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  : All seats on all services are now sold out. A small number of seats may be available on the day for visitors without bookings.  Call the station shop on 01330 844416 after 10.00 am. on the day of your intended visit for the up-to-date seat availability situation.   Details are HERE.

UNIQUE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS : The railway has a number of unique events coming in 2020 that make for Christmas presents with a difference.  They include driving steam or diesel locomotives, attending a special photographer-only day at the railway, the ever popular railway cream teas and a fishing permit.  See the panel below right for more details.


Click HERE for details of access for disabled visitors.

Click HERE for details of fares and the timetable.



All seats on all services

are now sold out.


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.



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.


Cream Tea Specials

Cream teas will be available again on all train services on Mothers Day

Sunday 22nd March.

Click HERE for details


Fishing permit silent auction

A silent auction is to be held for a fishing permit in the Stonehaven area.

Click HERE for details