Location type


Names and dates

Laurencekirk (1849-1967)
Laurencekirk (2009-)

Station code: LAU National Rail ScotRail
Where: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Opened on the Aberdeen Railway.
Open on the Dundee to Aberdeen.


This is a two platform station. The original station building remains on the down (northbound) platform. There was a larger building on the southbound platform, also with canopy, but this has not survived.

There is a goods yard to the north, west side of the line, approached from the north. This features the original goods shed. The signal box (a replacement dating from 1910) is on the east side of the line close to where the goods yard is connected.

The station re-opened in 2009 more than forty years after closure. The survival of the station building during that time is remarkable. Two posters which survived until reopening have been preserved in the waiting room.


The Grassic Gibbon Centre is six and a half miles to the north east of the former station.


Station reopening

External links

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


Listing: B

Nearby stations
St Cyrus
North Water Bridge Halt
Brotherton (Private)
Birnie Road Siding
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Marykirk Viaduct
Denfinella Viaduct
North Water Bridge Viaduct
Kinnaber Junction
Hillside Distillery
Bervie Water Viaduct
Inverbervie Shed
Edzell Shed
Broomfield Junction
Montrose North Junction
Lauriston Castle
Grassic Gibbon Centre
Brotherton Castle
Broomfield Aerodrome
House of Dun
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Franklin Expedition

In the Church of Scotland graveyard is a gravestone of the M^Donald family. Alexander M^Donald who died on the lost Franklin Expedition is remembered on the stone (now incomplete).
Assistant-Surgeon with the Expedition
of Sir John Franklin in 1845.

University of Calgary - Alexander M’Donald L.R.C.S.E (1817 – c.1848)


01/11/1849Aberdeen Railway
Line extended from Dubton Junction to Limpet Mill (a temporary terminus north of Stonehaven). Stations at Marykirk, Laurencekirk, Drumlithie, Stonehaven and Limpet Mill.
  /  /1907Aberdeen Railway
Permission to buy land to extend Laurencekirk station.
26/04/1910Aberdeen Railway
Reconstruction of Laurencekirk authorised.
04/09/1967Scottish Midland Junction Railway Aberdeen Railway
Perth (Stanley Junction) to Laurencekirk (Kinnaber Junction) closed to passengers.
17/05/2009Aberdeen Railway
Laurencekirk station re-opened. This was the 65th Modern Era re-opening in Scotland.


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Aberdeen 1900: Aberdeenshire Sheet 75.11 (Old O.S. Maps of Aberdeenshire)

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire: 40 Coast and Country Walks

Aberdeen City Centre History Tour

Aberdeen City Centre Through Time

Aberdeen in Old Picture Postcards

Aberdeen in the Fifties and Sixties

Aberdeen Remembered: By Aberdeen City Libraries and Museums

Aberdeen, Inverurie and Pitmedden (OS Landranger Map)

Aberdeen: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (RIAS illustrated architectural guides to Scotland)

Aberdeenshire: South and Aberdeen (Pevsner Architectural Guides) (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland)

Aberdeenshire's Lost Railways

Angus and Kincardineshire's Lost Railways

BR Steam in Colour: London to Aberdeen from the Bill Reed Collection

Bradshaw's Guide Scotland's Railways East Coast Berwick to Aberdeen & Beyond: Volume 6

Brechin 1901: Forfarshire Sheet 28.13 (Old O.S. Maps of Forfarshire)

British Railways Steam - King's Cross to Aberdeen: From the Bill Reed Collection

Bygone Montrose: With Inverkeilor, Lunan Bay, Rossie, Usan, Ferryden, Bridge of Dun, Hillside, Dubton and Craigo

Caledonian Routes 1: Aberdeen, Strathmore Line & Branches

Cock o' the North: Aberdeen to Kyle of Lochalsh - Study in Diesel Power Through Its Various Stages

Great North Memories: Aberdeen No. 2: Scenes of the North East's Own Railway

Hidden Aberdeen: History on Your Doorstep and Under Your Feet

Joint Station: Aberdeen Station, 1867-1992

Landranger (54) Dundee & Montrose, Forfar & Arbroath (OS Landranger Map)

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Memories of Steam from Glasgow to Aberdeen

Montrose The Postcard Collection

Montrose Through Time
National Series of Waterway, Tramway and Railway Atlases: Aberdeen v. 1m
On Either Side, 1939: The Train between London King's Cross & Edinburgh Waverley, Fort William, Inverness & Aberdeen (Old House)

OS Explorer Map (389) Forfar, Brechin and Edzell (OS Explorer Paper Map) (OS Explorer Active Map)

Railways Of Scotland 4: Aberdeen And The Grampians DVD - Cinerail

Railways Of Scotland 7: Perth To Kinnaber Junction DVD - Cinerail

The Montrose & Bervie Railway: A Study of Transport in South-East Kincardineshire 1770-1966

The Railways of Aberdeen: 150 Years of History: One Hundred and Fifty Years of History
The Railways of Strathmore (Perth, Forfar and Brechin)The 'Subbies': The story of Aberdeen's suburban trains 1887-1987