Location type


Names and dates

Bonar Bridge (1864-1977)
Ardgay (1977-)

Station code: ARD National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway.
Opened on the Sutherland Railway.
Open on the Far North Line.


This is a two platform station with a passing loop on the Far North Line. The northbound platform retains its two storey station building with a platform awning supported by pillars, now a house, and a goods yard exists to the south, west side of the line, currently in permanent way maintenance use. The station had refreshment rooms to the north of the station building. Platforms are linked by a lattice footbridge.

Both platforms had a water column. The water tank was opposite the goods yard at the south end of the station, on the east side.

The station was known, until 1977, by the name of the nearby bridge (and town) which was on the road north but is now named for the village where the station is located. The reason for the original name was because this was formerly a terminus, named for the route north rather than the town in which it was situated.

The station had north (a small box, almost garden shed, on the west side at north end) and south (east side at south end) boxes. Both boxes closed in 1985, replaced by RETB based at Dingwall. The south box remained until around 1990.



External links

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


Gaelic name: Àird Gaoith
Listing: C

Chronology Dates

11/05/1863Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Ross-shire Extension Act passed authorising Invergordon to Bonar Bridge.
01/10/1864Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Line extended from Meikle Ferry to Bonar Bridge.
29/06/1865Sutherland Railway
Sutherland Railway receives act to build a line from Bonar Bridge to Brora.
13/04/1868Sutherland Railway
Bonar Bridge (Inverness and Ross-shire Railway) to Golspie opened with stations at: Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, The Mound and Golspie.
  /10/2006Inverness and Ross-shire Railway Dingwall and Skye Railway Sutherland Railway Duke of Sutherland's Railway Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Landslips and flood damage close the Far North and Kyle lines between Dingwall and Garve, at Helmsdale, at Ardgay and Watten .

News items

17/02/2021Battle to clear railway snow drifts could be won today, ScotRail hopes [Inverness Courier]
16/02/2021Snow drifts continue to bring railway misery on Highland routes [Inverness Courier]
15/02/2021Snow drifts up to 50 metres long bury railway lines [Inverness Courier]
21/10/2020Far North Line flooding sparks rail cancellations [John O Groat Journal]


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