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Musselburgh services

Road:A1 at the Musselburgh/City Bypass exit
A720 at the A1 roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the B6415)
(Google Maps link)
Address:Service Area
Old Craighall
East Lothain
EH21 8RE
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:NT337708
Services type:Single site located at a junction.

Now a shadow of its former self, Musselburgh is the only official service area on the Scottish side of the A1 but it doesn't really have a lot to show for it.

It is now similar to Markfield in that it had a lot of facilities which are now redundant.


Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Rollover Hot Dogs, AdBlue Containers


The services were built by Granada in 1988/89 to coincide with the completion of the Edinburgh City Bypass and A1 Musselburgh Bypass. The restaurant, under Granada ownership, became Scotland's only AJ's in 1992, gained a Burger King and then had the AJ's changed to a Little Chef by Granada in 1996.

In 2001 there were plans for the Burger King to gain a drive thru, but these were dropped. Like Colsterworth services, most of Musselburgh was sold off by Granada/Moto in 2002 along with the Little Chef brand. The Little Chef here closed in 2010. Moto used to also operate the Travelodge but this is no longer the case.

In October 2013, MRH took over operation of the filling station and the brand changed from Esso to BP.


Northern Gateway (50 miles)Services on the A1none
Swanston (7 miles)Services on the A720end of route