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 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 Royal Deeside Railway

Milton of Crathes



AB31 5QH



PHONE (answerphone except service days)

01330 844416



We’re at the Milton of Crathes Art & Craft village on the A93 Aberdeen to Banchory road, about 3 miles east of Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.

The Royal Deeside Railway



MIDWEEK SERVICES : Services will also operate every Wednesday up to and including 15th August.


Wednesday 18th July - Diesel

Saturday 21st July - Diesel

Sunday 22nd July - STEAM

20% off all fares until end July !

SUMMER TICKET SALE ! : All steam and diesel service fares now have a 20% discount until the end of July.

SANTA SPECIALS : Due to popular demand, advance booking for the Santa Specials is now open.  Click HERE for details and booking.

CREAM TEA SERVICE : The next cream tea service will run on Sunday 12th August.  Click HERE for information and booking.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSIONS : Want to learn how to drive a steam loco?  Booking is open for steam experience sessions.  

All sessions in the first half of the year are booked up but more sessions in the later part of the year are now available on a first come, first served basis.  

Spaces are limited and the sessions are very popular, so don't delay and book now.  

Click HERE for details.