Arrochar and Tarbet

Arrochar and Tarbet

Location type


Name and dates

Arrochar and Tarbet (1894-)

Opened on the West Highland Railway.

Open on the West Highland Line.


This is an island platform station, typical of the West Highland Railway. The station building was removed in the late 1990s/early 2000s after several years of being vacant. This was of the Swiss chalet style typical of the line. Access is via a subway and this also gives access to the hillside to the west. The signal box('B' listed) remains and a new waiting shelter in the style of a signal box has been provided to the east. On introduction of the Sprinters the platform was lengthened at the southern end, putting the station into a offset position on the platform.

There is a goods yard, sometimes used for timber loading and formerly for staging the oil from Oban. This is on the east side of the line and is accessed, by reversal, from the north.

There is a stationmaster's house, typical of the line and a railwayman's cottage on either side of the entryway. Both are now private houses.

There is a small burial ground for 37 men who died building the railway ('Navvies') in the Arrochar area at Ballyhennan Burial Ground (to the east of the station). A memorial has been erected in recent years. Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Heritage - Navvies Graveyard


The station was known, or at least signposted, as Arrochar and Tarbet For Argyll National Forest Park when the park was first opened.

Argyll Forest Park

Tarbet Hotel

Arrochar Hotel




External links

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


Gaelic name: An t-Archar & An Tairbeart


All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Argyll and the Highlands Last Days of Steam

Argyll and the Highlands' Lost Railways

Ben Nevis and Fort William, The Mamores and The Grey Corries, Kinlochleven and Spean Bridge (OS Explorer Map)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Mountain Moor and Loch on the Route of the West Highland Railway

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Rannan Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean =: The West Highland Line

Road To The Isles Dvd: Part One The West Highland Line Between Crianlarich to Fort William, From the Drivers Cab Of A Class 37, With The Caledonian Sleeper
The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line

The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)

Victorian Travel on the West Highland Line: By Mountain, Moor and Loch in 1894

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

West Highland Railway
West Highland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands v. 1): West Highland Railway v. 1
West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People