Lech-a-Vuie Platform railway station

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Lech-a-Vuie Platform
Inverailort House.jpg
Inverailort House
PlaceNear Glenfinnan
Coordinates56°52′26″N 5°30′47″W / 56.874°N 5.513°W / 56.874; -5.513Coordinates: 56°52′26″N 5°30′47″W / 56.874°N 5.513°W / 56.874; -5.513
Grid referenceNM860813
Original companyWest Highland Railway
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
1 April 1901[1]Opened
After 1970[2]Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain

Lech-a-Vuie Platform railway station[3](NM860813), Lechavuie[4] or Lech-a-Vute[5] was not constructed for public use.[3] It stood close to the A830 road to the east of Loch Eilt near the Allt-a-Ghiughais burn and below Doire Dhamh on the West Highland Railway's extension to Mallaig. It stood in between the still extant Glenfinnan and Lochailort stations. At first it only served the needs of shooting parties on the Inverailort Estate owned by the Common-Head family, however it was later used by the army and navy during WWII.[3] and closed sometime after the end of the war, ie circa 1945. Lech-a-vuie was 18.5 miles (30 Km) from Mallaig Junction and stood at the summit of the line at a height of 379 feet (115.5 metres).[6]

Infrastructure and working[edit]

The OS maps Sheet 61 of 1902 for Arisaig shows only a single short platform on the northern side of the railway line on a straight section of track with a short footpath leading to the nearby road. The 1908 map also marks the 'Platform'[7] however by 1928 it is no longer annotated or drawn. No sidings or signalling are indicated.

The NBR 'Internal Notice' recorded that "A small platform has been erected 17 miles 15 chains from Banavie Junction, between Glenfinnan and Lochailort, for the purpose of enabling Sporting Parties, visiting Mrs Head of Kinlochailort to leave or join the trains. In all cases, when passengers require to be set down or taken up, previous intimation must be made to the station master at Lochailort, and it will be his duty to instruct the Driver and Guard in the case of trains going in the fort William direction, and to telephone the Stationmaster at Glenfinnan, in the case of trains going in the direction of Mallaig. Parties using the platform must pay the fares to the station beyond , and the Guard must collect the tickets from those alighting, while those to be taken up must previously possess themselves of tickets before the train arrives."[2]

The station may have had no lighting as the railway rule book stated that "Trains must only call at the platform between sunrise and sunset."[3]


System map of the West Highland Railway

The Scottish Gaelic name may have been 'Leac a' Mhuidhe', meaning 'slab of the churn'. The nearby tunnels are recorded as 'Leachabhuidh' which may have resulted in the anglicised spelling 'Lech-a-Vuie'.[8] As stated it was a private halt used by shooting parties on the large Inverailort Estate owned at the time by the Cameron-Head family.[9] It is recorded that the construction was linked to the agreement to sell the land as was so often the case as with Corrour for example.[2]

Inside Inverailort House is the official plaque that commemorates the Inverailort Estate's role and significance as a Special Training Centre established here in 1940, the operations of which subsequently combined with other units to form the Commandos, and later as the Royal Marines Commando base.[10] It was during this time that Lech-a-Vuie Platform took on a new role in relation to the training exercises for the forces personnel.[9]

The house and Inverailort Estate's 12,000 acres were requisitioned for the war effort by the government and used as a base by David Stirling and Lord Lovat. A camp with barracks and an assault course was built for the 3,000 or so commandos that were trained here. In 1945 the estate was returned to the Cameron-Head family. Sporting use of the platform continued after 1945 and continued into the 1970s.[2]

The site today[edit]

The railway line to Mallaig from Fort William is in daily use for passengers traffic and the remains of the path from the platform site to the A830 are visible as a low facing wall.[2]

See also[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Glenfinnan   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Historical railways  
Line and Station open
  North British Railway
Mallaig Extension Railway of West Highland Railway
Line and Station open



  1. ^ "North British Railway List of Stations with Opening and Closing Dates" (PDF). Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e McGregor, John (July 2016). "Lechavuie Platform - The Landed Interest and the West Highland". North British Railway Study Group Journal. North British Railway Study Group.
  3. ^ a b c d McGregor, John (1994). 100 years of the West Highland Railway. ScotRail. p. 11.
  4. ^ McGregor, John (1994). 100 years of the West Highland Railway. ScotRail. p. 1.
  5. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Patrick Stevens. p. 140. ISBN 1-85260-508-1.
  6. ^ McGregor, John (1994). 100 years of the West Highland Railway. ScotRail. p. 57.
  7. ^ "Sheet 61. Arisaig and a Publication date of 1908". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  8. ^ Jacobs, Gerald (2001). Railway Track Diagrams. Book 1: Scotland and the Isle of Man. Trackmaps. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-9549866-3-6.
  9. ^ a b McGregor, John (1994). 100 years of the West Highland Railway. ScotRail. p. 11.
  10. ^ "Canmore - Inverailort House". Retrieved 12 December 2017.


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • McGregor, John (1994). 100 years of the West Higland Line. ScotRail.
  • McGregor, John (2016). Lechavuie Platform - The Landed Interest and the West Highland. NBR study Group. Journal 128.

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