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Musselburgh services


A1 at the Musselburgh/City Bypass exit
A720 at the A1 roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the B6415)

Signposted from the road.


EH21 8RE

(Google Maps link)


Single site located at a junction.

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.


Hotel: closed Forecourt: BP, Hursts, Costa Express, Rollover, AdBlue4You

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Service Area
Old Craighall
East Lothain
EH21 8RE

🌍 Operators (Official Websites):

Trivia and History

Musselburgh car park 1991.jpg
The entrance to the car park in 1991.

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Opened by Granada 1981
Granada branding removed 2001
Main building closed 2010
Moto involvement officially ends 2013

Some maps call the site 'Edinburgh services'.

It was 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 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. There were also plans for an extension to the Travelodge building utilising some of what is now the HGV parking area. This plan was accepted in 2005 but was never built.

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. It is now operated by MFG following the merger of the two companies.

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


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