Ballachulish (Glencoe)

Location type


Names and dates

Ballachulish (1903-1905)
Ballachulish and Glencoe (1905-1908)
Ballachulish (Glencoe) (1908-1966)

Opened on the Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway).


This was a two platform terminus opened at East Laroch next to the Ballachulish Slate Quarries and their tramways. Unusually a house which predated the station ended up on the platform and now, with the station gone, still stands. The Ballachulish Medical Practise is based in the former station building.

The goods yard was to the north of the passenger station and a locomotive shed was just to the north of the yard. From the yard a siding continued to the quarries.

The large signal box was at the west end of the northern station platform. The passenger line ran in front of the box, to the south, and goods yard line to its north. The box was of the large size typical of the line.

The name ^Ballachulish^ applies to the area, generally west of the station, on both the north and south banks of Loch Etive. Ballachulish House is to the west, south of Ballachulish Ferry station. It was the station which led to West and East Laroch becoming known as the village of Ballachulish. Glen Coe is to the east.


Terminus Station

External links

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


24/08/1903Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)
Line opened to passengers and goods. Stations opened at Benderloch, Creagan, Appin, Duror, Kentallen, Ballachulish Ferry, Ballachulish. For the opening Connel Ferry and Oban stations were rebuilt. Two large bridges were required Connel Ferry Bridge and Creagan Viaduct.
14/06/1965Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)
Ballachulish (Glencoe) to Connel Ferry closed to freight.
26/03/1966Ballachulish Branch (Callander and Oban Railway)
Line closed completely between Connel Ferry and Ballachulish (Glencoe). (Alternative date 1/3/1966).


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North of Scotland v. 15 (Regional railway history series)

Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Callander & Oban Railway Through Time

Callander and Oban Railway (Library of Railway History)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: Callander and Oban Railway v. 4

The Birth and Death of a Highland Railway: Ballachulish Line

Trossachs and West Highlands: Exploring the Lost Railways (Local History Series)