The Royal Deeside Railway



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.

Tel. 01330 844416 (Answerphone except service days)

eMail : 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 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.



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 19/2/18

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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


At the Milton of Crathes, we have an award-winning 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.






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A short aerial video of the east end of the railway

The railway is currently closed,

services begin again in March.

Volunteering Opportunities :  If you have some free time, would like to give something back to the community, and you would like to assist with the extension of the Royal Deeside Railway, please, click HERE to email one of our volunteers.

LIGHT DINING SERVICES : Advance booking is now open for the Mother's Day, Cream tea and Strawberries & Cream services that will be  operating this year, all steam hauled.

Click HERE for details and booking.


The first sections of the Crathes West Lodge platform are taking shape at the lay-by.



The railway will be operating several light dining services throughout the year, including Mother's Day services, Cream tea services and Strawberries and Cream tea services.  Click the button below for more details.

Click for light dining information & booking

To follow....

Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.