Sandwiched between two motorways, Stirling is a small site not just because it's short on space, but also because it's quiet. The roundabout it's off is quite complex, offering travellers no less than a mind-boggling six exits and two more no-entries.
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Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Full Hou$e, Showers, Randox Health Covid-19 Test Dropbox Hotel: Travelodge Charging Points: GRIDSERVE Electric Highway 50kW CCS & CHAdeMO Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £26. HGVs can pay £28 to include a £10 food voucher.
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Stirling Motorway Services Area
Trivia and History
There used to a property here called Snabhead, which was cut off by the motorways and served by a new, long driveway from the Bannockburn Roundabout. That property closed in the late 1970s, and its exit went on to be used by the new services. The land itself was all acquired by the Scottish Office for the construction of the two motorways.
With only three small services open in Scotland before Stirling, and all of them struggling, informal discussions with prospective developers were held to assess the demand and agree on what should be built at Stirling, and the Scottish Office agreed to sell the land to Granada.
Stirling services eventually opened on 17 March 1986. Following approval from the government, the Granada Lodge here was the first to open on a motorway, opening in May 1986 and charging £20 for a single room. A tourist information centre was soon opened outside, and the Granada Lodge became a Travelodge in 1996.
BAA McArthur Glen planned to build a large factory outlet shopping centre on the redundant land to the north of the service area in 1994. Their plans were refused twice by the local authority, on the basis that the development was inappropriate. A large car park would have been provided and a new roundabout would have been positioned behind the petrol station. Moto advertised the land for sale in 2012 as an opportunity to build a business park.
The small building had its entrance on the right (the far end compared to where it is now). This had a large restaurant area on the left, a shop straight ahead and toilets on the right. The area at the front was supposed to be a landscaped courtyard.
Scotland captain Colin Hendry opened the motorway network's only mini-cinema at Stirling services in 1998.
In 2012, a major refurbishment introduced a new entrance at the far end of the building, replacing the outdoor seating area. This created a new corridor running through the middle of the old restaurant - a common tactic in new service area design. The old entrance was boarded up. The main restaurant eventually closed, making space an M&S.
A tourist information centre had been built by the hotel. This lasted remarkably long, until at least 2017, but it was eventually closed and became Greggs.
As of 2020 there is a plan to build a Changing Places toilet here.
The two signs on the M9 immediately before the exit are both based on Diagram 838.1, which became redundant in 1982 and was supposed to be completely removed by 2005. The tell-tale clue is the old petrol pump symbol, which hasn't been used since the '90s. These two are the only examples of this sign left in the UK.
|Kinross (A977, 26 miles)||Services on the M9||none|
|Old Inns (9 miles)|
Bothwell (M74 southbound, 23 miles)
Hamilton (M74 northbound, 24 miles)
|Services on the M80||end of road|
|Kinross (A977, 26 miles)||Moto services||none|
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