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.

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  23/2/15

Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

SERVICES : It will soon be Mothering Sunday (15th March), and what better way to spend some time with your family, than admiring the scenery of Royal Deeside from the comfort of a heated railway carriage.

This year, the Royal Deeside Railway are offering more than just train rides. Why not treat that special lady to something a little more, or treat the whole family to an experience with a difference.  

Click HERE for more details and to book your table online.

(Special event ticket prices apply.)


Sunday 15th March

Diesel hauled passenger services


Advance booking for Mother's Day is open.  Click HERE for details and to book your table.

Give Mother a special treat with a light lunch or afternoon tea onboard one of our special services on Mother's Day 15th March.  

Includes a complimentary glass

of Prosecco for Mothers.

Click HERE for more information.

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.



Click HERE for details of the timetable and fares.  

Click HERE for the 2015 information leaflet.