Fortrose Branch

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     Fortrose Branch (Highland Railway)
Locale Scotland
Dates of operation 1 February 1894 – 31 December 1922
Successor London Midland and Scottish Railway
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Length 7.75 miles
Rosehaugh Halt (private station)
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Muir of Ord
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway

Fortrose Branch, also known as the Black Isle Railway is an historic railway in Scotland.


Authorisation was obtained on 4 July 1890 to build a 15.75 mile (25 km) branch line from Muir of Ord to Rosemarkie; however the line never proceeded beyond Fortrose.[1]

The railway had a station at Rosehaugh, near Avoch. This was a private halt serving the Rosehaugh estate, then owned by James Douglas Fletcher.[2]

Connections to other lines

Current operations

Redcastle station, 2007

The line is closed.

The only remaining station building is at Redcastle.



  1. Vallance, pages 44 - 45.
  2. "J D Fletcher". Avoch Heritage Association. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 


  • 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 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 
  • Vallance, H.A. (1985). The Highland Railway. 4th Extended edition: extra material by C.R. Clinker and Anthony J. Lambert. Newton Abbot: David St John Thomas. ISBN 0-946537-24-0.
  • RAILSCOT on Fortrose Branch