Location type


Name and dates

Dornoch (1902-1966)

Opened on the Dornoch Light Railway.


This was a terminus in the north of Dornoch. It was a single platform station with a locomotive shed on the east side of the line at the north end and a goods yard to the west of the passenger station. The platform was on the east side of the site alongside a rounding loop. Photographs of the station when open often show Dornoch Cathedral in the background, it was to the south of the station.

The station building still stands, on a long portion of the platform. Much of the site is now an industrial estate.

Had the Dornoch Firth Crossing been opened the railway may have returned to Dornoch, although probably not with a station at this site.

Dornoch Press, publishers of Railway Digest Scotland, were based in the station building.


The Dornoch Hotel was opened by the Highland Railway in 1904, two years after the station. It was opened close to the Royal Dornoch Golf Course with a view looking out over the course and coast.

It became a British Transport Hotel and was sold in 1965.

Dornoch Hotel

Dornoch Cathedral


Station terminus

External links

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

Chronology Dates

02/06/1902Dornoch Light Railway
Dornoch Light Railway opened from The Mound (Sutherland Railway) to Dornoch. Andrew Carnegie spoke at the opening (he owned Skibo Castle at Skilbo near Dornoch).
13/06/1960Dornoch Light Railway
Dornoch to The Mound (excluded) closed to all traffic. The Mound closes to passengers.

News items

30/08/202130th Anniversary of the opening of the Dornoch Bridge [Naidheachdan a' BhBC]
16/12/2011Dornoch rail link gets shunt in right direction [John O'Groats Journal]
15/09/2011Dornoch rail group quiz on Far North Line train usage [BBC News]
29/12/2005MSP attacks transport chief on rail link scheme [Press and Journal]
28/06/2004Consultants cover tracks in an effort to cut train times [Scotsman]