Dalmunzie Railway

The Dalmunzie railway was built in order to take shooting parties up the glen from Dalmunzie house. It terminated at the shooting lodge.

According to Roderick Dingwall – who wrote a book called Dalmunzie Railway – the railway was built in 1920 by Sir Archibald Birkmyre, who owned the Dalmunzie estate in the early-20th century. It was two-and-a-half miles in length, was built on a narrow gauge, and had an oil-driven engine. It’s intended purpose was to take shooters up to Glenlochsie Lodge so they could shoot. When Dennis Winton turned Dalmunzie into a hotel in the 1940s, it was used to take the same purpose, as well as entertaining hotel guests. The journey time reputedly took about 20-25 minutes and the gillies of the estate were charged with driving the locomotives. The train no longer runs, but it is possible to walk up the old track to Glenlochsie Lodge.

For more information see “the written word”or click here

In 2015 the estate was sold (the hotel was sold around 12 years earlier), and in early 2016 the train went back to its original manufacturer.


A family day out on the train
Guests could just step out of the hotel and onto the train
Travelling up the steep incline in Glenlochsie (up a zigzag track, backwards then forwards)
Travelling through the estate
Close to the engine shed behind the hotel
The tracks around the hotel are gone, just the train remains
Just next to Glenlochsie Lodge, now a ruin, which was the end of the train line
Glenlochsie Lodge when it was still standing.
This page was added by Sally Gingell on 28/01/2016.

Comments about this page

  • Dear Sally, thank you for your work on the Dalmunzie railway, I really enjoyed reading your page.
    Best wishes, Berwyn

    By Berwyn Babb (09/12/2019)
  • Thanks for all your work on this archive!
    I found a book in Ballater on the Dalmunzie Railway recently by Roderick Dingwall, published in 2017 by Stenlake. Well worth a read!
    Darren MANN, Gulabin Lodge, Glenshee

    By Darren Mann (16/05/2019)

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