Avalanche Shelter

Location type


Name and dates

Avalanche Shelter (1978-)

Opened on the Dingwall and Skye Railway.


This concrete structure crosses over the railway and A890 south west of Attadale station. The shelter protects the railway and road from the cliff above to the south east.

The railway is on the seaward side of the road. The railway portion is large enough for a single track and the road portion for a single track road.

The concrete is dressed at either end with crests and patterns, less obvious due to the discolouring of the concrete.

The structure was built in 1978 when the Stromeferry Bypass road opened between Stromeferry and Attadale where it met an older road from Strathcarron. This allowed closure of the Strome Ferry crossing from Stromeferry to North Strome Pier. The cutting back of the cliff face has resulted in an unstable surface which is netted to prevent rockfalls.

Works on the cliff face have necessitated the laying of matting on the railway and diversion of the road onto the railway. The railway remains open while the road is diverted with traffic lights interlocked with the signalling. When in operation this constitutes the longest level crossing in the UK.


Avalanche Shelter


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