Nairn Viaduct

Location type


Name and dates

Nairn Viaduct (1857-)

Where: Highland
Opened on the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway.


This is a double track stone arch viaduct, just east of Nairn station designed by Joseph Mitchell. It carries a single track.

It is 124 yds long, 41 ft high, with four arches over the River Nairn. Although built for two tracks, the line east was not doubled. The northern of the two lines was laid and remains in place. A second line was laid for many years, used as a headshunt off the east end of the loop at Nairn. This line is now lifted.

Stone was sourced from Lochloy Quarry, by the coast to the north east. There was difficulty establishing a solid foundation for this large masonry viaduct.


Viaduct River Nairn

External links

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


Listing: B


  /  /1856Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway
Nairn Viaduct, designed by Joseph Mitchell, under construction.


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