Location type


Name and dates

Gartly (1854-1968)

Opened on the Great North of Scotland Railway.


This was a two platform station.

The main station building, two storeys, still stands on the former westbound (down) platform. The building is now in use as a house. The remaining track is by this platform, slightly slewed.

To the immediate west is a level crossing. Station cottages remain to the east of the crossing.

The small goods yard was on the west side of the line, accessed by reversal.

The line was originally single track and Gartly had a passing place and two platforms. The line is single track today and slewed to the middle.

Gartly itself is rather small and the station served a wider area, in Bradshaw of 1911 it is named 'Gartly for Lumsden and Strathdon'.

The Ordnance Survey Name Book describes the station thus

Gartly Station is situated five miles south of Huntly, on the Great North of Scotland Railway, it is a very nice station the houses of which are all in good repair and kept very clean and is the property of the company.

The station is close to the south end of Strathbogie where the line turns to the east to cross higher ground via Insch before dropping down to the River Urie near Oyne.

Much of the land in this area was owned, when the railway was promoted, by Charles Gordon-Lennox, 5th Duke of Richmond, who supported the line after being formerly approached in 1849.


To the north east of the station was Gartly Castle (or Gartly Place, with Gartly sometimes spelt Gartley), a tower house castle in which Mary Queen of Scots stayed in 1562. Bradshaw refers to it in his guide, but nothing remains today.



External links

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