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Musselburgh services

Musselburgh services
Road:A1 at the Musselburgh/City Bypass exit
A720 at the A1 roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the B6415)
(Google Maps link)
Address:Service Area
Old Craighall
East Lothain
EH21 8RE
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:NT337708 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located at a junction.

Little Chef Wiki

Now a shadow of its former self, Musselburgh is the only official service area on the Scottish side of the A1 but it doesn't have a lot to show for it.

It is now similar to Markfield in that it had a lot of facilities which are now redundant.


Motel: Travelodge Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Rollover, AdBlue Containers


Ample car and HGV parking are both available.


The services were built by Granada in 1989 to coincide with the completion of the Edinburgh City Bypass and the A1 Musselburgh Bypass. It had a Granada Shop, and Granada Country Kitchen Restaurant, as well as a Granada Lodge.

The restaurant became Scotland's only AJ's in 1992. The shop became a Burger King, and then the AJ's changed to a Little Chef by Granada in 1996.

In 2001 there were plans for the Burger King to gain a drive thru, but these were dropped. Like Colsterworth services, most of Musselburgh was sold off by Moto in 2002 along with the Little Chef brand, although for a while they operated the restaurant remotely by franchise arrangement.

The Little Chef here closed in 2010, leaving the main amenity building completely devoid of any facilities.

Moto used to also operate the Travelodge but this is no longer the case and Travelodge now operate it directly. In October 2013, MRH took over operation of the filling station and the brand changed from Esso to BP.

The service area is still signed from the A1 and A720, but advertising just a hotel and petrol station.


Beal (60 miles) Services on the A1 none
Dreghorn (7 miles) Services on the A720 end of route