|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||A74(M) between J21 and J22|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Gretna Service Area
Dumfries & Galloway
|Telephone number:||01461 337567|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Little Chef, Trusthouse Forte|
|Previous names:||Gretna Green|
|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, West Cornwall Pasty Co. Shops: Canny Scot Shop, Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Showers, Tesla Supercharger, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers, Free cash machine
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 and Dunkin' Donuts/Papa John's Pizza outlets had previously been used by an extended WHSmith store.
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 lampposts, 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.
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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