Thurso (Inbhir Theòrsa) Railway Station


Thurso is the most northerly town in mainland Scotland further north than the southernmost point of Norway and looks out over the Pentland Firth to Orkney. Surfing is popular at the world-renowned reef-break.  The nearby port of Scrabster provides a ferry service to Stromness on Orkney mainland operated by Northlink ferries.

Passenger Information 

Currently, there is no bus service between Thurso railway station and Scrabster.  Passengers travelling on to Orkney are advised to book a taxi for the two-mile journey.

Details can be found on Scotrail’s website

Transport and walking routes in the local area 

Northlink Ferries timetable and fares.

Thurso On Board CIC at St Andrew’s Church, 25a Olrig Street are, hoping to launch an e-bike hire scheme. Details can be found here

What to see and do 

  • Thurso East is a world-renowned cold-water right-hand reef break that has hosted several international competitions. Take your own board or join a lesson with a local watersports provider to make the most of your day.  
  • Thurso Bay stretches from Scrabster in the west to the headland of Thurso East and is a wonderful spot to explore, swim, paddle and relax. Grab a bucket and go hunting for the well-known Groatie Buckies (cowrie shells) along the shoreline. 
  • Explore the town centre with artist studios, gift shops and plenty of places to eat. Immerse yourself in History at the North Coast Visitors Centre, where the Museum’s Collection of objects tells the story of the county of Caithness from the Devonian period to the present day. Exhibitions include the Stones Room with locally unearthed Pictish artefacts/ a collection by local botanist and geologist Robert Dick and a detailed look into the history of Dounreay and its impact on Caithness culturally and socially. 
  • Take a leisurely stroll around Thurso River and visit the salmon pools.  
  • Those with a head for heights can explore the coastline from Thurso East, along Thurso Bay via Victoria Walk towards Scrabster for a dramatic circular cliff-top walk around Holborn Head. Bird lovers can spot eiders, shags, fulmars, seagulls, rock doves, goldfinches.  
  • For panoramic coastal views without the adrenalin factor, climb Scrabster Hill and visit the Polo Monument designed and built by Scandinavian Sculptor Leo Pedderson. Experience breathtaking views over Thurso Bay towards Dunnet Head and across to the Orkney Islands. 


You have reach the most northerly Station in the United Kindgom


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Georgemas Junction (Snaidhm Georgemas) Railway Station

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