Location type


Names and dates

Crianlarich [WHR] (1894-1953)
Crianlarich Upper (1953-1967)
Crianlarich (1967-)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: CNR National Rail ScotRail
Where: Stirling, Scotland
Opened on the West Highland Railway.
Open on the West Highland Line.


This is an island platform station on the West Highland Railway where the lines to Oban (to the west) and Fort William divide. It is famous for its tearoom. Crianlarich Station Tearoom . The station is in Perthshire. Entry is by a subway at the north end of the station. The former signal box (closed 1985) is also at the north end of the station.

Alongside the tearoom, just to the south was the original station building. This was lost to a fire in 1962, but a small building, not dissimilar to the original, now exists. This was erected in 1999 replacing a rather ugly building of the intervening years.

There is a single road, single ended locomotive shed by the station, just to the south on the east side of the line and approached, by reversal, from the north. The shed and its sidings are a permanent way base.

There are sidings on the west side of the station, approached from the south. In the 2000s these were used for timber loading, the depot at Crianlarich Lower having closed. The sidings have not been used regularly for some years.

The north end of the station was dominated by two water tanks, now removed.

At the north end of the station the spur to the Oban line runs off to the west and the Fort William line runs north over the Glenbruar Viaduct. The spur was only brought into regular use after the Second World War.

With the closure of the eastern half of the Callander and Oban Railway the station is the railhead for points east, such as Killin, for those wishing to take the train south to Glasgow.


Crianlarich Hotel

Crianlarich Youth Hostel

Ben More is to the east, 1174 ft. To the north is Beinn Challuim, 1025 ft.

A diversion from the West Highland Way enters Crianlarich by the station. Walking north west along the route reaches Tyndrum near Tyndrum Lower and walking south reaches Inverarnan, not far from Ardlui station.


Station junction

External links

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


Gaelic name: A^ Chrìon Làraich

Nearby stations
Crianlarich Lower
Upper Tyndrum
Tyndrum [1st]
Tyndrum Lower
Glen Falloch Platform
Killin Junction
Bridge of Orchy
Glenoglehead Crossing
Kingshouse Halt
Balquhidder [2nd]
Balquhidder [1st]
Crianlarich Junction
Glenbruar Viaduct
Fillan Viaduct
Lower Crianlarich Junction
Crianlarich West Box
Inverhaggernie Viaduct
Ewich Viaduct
Inverhaggernie No 2 Level Crossing
Inverhaggernie No 1 Level Crossing
Glen Falloch Scots Pines
Stob Garbh
St Fillan^s Priory
Cruach Ardain
Ben More
Ben More
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Food Baskets

The station was famous for its breakfast and lunch baskets, provided for northbound passengers during the pause at the station.

Originally, from 1894 to 1895, the baskets were available at Arrochar and Tarbet.


28/07/1884Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway (Highland Railway)
Act passed. This was partly in response to the proposed incursion of the North British Railway's Glasgow and North Western Railway from Glasgow to Inverness via Loch Lomond, Crianlarich, Glencoe, Fort William and the Great Glen.
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].
20/12/1894Callander and Oban Railway
Spur from Crianlarich station (West Highland Railway) to Crianlarich Junction [CandO] opened. New passing loop at Crianlarich Junction [CandO] allows removal of up platform and loop at Crianlarich [CandO] station.
23/05/1949West Highland Railway
Passenger services between Glasgow Queen Street High Level, Crianlarich and Oban start.
07/06/1965Callander and Oban Railway
Closed to freight east of Crianlarich Lower. Freight traffic is re-routed via Crianlarich Upper.
27/09/1965Callander and Oban Railway
Landslide in Glen Ogle; line closed between Callander and Crianlarich. (Glen Ogle Rockfall).
01/11/1965Callander and Oban Railway
Crianlarich Lower to Callander officially closed to passengers (the landslide closed the line on 28/09/65 and there was a replacement bus service until end). Following withdrawal of the bus service no public passenger service (bus or train) was available between Crianlarich and Killin [2nd].


All Stations to Mallaig!: West Highland Line Since Nationalisation
Argyll and the Highlands Last Days of Steam

Argyll and the Highlands' Lost Railways

Ben Nevis and Fort William, The Mamores and The Grey Corries, Kinlochleven and Spean Bridge (OS Explorer Map)

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands: West Highland Railway v. 1

Iron Road to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourist Guide to the West Highland Lines

Iron Roads to the Isles: A Travellers and Tourists Souvenir Guide to the West Highland Lines

Mountain Moor and Loch on the Route of the West Highland Railway

On West Highland Lines

Railway World Special: West Highland Lines

Rannan Rathad Iarainn nan Eilean =: The West Highland Line

Road To The Isles Dvd: Part One The West Highland Line Between Crianlarich to Fort William, From the Drivers Cab Of A Class 37, With The Caledonian Sleeper
The Mallaig Railway: The West Highland Extension 1897-1901 (RCAHMS Broadsheet)
The New Railway: The Earliest Years of the West Highland Line

The Story of the West Highland

The Story of the West Highland: The 1940s LNER Guide to the Line

The West Highland Railway

The West Highland Railway (Railways of the Scottish Highlands)

The West Highland Railway 120 Years

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

Victorian Travel on the West Highland Line: By Mountain, Moor and Loch in 1894

Walks from the West Highland Railway (Cicerone Guide)

West Highland Line: Great Railway Journeys Through Time

West Highland Railway
West Highland Railway (History of the Railways of the Scottish Highlands v. 1): West Highland Railway v. 1
West Highland Railway: Plans, Poltics and People