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Road:M74 northbound between J5 and J6

Address:Hamilton Motorway Services Area
Strathclyde Park
Telephone number:01698 282176
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:NS724567
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.
Visit Hamilton/Roadchef's official website

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, Typhoo, Costa Drive Thru Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £24, or £26 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 CP Plus.


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.

Euro Garages operate the filling station; it was sold to them by Roadchef in early 2017 as part of Roadchef's growing focus on retail. When opened fuel was provided by Texaco, later BP and then Shell.


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 self-service restaurant, and opened on 27 June 1975 with an orange and cream colour scheme.

By 1978, Hamilton was known for its poor design and heavy vandalism, and was soon replaced by a less flimsy-looking structure. 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.

Survey Results

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 Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2006, Holiday Which? gave the services a 3/5, they liked its tourist information.

In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor", complaining about its cleanliness.


Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)
Stirling (M80, 25 miles)
Heart of Scotland (M8 east, 15 miles)
Services on the M74 Happendon (7 miles)
Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles) Roadchef services Annandale Water (50 miles)

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