Location type


Names and dates

Lochwinnoch [1st] (1840-1905)
Lochside (1905-1955)
Lochside (1966-1985)
Lochwinnoch (1985-)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: LHW National Rail ScotRail
Where: Renfrewshire, Scotland
Opened on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway.
Open on the Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer.


This is a two platform station 3/4 of a mile south east of the town of Lochwinnoch. It is a modern minimal station with a car park. Barr Loch is to the west and Castle Semple to the north. 'Loch Winnoch' may have referred to the area before drainage created the two lochs.

The original station opened with the line. It had two platforms and a goods yard on the west side of the line, reached by reversal from the Glasgow bound platform. The yard was expanded and access directly from the south added. The main station building was on the Glasgow bound platform, closest to the town. The signal box was south of the station, on the east side of the line.

In 1905 a new railway opened parallel to the existing Glasgow to Ayr line which effectively quadrupled the line. This new line had a station, Lochwinnoch [2nd], which better served the town. As a result the existing station was renamed Lochside to avoid confusion. (Lochside House is to the north east.)

Probably due to its rural location, the more suitable station closer to the town and a desire to improve train times the station closed in 1955. However Lochwinnoch [2nd] was to close, with the parallel line, in 1966.

With that closure the station re-opened in 1966. It was renamed Lochwinnoch in 1985. The signal box closed in 1986, replaced by the Paisley Signalling Centre. The railway was electrified in 1986.


Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve

Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park



External links

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

News items

13/06/2023ScotRail Ayrshire trains disrupted due to electric wire damage [Ayr Advertiser]
12/12/2021Lochwinnoch: Lack of tactile paving at rail station leaves passengers 'short-changed' [The Gazette]
30/11/2021Authorities urged to upgrade paving at Lochwinnoch station to help blind people [Daily Record]
02/10/2020Push for Lochwinnoch station upgrade to go to cabinet secretary [Daily Record]