Location type


Name and dates

Kinbrace (1874-)

Station code: KBC National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Sutherland and Caithness Railway.
Open on the Far North Line.


This is a single platform station, formerly with two platforms and a loop. The cottage style station building still stands, in use as a house. To the north is a level crossing. There is no car park.

The building was on the southbound platform.

To the south of the station, on the east side of the line, was the goods yard. There was a goods shed, alongside the loop and loading banks on the east side, approached from the south.

The goods yard was equipped with a chute for loading deer carcasses onto trains (the product of the blood sport shooting season).

There were two signal boxes, opened in 1894. The north box was by the level crossing at the north end of the southbound platform. The south box was on the west side at the south end of the loop, opposite the goods yard turn out.

The boxes and loop were taken out in 1966. As the northbound platform was the straight through line and southbound the loop there has been a little realignment to straighten the line.

The goods yard remains, out of use, with its loading banks.

A timber loading point was established in recent years south of the station, Kinbrace Timber Loading.

Drifting snow was a problem to the north of this station. There were long lengths of snow fences (pallisaded former sleepers) and even a snow blower.



External links

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

Nearby stations
West Helmsdale
Dunrobin Castle
The Mound
Cambusavie Platform
Kinbrace Timber Loading
Old Kinbrace Railway Cottage
Carbuie Railway Cottage
Kildonan Gold Rush
Limeside Railway Cottage
Kileanan Railway Cottage
County March Summit [Sutherland and Caithness]
Claiseag Railway Cottage
Helmsdale Shed
Sutherland Mills
Loch an Ruathair
Kilearnan Hill
Lochdhu Lodge
Clynelish Distillery
Ben Klibreck
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.


28/07/1874Sutherland and Caithness Railway
Line opened from Helmsdale (Duke of Sutherland's Railway) to Wick with stations at Salzcraggie (Private), Kildonan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac, Scotscalder, Halkirk, Georgemas Junction, Hoy, Thurso, Bower, Watten, Bilbster and Wick.


Highland Survivor