Steam Railways of Scotland
Scotland’s steam railways include re-opened sections of line in a variety of locations, as well as the famous Fort William to Mallaig line where the normal ScotRail services are supplemented in the summer by steam-hauled services under the banner of ‘The Jacobite’ – a special way of enjoying what has been called one of the world’s great rail journeys.
Railways in preservation that feature steam locomotives include the Strathspey Steam Railway, linking Aviemore (ScotRail connections) with Boat-of-Garten and Broomhill. This route offers magnificent views of the Cairngorms, with evening dining options to further enhance the experience! The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, west of Edinburgh, is a very atmospheric re-creation of a typical Scottish branch line. Here also can be found the Scottish Railway Exhibition in an adjacent large display hall – an excellent way to discover more on Scotland’s steam trains.
Other preserved steam railways include the Caledonian Railway, from Brechin to Bridge of Dun; also the Royal Deeside Railway, operating a short stretch of track east of Banchory, and the Keith and Dufftown Railway (diesel only) running through the heart of Speyside malt whisky country. In addition, a popular narrow-gauge line, the Isle of Mull Railway, Scotland’s only island railway, connects the pier at Craignure to Torosay.
- Railways in Shetland
- Railways in Orkney
- Railways in Northern Highlands
- Railways in Inverness, Loch Ness & Nairn
- Railways in Western Isles
- Railways in Skye & Lochalsh
- Railways in Fort William & Lochaber
- Railways in Argyll & Bute
- Railways in Aberdeen & Grampian Highlands
- Railways in Aviemore, Cairngorms, Badenoch & Strathspey
- Railways in Perthshire, Angus & Dundee
- Railways in Loch Lomond, Stirling & The Trossachs
- Railways in Glasgow
- Railways in Ayrshire, Arran & Clyde Valley
- Railways in Dumfries & Galloway
- Railways in Kingdom of Fife
- Railways in Edinburgh
- Railways in Lothians & Borders