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)

Terms & Conditions                   Privacy Policy


Updated  22/12

Copyright © Deeside Railway Company 2013 to  All Rights Reserved

SANTA SPECIALS :  Today is your last chance to make an advance booking to see Santa at the railway.  So make your advance booking online now to secure the preferred time for your visit.  Some tickets may also be available at the station shop on a first come - first served basis.  Call 01330 844416 to check.

Click HERE for more 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 enquiry about Santa bookings

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

          : click HERE to send an email to the Charter Manager.

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

Snail mail : The Royal Deeside Railway

                    Milton of Crathes


                    Aberdeenshire         AB31 5QH



Click HERE for the 2014 information leaflet.



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 29th November up to Christmas Eve.

Next services Monday 22nd December


For more information on the services and to make an advance booking to secure your preferred visit time and avoid disappointment, click HERE.

Spaces are limited and many popular services are SOLD OUT, so book now !


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

No advance booking required

on 27th and 28th December and the Hangover Specials on 2nd January - all STEAM HAULED.

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