The line from Aberdeen to Elgin and Inverness is one of Scotland’s unsung railways, yet it traverses attractive countryside and boasts some gems of railway architecture: from the prosaic features of a traditional country station at Insch in Aberdeenshire to the grandeur of the former Great North of Scotland Railway station at Elgin. This Insider Rail Guide – written for the visitor as well as the regular passenger – links the earliest days of the railway to still-surviving operational characteristics in the 21st century.


Illustrated with over 60 eye-catching black & white photos, bespoke hand-drawn maps and fine sketches of railway scenes, Aberdeen to Elgin & Inverness provides an entertaining and informative companion to the 108-mile journey from the Granite City to the Highland Capital.

The Insider Rail Guide

Aberdeen to Elgin & Inverness


Date: 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9930296-9-1

Paperback: 128 pages

Price: £7.99

Aberdeen to Elgin & Inverness is the second in a Kessock Book series, following the August publication of Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh. Written by two authors steeped in Highland railways – David Spaven and David Fasken – the guides provide not just short histories of each line plus illuminating commentaries on the view from the window. For visitors who may not be familiar with local rail travel, there are very practical chapters on preparing for the journey and making the most of the train trip.

About the series

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‘Simply an ideal book to have on a train journey’ Far North Express


‘A cracking little guide to this well-known route’ Railscot web site


‘Probably the quirkiest little book your Editor has reviewed!’ West Highland News Plus

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