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Dufftown, Banffshire. AB55 4BA
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Hidden away in the hills of the old Scottish County of Banffshire is a new tourist attraction. A warm welcome awaits visitors on the Keith & Dufftown Railway, who invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy a trip on Scotland’s most northerly heritage railway. Re-live the days of the country branch line as you enjoy a round trip of 22 miles between the old market town of Keith and the malt whisky capital, Dufftown. Explore an area where climate and geology are so compatible for the distilling of malt whisky that over half of Scotland’s distilleries are here. Enjoy the ever changing colours and spectacular views as the train runs beside tumbling peat tinted rivers, through rich farmland, past dark green forests, under the battlements of Balvenie and Drummuir Castles and alongside the placid Loch Park. There is so much to see and enjoy at anytime of the year, including the abundant wildlife, that you will want to come back again and again.
The railway opened in 2001 and all train services are presently provided by quiet, comfortable Diesel Multiple Units dating from the 1960’s. Operated entirely by volunteers, who are delighted to welcome visitors and do their utmost to ensure an enjoyable and memorable visit. Visit the “Buffer Stop” static restaurant car located at Dufftown Station and enjoy traditional food at reasonable prices, all freshly prepared using many local products from around the Speyside area. The menu will always contain a choice of dishes or snacks, which are prepared with gluten free ingredients. The restaurant car is fully licensed so you can enjoy a glass of wine or a dram with your lunch.
Public services 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 no public service is running. Special arrangements are made during the Spring and Autumn Whisky Festivals.