Far North Line

A freight train at Dingwall North Junction.

Lairg sits on the Far North Line, a railway line running from Inverness in the south to Thurso and Wick in the north.
Most of the Far North Line runs along the coast of the Moray Firth, that is to say the north eastern coast of Scotland.  It then swings inland from Tain to Lairg, before rejoining the coast at Golspie, running up to Golspie and Helmsdale, and then dividing at Georgemas Junction, with one branch running off to Thurso, and the other to Wick.
The line itself was built in several stages, initially as the Inverness and Ross-shire Railway opened in 1862; then the Sutherland Railway opened in 1868; then the Duke of Sutherland’s Railway opened in 1870; and then the Sutherland and Caithness Railway opened in 1874.  Nowadays there are discussions about skipping the loop to Lairg, by building a bridge over the Dornoch Firth and thus linking Tain more directly to Golspie.
First Scotrail Class 158 stock run on this line.  The stations, from south to north, are Inverness, Beauly, Muir of Ord, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Fearn, Tain, Ardgay, Culrain, Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, Golspie, Dunrobin Castle, Brora, Helmsdale, Kildonan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac, Scotscalder, Georgemas Junction, Thurso and Wick.
Dunrobin Castle has its own railway station, originally a private station for this castle, which is the seat of the Duke of Sutherland.  It is located near Golspie village and is listed on most timetables as operating in the Summer only.
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