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




CREAM TEAS : The Cream tea services are proving to be highly popular, with the latest service being sold out.  The next service will be on Sunday 13th August.  Click HERE for details and advance booking.

STEAM EXPERIENCE : More one-hour steam engine driver experience sessions are now available, click HERE for details and booking.

SERVICES : The railway will be operating STEAM services every Sunday throughout the summer, advance booking not required.


SERVICES : Click the button for the timetable and fares.




Wednesday 12th July - Diesel hauled

Saturday 15th July - Diesel hauled

Sunday 16th July STEAM HAULED

(Cream Tea service)

STEAM every Sunday during summer


(Advance booking not necessary - except where indicated.)