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

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.



PHONE (answerphone except service days)

01330 844416


The Royal Deeside Railway

Milton of Crathes



AB31 5QH




VINTAGE CAR & MOTORCYCLE RALLY : Don't miss the Crathes vintage car and motorcycle rally in the events field next to the railway this weekend, Sunday 28th May. Steam services and delicious cream teas available at the railway.

CREAM TEAS : Cream teas will be served on most services next Sunday 28th May.  Advance booking for this and several other dates is open.  Click HERE for details.


SERVICES : Click the button for the timetable and fares.




Saturday 27th May - Diesel

Sunday 28th May - STEAM

Crathes Classic Car Rally

Cream teas


VICTORIAN WEEKEND : On the weekend of 3rd and 4th June, we'll be recreating the 1860s when the Deeside line first opened, with the railway staff in period costume.  Steam hauled with cream teas available both days.  Click HERE to book a table.

FATHERS DAY FOOTPLATE RIDES : Give that special man in your life a treat on Fathers Day (Sunday 18th June) with a footplate ride on a steam locomotive, click HERE for details.

DRIVE A STEAM LOCO : Steam Experience sessions are available for the second half of the year, when you can take the controls of a steam locomotive.   Click HERE for more details.