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  Rail Travel in Sutherland


The eastern half of Sutherland is well connected by the Far North Railway Line which runs from Inverness north to Thurso and Wick.

On entering Sutherland the first station you reach is Ardgay, which serves that village and also Bonar Bridge. The next stop is Culrain which is used by visitors to the spectacular youth hostel of Carbisdale Castle. Just after this stop the line crosses the Kyle of Sutherland on a viaduct to reach Invershin.

From here the line travels north to Lairg and then it turns eastwards, heading towards the coast. Rogart station is the next halt and shortly after the line passes The Mound. This was once a station connecting the Far North line with the narrow gauge Dornoch Light Railway, although that line and the station have long since closed.

The next stop on the route is the town of Golspie and just to the north of here is a halt at Dunrobin Castle. This station used to be for the private use of the Duke of Sutherland and his family. The 3rd Duke was largely responsible for the construction of this line and he delighted in running his own private train to and from his own station. Today it is a halt used by visitors to the castle.

The next town on the line is Brora and then heading further north the line skirts the sea shore before reaching the port of Helmsdale. At this point the line turns inland and heads north west through Strath Ullie to reach the station at Kildonan, the scene of a gold rush in the late nineteenth century.

The next stop is the village of Kinbrace and then the line runs north to the last stop in Sutherland at Forsinard. At this point the line turns east once again and heads into the neighbouring county of Caithness where it splits into two lines to finish at the towns of Wick and Thurso.


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