|Road:||A90 between Brechin and Stonehaven|
(Google Maps link)
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Grid reference:||NO627647 (SABRE Maps)|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
An old building but with an independent charm.
Catering: Self-service restaurant Shops: Shop Forecourt: Fuel, Shop
Free overnight parking for HGVs.
Last updated June 2017.
Trivia and History
Sited on the original course of the A90 (at the time known as the A94), Stracathro dates back to before the 1960s. The filling station used to be on the northbound side and the services southbound.
When the A94 was upgraded it was sent slightly east of the services, with a new junction serving them and the neighbouring hospital. BP built a new filling station alongside the services building, putting everything on one side. The old filling station is now derelict.
Shell then took over the new filling station and charged a ridiculous price for fuel, so bad that they no longer display cost on any of the signs for the filling station and just let people find out the bad news once it is too late. Gulf took over the filling station in 2010 and continued to operate it until 2015.
On the side of the building reads "Ye may gang faur and fare waur", which loosely translates to "you can go far afield and not be assured of finding anything this good". The services are very much a typical truckstop in that it looks like a cross between Art Deco and a portacabin, with a basic '70s décor and a very bumpy car park. The menu is also typical of a truckstop, but in this case in a good way.
Legend has it that the site of Stracathro services was once the scene of a battle in Scotland.
| Finavon (northbound, 10 miles)|
Kinross (M90, 64 miles)
|Services on the A90||none|