This is the service area near Edinburgh. For the site on the A77, see Monkton.
The only official service area on the Scottish side of the A1, though the original facilities were recently demolished and replaced with a much smaller facility.
Parking and use of the site is limited to 30 minutes maximum stay and is strictly enforced by Euro Car Parks. No HGV parking is available.
This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.
Trivia and History
The service area was opened as Edinburgh services, a name which still persists on some maps.
It was built by Granada in 1989 to coincide with the completion of the Edinburgh City Bypass and the A1 Musselburgh Bypass. It had a Granada Shop in the middle, Country Kitchen Restaurant on one side, and Granada Lodge on the other, with a courtyard in the middle.
The restaurant became Scotland's only AJ's in 1992. The shop became a Burger King, and then the AJ's was changed to a Little Chef by Granada in 1996. Little Chef generally called it Musselburgh, as did Moto.
There were plans for the Burger King to gain a drive thru in 2001, but this was dropped. There were also plans for an extension to the Travelodge building utilising some of what was the HGV parking area. This plan was accepted in 2005 but was never built.
Like the similarly-designed Colsterworth services, most of Musselburgh was sold off by Moto in 2002, along with the Little Chef brand, though for a while they operated the restaurant remotely by franchise arrangement.
The Little Chef here closed in 2010, leaving the main amenity building completely devoid of any facilities. The Travelodge was previously also operated by Moto, but Travelodge themselves would eventually take it over.
Despite its dilapidated state, the service area was still signed from the A1 and A720, but the symbols advertised just a hotel and petrol station. Travelodge then closed their hotel in early 2021, leaving just a filling station and a large, derelict area.
MRH took over operation of the filling station in October 2013 and changed the brand from Esso to BP. It is now operated by MFG following the merger of the two companies, and remained as the only signposted service area with a Hursts store. MFG called it Monktonhall services.
Work started to demolish the abandoned buildings in September 2021. There will be a new Costa Drive Thru positioned on the former hotel car park, along with four electric vehicle charging bays.
The plans were drawn up before the hotel closed, and a new hotel entrance was due to be constructed. The hotel was instead demolished with the rest of the buildings. Under a separate ongoing planning proposal, the former service area building will now be turned into a secured HGV parking area, with the former tourist information building becoming a shower block.
MFG then commenced redevelopment on their forecourt in June 2023, meaning the whole site was fully closed to the public. The new facility was officially opened by MSP Colin Beattie on 7 December 2023 and features six car pumps, four HGV fuelling lanes and MFG's 100th MFG EV Power charging hub with eight electric vehicle charging bays. A new sales building has also been constructed, branded as a Londis store, and contains the 500th franchised Greggs store in the UK along with Scotland's first Miss Millie's Fried Chicken restaurant and the usual MFG food to go offers.
|Lindisfarne (60 miles)
|Services on the A1
|Dreghorn (7 miles)
|Services on the A720
|end of road
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