Location type


Name and dates

Nairn (1855-)

Station code: NRN National Rail ScotRail
Where: Highland, Scotland
Opened on the Inverness and Nairn Railway.
Opened on the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.
Open on the Aberdeen to Inverness.


This is a two platform station in the south of Nairn. The station buildings on both platforms are similar to those at Pitlochry. The main building, a single storey, is on the eastbound (Aberdeen) platform, on the town side of the station. Thought to be designed by William Roberts and Murdoch Paterson it dates from 1885 and is ^B^ listed. The platforms are linked by a lattice footbridge. The platforms had water columns. The water tank was towards the east end of the eastbound platform.

This was the eastern terminus of the Inverness and Nairn Railway. The line was extended east to Keith by the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.

The station had two platforms and a goods yard to the west, with a loop on the south side of the main station loop which adjoined a loading bank with a goods shed at the east end.

The original station was improved by extending the platforms and loop eastwards and expanding the goods yard.

The goods yard is at the west end, on the south side of the line and approached from the east. The goods shed has been transferred to Bridge of Dun.

The station has two signal boxes due to the length of the loop. In later years a single signalman cycled between the boxes. This arrangement has ceased with re-signalling. The disused boxes still stand. Both date from 1891 and are ^B^ listed. The boxes closed in 2000 and still stand. These were replaced by the Inverness Signalling Centre.

The westbound platform waiting room is now a ^Man^s Shed^. Mens Sheds Association

The station master^s house is north of the station, at its west end.

Nairn Viaduct is to the east of the station.


Nairn Museum


Station terminus

External links

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


Listing: B


24/07/1854Inverness and Nairn Railway
Line authorised, 15 miles from Inverness to Nairn and a 1/2 mile branch to Inverness Harbour. Contractor : Thomas Brassey & James Falshaw.
05/11/1855Inverness and Nairn Railway
Line opened with stations at Inverness, Culloden [1st] , Dalcross, Fort George [1st], Cawdor and Nairn.
22/12/1857Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Nairn to Dalvey [1st] (temporary station west of Forres [1st]) opened.


Forres and Area Past and Present

Landranger (27) Nairn & Forres, River Findhorn (OS Landranger Map)

Old Forres

OS Explorer Map (423) Elgin, Forres and Lossiemouth (OS Explorer Active Map)

Time Does Transfix: Recollections of a Forres Railwayman