Location type


Name and dates

Hillfoot (1900-)

Station code: HLF National Rail ScotRail
Where: East Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway.


Hillfoot station was opened after the railway was doubled between Milngavie Junction and Milngavie in 1900. The down platform building at Bearsden and the up and down platform buildings at Hillfoot were all of the same style. The southbound station building was the larger.

The goods yard was on the east side, approached from the north.

The Hillfoot buildings were replaced during the electrification scheme. The present building is used by a Taxi company. The road bridge to the west of the station was for many years the source of argument between the London and North Eastern Railway (later owners of the line) and the tramway (which ran on the road to Milngavie) and led to the bridge not being used for trams when the tramway was opened.

A signal box existed on the east side of the station at the north end. It closed in 1959, during the run up to electrification.

The remains of the goods yard were finally built on after lying trackless for many years, a number of flats now occupy the site. To the west and through the station there are two tracks and to the east of the station the track becomes single until Milngavie.

The station was named for Hillfoot House and its estate which was to the north west (house demolished and site built over).


An exposed section of the stone foundations of Antonine's Wall can be found to the east.
New Kilpatrick Cemetery Antonine Wall



External links

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

Chronology Dates

01/05/1900Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Hillfoot station opened.
  /  /1986Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Hillfoot goods yard site cleared (loading bank and small shed removed) to make way for housing.
  /  /1990Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
New station building at Hillfoot demolished after a period of time as a taxi company office.
  /  /1992Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway
Line singled from Milngavie Junction to just west of Bearsden and from just east of Hillfoot station to just south of Milngavie station.

News items

13/08/2021Gas leak near Glasgow results in train services being cancelled [Glasgow Times]
27/02/2020Breakthrough in local Green MSPs campaign to have Milngavie rail line redualled [MIlngavie and Bearsden Herald]
29/11/2018Nicola Sturgeon condemns performance of Milngavie trains as 'unacceptable' [The Herald]
26/11/2018ScotRail blasted by MSPs and union over worst performance levels in more than a decade [Daily Record]
01/10/2017Passengers stuck as ScotRail skips stations [Sunday Times]


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

An Illustrated History of Glasgow's Railways

Milngavie 1896: Dumbartonshire Sheet 23.08 (Old Ordnance Survey Maps of Dumbartonshire)

Old Milngavie

The Bennie Railplane

The West Highland Way: From Milngavie to Fort William (Cicerone guides)