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Strathspey Steam Railway

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Address: Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1PY, Scotland
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+44 1479 810725
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Wed - Thu 10:30 - 16:10
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 16:10

Steam through the stunning Scottish Highlands in style.Our steam engines...

Steam through the stunning Scottish Highlands in style.Our steam engines take you on a very special trip through the Cairngorms National Park as you travel between Aviemore, Boat of Garten and Broomhill.Why not make your trip extra special with one of our dining on board options: Light Lunch offers soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee; Afternoon Tea has some sandwiches, scones with jam and cream followed by some delicious cakes; or enjoy a full three course Sunday Lunch or Dinner. Why not upgrade to First Class to enjoy a meal in one of our compartments, finely decorated in it's own tartan, with vintage British Rail mirrors and luggage racks inside.Split your trip up with a visit to Boat of Garten to explore some fantastic walk trails or bring your bike on board to explore the great cycle routes in the area. See if you can beat the train back from Broomhill on your bike!We are also taking part in the Great Railway Treasure Hunt 2013, so there's plenty for the kids to do on the trip!

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Pleasant trip

The Strathspey Steam Railway offers pleasant trips, linking for example Aviemore and Boat of Garten. The trains are well maintained the the staff really friendly.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Strathspey Steam Railway offers pleasant trips, linking for example Aviemore and Boat of Garten. The trains are well maintained the the staff really friendly.

Thank Fábio Henrique d
Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews for the santa steam railway experience i thought iteould be perfect for my 4 year old. We try to do something different every year. It took us 2.5hours to get here in pretty bad weather. On boarding the train it was very unorganised leaving 20 minutes late, there was no music, no cheerful staff, it was... More 

4 Thank amybee666
Gill K, Manager at Strathspey Steam Railway, responded to this review

Dear Customer Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we value all customer feedback. I do find it a shame that you did not enjoy your trip, our services are authentic heritage services, run mainly by our amazing team of volunteers. We did have Elves coming through with letters for Santa and crayons for the children. Our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the kids on the Santa Express for a Christmas treat. The effort the staff/volunteers put in is outstanding, they really should be given an award. We travelled all the way from Glasgow and it was well worth the price, with the presents from Santa being of good quality. It really is a must at Christmas.

Thank Danny K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This review is written by my 11 year old daughter. We went on the train for the santa express,which is very good! We have been on it before. There are elves on the train and they are very helpful and friendly. The give you snacks (children get juice,sausages and a cake,adults get wine,tea or coffee,mince pie,cake and another pie thing)... More 

Thank derek5176
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

An amazing way to get into the festive spirit. We went with friends and our two year old daughter. The journey took about two hours which included a short stop at Broomhill where you could get off for 10-15mins. We had plenty of opportunities for photos with Santa before getting on the train and at this stop. We got our... More 

Thank HelenD021
Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Our first time on the Santa express and the Kids throughly enjoyed it the elves were great with the children so was Santa he was lovely 🎅🏼 kids got a wee lunch box with juice cake and mini sausages, the adults got a box with a pork pie slice a Christmas cake and a mince pie with tea and mulled... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Just returned from a weekend in Aviemore and went on the Santa Express with my family and grandsons. The staff were dressed in either period costume or as elves. Santa was there of course. The station and the carriages were decked out in Christmas decorations. We had mulled wine as we went to our seats then had a packed lunch... More 

1 Thank Brian C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

We visited the Christmas Santa train on Sunday the 27th of Nov 2016. The staff were very helpful and although we booked as two parties they made sure we were sitting together on the train. The Santa was very realistic and spent a decent amount of times with the kids. The only issue was the food served as part of... More 

Thank Andrew M
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This was a fairly standard steam railway offering. It was used in the TV series. It is pushing slowly towards Granton on Spey which will give it a purpose and a greater draw.

1 Thank rogerrobert98
Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Halloween express carrying celebrating costumes kids behind, enthusiastic staff up front with the Locomotive and ticket-collector Simon handling the travellers.

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