Helmsdale Station House is part of a category B listed group together with the footbridge (Highland Railway standard design, 1910) and the unusual platform signal box – still used by Network Rail for communications equipment.
The old stationmaster’s accommodation comfortably sleeps eight: with four bedrooms (bedroom 4 accessed through bedroom 3); a large lounge in the former ticket office; kitchen; and downstairs wet room (DDA compliant). One settee in the lounge can be converted into a downstairs bed. There is a small garden attached.
Discounts are given to those arriving by public transport, walking or cycling – such groups being more likely to support local shops and amenities. An additional discount is given to any group prepared to spend the equivalent of half a day in a week maintaining the waiting room and station grounds. Further discount may also be available for small number groups – please enquire.
Helmsdale Station CIC works closely with Timespan Heritage & Arts Society to increase tourism in East Sutherland. To mark this collaboration, Timespan generously grants residents at Helmsdale Station free admission to the Museum, Art Gallery and Café which are just a few minutes’ walk from the station. Details of Timespan’s opening times, exhibitions and activities are at www.timespan.org.uk
Through a partnership with Sam’s Bike Shed, (https://www.facebook.com/SamsBikeShed) cycle hire is available at a small extra charge. Bickerton folding bikes, adapted with extended 27 gear range, ideal for carrying on trains, have been purchased by the station and are available to station residents via Sam’s Bike Shed at discounted rates.
Helmsdale Station has contributed to a Helmsdale Development Trust project to purchase four e-bikes for community and visitor use. Station residents are entitled to book these at the same subsidised rate as available for local residents.
The accommodation is for weekly or shorter booking, the minimum stay length being three nights.
Short Term Let License: HI-00253-F