The derivation of this place name is uncertain. "Traugh" means a sandy beach or low-lying foreshore; but "Haul" is obscure. Most authorities agree that it is probably a corruption or simplification of a person’s name, but they are sharply divided as to which. It is most likely that "Haul" or "Hal" is a simplification of "Harold", for there is a strong local tradition that it was here that Harold the Black, son of King Godred MacHarold, landed in 1014 to reclaim his father’s kingdom. Harold ruled Sodor and Man for 20 years (1014-1034). There is certainly a good firm sandy foreshore here favourable for a landing from longships, so Hal’s Beach is a reasonable interpretation of the place's name.
The village is a pleasant summer resort with good clean firm sands. It is rapidly growing in popularity with visitors and holidaymakers. Bathing however can be dangerous as tidal currents in the Sudrian Sea are treacherous. To cater for visitors an open air sea bathing pool has been constructed alongside the harbour jetty. The station is an island platform with a shelter and a line running either side.
In the television series, Haultraugh only appeared in the third series episode, Bulgy. The station has a building and a second track on its western side. Bulgy's Bridge and Field are shown as being next to each other, south of the station.
- Haultraugh is misspelt as "Haultreath" in Bulgy.