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Name and dates

Golspie (1868-)

Station code: GOL National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Sutherland Railway.
Opened on the Duke of Sutherland's Railway.
Open on the Far North Line.


This is a single platform station which retains its station building, 'B' listed, which is now a house after spending several years derelict and at risk. The building opened with the station, the architect was William Fowler. The building has a unique design, presumably with the Duke of Sutherland's patronage in mind.

There was a passing loop here but the northbound platform and line have been removed. The platforms were slightly staggered.

A goods yard was to the east of the station, approached from the south. Alongside, at the south end of the goods yard, was a locomotive shed, Golspie Shed.

A turntable was at the south end of the northbound platform, beyond the south box, and approached by reversing from the north. The original shed was alongside, on the west side of the turntable line.

The station had two signal boxes, both on the west side of the line. The north box was north of the road bridge. The south box was opposite the goods turn out. Both boxes closed in 1966 and the loop taken out, although the south box was replaced by a ground frame for the goods yard.

A water column was on the northbound platform.

A skew arch viaduct bridge crossed the line just to the north of the station, but this has been replaced by a modern concrete bridge.

Golspie Burn Viaduct is further east, close to Dunrobin Castle station.

The Sutherland Railway Hotel was to the east, on Station Road. It still stands now (2022) called Heavitree Holiday House.


The Duke of Sutherland Monument stands above Golspie, to its north west, on Ben Bhraggie. It is a monument to George Leveson-Gower, 1st Duke of Sutherland, whose seat was at Dunrobin Castle. The duke is noted for his part in the Highland Clearances and founding of the village of Helmsdale.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

13/04/1868Sutherland Railway
Bonar Bridge (Inverness and Ross-shire Railway) to Golspie opened with stations at: Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, The Mound and Golspie.
20/06/1870Duke of Sutherlands Railway
Duke of Sutherland's Railway receives Act to build from Golspie to Brora and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction began before the Act was passed.
19/06/1871Duke of Sutherland's Railway
Golspie (Sutherland Railway) to Dunrobin opened, Dunrobin becomes private station for the Duke of Sutherland. West Helmsdale to Helmsdale opened. Highland Railway works line.
04/03/1998Sutherland Railway
Station building at Golspie sold at auction in Glasgow (as was a former railway cottage at Dalwhinnie).

News items

30/06/2022The Railway Duke: Celebrating 150 years of the Golspie to Helmsdale line [Press and Journal]
17/02/2021Battle to clear railway snow drifts could be won today, ScotRail hopes [Inverness Courier]
16/02/2021Snow drifts continue to bring railway misery on Highland routes [Inverness Courier]
15/02/2021Snow drifts up to 50 metres long bury railway lines [Inverness Courier]


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