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TITLE
Lord Strathnaver, 2001
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_FNL_DS080513
PLACENAME
Dunrobin
DISTRICT
Golspie, Rogart and Lairg
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Golspie
DATE OF IMAGE
March 2001
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19838
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
castles
gardens
Lord Strathnaver, 2001

Alistair Sutherland, Lord Strathnaver, photographed in March 2001, standing in the walled garden at Dunrobin Castle against the dramatic backdrop of the Castle.

Dunrobin Castle garden was originally laid out in 1850 by the architect, Sir Charles Barry. More recently the gardens were restored to their former glory. Lord Strathnaver led the project and his inspiration was drawn from the great gardens of Europe.

Dunrobin Castle stands approximately a mile north east of Golspie and is the ancestral home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.

On 20 June 1870 an Act of Parliament was passed granting permission for the 3rd Duke of Sutherland to build a railway on his estate from Golspie to Brora and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction had begun before the Act was signed and the Dunrobin to West Helmsdale section opened on 1 November 1870.

The line was built to develop the infrastructure of the estate. There were stations at Golspie, Dunrobin, Brora and Loth. Dunrobin was the Duke's private station near the castle and has been known as Dunrobin, Dunrobin Castle and Dunrobin Halt. It was rebuilt in 1902. In July 1874 the Sutherland & Caithness Railway extended the line north from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso. The station was closed by Beeching on 29 January 1965 but was re-opened on 30 June 1985.

Background
Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.

'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.

We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:

Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.

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Lord Strathnaver, 2001

SUTHERLAND: Golspie

2000s

railway; railways; castles; gardens

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Far North Line

Alistair Sutherland, Lord Strathnaver, photographed in March 2001, standing in the walled garden at Dunrobin Castle against the dramatic backdrop of the Castle. <br /> <br /> Dunrobin Castle garden was originally laid out in 1850 by the architect, Sir Charles Barry. More recently the gardens were restored to their former glory. Lord Strathnaver led the project and his inspiration was drawn from the great gardens of Europe. <br /> <br /> Dunrobin Castle stands approximately a mile north east of Golspie and is the ancestral home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland. <br /> <br /> On 20 June 1870 an Act of Parliament was passed granting permission for the 3rd Duke of Sutherland to build a railway on his estate from Golspie to Brora and Brora to Helmsdale. Construction had begun before the Act was signed and the Dunrobin to West Helmsdale section opened on 1 November 1870. <br /> <br /> The line was built to develop the infrastructure of the estate. There were stations at Golspie, Dunrobin, Brora and Loth. Dunrobin was the Duke's private station near the castle and has been known as Dunrobin, Dunrobin Castle and Dunrobin Halt. It was rebuilt in 1902. In July 1874 the Sutherland & Caithness Railway extended the line north from Helmsdale to Wick and Thurso. The station was closed by Beeching on 29 January 1965 but was re-opened on 30 June 1985. <br /> <br /> Background<br /> Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.<br /> <br /> 'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.<br /> <br /> We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:<br /> <br /> Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.