Speyside is one of the hidden tourism gems of the UK, a quiet area redolent of history and renowned for the friendly welcome given to visitors.
It's a land of mountain and glen, open moorland, deep forests, lochs and rolling farmlands; dotted with castles, cut by fast-flowing rivers and hosting half the distilleries in Scotland.
Hidden away in the hills of the old county of Banffshire and taking advantage of this enchanting landscape is the Keith and Dufftown Railway. Visit the volunteer-run "Whisky Line" and enjoy the scenery and wildlife from our comfortable DMUs that evoke the quiet nostalgia of the 1960s branch line.
The Buffer Stop restaurant at Dufftown Station provides morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas, all freshly prepared on the premises. The restaurant is fully licensed so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a dram with your lunch. Car and coach parking is available at all stations. There are disabled facilities and wheelchair access to Dufftown and Keith Town stations, and wheelchair access to the Buffer Stop restaurant and on most trains.
You can combine your train ride with a visit to one of the local distilleries or castles. Enjoy a healthy walk though our beautiful countryside or visit one of the many other local tourist attractions in the Speyside area.
Trains run every weekend from Easter to the end of September and also on Fridays in June, July and August. Group bookings and coach parties are welcome and charter trains are available on days when no public service is running. Special arrangements and distillery visits are organised during the spring and autumn whisky festivals; details can be found at www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk and www.spiritofspeyside.com. Dufftown Station (AB55 4BA) is situated on the A941, adjacent to the Glenfiddich Distillery and approximately one mile north of the square in the centre of Dufftown. Monday to Saturday the No 336 bus (Elgin to Dufftown) stops outside the station. There is no Sunday bus service.
Keith Town Station (AB55 5BR) is on the A96 trunk road in the centre of Keith and is about 20 minutes' walk from Keith ScotRail station. The No 10 Aberdeen to Inverness bus stops nearby.
For further information on operating days, timetable and fares, please visit the website at www.keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk where you can email the railway through the Contacts page or telephone Dufftown Station: 01340 821181 (weekends) or 01343 870429 (midweek).