Location type


Name and dates

Garelochhead (1894-)

Station code: GCH 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 with an original West Highland Railway chalet-style building and signal box (^B^ listed, closed 1986). A parcels building and short platform (both demolished 2017) were on the west side of the station. Access to the station is by means of a subway. The ironmongery typical of West Highland station subways remains intact - fencing round the pit of the subway and gates which can be closed across where the subway emerges onto the platform.

There are goods sidings, approached from the north, on the west side of the station. There was formerly a siding on the east side, serving a platform, which was accessed from the south. The sidings are now in use as a permanent way depot.

The stationmaster^s house and railwaymen^s cottages remain, in use as houses. The station is approached by a steep hair-pin bend road from the village below. Formerly a lane ran directly south west to Garelochhead Pier.

The island platform was extended northwards in the late 1980s/early 1990s around the time of the Sprinter introduction.

A turntable pit exists on the west side of the line north of the station, this is because the local service from Craigendoran Pier originally terminated here before being extended north to Arrochar and Tarbet.

FaceBook - Garelochhead Station Trust


This is presently the nearest station to HM Naval Base Clyde which is to the south.



External links

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


Gaelic name: Ceann a^ Gheàrr-loch
Bike rack
Free parking
Listing: B


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].
04/09/1894West Highland Railway
Helensburgh to Garelochhead train de-railed at Woodend Level Crossing by a stone placed on the line.
  /11/1999West Highland Railway
Railtrack begins £100,000 renovation of Garelochhead, to be repainted and rotten floors replaced.


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