SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival runs from the 28th April to the 1st May. As part of the festival the Keith & Dufftown Railway will be running scheduled services from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May with complimentary whisky tasting and shortbread at our normal fares. Events running in conjunction with the railway include distillery visits to Strathisla and Glenfiddich, and Nosing and Tasting sessions on the train.
With the exception of our scheduled services, most of these events require to be booked. For further details and booking of Spirit of Speyside events including events in conjunction with the railway use this link
Notice of Operating Dates 2016 Season
The following is notice of our operating dates for 2016. The Special Events the KDR intend to run in 2016 are also included.
Scheduled Services 2016
The season opened on Friday 25/03/2016 and will close on Sunday 25/9/2016. The Railway will be open on Saturdays and Sundays in April and May 2016. Additionally the Railway will be open on Fridays during June, July, August and September 2016. Certain other days will also be operated see Special Events below.
Special Events 2016
Friday 25th March to Monday 28th March 2016
The railway opened for the season on Friday 25th March 2016 and ran Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. There was a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on the trains over the whole weekend.
Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May 2016
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, trains will run from Thursday 28th April to Sunday 1st May 2016. The railway will run scheduled services on Thursday 28th April and Friday 29th April in addition to our normal Saturday and Sunday services. Free whisky sampling and shortbread will be available on the trains. Other special events in conjunction with the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival will also run.
Saturday 21st May 2016
New for this year the KDRA are holding two Historic Vehicle Days and this is the first of them. Owners of historic vehicles are invited to bring their pride and joy to Dufftown / Keith Town station and display them for the public to admire. Owners of historic vehicles will be able to travel free on our trains. Contact Nigel on 01340 820794 if you want to bring your vehicle.
Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2016
This will be the fourth year we have run this event and it has become more popular every year. Four coach trains will be run to ensure adequate seating to meet demand. Trains will run to our usual timetable all weekend.
Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August 2016
Teddy Bears weekend.
Bring your Teddy for a day out on the Railway and enjoy a journey on the train, keeping an eye out for more furry friends along the way by following a Treasure Hunt. Each Teddy gets it's own picnic bag. Cost per Teddy is £2.00, cost per human is normal train fare. No booking is required, just come along for a great day out. KDRA Teddies will be in charge over the weekend.
Saturday 17th September 2016
New for this year the KDRA are holding two Historic Vehicle Days and this is the second of them. Owners of historic vehicles are invited to bring their pride and joy to Dufftown / Keith Town station and display them for the public to admire. Owners of historic vehicles will be able to travel free on our trains. Contact Nigel on 01340 820794 if you want to bring your vehicle
Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016
Autumn Whisky Festival
During the Autumn Whisky Festival, trains will run from Friday 23rd September 2016 to Sunday 25th September 2016. Free whisky sampling and shortbread will be available on the trains. Other special events in conjunction with the Autumn Whisky Festival will also run.
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October 2016
Tickets at £8.50 must be booked in advance for this event. The trains will depart Dufftown at 18:00 returning ???????? hopefully! Bookings will start being taken from 1st June 2016.
December 3rd / 4th, 10th / 11th & 17th / 18th 2016
Booking essential for these trains and will be taken from 1st June 2016.
Special Events Notes
Full details of special trains will appear on this page about a month in advance of the event, so keep checking this page.
The Keith and Dufftown Railway Association intend to operate as advertised all facilities, services, events and fares. These may be cancelled or altered due to prevailing circumstances with, or without, prior notice.
April to September, Sunday’s between13:00 and 14:00
Driver Experience. Drive our powerful diesel shunter to the end of the yard and back. Guaranteed to bring a wide grin to your face. This continues to be popular with young and not so young.
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