Colinton Tunnel

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Name and dates

Colinton Tunnel (1874-1965)

Opened on the Balerno Branch (Caledonian Railway).


This is a single track, single bore, 150 yd tunnel between Colinton and Hailes Halt. The tunnel features a mural, running the length of the tunnel, inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's poem 'From a Railway Carriage'.


Colinton Tunnel


Tunnel footpath

News items

05/02/2023Scotlands railway heritage: A tour of tracks, trains and tunnels [Herald Scotland]
22/05/2022Scotland's 10 best underground tours: Caves, tunnels, bunkers, mines and crypts [Herald Scotland]
16/12/2020Scottish Water donates Cherry Picker to Colinton Tunnel Community art project [Edinburgh News]
26/09/2020Five Scottish tunnels you can walk through [Herald Scotland]


The Balerno Branch and the Caley in Edinburgh (Oakwood Library of Railway History)