A small service area on the northbound M74 just before it gets to Glasgow. Roadchef have an alternative for southbound traffic, Bothwell.
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First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £25, or £27 to include a £10 food voucher.
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Hamilton Motorway Services Area
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Trivia and Design
When they opened, Hamilton and Bothwell were treated administratively as if they were one service area. On this website their two names mean they are each counted individually.
The site occupies quite large grounds, backing on to a lake, but little fuss is made of this.
In 1967 Highway Restaurants Ltd (which consisted of Blue Star and Trust Houses) bid to run both Bothwell and Hamilton together. The Department for Transport laid the roads out, but Trust Houses pulled out their support leaving Blue Star to run it on their own. In 1969, following changes to their own financial position, Blue Star pulled out as well.
After no operator could be found to take on the services, Roadchef were invited to design their own service station here, which they made as cheap and easy to build as possible. It had a largely glass, 120-seat self-service restaurant and an orange and cream colour scheme. There were parking spaces for 50 HGVs and 10 coaches.
Roadchef confirmed it was designed with long-distance traffic heading across Scotland in mind, with drivers being encouraged to park up for the night and make their way to hotels in nearby towns. It reportedly opened on 27 June 1975, although an official opening date is recorded as 22 September 1975, which was attended by the Scottish Lorry Driver of the Year.
By 1978, Hamilton was known for its poor design and heavy vandalism, and was soon replaced by a less flimsy-looking structure in a new position. It opened with a new Orchards Restaurant.
Hamilton is slightly busier than its sister Bothwell, and as a result it has always fared slightly better, with a few more facilities.
When the lodge was opened in 1989 it was described as "a new era for travellers", aiming to provide a much higher quality than someone might expect from a motel. It cost £750,000, and was designed to overlook Strathclyde Park.
In 1996, Hamilton was due to get a drive thru Wimpy, but this never happened and Hamilton spent much of the next 15 years being one of the UK's only motorway service areas without a fast food restaurant.
Despite the new era for travellers, Roadchef nominated Hamilton as a candidate to be sold when they faced financial difficulties in 2009.
|Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)|
Old Inns (M80, 15 miles)
Heart of Scotland (Harthill) (M8 east, 15 miles)
|Services on the M74||Cairn Lodge (7 miles)|
|Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)||Roadchef services||Annandale Water (50 miles)|
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