Heart of Scotland

Heart of Scotland
Heart of Scotland
Road:M8 between J4 and J5
Address:BP Connect
Telephone number:01501 750820
Signposted from the road?Yes as BP and Wild Bean Cafe
rebuilt 1987
rebuilt 2006
Previous operators:Blue Star?/Alan Pond Group, Roadchef
Previous names:Harthill
Grid reference:NS899647
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.


The only services between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Heart of Scotland was re-built by BP in 2006.



Main Amenities: unknown
Restaurants: none
Shops: M&S Simply Food (westbound only)
Motel: none
Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles. Further information is not available, please update this if you know.


The new bridge being lifted into place

Heart of Scotland was originally known as Harthill. It was the first service area in Scotland when it opened in 1978.

Heart of Scotland is the only services between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and for this reason it doubles-up as a long-distance bus interchange. The services are one of only two in Scotland which are not marked as a recommended truckstop.


When Roadchef took over they rebuilt it in 1987, but it went on to become one of the dirtiest sites in the country.

In 2006, it was decided that the best move would be to spend £4.1 million completely rebuilding it, giving it a new operator and name in the process.

Roadchef had planning permission for a motel here but it didn't materialise.

Bridge Replacement

The bridge between the two sites used to look like something from a 1960s car park, being old and a very dangerous place at night. After much debating the bridge was finally replaced by a modern, state-of-the-art one, which was lifted in to place on the night of the 3rd October by the largest mobile crane in Europe. There are photos of it above and BBC News has footage of the new bridge being lifted in to place.

The old bridge has now been demolished.

The new bridge helps form a park and ride site at the services, accessed from the local road network.

Survey Results

In 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services at 3/5. It is not known whether this was the old building or the new one.


none on M8
Kinross (M90, 37 miles)
Musselburgh (A1, 31 miles)
Services on the M8 none on M8
Hamilton (M74 northbound, 15 miles)
Happendon (M74, 32 miles)

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