Aberchalder: Looking north at the former Aberchalder station in 1996. This car, another in the background and another off to the left, featured in photographs taken at the station after closure by which time it had become a house. The station building was gone by this date, replaced with a shack which itself had become derelict.
Ewan Crawford //1996


Location type


Name and dates

Aberchalder (1903-1933)

Opened on the Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway.


This was a one platform station on the east side of a loop. The loop was un-signalled and was for goods use. There was a siding on the west side, approached from the south. The station building was typical of the line, similar to those on the Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway).

After closure the building was a house and it and the concrete platform survived for many years.

The trackbed is now infilled and a timber house occupies the platform.

To the south the line crosses the Calder Burn Viaduct, the burn for which the station and nearby Aberchalder Lodge are named.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Nearby stations
Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus Pier
Invergloy Platform
Roy Bridge
Fersit Halt
Spean Bridge
Banavie Pier
Calder Burn Viaduct
Loch Oich Tunnel
Invergarry Iron Works
Fort Augustus Swing Bridge
Fort Augustus Locks
Oich Viaduct
Aberchalder Lodge
Bridge of Oich
Loch Oich
Glengarry Castle Hotel
Invergarry Castle
Fort Augustus RNAD Depot
Lovat Arms and Station Hotel
Fort Augustus Abbey
Old Bridge Of Oich
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

General Wade's Road

Between Aberchalder and Invergarry, to the south, the railway follows the route of General Wade's Military Road on the east side of Loch Oich. The modern A82 follows the west side of the loch.

A choice of stations

Both Invergarry and Aberchalder stations were the same distance from the village of Invergarry.

Chronology Dates

22/07/1903Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway Highland Railway
Line opened by Eliza Stewart Ellice of Invergarry House. The service was operated by the Highland Railway who were keen to keep the North British Railway away from Inverness. Connecting David Hutcheson and Co steamers operating along the Caledonian Canal connecting the line to Inverness via Loch Ness and the canal. Stations opened at Gairlochy, Invergarry, Aberchalder, Fort Augustus and Fort Augustus Pier. The Lovat Arms and Station Hotel was rebuilt and reopened in connection with new line.
01/12/1933Invergarry and Fort Augustus Railway
Fort Augustus to Spean Bridge closed to passengers. Gairlochy, Invergarry, Invergloy Platform, Aberchalder, Fort Augustus closed. Line closed to all but a weekly coal train. (Also given as 31/12/1933).


Forgotten Railways: Scotland