Positioned in the open plains north of Stirling, Balhaldie has history as one of Scotland's busiest services.
COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 7 January 2021, with changes caused by COVID-19.
Catering: northbound only: Temporarily closed
and southbound only: Starbucks Drive Thru Charging Points: Shell Recharge (southbound only) Forecourt: southbound only: Shell, Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, Free Cash Machine
Perth and Kinross
- 🗺 Grid reference: NN813053
🌍 Operators (Official Websites):
Trivia and History
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 Chef. 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 as of August 2019, the building has been internally stripped out and currently lays empty.
Instead, Euro Garages hope 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, 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.
An additional northbound Little Chef 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.
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.
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