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Name and dates

Garve (1870-)

Station code: GVE National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Dingwall and Skye Railway.
Open on the Kyle Line.


This is a two platform station with an original station building, now in other uses, on the up (eastbound) platform.

Other examples of the type of station building survive at Achnasheen and Strathcarron. The platforms were low and, typically of the line, the gap between large. The platforms were staggered, the westbound one being a little to the south, but have been rebuilt directly opposite each other. A Highland Railway lattice footbridge links the platforms. The original timber waiting room on the westbound platform does not survive.

The goods yard was looped on the west side of the station, the loop now being broken at the north end at the time of the replacement of the road overbridge at the north end with a level crossing. (Cyclists might like to note that this crossing is on an oblique.) This allowed the westbound platform to be realigned. The sidings are now a permanent way depot.

There were two signal boxes, and although the station is on a north-south alignment these were referred to as west and east respectively as the line generally runs west-east. Both boxes were on the east side. The boxes opened in 1893. Neither box is still present. The boxes closed in 1984 with the introduction of RETB and control was passed to Dingwall.

The west box remained present after the east and was moved to Aviemore Speyside.

A water tank for locomotives was at the north end of the station, west side of the line, there being climbs in both directions. Both platforms had water columns.

The location of Garve War Memorial, just to the north of the station and level crossing, affords a good view of the station. The station is just to the north of Loch Garve in the small village of Garve, close to Strathgarve Lodge.



External links

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


Gaelic name: Garbh

Chronology Dates

19/08/1870Dingwall and Skye Railway
Railway opened from Dingwall to Strome Ferry Pier. Stations at Strathpeffer [1st], Garve, Achanalt, Achnasheen, Strathcarron and Strome Ferry. Loops at Garve, Achnasheen, Strathcarron and Strome Ferry.
01/04/1984Dingwall and Skye Railway
Garve East and West boxes close.
  /10/2006Inverness and Ross-shire Railway Dingwall and Skye Railway Sutherland Railway Duke of Sutherland's Railway Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Landslips and flood damage close the Far North and Kyle lines between Dingwall and Garve, at Helmsdale, at Ardgay and Watten .

News items

30/09/2023Network Rail engineering works to hit Highland train services in October [Inverness Courier]
04/10/2021Railway upgrade at Garve level crossing [Network Rail
08/12/2020Landslip closes railway line 'for rest of day' [Ross-shire Journal]
30/12/2015Landslip causes disruption to Inverness-Kyle rail service and closes A835 Tore to Ullapool road [Inverness Courier]


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History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Skye Railway v. 5

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OS Explorer Map (428) Kyle of Lochalsh, Plockton and Applecross (OS Explorer Active Map)

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The Highland Railway

The Highland Railway : The History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands - Vol 2

The Kyle Line: An Illustrated History and Guide

The Kyle of Lochalsh and Far North Lines

The Kyle of Lochalsh Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time