Once again, we would like to thank all of our customers for your patience during these unprecedented times!

We are delighted to advise you all that we will be going ahead with our Santa Express this year!

Please be aware that it will not be the same as previous years’ but we are trying our best to make sure it is still magical for you all!

Tickets are not yet available as we are still working out the finer details to be able to provide you all with the best and safest experience, but we hope to give you more details and have our tickets ready in the next couple of weeks! Please keep your eyes on our Facebook page and website for further updates!

Aviemore | Boat of Garten | Broomhill

We’re Back !!

We are excited and delighted to welcome Passengers back to the Strathspey Railway from Saturday 8th August.

We have introduced changes to ensure the safety of Passengers and our Staff. Although this makes the experience a bit different from what we’ve all been used to you can be sure that our heritage steam and diesel locomotives and our beautifully restored carriages will continue to transport you in comfort on your journey on Scotland’s Heritage Railway in the Highlands.

Our Catering Department has put in place the safeguards that allow us to continue to offer a wide range of refreshments to add to the enjoyment of your journey. Sadly we are not quite ready to reintroduce our very popular dining trains but that is being kept under review and we’ll bring them back just as soon as we can.

We are encouraging everyone to use our online booking service via the website so that we can allocate Passengers the most convenient seating for your journey. A small number of seats will be available for casual booking at Boat of Garten but we strongly recommend that you use the online booking system and plan to join the train at Aviemore.

There is plenty of parking space in our own carpark off Dalfaber Road. At the moment we are operating to a reduced timetable so please check the details on the website or at our stations. While travelling with us Passengers must comply with the Scottish Government requirements for face coverings onboard our trains. (These can be removed while eating and drinking, of course).

We will also ask you to minimise moving around the carriage during your journey. And finally, once again we are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome you back onboard our trains!”


In light of the UK & Scottish Government advice, in March we made the difficult decision to delay the opening of The Strathspey Railway for the 2020 season until the guidance had stabilised and it became safe, practical and economic to implement and there was a possibility of re-opening the Railway to visitors.

The wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers is still our absolute priority and matters of Health and Safety have our full attention.

The Strathspey Railway is directed and run by Volunteers and current circumstances still have a substantial impact on its future. Please help by donating to give the railway a reasonable chance to be able to continue its operations into the future.

• The Strathspey Railway cannot claim insurance compensation for business interruption.
• The government has not offered monetary aid to the heritage sector.
• The only government help currently available would put the railway into significant debt, which would undoubtedly take years to pay off and potentially put its assets at risk during this period.
Help us maintain Steam in the Highlands, and the people that contribute and depend on our activities maintaining its local presence.

We ARE open but STILL NEED YOUR HELP for a little while longer..


Thank you


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40 years of Steam Rail Travel in the Highlands

The Strathspey Railway invites you to step aboard our trains this year and help celebrate forty years of the return of steam travel through the Highlands of Scotland.

Brought back to life in 1978 by a dedicated group of volunteers, this ten mile restored section of the original Highland Railway Line enables you to travel back in time to an era when steam whistles blew , carriage doors slammed shut and there was a familiar click-clack, rhythm of the rails, as the train travels along the track.

Looking for a truly memorable Gift Experience for a loved one?

Why not have a look at our railway Gift Vouchers.
To book Gift Voucher click HERE.

All unused vouchers purchased for our 2020 season will be valid for our 2021 season

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Don’t take our word for it

Here are some recent comments from Trip Advisor 

Excellent train trip and dinner
Great steam train trip from Aviemore to Broomhill, with stops along the way. Lovely dinner on board served by very friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommend. Nice touch with piper on the platform on departure.

Name – Liz B (June 2019)

If you like train rides, this is for you. Train travels between Aviemore and Boat of Garten and then back again. Old style train cars with actual steam locomotive. With reservations, you can dine on the train and watch the scenery passing by. Was worth the visit.

Name – Mantasatnite (May 2019)

Joined my sister, wife and I for afternoon tea. What a great experience. Realy good value for money. I have had this type of afternoon before on Blue Bell railway. This compares favourably. Everyone we came into contact with was very jolly. It was raining out side. But who comes to Scotland for a sun tan? the staff on board delivered really good food and wine. Great way to spend an afternoon. Equals a trip to Nessy.

NameJ5309HCgeorgeh (May 2019)











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