Dunkeld & Birnam railway station

Coordinates: 56°33′25″N 3°34′42″W / 56.5569°N 3.5783°W / 56.5569; -3.5783
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Dunkeld & Birnam

Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Chailleann & Braonan[1]
National Rail
General information
LocationDunkeld, Perth and Kinross
Coordinates56°33′25″N 3°34′42″W / 56.5569°N 3.5783°W / 56.5569; -3.5783
Grid referenceNO030416
Managed byScotRail
Other information
Station codeDKD[2]
Key dates
7 April 1856Opened
2018/19Decrease 36,930
2019/20Decrease 36,608
2020/21Decrease 7,740
2021/22Increase 27,444
2022/23Increase 38,416
Listed Building – Category A
Designated5 October 1971
Reference no.LB11139[3]
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Dunkeld & Birnam railway station serves the town of Dunkeld and village of Birnam in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. It is located on the Highland Main Line, 15 miles 31 chains (24.8 km) north of Perth and is the first stop on the line north of there, before Pitlochry.[4] Most services are operated by ScotRail, who also manage the station. LNER and Caledonian Sleeper also call some services here.


The station opened on 7 April 1856, as the terminus of the Perth and Dunkeld Railway from Stanley Junction (on the Scottish Midland Junction Railway).[5][6] Seven years later, it became a through station when the Inverness and Perth Junction Railway opened its line to Inverness via Pitlochry and Forres (the I&PJR had taken over the Perth & Dunkeld company that year - prior to this, the SMJR had worked the line).[7]

From 1863 to 1896 the station master was John Kinnaird.[8]

The station was host to a LMS caravan in 1935 and 1936 followed by two caravans from 1937 to 1939.[9]

The station was the last in Scotland to be lit by gas lights, these not being replaced by electric versions until the early 1980s.[citation needed] Although the trackbed has been raised following reballasting over the years, the platforms have not had similar treatment and are all considerably sub-standard in height. A couple of 'boxes' have been placed on both platforms to assist passengers to climb into the trains but, because the station is unstaffed, no assistance is available to move these aids into an appropriate position whenever a train arrives.


The station has a small car park (and some bike racks), which gives step-free access to platform 1, which has a bench and a waiting shelter. There is no step-free access (access is via a footbridge) - nor any facilities - on platform 2.[10] As there are no facilities to purchase tickets, passengers must buy one in advance, or from the guard on the train.

Platform layout[edit]

The station has a passing loop 28 chains (560 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the southbound line can accommodate trains having twelve coaches, but platform 2 on the northbound line can only hold ten.[11] When no crossing is to be made, northbound trains are usually routed through platform 1 which is signalled for bi-directional running.[12]

Passenger volume[edit]

Passenger Volume at Dunkeld & Birnham[13]
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 2022–23
Entries and exits 15,406 18,810 19,339 21,897 20,856 23,578 25,436 26,178 26,506 27,862 29,924 31,050 32,022 32,878 37,982 36,930 36,608 7,740 27,444 38,416

The statistics cover twelve month periods that start in April.


As of May 2022, there are ten departures northbound to Inverness and eleven to Perth each weekday, with six trains going to Glasgow Queen Street and five to Edinburgh Waverley, including the Caledonian Sleeper service. On Sundays, there are 4 trains per day to Inverness (one of which extends to Elgin) and, southbound, four trains to Edinburgh Waverley (including the LNER Highland Chieftain service) and two to Glasgow Queen Street.[12]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Perth   London North Eastern Railway
Sunday, Southbound Only
East Coast Main Line
Perth   ScotRail
Highland Line
Perth   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Historical railways  
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Left arrow Perth and Dunkeld Railway
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway Right arrow
Line open; station closed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Deaves, Phil. "Railway Codes". railwaycodes.org.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2022.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Dunkeld and Birnam Station including footbridge (LB11139)". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ 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. 91. ISBN 978 1909431 26 3.
  5. ^ Quick 2022, p. 171.
  6. ^ Thomas & Turnock 1989, p. 112.
  7. ^ Grant 2017, p. 279.
  8. ^ "Retirement of Dunkeld Stationmaster". Dundee Advertiser. Scotland. 17 December 1896. Retrieved 30 August 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ McRae 1997, p. 22.
  10. ^ "National Rail Enquiries -". www.nationalrail.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  11. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 19A.
  12. ^ a b eNRT May 2022 Edition, Table 213
  13. ^ "Estimates of station usage | ORR Data Portal". dataportal.orr.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 December 2023.


  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • Grant, Donald J. (2017). Directory of the Railway Companies of Great Britain (1st ed.). Kibworth Beauchamp, Leicestershire: Troubador Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-78803-768-6.
  • McRae, Andrew (1997). British Railway Camping Coach Holidays: The 1930s & British Railways (London Midland Region). Vol. Scenes from the Past: 30 (Part One). Foxline. ISBN 1-870119-48-7.
  • Quick, Michael (2022) [2001]. Railway passenger stations in Great Britain: a chronology (PDF). version 5.04. Railway & Canal Historical Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 November 2022.
  • Thomas, John; Turnock, David (1989). A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain. Vol. 15 The North of Scotland (1st ed.). Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles. ISBN 0-946537-03-8.

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