Welcome Break
Road:M74 and A74(M) at J13
(also accessible to traffic on the A702 and the B7078)
Address:Welcome Break
Abington Motorway Services Area
South Lanarkshire
ML12 6RG
Telephone number:01864 502637
Signposted from the road?As Starbucks/Burger King
Grid reference:NS929250
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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A small service area located in the picturesque hills of Lanarkshire. It's located where the A74(M) motorway becomes the M74, so the services serve two routes even though in reality there's only one. A recent survey concluded that the services have the best toilets of all motorway services in Scotland.



Main Amenities: Meeting Room, Welcome Break Gaming, Showers, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Restaurants: Starbucks, Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, Papa John's Pizza, Dunkin' Donuts, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11.

Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.


Abington is the first service area alphabetically. That's still trivia!

Abington's Eat In outlet was one of two of the final outlets to close on 26 April 2015, making way for new Harry Ramsden's and Dunkin' Donuts/Papa John's Pizza outlets which opened on 19 May 2015.


The amenity building is all built around one focal point by the entrance, with a large restaurant and other facilities branching off it. It is a vastly scaled down version of other services built at the time, such as Warwick.

Survey Results

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award. They came top in the Scottish motorway services category.

In 2006 and again in 2007, the services won a three-star loo award.

Also in 2006, the services were rated 3/5 by Holiday Which?

In a 2001 survey by Which?, Abington was the only service area to be given an excellent rating for its food. However, a survey in 2004 rated the service area as poor


Annandale Water (26 miles)Services on the M74 and A74(M) Happendon (7 miles)
Gretna Green (49 miles)Welcome Break services none

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