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Balhaldie services

Location:

A9 south-westbound between Dunblane and Perth

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

FK15 0NB

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located between junctions on one side of the road.



Positioned in the open plains north of Stirling, Balhaldie has history as one of Scotland's busiest services.

Facilities

Catering: Starbucks Drive Thru Charging Points: Shell Recharge Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine

Parking Prices

Short stay customer parking is available for cars. No HGV parking is available.

This information is provided to us by third parties. You should always check with staff on site.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
A9
Braco
Dunblane
Perth and Kinross
FK15 0NB

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):


Trivia and History

Old Little Chef.
Balhaldie South Little Chef.

The service area is built across the boundary between Stirling and Perth & Kinross authorities. This caused a problem with alcohol licencing, as Stirling Council granted the southbound restaurant a licence to serve alcohol in 1994, but Perth & Kinross did not do the same for the northbound side, with the unfortunate implication being that somebody who really wanted a drink would have to cross the road.

There was a building to the east of the A9 at Balhaldie which has been there a long time - probably an old Blacksmiths. This became a garage, and in 1965 the A9 was upgraded to a dual carriageway and an accompanying northbound petrol station was built here.

In the early 1980s that garage was taken over by Little ChefHistory. There was a building fire in November 1990.

In 1994, there were plans to add a 40-bed Travelodge to the southbound side but these plans were later withdrawn.

Despite all the problems the chain faced (and the unusual building it had inherited here), this branch managed to hang on to become the last Little Chef in Scotland. After Euro Garages took over it was one of the first to go, closing on 10 March 2017. It was due to reopen as a Greggs soon after but the only work that happened was that the building has been internally stripped out and now lays empty.

In April 2019, the fate of the unusual building was sealed as Euro Garages were granted planning permission to demolish the whole building and replace it with a new drive thru Greggs. A drive thru Starbucks, which was built on some land next to the car park, also opened on 24 May 2019.

A new southbound petrol station was built behind the Little Chef, moving the whole site south a bit. The original layout can still be made out by the shape of the car park at the north end, and the drainage line at the south end.

Northbound Side

An additional northbound Little ChefHistory was built in 1984, but closed in 2012. It is a much more familiar 'small box'-style building. It was briefly replaced by Oliver's Grill and Diner, which opened in 2013 and closed less than six months after. The filling station closed here at some point too.

A Subway opened here on 22 May 2017, operated by Forbes Davidson.

Alternative Services

In 1993, Trustees of Kippendavie Estate proposed what they called a "motorway service area" at Lady's Mount, close to Balhaldie. No further detail is available.

In 2019, GB Grove received planning permission to build a large north-eastbound service area, immediately west of the existing facilities. This would be called Kinbuck services. Plans show a large lorry park, lakeside walk, two drive thru restaurant buildings, one sit-down restaurant building and a BP petrol station.

An additional restaurant, hotel and leisure building have all been removed from the plans. An earlier consultation caused more proposed buildings to be removed from the scheme.

58 electric vehicle charging points are proposed.

Alternatives

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