Dunkeld and Birnam

Location type


Names and dates

Birnam and Dunkeld (1856-1861)
Dunkeld (1861-1903)
Dunkeld and Birnam (1903-1981)
Dunkeld (1981-1991)
Dunkeld and Birnam (1991-)

Opened on the Perth and Dunkeld Railway.

Opened on the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway.

Open on the Highland Main Line.


This is a two platform station which for originally the terminus of the line from Stanley Junction before the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway extended the line north to Inverness via Forres.

The main building is on the up (southbound) platform. The building is particularly fine example of Tudor style. The architect was Andrew Heiton. The station was was a suitably fine terminus given the number of large Highland estates nearby.

There was a sizeable trainshed, which is given away by the long wall on the up platform side of the station building. The wall now features a canopy. The trainshed survived the extension of the line, there being an 'end-on' junction. After its removal a timber building, now gone, was erected on the down platform. Platforms are linked with a lattice footbridge.

There was a sizeable goods yard on the north / east side of the line, approached from the south, obviously having been a terminus. On the south / west side of the line, south of the station was a single ended and single track locomotive shed. A wall of this shed survives by the 'B' listed signal box.

The station had two signal boxes, both opened in 1882. The north box was at the north end of the loop, on the west side. The south box was at the south end of the loop, on the west side. Both boxes were replaced with the present box in 1919, this box being further north than the south box which was off the end of the platform.

The Birnam bypass cut through the goods yard and north of the station separating the town and station which serves it. There is an underpass for access and a car park. The goods yard remains, as permanent way sidings, but much reduced. There had been a large stone goods shed.

The station has had many variations of the names Birnam and Dunkeld over the years, due to its being located on the southern edge of Birnam (on the south bank of the River Tay) and close to, but slightly further away from, Dunkeld and Dunkeld Cathedral on the north bank of the Tay.

This remarkable station and building are threatened by the 'dualling' of the A9 which may lead to relocation of the station, separating it from the building, perhaps similar to Welshpool. This will lead to further separation between the town and station which serves it. Perhaps the road should be in a tunnel.

A gas lamp standard marked with 'Dunkeld Station' survived into the 1990s alongside the footbridge. Since removed. A second gas lamp survived under the canopy, removed slightly earlier.

Going west from from the station is Inver Tunnel and to the south east Kingswood Tunnel.

The line is supported and promoted by the Highland Main Line Community Partnership .


The The Hermitage is west of Birnam.

Dunkeld Cathedral is just west of Dunkeld.



Terminus station

External links

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


10/07/1854Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Act receives Royal assent for a railway from Stanley (on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway) to Dunkeld.
22/07/1861Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Act obtained for a line between Dunkeld and Forres, and Ballinluig to Aberfeldy. Engineer: Joseph Mitchell.
01/06/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dunkeld to Pitlochry opened. Dunkeld (Perth and Dunkeld Railway) becomes a through station (the north wall of the overall trainshed was removed).
01/06/1863Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Dunkeld station becomes a through station on the opening of the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway.