The Royal Deeside Railway


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

The SatNav postcode is AB315QH.


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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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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SANTA SPECIALS  : Advance booking online for the Santa Specials is open, click HERE for details.   Most services are sold out but spaces remain for the first weekend, book now before they are gone !

DRIVE A LOCOMOTIVE : Learn to drive a steam or diesel locomotive, the ideal special Christmas presents !  See the panel below for more........

PHOTOGRAPHER EVENT : The railway will be running a photographic event on Saturday 21st March 2020, another special Christmas present idea.  Click HERE for details.  


Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.



The railway is now closed until Santa services start end November.

Click HERE for the

timetable & fares


Click HERE for the 2019 leaflet.


Santa will be at the Milton of Crathes again this year with a sack full of presents for the children, and hot mince pies and drinks for the adults.

Services will be running every weekend from 30th November up to and including Tuesday 24th December, also Monday 23rd.



For more information on the services and to make an advance booking to secure your preferred visit time and avoid disappointment, click the button :



Learn to drive a steam locomotive, £90 for a 45 minute session  

Click HERE for details.

Drive a STEAM locomotive taster

Drive a DIESEL locomotive taster

Learn to drive a diesel locomotive, £30 for a 45 minute session  

Click HERE for details

Photographer Event

A 'photographer only' day, with a series of static and moving scenes available. £36 for all day access including travel on the railway, tea, coffee etc.

Click HERE for details.