Bearsden: A Milngavie train calls at Bearsden in the summer of 2005.
John Furnevel 10/07/2005


Location type


Name and dates

Bearsden (1863-)

Station code: BRN National Rail ScotRail
Where: East Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway.


This is a two platform station with the modified former main station building and a modern waiting room both on the Glasgow bound platform.

To the west of Bearsden station the railway is single track from Milngavie Junction. Near to the station it becomes double. A long loop exists running from the west end of Bearsden station to the east end of Hillfoot station. Bearsden station originally had a signal box on the north side of the track before the station and a goods yard (for coal handling mostly) on the right. The points for the sidings faced west to Westerton.

The goods yard is now a car park (signal box closed in 1950, replaced with a ground frame released from Hillfoot). The original building was modified to become a restaurant in 1988. The down platform building was demolished several years previously. The up platform is the original single track platform. There was no loop as originally built. The line was doubled in 1900 and signal box opened. The road bridge to the east of the station (and much of the road from Anniesland to Bearsden Cross) was built to take trams, but a tramline was never opened. A footpath runs alongside the railway between Bearsden and Hillfoot locally referred to as the Jubilee Path.

The station's name was adopted for the town of New Kilpatrick after the North British Railway successfully encouraged house building in the vicinity (a system which had previously proven itself in Bishopbriggs). The station name came from a house in the locality (which was demolished to make way for the station). It was located in the car park to the west of the station building.


The station is south of Bearsden Cross and the Bearsden Bath House. Bearsden Bath House

The station building is a pub and restaurant. The station building is currently Craft Pubs Bearsden .



External links

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


Bike rack
Free parking
Ticket machine
Part time staffed

Nearby stations
Bennie Railplane
Maryhill [Temporary]
Summerston [1st]
Westerton Junction
Lock 28 [FCC]
Lock 29 [FCC]
Lock 30 [FCC]
Knightswood North Junction
Drumchapel Colliery
Lock 31 [FCC]
Garscube Quarry
Lock 32 [FCC]
St Germains Loch
Bearsden Bath House
Kilmardinny House
Kilmardinny Loch
New Kilpatrick Cemetery Antonine Wall
Garscube House
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Chronology Dates

  /  /1863Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Villas start being built near Bearsden station.
28/08/1863Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Line opened as a single track. Stations at; Bearsden, Milngavie. The line ran from Milngavie to Milngavie Junction (later renamed Westerton Junction) with trains continuing to Glasgow Queen Street High Level until the Glasgow City and District Railway opened after which trains started to serve Glasgow Queen Street Low Level.
  /  /1920Sir Harold E Yarrow
Owner of Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, moves from Fairlawn, Ralston Road, Bearsden, to Craigend Castle.
  /10/1956Allander Scheme
Public enquiry for the National Coal Board's proposed Allander Scheme to mine for coal under Bearsden and Milngavie, no decision reached.
  /  /1983Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Northbound platform at Bearsden loses its building.
  /  /1988Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Bearsden station building rebuilt and enlarged to become a 'Beefeater' restaurant.
  /  /1992Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Line singled from Milngavie Junction to just west of Bearsden and from just east of Hillfoot station to just south of Milngavie station.
  /06/1997Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Bearsden station is refurbished at a cost of £500K, with a new shelter, raised platforms and repairs to the footbridge.

News items

16/05/2023Company fined after their worker fell to his death at Bearsden station [Glasgow Times]
18/07/2022Allander and Bishopbriggs: Land safeguarded for new stations [Glasgow World]
17/03/2022Glasgow traffic disruption as lorry transporting bales of hay gets stuck under railway bridge [Glasgow Live]
28/01/2022New light rail plan for Bearsden described as 'hugely exciting' [Glasgow World]
13/08/2021Gas leak near Glasgow results in train services being cancelled [Glasgow Times]
14/07/2021Call for urgent action on Milngavie line rail service [MIlngavie and Bearsden Herald]
19/01/2021Fewer trains as rail service from Milngavie via Glasgow Central is scrapped [MIlngavie and Bearsden Herald]
01/10/2020Discount railcard holders wont be refunded for money lost during the pandemic [MIlngavie and Bearsden Herald]
27/02/2020Breakthrough in local Green MSPs campaign to have Milngavie rail line redualled [MIlngavie and Bearsden Herald]
29/11/2018Nicola Sturgeon condemns performance of Milngavie trains as 'unacceptable' [The Herald]


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Milngavie 1896: Dumbartonshire Sheet 23.08 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Dumbartonshire)

Old Milngavie

The Bennie Railplane

The West Highland Way: From Milngavie to Fort William (Cicerone guides)