Helmsdale (Bun Ilidh) Railway Station

The modern village clusters around a harbour at the mouth of the Helmsdale River.  It was planned in 1814 to resettle communities that had been cleared from the Strath of Kildonan during the Highland Clearances. The harbour was once the home of one of the largest herring fleets in the country.

Passenger Information 

Northbound weekday trains: 09.47; 13.12; 16.36; 21.08 
Southbound weekday trains: 08.00; 09.46; 14.21; 17.44 

Details can be found on Scotrail’s website

Transport and walking routes in the local area 

The X99 bus service runs through the village on the A9, and MacLeod’s Coaches provides a service to Lairg. 

Details can be found here.

The John O’Groats Trail skirts the shore here.  This section is shared by the Northern Pilgrims Way.  Community e-bikes are available for hire from Helmsdale & District Development Trust.

What to see and do 

Venture North provides some information and there is a Helmsdale leaflet available here.  


Next Stop -
Kildonan (Cill Donnain) Railway Station


Next Stop -
Brora (Brùra) Railway Station

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