Bridge of Orchy

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Name and dates

Bridge of Orchy (1894-)

Station code: BRO National Rail ScotRail
Where: Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Opened on the West Highland Railway.
Open on the West Highland Line.


This is an island platform station in the West Highland Swiss Chalet style. At the south end of the platform is the disused signal box, closed 1985, which is ^B^ listed. The station master^s house and railwaymen^s cottage also survive. Entry to the station is by a subway.

The goods yard also remains on the east side. It is accessed from the south and is at at a slightly higher level. The sidings remain in use as a permanent way depot.

Going north Bridge of Orchy is the last station before the line heads into Rannoch Moor, taking a route which is not shadowed by a parallel road as it heads north east across the moorland to Rannoch station.

The stationmaster^s house and a railway cottage remain standing, in use as private houses.

West Highland Way Sleeper bunkhouse is based in the station building.

A former railway cottage provides self catering accommodation. Taransay Cottage


Just to the west of the station is Bridge of Orchy Hotel .

The West Highland Way passes close by the station. This can be followed north to Kinlochleven and Fort William. The route makes use of a former coach road. To the south the route reaches Tyndrum close to Tyndrum Lower.


Station West Highland Way

External links

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


Gaelic name: Drochaid Urchaidh
Listing: B

Nearby stations
Tyndrum [1st]
Tyndrum Lower
Upper Tyndrum
Gorton [WHR]
Crianlarich Lower
Glen Falloch Platform
Loch Awe
Killin Junction
Falls of Cruachan
Horseshoe Viaduct
Achallader Viaduct
Gleann Viaduct
County March Summit [West Highland]
Rob Roy^s Putting Stone
Beinn Dorain
Beinn an Dothaidh
Loch Tulla
Beinn Achaladair South Peak
Easan Dubha [Glen Orchy]
Achallader Castle
Beinn Achaladair
Beinn a^Chuirn
Beinn Odhar
Meall Buidhe
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Bridge over the River Orchy

The bridge over the River Orchy is west of Bridge of Orchy station, over the A82, on the course of the Military Way built around 1751 by soldiers under the command of Major Caulfeild. This military road connected Tyndrum to Fort William.

The bridge has a single arch over the river.

It no longer carries a main road, the route having been moved to the east in the 1930s. This has left the road from Bridge of Orchy to Inveroran as a dead end, the route on to the north via the Black Mount and Ba Bridge to be used by the West Highland Way.


07/08/1894West Highland Railway
Public opening from Fort William to Craigendoran. Stations opened at Craigendoran Upper, Helensburgh Upper, Row, Garelochhead, Arrochar and Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum [WHR], Bridge of Orchy, Gortan (private), Rannoch, Corrour (private), Inverlair, Roy Bridge, Spean Bridge and Fort William [1st].
17/04/1954West Highland Railway
Collision at Bridge of Orchy.
26/02/2010West Highland Railway
Avalanches block the line between Upper Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy. (Re-opened on 8th of March.)


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