The Royal Deeside Railway

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  26/7/15


Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

Click HERE for the 2015 information leaflet.


Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  


Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd August

Diesel hauled passenger services

SERVICES : The Deeside Railway Company regrets to advise that due to unavoidable circumstances, there will be no steam services until further notice.  All services will be diesel hauled.

CREAM TEA SPECIALS : The Cream Tea Special services will be running again on Sunday 2nd August.  Book in advance to secure your table, click HERE for details and booking.

FOOTPLATE RIDES : Footplate rides are available on most services, click HERE for more details.

Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


No booking required.

An aerial view of the Milton of Crathes

An aerial view of the Milton of Crathes

(Courtesy of Cabro Aviation)

Click image to expand


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


There will be Cream Tea Specials running again on Sunday 2nd August, click HERE for details and advance booking.