The Strathspey Steam Railway runs from Boat of Garten to Aviemore and from the Boat to Broomhill. Originally part of the Great North of Scotland railway route from Aviemore to Aberdeen and the Highland Railway's original main line to Inverness, via Grantown on Spey, Dava Moor and Forres, the line was closedfor a long time before being brought back into use by the Strathspey Railway Company. The line was extended to Broomhill in 2002 and will eventually go to Grantown on Spey.
Visitors enjoy a nostalgic train ride in restored carriages, usually hauled by one of the Railway's steam locomotives. There are fine views of the Cairngorm Mountains and the River Spey and the chance to see much of the diverse wildlife, in varying habitats, along the line. The stations retain the character of the 50's & 60's reminding travellers of how things used to be. Many passengers enjoy dining in the trains buffet car or just simply having a morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Whether you remember the days of steam from yesteryear, or you simply want a relaxing day in the Highlands, come and enjoy a train journey with a difference in spectacular Strathspey. From its base at Aviemore through Boat of Garten and on to Broomhill, the railway takes you on a nostalgic 20 mile round trip along part of the original Highland Railway. As the train passes over Moorland, through woodlands and by great sweeps of the River Spey, the Cairngorm Mountains provide a backcloth to the scenery -- the ingredients of a great day out.
Enjoy Afternoon Tea on the train. *Each day on the 2.45 p.m. service from Aviemore to Broomhill you can enjoy Afternoon Tea. Sit back and as the gorgeous Strathspey scenery glides by enjoy our service of sandwiches, cakes, fruit scones with cream and jam rounded off with a pot of tea or coffee. * Not Sundays. Teas, coffees, snacks and a full bar service is available in the buffet car on most trains.
A great day out for everyone! For more information on Aviemore village check out our Aviemore village page.
Below are just some of the amazing things that can be found out or seen when travelling on the Strathspey Steam Railway near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park.
Timetables vary, please click here for most up-to-date timetable.
Aviemore station can be accessed by foot from Aviemore's Main Street. The Strathspey railway platform is accessed across the footbridge to platform 3. By car, from the B9152, turn into the B970 to Coylumbridge, then take the first left. (Dalfaber Road). The station car park entrance is approximately 1/4 of a mile along Dalfaber Road on the left. Access to the station is by level crossing and ramp. Or just put PH22 1PY into your Sat Nav.
Boat of Garten Station is a signposted from the A95. There is a drop-off point at the station building beside "The Boat Hotel". This has level access to the platform. Car parking is in the station yard and is signposted. Access from the car park to the platform is by way of the footbridge. Or just put PH24 3BH into your Sat Nav.
Broomhill Station is just off the A95 3 1/2 miles south of Grantown-on- Spey, on the minor road linking to the B970 in Nethybridge. Car parking in available in the station approach road and near the level access to the platform. Or just put PH26 3LX into your Sat Nav.
The Strathspey Railway
Infoline: 01479 810 725
Fax: 01479 812220
Web Site: www.strathspeyrailway.net