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Lochailort (1901-)

Station code: LCL National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Mallaig Extension (West Highland Railway).
Open on the West Highland Line.


This is a single platform station. It was a two platform station similar to both Glenfinnan and Arisaig.

All the original buildings and the small goods yard have been lost. The main station building, of typical 'Extension' style such as those at Glenfinnan and Arisaig, was on the westbound platform. There was a relatively modern signal box here, the loop having been extended in the Second World War. The box closed in 1966.

Only the westbound platform remains, in use for both directions. There is a very limited amount of parking available here.

Despite its present reduced status, it was not an unimportant station, being the railhead of the Moidart peninsula (where Roshven is located, at one time the intended western terminus of the line). The station served the nearby Inverailort House House which was used extensively in Commando training in the Second World War. (The Lochailort Estate had a second station, a shooting halt, at Lech-a-vuie Platform).

There are a number of hotels here and this is the first time the line reaches the true western seaboard, although it continues to Mallaig to reach a port.

At 23.67 miles from Banavie Junction [2nd] this station is just over half way along the line.


Lochailort House is half a mile to the south.

The Lochailort Inn is just to the south at the road junction between the road from Fort William to Mallaig and that south to Roshven and beyond. Lochailort Inn

Polnish Chapel, now a house, is a former chapel. It is a whitewashed building which forms the backdrop of many photographs of the line. The chapel is about a mile to the west on the south side of the line.



External links

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

Nearby stations
Lech-a-vuie Platform
Loch Eil Outward Bound
Fort William [1st]
Fort William
Banavie Pier
Lochailort Tunnel
Polnish No 106 Tunnel
Polnish No 107 Tunnel
Arnabol Viaduct
Loch nan Uamh Viaduct
Loch nan Uamh No 116 Tunnel
Loch nan Uamh No 117 Tunnel
Beasdale No 118 Tunnel
Beasdale No 119 Tunnel
Lochailort Inn
Inverailort House
Loch Ailort
Polnish Chapel
Loch Eilt
The Prince's Cairn
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

A white chapel

West of Lochailort, going west to Mallaig on the route to Beasdale the Polnish Chapel can be seen on the left, a small striking whitewashed former chapel.


Lochailort House, south of the station and on the shore of Loch Ailort itself, is very much associated with the training of special forces in the Second World War, such as the Commandos. The surrounding landscape is challenging and there was a nearby railway on which to practise mock sabotage.


A Mallaig Boyhood (Flashbacks)
All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Captains and Commanders: Memoirs of a Scottish West Coast Fisherman

Chapels of the Rough Bounds

Highland Steam: A Scrapbook of Images from the 'Kyle, Mallaig and Highland Lines

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Landranger (40) Mallaig & Glenfinnan, Loch Shiel (OS Landranger Map)

Mallaig Line: An Illustrated History and Guide

Old Mallaig, Morar and Arisaig

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: Fort William and Mallaig

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Rannan Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean =: The West Highland Line
Steam to Mallaig
The Mallaig Railway
The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Mallaig Extension in B.R.Days

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Extension: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

West Highland Railway
West Highland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands v. 1): West Highland Railway v. 1