Location type


Names and dates

Boat of Insh (1863-1871)
Kincraig (1871-1965)

Station code: National Rail
Opened on the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway.


This is a passing loop, formerly a station, to the south of (and controlled by) Inverness Signalling Centre.

It was a two platform station with a passing loop and goods yard at the north end on the west side, served from a goods loop, connecting to the southbound line (crossing the northbound) at its south end and connecting to the northbound loop at its north end. A pair of sidings ran north to serve two loading banks.

The main station building was on the northbound platform.

When first opened it was a single platform station without loop. The former northbound platform was the original. The original name refers to a ferry crossing of the River Spey,

A loop opened in 1882 with north and south boxes. Both boxes were on the west side at either end of the loop. Platforms were extended in timber.

The boxes were replaced with a single box in 1920, on the east side half way down the loop.

The station closed to passengers in 1965 and the loop and box closed in 1966.

The loop was reinstated in 1979 and controlled from Aviemore (the former north box) from a new panel. With the closure of Aviemore box in 2019 control has passed to the Inverness Signalling Centre.

The station building remains standing, although the timber portion has been lost being replaced by a switchroom. The station building is in use as a house. Beside this are railway cottages.

To the east is Kincraig Bridge which replaced Boat of Inch, the former ferry crossing of the River Spey.



External links

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

Chronology Dates

09/09/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Line opened from Pitlochry to Aviemore, thus throughout from Inverness to Perth. Additional stations opened at Blair Athole, Struan, Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Boat of Insh.
  /  /1871Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Boat of Insh renamed Kincraig.
18/10/1965Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Forres [2nd] to Aviemore closed to passengers. Stations closed at Boat of Garten, Broomhill, Grantown-on-Spey West, Dava and Dunphail. Dallas Dhu Siding (excluded) to Boat of Garten (excluded) closed to all traffic. Both Forres West Junction and Forres East Junction to Forres South Junction closed to passengers. Further south on the retained line Kincraig closed.
  /  /1979Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Kincraig loop re-opened.

News items

30/12/2020Signal fault causes railway disruption [Inverness Courier]


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