Let the ‘The Aberdonian’ whisk you away as we take in some of the best that Scotland has to offer, both on train and off. Crossing the Forth Bridge, the train runs along the coast for much of its route making it an unrivalled way to experience Scotland. In Aberdeen there is a chance to explore this historic city, or take one of our off train excursions that include a castle or whisky tasting. On board the train you can sit back in comfortable seats and large windows through which to admire the scenery. Our friendly team will look after you, and if you choose to dine with us you will be treated to fine Scottish fare. Come and travel with us as Tornado runs regularly over this historic route.


Dates available in 2022:

Thursday 21st July 2022

Thursday  28th  July 2022

Saturday 30th July 2022

Saturday 20th August 2022

Thursday 1st  September 2022

Thursday 8th September 2022

Saturday 17th September 2022


Prices start from £99.00


Book online below, or call our booking office on 01325 488215

Tour from Glasgow and Stirling available here.

Tornado at Montrose on ‘The Aberdonian’ – Peter Backhouse



Our journey begins in Scotland’s capital and its imposing Waverley station, right in the heart of the city, in the shadow of the Castle. Tornado steams through Princes Street Gardens and pauses to pick up further passengers at Haymarket station in the west of the city. From there we leave the city surroundings and pass open countryside before our train will start to slow. The Forth Bridge is one of the wonders of the modern world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, crossing over 350ft above the water and stretching over one and a half miles in length. First opened in 1890, Tornado will lead our train across this magnificent structure giving amazing views of the Firth of Forth and we cross into the Kingdom of Fife. The railway follows the coast line through Inverkeithing and Burntisland where the city of Edinburgh can be seen across the Forth. Approaching Kirkcaldy the route turns north whilst remaining alongside the coast, but once we leave the town behind we move into the rich countryside of Fife with its farming communities and many golf courses.

The route is then via Perth and follow the route of the River Tay to Dundee.  Our departure from Dundee is through tunnels under the city, and we exit the city and head alongside the River Tay out as far as the world-famous golf course of Carnoustie. We then continue alongside the river as we make our way eastwards passing the coastal town of Arbroath, famous for its Smokie’s which are still produced in the town. Our route takes switches from running along the coast to diving inland and back again before crossing the Montrose Basin with the railway sandwiched between the water and Montrose itself. As we leave Montrose behind we are running through the stunning Scottish countryside as we leave the coast behind for a while. Passing through Laurencekirk and Fordoun and Drumlithie it is a chance to see the lush and unspoiled country for which Scotland is rightly proud.

The train weaves through lush countryside and along the cliff tops – Drew Adams

As our journey progresses we pass Stonehaven and then exit the town on the cliffs above the North Sea. We run high above the water below all the way to Aberdeen now on what is a wonderful finish to a unique railway journey. Tornado will run at speed alongside the water and on the approach to our destination we will slow and take a winding course through the Granite City before crossing the River Dee on a beautiful curving bridge. Once across the river on our left is the recently refurbished turntable at the former Ferryhill depot. This is where Tornado will be turned for our return journey and is something that is important facility to make this magnificent journey possible. We continue on a little further and we then arrive into Aberdeen’s light and airy station ready for onward excursions.



To get a real taste of Aberdeenshire, take the opportunity to book one of our off train excursions, exploring some of the best that the region has to offer. These options are sure to fill up quickly and so must be booked at the time of purchasing your train ticket.


Whisky Tasting – Tour of Scotland  – £30 

CASC – Purveyors of Cigars, Ale, Scotch and Coffee.

In the heart of Aberdeen, CASC Nation will be hosting a “Whisky 101”, with a tasting of five Scottish whiskies. Their experts will take you on a tour of Scottish whisky, as you sample a Highland, Lowland, Speyside, Campbeltown and Islay whisky.

Born out of a lack of choice and a general distaste for the norm, CASC is an original concept bar in the heart of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. Focussing on Cuban cigars, craft beer, Scotch whisky and artisan coffee they aim to open your eyes to only the very best and the most unusual. Their passion ensures that the team is knowledgeable and enthusiastic in every aspect of CASC, it’s products and ethos. The cosy cellar bar is just a short walk from Aberdeen Station. Being in the heart of Aberdeen, choosing this experience will also allow you time to peruse the city and grab a bite to eat.


National Trust for Scotland Castle – £25 

Drum Castle:

Jacobite tales whisper through the medieval grand hall of this castle

  • Visit one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses.
  • Stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s.
  • Admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s.
  • Relax amid the heady scents of the Garden of Historic Roses.

