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Hamilton services


M74 northbound between J5 and J6

Signposted from the road.



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Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.

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A small service area on the northbound M74 just before it gets to Glasgow. Roadchef have an alternative for southbound traffic, Bothwell.


Catering: Costa Coffee, McDonald's, Costa Express, Costa Drive Thru Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Jackpot £500, Showers Hotel: Days Innbook Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS, 50kW CHAdeMO & 22kW Type 2 Forecourt: Shell, SPAR, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue4You, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £13 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £26, or £28 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using NexusPay or in the shop. The location code is 2039.

The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Hamilton Motorway Services Area
Strathclyde Park

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and Design

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Scotland's only MSA Costa Drive Thru.

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Services opened 1975
Building re-built 1986?

When they opened, Hamilton and Bothwell were treated administratively as if they were one service area. On this website their two names mean they are each counted individually.

The site occupies quite large grounds, backing on to a lake, but little fuss is made of this.

The filling station here was sold to EG Group by Roadchef in early 2017 as part of Roadchef's growing focus on retail. When opened fuel was provided by Texaco, later BP and then Shell.


The land was designated for use as a service area when the M74 opened in 1966.

In 1967 Highway Restaurants Ltd (which consisted of Blue Star and Trust Houses) bid to run both Bothwell and Hamilton together. The Department for Transport laid the roads out, but Trust Houses pulled out their support leaving Blue Star to run it on their own. In 1969, following changes to their own financial position, Blue Star pulled out as well.

After no operator could be found to take on the services, Roadchef were invited to design their own service station here, which they made as cheap and easy to build as possible. It had a largely glass, 120-seat self-service restaurant and an orange and cream colour scheme. They said this was combining the best elements of other service areas, creating a modern site. There were parking spaces for 50 HGVs and 10 coaches.

Roadchef confirmed it was designed with long-distance traffic heading across Scotland in mind, with drivers being encouraged to park up for the night and make their way to hotels in nearby towns. It opened on 20 June 1975, although an official opening event was held on 22 September 1975, which was attended by the Scottish Lorry Driver of the Year.

By 1978, Hamilton was known for its poor design and heavy vandalism, and was soon replaced by a less flimsy-looking structure in a new position. It opened with a new Orchards Restaurant.


Hamilton is slightly busier than its sister Bothwell, and as a result it has always fared slightly better, with a few more facilities.

A tourist information centre was opened in 1988. When the lodge was opened in 1989 it was described as "a new era for travellers", aiming to provide a much higher quality than someone might expect from a motel. It cost £750,000, and was designed to overlook Strathclyde Park.

In 1996, Hamilton was due to get a drive thru Wimpy, but this never happened and Hamilton spent much of the next 15 years being one of the UK's only motorway service areas without a fast food restaurant.

Despite the new era for travellers, Roadchef nominated Hamilton as a candidate to be sold when they faced financial difficulties in 2009.


Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)
Old Inns (M80, 15 miles)
Bellshill (A725 north, 3 miles)
Heart of Scotland (Harthill) (M8 east, 15 miles)
Services on the M74Cairn Lodge (7 miles)
Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)Roadchef servicesAnnandale Water (50 miles)

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