Maybole: A southbound train pulls away from a colourful Maybole station and heads for Girvan on the last day of May 2007.
John Furnevel 31/05/2007


Location type


Name and dates

Maybole (1860-)

Station code: MAY National Rail ScotRail
Where: South Ayrshire, Scotland
Opened on the Maybole and Girvan Railway.
Open on the Glasgow to Ayr and Stranraer.


This is a single platform station, formerly a two platform station. The southbound platform remains in use, the northbound is overgrown, disused since 1973. The station building, on the in use platform, is of red sandstone and two storeys. It is partly in railway use, partly housing and also houses a convenience store. The building on the former northbound platform has been demolished.

There was an elegant lattice footbridge between the platforms and Cargill Road, but this has been replaced with a more accessible bridge.

There was a goods yard at the east end of the station, approached from the east and north, despite the original Maybole [1st] at the east end of the town being converted into a goods yard. The signal box, dating from 1880, was on the northbound platform, east of the waiting room and footbridge.

The yard and signal box closed in 1955. The goods yard site, following a period of other uses, is now the Carrick Centre .

The line was doubled around 1894/95, there had been a loop at the station before the doubling. It was singled between Dalrymple Junction and Girvan in 1973. (A passing loop was retained at Kilkerran).



External links

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

Chronology Dates

24/05/1860Maybole and Girvan Railway
Opened from Maybole Junction (Ayr and Maybole Railway) to Girvan [1st]. Maybole [1st] is replaced by Maybole and becomes a goods station.

News items

07/09/2021South Ayrshire trains: Services now returning to normal [Ayr Advertiser]
03/09/2021Trains halted as ScotRail tackle 'track defect' in Ayrshire [Daily Record]
02/03/2011Rail cuts in pipeline [Carrick Today]
27/05/2010Girvan Railway 150th anniversary [South Ayrshire Council News]
15/09/2006Maybole Celebration [Railscot]