The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions. The Royal Forest and Tower of Drum were given to the Irvine family by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books. The beautiful Garden of Historic Roses is divided into quadrants that show how roses have been cultivated from the 17th to the 20th century. The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.

A coach will transfer passengers from Aberdeen Station for this excursion and a guided tour is included.



There is plenty to see and do in the centre of the bustling city of Aberdeen, and a lot of attractions are within easy walking distance of the station. For those attractions a little further out, there are local taxis and regular bus services: a hopper ticket to explore the city by bus costs less than £5.

Looking over Aberdeen, known as the Granite City due to the local stone used for many of the buildings. Pic: Paul Tomkins/VisitScotland



Nuart self guided walking tour – Nuart Aberdeen is the only street art festival in Scotland and one of the UK’s leading festivals of its kind. Artists from around the globe transform the walls and buildings of Aberdeen with works of art that are free for all to enjoy 365 days a year. Take the Nuart tour for yourself and explore Aberdeen City Centre.

Maritime Museum – Aberdeen Maritime Museum tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the Sea. This award-winning museum is located on the historic Shiprow, just five minutes from the station, and parts of the building date back to 1593. The Maritime Museum houses a unique collection and is the only place in the UK where you can see displays on the North Sea oil and gas industry. Aberdeen Maritime Museum offers visitors a spectacular viewpoint over the busy working harbour.

Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Pic:VisitAberdeen



Old Aberdeen – 2.5m from the station, number 20 bus route. Monks and scholars, traders and travellers settled round Old Aberdeen in the area where 14th century St Machars Cathedral still stands and where Kings College, the forerunner to Aberdeen University, was founded by Bishop Elphinstone in 1495. Step back in time as you tour the late-medieval cobbled streets and make some time to appreciate the old perfectly blended with the new as you admire the architecturally distinctive Sir Duncan Rice Library.

The Gordon Highlanders Museum – 2.5m from the station, number 11 bus route. The Gordon Highlanders Museum is a ‘5-star Visit Scotland’ Tourist Attraction based in the west end of Aberdeen. It is committed to preserving and sharing the legacy of the world-famous Gordon Highlanders Regiment for future generations to enjoy, providing a wide range of unique experiences for all visitors, young and old.

RSPB Dolphin Watch – Intelligence, acrobatic ability and good looks, bottle-nose dolphins have it all. Jump in a taxi and travel 2 miles to Torry Battery, where from the high vantage point you can watch the dolphins and discover panoramic views of the harbour mouth and North Sea. The mouth of Aberdeen Harbour is one of the best places in Europe to spot bottle-nose dolphins and Scotland is home to the largest in the world! RSPB usually have helpful volunteers on site, although this has been affected by the pandemic, so please bring your own binoculars!

Dolphins near Aberdeen Pic:Visit Scotland 


Book online below, or call our booking office on 01325 488215

The Aberdonian
Edinburgh Waverley
Outward: 9:00am
Return: 9:40pm
Haymarket Station
Outward: 9:05am
Return: 9:30pm

Premier Dining  

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First Class  £169 per person

Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

Cost: £0

Tourist Class  £99 per person

Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

Cost: £0

Table for Two  £50 per table

(Only available in Premier Dining and First Class - limited availability)
Not available in First Class on Scottish trips.

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Drum Castle  £25 per person

Explore this magnificent 16th-century castle, with its intricate maze of turrets, towers, oak panels and painted ceilings. Standing against a backdrop of rolling hills and set within its own glorious gardens, Crathes Castle is every inch the classic Scottish tower house. Outside, the walled garden is a wonderful jungle of history, split into eight sections that encompass every green delight imaginable a sculpted topiary, soft herbaceous colours and modern exotic blooms.

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CASC Nation Whisky Tasting  £30 per person

It’s true what they say – you can never fully enjoy a dram of Glen Garioch until you have seen how and where it’s made. One of the oldest operating distilleries in Scotland – and its most easterly – Glen Garioch (pronounced Geery in the ancient Doric dialect still spoken in these parts) has been making its mighty malt in the quaint and historic market town of Oldmeldrum, ever since 1797. Book this tour to discover the personality and character, both of the whisky and those who create it. The in-depth experience explores the secrets passed on by generations in the pursuit of quality. The tour would not be complete without tasting some of their small-batch whiskies and includes three drams.

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