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Abington services

Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsAbington services
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?Yes
Grid reference:NS929250 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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A small service area located in the picturesque hills of Lanarkshire, in a corner of the motorway junction.


Catering: Burger King, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Harry Ramsden's, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Meeting Room, Showers, Tesla Supercharger, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £23, or £25 to include a £10 meal voucher.

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


Abington motel.
The hotel in context.

The Starbucks was refurbished along with many others in early 2017, introducing a light wood theme throughout the store.

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.


The entrance opens out into a small foyer. Opposite to the entrance is the Starbucks café which has a door. To the left is the food court while to the right is Burger King, WHSmith and the toilet facilities.

It is a vastly scaled down version of other services built at the time, such as Warwick, although Abington hasn't been extended as much. It is easy to imagine it with facilities such as Red Hen and The Granary.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award. It 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 (49 miles) Welcome Break services none

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