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



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.  

DRIVE A LOCOMOTIVE : Learn to drive a steam or diesel locomotive, the ideal special Christmas presents !  

Learn to drive a steam locomotive, £90 for a 45 minute session, click HERE for details.

Learn to drive a diesel locomotive, £30 for a 45 minute session, click HERE for details.

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

CREAM TEA SPECIAL : Enjoy a delicious cream tea while riding the rails.  Click HERE for details.  

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

Click HERE for details