A small service area on the northbound M74 just before it gets to Glasgow. Roadchef have an alternative for southbound traffic, Bothwell.
Catering: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Free Cash Machine, Jackpot £500, Showers Hotel: Days Inn Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: Shell, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue4You
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.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5275.
The fees are strictly enforced by GroupNexus.
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 site their two names mean they are each counted individually.
The site occupies quite large grounds, backing on to a lake, but little is made of this.
In 1967 Highway Restaurants Ltd (consisting of Blue Star and Trust Houses) bid to run the pair of services 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. Around this time, Roadchef built a number of services which later closed. Hamilton gives us an insight in to how those would have looked.
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 motel 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.
In 1996, Hamilton was due to get a drive-thru Wimpy, but this never happened.
Despite all this, Roadchef nominated the services 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 (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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