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 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.

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  7/9


Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st September

Diesel hauled passenger services

Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

SERVICES:  All services in September, except the last weekend, will be on Saturdays and Sundays only and will be diesel hauled.  

END OF SEASON GALA : The End of Season Gala  will be held on the weekend of 27th / 28th September, and will include special steam and diesel hauled services on both days.

SANTA SPECIALS : Advance booking online is open for the Santa Specials.  Book promptly to secure the preferred time and day for your visit and avoid disappointment.  Please note that advance booking is only available online - we are unable to take postal, email, phone or 'over the counter' bookings.    Click HERE for more details.



Advance booking online for the Santa Specials is open.   Click HERE for details.

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 2014 information leaflet.


Services run every 45 minutes from 11.00 - 4.15


No advance booking required