M74 and A74(M) at J13
(also accessible to traffic on the A702 and the B7078)
Signposted from the road.
map and directions
Single site located at a junction.
Positioned at an important junction high up in the hills of Lanarkshire is the small Abington services.
Catering: Burger King, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Starbucks, The Good Breakfast, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go Shops: WHSmith Amenities: Days Inn, Game Zone, Showers Outdoor Space: Grass lawn around car park Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2; Tesla Supercharger 120kW Forecourt: Welcome Break, The Good Bakery, Rollover, Starbucks on the Go, LPG (Calor)
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £28 (or £30 to include a £12 meal voucher).
Prices can be paid in the shop, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Abington Motorway Services Area
- 📞 Telephone number: 01864 502637
- 🗺 Grid reference: NS929250
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Trivia and History
The plaque inside the amenity building commemorating the official opening of Abington services.
The service area is positioned at the junction where the A74(M) motorway becomes the M74. It can therefore claim to be serving two motorways, even though most people will regard those two as only one route.
The building is about 240 metres above sea level (800 feet), making it by far the highest service area in the UK. It's also the only service area in the UK with a sign at the exit reminding visitors to drive on the left.
At the time Abington services opened, Welcome Break was owned by Forte, who also owned two Little Chefs in Abington village, at Valleyfield. Those Little Chefs were inevitably going to close with the new motorway opening, but they were effectively moved into the new building.
The new service area officially opened on 17 June 1993 and was opened by the head of South Lanarkshire Council, Eileen Logan. This was just one day after another Welcome Break further down the road, Gretna, officially opened.
The entrance opens out into a small foyer. Opposite to the entrance is the Starbucks café which has a door. To the left is the food court while to the right is Burger King, WHSmith and the toilet facilities.
It is a vastly scaled down version of other services built at the time, such as Warwick, although Abington hasn't been extended as much. It is easy to imagine it with facilities such as Red Hen and The Granary.
As with most Welcome Break service areas, David Fisher was commissioned to paint some artwork. At Abington the mural was called 'Upper Clydesdale Through The Ages', but it has since been removed.
The Starbucks was refurbished along with many others in early 2017, introducing a light wood theme throughout the store.
Welcome Break hold planning permission to build a KFC Drive Thru on the current caravan and motorhome parking area. They are also seeking to build six Applegreen Electric units in the car park.
|Cairn Lodge (7 miles)||Services on the M74 and A74(M)||Annandale Water (26 miles)|
|none||Welcome Break services||Gretna (49 miles)|
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