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Welcome Break
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Road:A74(M) between J21 and J22

Address:Welcome Break
Gretna Service Area
Dumfries & Galloway
DG16 5HQ
Telephone number:01461 337567
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:1970s (TRSA)
1992 (MSA)
Previous operators:Little Chef, Trusthouse Forte
Previous names:Gretna Green
Grid reference:NY308686
Services type:Single site located between junctions with access to both sides.
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Formerly and romantically known as Gretna Green, this is the first services you'll pass as you head in to Scotland on the A74(M).


Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: Canny Scot Shop, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Showers, Tesla Supercharger, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £22, or £25 to include a £9 meal voucher.

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


The services include ungated access to the B7076, this and the road layout in the area means that the services are often treated as an unofficial junction.

Some of the space now used by the Harry Ramsden's outlet had previously been used by an extended WHSmith store.

During April 2017, the filling station was sold by BP Express to MRH.

Gretna is one of few Welcome Breaks to have their toilets branded 'WelcomeToilets'.

Pre-Motorway History

Originally Gretna was a two-sided Little Chef on the A74, opened in the 1970s. It was one of only two sites at the time to have a lodge. When the A74 was upgraded to a motorway, the new road stretched across the southbound site and the northbound side was redeveloped and enlarged to become a Welcome Break service area. A bridge which existed here was retained and became key to the new MSA's operation.


The services have lengthy sliproads, designed to provide relaxation by looking lake upper market properties. The main amenity building has units built around a Burger King in the centre, with two glass roofs following the main walking paths. This creates a site much larger than nearby Abington.

Although the front of the services has been refurbished many times, the interior doors are still in their original colour scheme.

The car park was equipped with mock-historic lamp posts, with a round bowl at the top of a short post, like you might find in a hotel or restaurant of the same era. Unusually, these extend all the way along the sliproad to the motorway. Posts like these normally light up a car park or pedestrian walkway, but at Gretna they're used to light a road with a 70mph speed limit.

Survey Results

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2006 and again in 2007 Gretna Green won a three star loo award.

In 2006, Holiday Which? magazine rated Gretna at 3/5, they liked the individuality of the products for sale.

In 2000, the AA rated the services as "acceptable".


Annandale Water (23 miles)Services on the A74(M) Todhills (M6, 6 miles)
Southwaite (M6, 21 miles)
Abington (49 miles)Welcome Break services none nearby

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