Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway)

Introduction

This railway is open. Passenger services are provided by ScotRail between Kyle of Lochalsh, Stromeferry and Inverness.

The line is supported and promoted by the Friends of the Kyle Line .

Why built

This extension was built to continue the Highland Railway's Stromeferry line to a new pier at Kyle of Lochalsh. The new location was more convenient for a ferry to Kyleakin, Portree, both on Skye, and other islands.

Service

ScotRail operates a service from Inverness to Kyle. There are four or five trains per day with fewer on Sundays.




Route described

From Stromeferry to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This was the terminus of the line until extension west and south to Kyle of Lochalsh.
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A Kyle - Inverness train running between Loch Carron and the then new road near Stromeferry in August 1970. ...
Colin Miller /08/1970
The 1715 from Kyle to Inverness approaches Stromeferry negotiating the sharp curves along the shore of Loch Carron. 158705 was photographed from the ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2012
A full load for a Class 26 in Spring 1972, with two vans and seven coaches in tow. The train is en route to Inverness near Stromeferry. ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1972
The heavy rock blasting needed to take the railway on from Strome Ferry to Kyle is evident in this view taken from the cab of 26046 on a ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) 20/11/1982

This is a single platform station originally built as a private station serving Duncraig Castle in 1897. It became public in 1949.
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Eastbound 158.709 approaching Duncraig in 2013. The station building was beautifully restored. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/04/2013
A glorious evening to be on the last Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh service of the day. The train is seen here skirting the south shore of Loch Carron ...
Frank Spaven Collection (Courtesy David Spaven) //1979
Sprinter near Duncraig. ...
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Duncraig looking west. ...
Ewan Crawford //1994

This is a single platform station with a fine example of the timber Highland Railway station building.
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With Loch Carron as a backdrop, ScotRail 158707 appears around a curve westbound between Duncraig and Plockton on 29 September 2009. The train is the ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009
Plockton Station in September 2011. The station building is now used as a holiday home. ...
Alistair MacKenzie 22/09/2011
The 1101 Inverness - Kyle of Lochalsh slows on the final approach to Plockton on 29 September 2009. The station is on the other side of the bridge ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009
The station at Plockton is undergoing very sympathetic conversion into a self catering cottage. The owner kindly allowed me to take some interior ...
Ewan Crawford 28/09/2009


This is a single platform station with a minimal waiting shelter. The platform is on the south side of the line.
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Duirinish station viewed from the east. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Another picture of the tidy station at Duirinish, this time looking east towards Plockton. This is the first of nine surviving intermediate stations ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2012
Duirinish station serves the village of the same name, but that's not immediately apparent. This is a view looking south from the station platform, ...
Mark Bartlett 10/07/2012
Platform view at Duirinish in September 2009, looking south west towards Kyle of Lochalsh. ...
John Furnevel 29/09/2009



This is the terminus of the line from Dingwall. This terminus replaced the further east station at Stromeferry. The station is on a pier and is built in the Swiss Chalet style (reminiscent of the West Highland Railway built around the same time).
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A coach body alongside Kyle of Lochalsh locomotive shed in April 1960. [Ref query 27 September 2018] ...
David Murray-Smith 06/04/1960
The former Highland Railway Lochalsh Hotel at night in 1993 with the slip in the foreground. The ferries had stopped for the night and were tied up at ...
Ewan Crawford //1993
A miserable day weather wise on a deserted platform at Kyle of Lochalsh in the summer of 1987. Two things of note, one the BRUTE trolley and the other ...
John McIntyre /08/1987
The signalbox at Kyle of Lochalsh, living on as a bothy. ...
Ewan Crawford 03/01/1989