SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival runs from the 30th April to the 4th May. As part of the festival the Keith & Dufftown Railway will be running scheduled services from Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd 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. There is also the chance to visit St Fumac’s Fair at Drummuir by 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 2015 Season
The following is notice of our operating dates for 2015. The Special Events the KDR intend to run in 2015 are also included.
Scheduled Services 2015
The season opened on Friday 3/4/2015 and will close on Sunday 27/9/2015. The Railway will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until the end of September 2015. Additionally the Railway will be open on Fridays during June, July and August. Certain other days will also be operated see Special Events below.
Special Events 2015
Friday 3rd April to Monday 6th April 2015
Easter Opening took place and included an Easter Quiz for the children. News of the opening will be in the next update of the News page.
Thursday 30th April to Sunday 3rd May 2015
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, trains will run from 30th April to Sunday 3rd May 2015. The railway will run scheduled services on Thursday 30th April and Friday 1st May 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.
See above for details.
Saturday 6th June 2015
Why don't you come and join us on our Evening Special as we take the journey from Dufftown to Keith, with a stop at Drummuir. Be entertained by our roving musician and enjoy a hot pie and a drink of your choice (included in the ticket price) on the way. More drinks will be available to buy from the bar on the train. We leave Dufftown Station at 19:00 returning approx 21:30. The cost of the evening is £15.00 per person and booking for this Special is essential, so please contact Sybil on 01343 820882 to reserve your place.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2015
This will be the third year we have run this event and it has become more popular every year. Last year 4 coach trains were run to ensure adequate seating to meet demand. Trains run to our usual timetable all weekend.
Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August 2015
Teddy Bears Picnic 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.
Friday 25th September to Sunday 27th September 2015
Autumn Whisky Festival
During the Autumn Whisky Festival, trains will run from Friday 25th September 2015 to Sunday 27th September 2015. The railway will run scheduled services on Friday 25th September 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 Autumn Whisky Festival will also run.
Friday 30th October and Saturday 31st October 2015
Booking essential for these trains.
December 5th / 6th, 12th / 13th & 19th / 20th 2015
Booking essential for these trains.
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.
A train for yourself! For something different why not hire a train? The train can be yours for a unique experience Monday to Friday (Monday to Thursday only during June, July and August). Block bookings during normal scheduled services are also possible, something different for your club, society, organisation or even groups of family and friends. For private trips or block bookings contact Rod Furr Charters, Publicity and Marketing for details. See Contact Us page. Using this linkcontact us
The railway offers guided walks from Dufftown to Drummuir or Drummuir to Dufftown during the operating season from Easter to end of September. There is no charge for the walk itself but normal fares apply on the train to Drummuir if walking from there to Dufftown, similarly normal fares apply on the train returning to either Dufftown or Keith. The walks are available on any operating day but are subject to booking and availability of the guide.
The walk, of about 5 miles, is on a mixture of all ability trails to Loch Park, a climb up tarmac and tracks up Scaut Hill and a tarmac descent to rejoin the Speyside Way. There is a river crossing over the Fiddich using a Victorian suspension bridge. The preceding description is if walking from Drummuir to Dufftown and should be reversed if walking from Dufftown to Drummuir. There are a couple of places where there is a section of mud so boots would be preferable. You should also bring waterproofs – just in case. There will be a break for lunch near the top of Scaut Hill so bring food and drink.
Depending on the direction chosen, the walk leaves Dufftown on foot at 1100 hrs to catch the train departing Drummuir at 1417 to Keith Town, or the 15:10 ex Drummuir to Dufftown, or take the 1125 train from Dufftown to Drummuir and then walk back to Dufftown.
The walks are intended for organised walking groups, but if an informal group of family or friends wish to take part they will be made most welcome. Dogs may be permitted on the walks if the group wishes but the dogs’ owners are solely responsible for the dogs’ behaviour and actions. The railway takes absolutely no responsibility for the dogs or their actions.
For any further information or to make a booking for 2015 please contact Norman (Dusty) Millar. Dusty can be contacted by telephone, see “Contact Us” page or by using the e-mail form on the “Contact Us” page. Use this link: contact us