Kyle of Lochalsh (1897-)
Opened on the Kyle of Lochalsh Extension (Highland Railway).
Open on the Kyle Line.
This is the terminus of the line from Dingwall. This terminus replaced the further east station at Stromeferry. The station is on a pier and is built in the Swiss Chalet style (reminiscent of the West Highland Railway built around the same time).
The station has two platforms - that to the west has a loop and that to the east a siding in parallel with it. Formerly the quaysides were rail served and some track and turntables remain embedded in the pier's cobbles and concrete. There was a major track rationalisation around 1985.
Kyle Shed was to the north and there were sidings to an Admiralty pier to the east of the station.
The pier was served by steamers to Skye and other islands. The slip, to the west, was later used for roll on - roll off ferries to Kyleakin on Skye. The pier is no longer regularly used by ferries to the Outer Isles, Ullapool now being used instead.
The Highland Railway owned the nearby Lochalsh Hotel.
To the north, on the east side of the line, the signal box still stands, now in use as rentable accommodation. Kyle of Lochalsh Signal Box Accommodation .
The Kyle Line Museum is based in the main station building.
Waterside Seafood Restaurant is located in the station building.
Other railway and industry locations
Duirinish Wartime Sidings
HMS Port Napier Wreck
Kylerhea Minor Light
|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
|05/07/1865||Dingwall and Skye Railway|
Dingwall and Skye Railway authorised Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh.
|07/02/1989||[Inverness and Ross-shire Railway]|
Ness Viaduct, Inverness, collapses, separating the Thurso, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh lines from the rest of the network. Dingwall becomes a terminus, Muir of Ord becomes a train maintenance depot and buses operate between Inverness and Dingwall while a new bridge is built.
Cock o' the North: Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh - Study in Diesel Power Through Its Various Stages
Highland Railway: People and Places - From the Inverness and Nairn Railway to Scotrail
History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Skye Railway v. 5
Rails to Kyle of Lochalsh: Story of the Dingwall and Skye Railway Including the Strathpeffer Branch (Oakwood Library of Railway History)
The Dingwall & Skye Railway: A Pictorial Record of the Line to Kyle of Lochalsh
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 Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time