Keith and Dufftown Heritage Railway

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  1. crispy1978

    crispy1978 Established Member

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    I'm planning a bit of a trip in Scotland in Kate August/early September as listed on the planning thread at http://www.railforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=115275 (see further down post on that link for latest travel plans).

    I was looking at a road map when I came across the Keith and Dufftown Railway. Has anyone done it, and would you recommend it?
     
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    I did it last summer. I'll be honest, if I wasn't directly passing that way on I wouldn't bother visiting. It's pretty enough (especially running alongside the loch out towards Dufftown), but it's a DMU only line and the stations are pretty monotonous: the timetable is centred on Dufftown, where the only thing of any extended interest is their restaurant. Hmm...

    If you haven't looked at it already, the nearby(-ish) Strathspey is a much better attraction.

    (Sorry to any K&DR employees or volunteers who read this!)
     
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    Hmmm - thanks. Not going near Strathspey/Aviemore unfortunately as I've done that line - I'm trying to tick off stations on this visit so going via Aberdeen this time.

    Got a fairly quiet day travel-wise that day as only doing Thurso-Inverness-Aberdeen so thought it would be a nice change - will see if anyone else thinks anything of it before committing.
     
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    We're doing a forum meet towards the end of July; taking the Highland Chieftain from Kings + to Aviemore, then doing the Strathspey Railway the next day, and the Keith/Dufftown Railway the day after.
     
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    Surely it's got to be worth a go while you're in the area? It's a long way to go for it on its own trip!

    I haven't done it, however it's been on my list of things to do for years. DMUs only or not, I still want to get there and cover it. Quite, this is giving me an idea now, and as I type that I'm creating even grander plans. They probably won't come to much for a while, but certainly I'm now giving the idea some serious consideration...

    I hope you do it and give them a chance!
     
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    If you're passing by then it's probably worth it (as I did say in my first post, just to clarify) for the sake of it. I would however check the times - I seem to recall the connections offered from the mainline services weren't great (it's about a 20 minute walk if that helps), and if distilleries aren't your thing then a couple of hours wait in Keith seems like an eternity.
     
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    There seemed to be a 12 minute turnaround from what I saw in Dufftown. Connections seemed OK for catching the train but yeah there did seem a wait on the way back but I'll double check when I'm home tomorrow.

    A distillery does seem a good thing for me though!!!
     
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    The line basically runs weekends over the holiday period. The service is a bit limited.

    It's run from Dufftown so first and last services start out and end up there which limits the time available if doing it from Keith to Dufftown and back.

    The station at Dufftown is next to the Glenfiddich and Balvenie distilleries. Both offer tours. Balvenie's is excellent it takes half a day and sadly can't be worked in with the KDR times if coming from Keith. Glenfiddich is more tourist orientated offers a number of tour options and it should be possible to travel to Dufftown on the first service from Keith - do the distillery and get back to Keith on the last service.
     
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    If anyone wishes to join us in July, feel free to contact us for more information.

    I have provisionally arranged a tour of the sheds, courtesy of a kind forum member who volunteers there.

    If you are visiting after this date, we'll be happy to say how we got on and what it's like!
     
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    It's going to be mid-late August to early-mid September I would think, dependant on hotel availability/prices and advance fares.

    Will probably be in and out of Dufftown in the 12 minute gap; sure I'll find something in Keith to keep me occupied.
     
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    My plan of attack is either of the following options, as it stands:

    Hereford > Newport > Bristol Temple Meads > Bristol Airport
    Bristol to Inverness with easyJet
    Train to Keith
    Keith and Dufftown Railway
    Train to Inverness
    Stay in Inverness then fly back to Bristol and train home.

    Alternatively:

    Hereford > London by train
    London Victoria Coach Station > Inverness with Megabus
    Inverness > Keith
    Visit the railway then return home

    Of course the plan could easily change in the meantime, already looking at suitable dates to book off to get up there and make the visit.
     
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    My plan is looking like:

    0834 Thurso - Inverness 1225
    1246 Inverness - Keith 1349
    1450 Keith Town - Dufftown 1528
    1550 Dufftown - Keith Town 1628
    1820 Keith - Aberdeen 1940

    I think that should work out. Otherwise, my plan would have me in Aberdeen at 14:55 with nowhere really to go after that.
     
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