Attadale railway station

Attadale railway station is a remote railway station on the Kyle of Lochalsh Line, serving the village of Attadale on Loch Carron in the Highlands, northern Scotland. The station is 48 miles 22 chains (77.7 km) from Dingwall, between Strathcarron and Stromeferry.[3] ScotRail, who manage the station, operate all services.


National Rail
Attadale railway station (geograph 4922246).jpg
General information
LocationAttadale, Highland
Coordinates57°23′40″N 5°27′19″W / 57.3945°N 5.4553°W / 57.3945; -5.4553Coordinates: 57°23′40″N 5°27′19″W / 57.3945°N 5.4553°W / 57.3945; -5.4553
Grid referenceNG924390
Managed byScotRail
Other information
Station codeATT[2]
Original companyDingwall and Skye Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Key dates
1880Station opened
2017/18Increase 1,170
2018/19Increase 1,322
2019/20Decrease 1,228
2020/21Decrease 62
2021/22Increase 764
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


The station was opened in 1880 by the Dingwall and Skye Railway, but operated from the outset by the Highland Railway.

When the D&SR were forced to cut back the railway during its planning, Attadale was initially chosen as the planned terminus of the shortened line,[4] to allow a suitable location near Loch Carron to build a pier adjacent to the station for steam boats to berth. However, more detailed planning proved this area of the loch quite shallow, which would have meant the large cost of building an extraordinarily long pier. Instead, the line was to terminate 5 miles (8 km) further on at Stromeferry,[4] where a deeper section of the loch could be found, meaning the steamers could berth more easily and more closely to the station at a shorter, less expensive pier. Attadale then opened as a request stop ten years after the Dingwall & Skye Railway commenced services.[citation needed]


A Class 158 DMU departing Attadale bound for Kyle of Lochalsh

The platform has a waiting room, help point, bench and bike racks. The station is not step-free.[5] As there are no facilities to purchase tickets, passengers must buy one in advance, or from the guard on the train.

Passenger volumeEdit

Passenger Volume at Attadale[6]
2002-03 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22
Entries and exits 216 325 398 439 469 472 478 526 968 658 998 784 820 938 1,170 1,322 1,228 62 764

The statistics cover twelve month periods that start in April.


Four trains each way call (on request) on weekdays/Saturdays and one each way all year on Sundays, plus a second from May to late September only.[7][8]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Strathcarron   ScotRail
Kyle of Lochalsh Line

Cultural ReferencesEdit

The station featured in episode one of the Channel 4 documentary series Paul Merton's Secret Stations on 1 May 2016, when presenter Paul Merton alighted there en route to visiting a salmon breeding farm on the shores of Loch Carron.[9]


  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Deaves, Phil. "Railway Codes". Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  3. ^ Bridge, Mike, ed. (2017). TRACKatlas of Mainland Britain: A Comprehensive Geographic Atlas Showing the Rail Network of Great Britain (3rd ed.). Sheffield: Platform 5 Publishing Ltd. p. 97. ISBN 978 1909431 26 3.
  4. ^ a b "Attadale: Overview". Gazetteer for Scotland.
  5. ^ "National Rail Enquiries -". Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Estimates of station usage | ORR Data Portal". Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  7. ^ eNRT May 2022 Edition, Table 219
  8. ^ eNRT December 2021 Edition, Table 219
  9. ^ "Programme Information - Paul Merton's Secret Stations"4 Press website; Retrieved 18 May 2016


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