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



SERVICES : The railway is now closed for the winter.  Services will be begin again at Easter.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED : Volunteers are urgently needed to help keep the railway running.  If you are interested in learning more about getting involved, click HERE for some details of what we do and how to contact Bill who can explain further.

WEST LODGE PLATFORM : Groundworks are in progress for the new platform at West Lodge.  Click HERE for some photos.

2019 TIMETABLE : The 2019 timetable and fares are now available, click HERE for details.

PHOTOGRAPHERS' CHARTER : The railway will be running an one day event in March 2019 specifically for photographers. There will be a series of static and moving scenes available using a wide variety of rolling stock.

The charter is now sold out, however a further session may be held later in the year if there is sufficient interest.  click HERE for more details.

STEAM EXPERIENCE SESSION : The ever popular steam experience sessions will be available again in 2019, when you can learn to drive a steam locomotive in a 45 minute session.  Click HERE for more details.