Location type


Name and dates

Pitlochry (1863-)

Station code: PIT National Rail ScotRail
Where: Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Opened on the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway.
Open on the Highland Main Line.


This is a two platform station. It has a station building on the up (southbound) platform with crow stepped gables, a lattice footbridge and superior timber waiting room building on the down platform.

The main building ('A' listed) was designed by William Roberts. It has a recess in the stonework, on the platform side, where a hand bell formerly rested, rung when trains were due. There is overall a strong resemblance to Nairn station. The main building dates from 1883, there being several improvements to the station about this time. The lattice footbridge (1884 from the Abercorn Foundry of Hanna, Donald & Wilson) and northbound platform building are 'B' listed.

Old photographs of the station show an unusual shelter to the south of the main station building - this was a canopy over the southbound platform's weighing machine.

The northbound platform was equipped with a water column.

The platforms have been extended at their northern end (October 2018). Platforms were extended in timber at the south end in 1878 and again during the Great War as long trains called here, many local hotels being used for convalescence. Due to the extensions being built on a platform these were built in timber on a metal structure, looking peculiar from below! These timber extensions have been removed.

There is a cast iron drinking fountain (the 'Macfarlane Fountain' (Saracen Foundry)) on the up platform, similar to those at Dalmally and formerly at Strathyre. (This is not the Strathyre fountain, which remains in that village.)

There was a goods yard on the east side of the line at the north end, opposite a pair of coal sidings serving staithes on the west side. The last remaining siding on the east side was latterly reduced to a permanent way siding before removal.

The station had two signal boxes, both opened in 1882. The north box was replaced in 1911. The south box, on the west side at the south end of the loop (at the point from which the timber platform extension began), was closed in 1919. The north box took over.

The remaining north signal box ('A' listed and located at the north end of the northbound platform) controlled the loop and occupational level crossing at the north end (this LC closed 2017). The remaining box closed in 2019, with signalling passing to Stanley Junction signal box.

The main station building is now a bookshop. Pitlochry Station Bookshop

The line is supported and promoted by the Highland Main Line Community Partnership .


Pitlochry expanded after the opening of the railway and remains a tourist centre with many hotels.

The Blair Athol Distillery is in the east of Pitlochry.

Pitlochry Lineside accommodation is nearby.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

Cairngorm National Park



External links

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


Listing: A

Chronology Dates

01/06/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Dunkeld to Pitlochry opened. Stations opened at Dalguise, Guay, Ballinluig, Pitlochry.
09/09/1863Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Line opened from Pitlochry to Aviemore, thus throughout from Inverness to Perth. Additional stations opened at Blair Athole (original spelling), Struan, Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Boat of Insh.
13/07/2018Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
Perth and Kinross Council gives planning consent to allow Pitlochry station to be remodelled with the removal of the platform timber extensions to the south and extension of the platforms to the north over the site of former sidings.

News items

13/12/2023Plans to replace Pitlochry Stations Victorian footbridge refused [The Courier]
12/12/2023Listed Victorian footbridge at Pitlochry Railway Station looks set to be replaced with modern accessible bridge with lifts [Daily Record]
08/12/2023End of the line for Pitlochry station's Victorian footbridge? [The Courier]
31/07/2023Pitlochry station bridge plans submitted [Network Rail]
02/05/2023'We are over the moon' - Thai restaurant in Tom Cruise train carriage gets the go ahead for Pitlochry family [The Scotsman]
11/12/2022Tom Cruise's Mission Impossible 7 stunt rail carriage could become Pitlochry Thai restaurant [MSN/Scotsman]
29/09/2022Five north and north-east railway lines face speed restrictions as heavy rain and strong winds expected [Press and Journal]
02/08/2022Five-day Pitlochry road closure plan scrapped after backlash [The Courier]
28/07/2022Main road through Pitlochry to shut for 5 days for rail bridge work [The Courier]
11/01/2022Perth and Kinross councillors vote to reject petition for Pitlochry train restaurant [Daily Record]


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Highland Railway Album: No. 1

Highland Railway Album: No. 2

Highland Railway Carriages and Wagons

Highland Railway: People and Places - From the Inverness and Nairn Railway to Scotrail

The Highland Railway

The Highland Railway : The History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands - Vol 2