonderful view of the surrounding hills.

The Milton of Crathes complex includes craft shops, a restaurant and art gallery.

For a short aerial video of the east end of the railway, click HERE.

We’re at the Milton of Crathes Art & Craft village on the A93 Aberdeen to Banchory road, about 3 miles east of Banchory, Aberdeenshire.  Click HERE for a map of our location.

Public transport by Stagecoach buses on routes 201, 202 and 203 from Aberdeen bus station to Crathes Castle.

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.


Tel. 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

eMail : click HERE to send an email to the Society secretary.

          : click HERE to send an email to the Operations Director.

Snail mail : The Royal Deeside Railway

                    Milton of Crathes


                    Aberdeenshire         AB31 5QH

Charters : Click HERE to contact the Charter Manager.

The Royal Deeside Railway Preservation Society (RDRPS) is a Registered Scottish Charity No. SC027686

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and many local companies

All services are operated by the Deeside Railway Company Ltd, registered in Scotland No.241603

Station shop telephone 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

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Updated 5/11/15


Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

Click HERE for the 2015 information leaflet.


An aerial view of the Milton of Crathes


For more information on the appeal for funds to extend the line to the Bridge O'Bennie and to make a donation, click HERE.


Santa will be at the Milton of Crathes again this year with a sack full of presents for the children, and hot mince pies and drinks for the adults.

Services will be running every 45 minutes from 11.00 until 3.30, every Saturday and Sunday from 28th November up to Christmas Eve.

Next services

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th November


Don't forget to blow away the festive cobwebs with a ride on  the Mince Pie Specials services.  They'll be running  

There'll also be 'Santa' services on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December 2015.

For more information on the services and to make an advance booking to secure your preferred visit date and time, click the button below.

No advance booking required

on 27th and 28th December and the Hangover Specials on 3rd and 4th January 2016.

SANTA SPECIALS : Trains are filling up with advance bookings for Santa Specials and some services are becoming sold out.  Booking promptly is recommended to avoid disappointment, click HERE for more details and to make a booking.

COACH REFURBISHMENT : An update on the refurbishment of the coach can be found HERE.

A short aerial video of the east end of the railway

Click for Santa