Location type


Name and dates

Thurso (1874-)

Opened on the Sutherland and Caithness Railway.

Open on the Far North Line.


This is a two platform station and is the furthest north station in Britain. One platform is partly covered by the all-over timber roof of the station, a remarkable survivor, all the more remarkable that Wick has also survived.

The other platform, the west side of the island platform, is a bay platform probably a cattle dock, the line being somewhat shorter and bordering the cattle market (now removed).

There is a goods yard to the east, now out of use and taken over by a buildings supply company. The goods shed has been demolished. To the south of that was the locomotive shed, disgracefully demolished in recent years.


John O' Groats is 19 miles east of Thurso station.

Scrabster Harbour , port for the Orkneys is 2 miles north west from the station.


Station Terminus

External links

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


07/02/1989[Inverness and Ross-shire Railway]
Ness Viaduct, Inverness, collapses, separating the Thurso, Wick and Kyle of Lochalsh lines from the rest of the network. Dingwall becomes a terminus, Muir of Ord becomes a train maintenance depot and buses operate between Inverness and Dingwall while a new bridge is built.