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you don't have to pay the fine in Scotland as there is no trespass laws
Janie McIntyre, Tue 30 Aug 2016
having walked 7.3 miles from Leadhills (Crazy?) stopped in to the filling station to pick some things up, staff were really friendly and store was nice and warm,clean and tidy
james M, Wed 26 Feb 2014
Attitude of staff was very bad. We arrived at 12pm on Wednesday 19th feb, went into the cafeteria and asked the assistant for 2 bacon babs, her reply 'lunch menu only. I pointed to the breakfast sign which stated breakfast 6am-12.30pm. She went over to the sign , turned it over to the lunch menu and said lunch only. I again asked for 2 bacon babs ,as breakfast wasnt over till 12.30, she looked at me and said 'iv told you twice lunch only . Will NOT be stopping there again .
Christine Mclellan, Sun 23 Feb 2014
Really nice services, could do with some more facilities. Only thing to fault was the toilets, they weren't very clean. Nice surroundings and views, it's a pity there isn't more outdoor seating.
Anonymous, Sat 20 Jul 2013
great stop off lots of space to walk the dogs, friendly Starbucks there and a good choice of food options, notice the hotel is dog friendly ~ saw comments on the parking fine but to be fair there are signs everywhere saying first 2 hours free how long do you need to take a toilet visit and drink a coffee ? ( most supermarkets and all towns now charge for parking so i don't get why people are stomping there feet - the signs are pretty clear what your allowed) TIP - the petrol garage does take away coffee cheaper than sitting down inside lovely to sit out side if the weather is nice with views of the hill
Steve, Sun 27 Jan 2013
Stopped in here to get some sleep as the run back from the \midlands in driving rain had done me in. Arrived at Midnight, left at 5 AM. Got bill though from their Parking Eye car park management sub-contractor for Ã‚Â£100. I will print off their list of facilities and NEVER use any of their services again. As a salesman I use a lot of services up and down the motorway as do all my colleagues - I will ensure as many people as I can hear about this latest rip-off. The signs are poor and this is just another way to screw money out of people. The car park was deserted - now I know why.
A Vernon, Thu 17 Jan 2013
Why is it that in the last three months we have eaten in your restaurant 7times, my husband and I order the exact same breakfast every time but are charged a different amount everytime? This ranges from Ã‚Â£8.00 to Ã‚Â£12.00 which is a huge difference. I have read some of the comments and in general find the staff pleasant enough although I agree there are one or two that would rather be elsewhere! The food is ok, pretty good for services, we have had worst,so would like to ask the question again why such a HUGE variation in the price?
Lynn, Tue 18 Dec 2012
Got stung by the parking charges having arrived in the dark and fog in the middle of the night on the 10th of August. The operators claim that these are clearly signposted but one only passes on unlit one on the way in. Its a bit late to signpost it on the way out. Shan't be going there again under any circumstances.
P hadfield, Wed 22 Aug 2012
Stop here frequently as I am a trucker driving the M74, staff are great, especially those in the Burger King, Martin, Ross, Colin, always have a chat.
James, Sun 5 Aug 2012
Great spot to stop good place to walk the dog. Clean Toilets and Good service at starbucks Staff all fine and place looked clean
DJE, Sun 19 Feb 2012
I regulary stay over night at the Days Inn in Abington.
The staff are really welcoming and friendly and look after you.
I suffer from several health problems and on one occasion whilst staying here I was really ill (nothing to do with the hotel or restaurant). The staff looked after me and made sure I made it home safe and well.
10/10 from me :)
Andy, Thu 26 Jan 2012
i have used this services for last few years as i go to scotland every 2 days fell asleep once and went over 2hr free parking by 33 minutes CHARGED Ã‚Â£90 what a rip off no wonder the country is in the state it is in people can just charge what they want will NEVER USE THIS SERVICES AGAIN date parked 11 june ONLY JUST RECIEVED TICKET ON 12 JULY 2011
pissed off simon, Tue 12 Jul 2011
I always stop here for petrol to and from my girlfriend's in Stirling. It's one of the cheapest service stations for petrol on the M6/M74 route and the staff in the petrol station are always friendly.
Stopped on my bike and in my car and it's always friendly no matter what. The views are nice too.
Richard Morgan, Mon 20 Jun 2011
We have just returned from holidaying in the Highlands for 10 days and on the doormat was a fine from the parking eye for Ã‚Â£90.00!!!!But we paid the Ã‚Â£17.00 fee on the Saturday night @ 23.30hrs, the girl who we paid the money to in cash commented that we had a boat on the top of our car she could see our car on the camera as soon as she typed in the registration,We have rung the services & are waiting for a call back!!!Needless to say we are not happy and will not be staying there again! We have stayed at many different services overnight and always paid but this is the first time we have received a fine for non payment as well!!!
Ann Peel, Fri 6 May 2011
Very disappointing place.Usual expensive food that looks nothing like the photos its also very poor quality and cold. The building is cold and unwelcoming. Will avoid if possible.
Fleagle, Wed 29 Dec 2010
Did anyone eles receive a parking fine on the 23.09.10 when the service area was closed and there was no where eles to pay ?
Joan freeman, Mon 18 Oct 2010
Dispute with ParkingEye - arrived and left in the pitch black, wind and rain. Some lights were out in the parking area. Saw no signs about parking fees. Head down covered ran in to use the toilet facilities and straight out. ParkingEye not helpful and refuse to discuss or reply to appeals. Be careful, you can only pay evidently on site within shops and the forecourt. So if you don't use them you won't see anywhere to pay. ParkingEye are underhand when it comes to their correspondence with you - they send out notices to reach you AFTER their deadline dates. Be Warned!
Graham, Mon 4 Oct 2010
This services was awful, dirty tables,over priced food that was tasteless, I will not be stopping here again
Anonymous, Tue 20 Jul 2010
Very nice services. Staff were very friendly and polite. Would highly recommend.
jordan, Mon 19 Apr 2010
FOOD DISGUSTING, TOILETS STINK, EMPLOYEES IGNORANT WHAT MRE CAN I SAY???
michelle, Sat 23 May 2009
Sat in the restaurant for dinner. Looked good until my daughter said "There's a fly on your plate!" Yes there was indeed a cooked fly/bluebottle in my peas. Was sick, will never eat there again!
Hazel, Sun 19 Apr 2009
been using abington for a few years and it is once of the better ones, food is pretty okay, toilets are clean. The parking is a bit tight and the caravan bays are not all drive through, thankfully the truckies dont seem to mind us using the lorry park where the bays are drive through
alan, Wed 18 Feb 2009
I stop there frequently as an hgv driver. I like the space you get in the shower and the overall fiendly staff (except Wednesday night). The lorry park seems to be quite secure too.
Lee pickering, Sat 15 Nov 2008
I really like these services, so much so that a friend and I sometimes drive here just to get a burger and sit around for a couple of hours talking. The coffee machine in WHSmith is of a high standard, though doesn't give lids for espresso cups which could prove to be hazardous you plan on drinking it on the move. The shop itself is massively overpriced, though that is a given with motorway service shops. The staff throughout is friendly and the seating is plentiful.
Craig C, Sun 19 Oct 2008
Nice little place with good views. I even proposed to my wife there :)
Sean, Fri 7 Sep 2007
Red Hen restaurant now shut and replaced by a coffee shop. Last visit back in Nov 05 was just an empty locked area. I think it is the same operator as runs the cafeteria part
Martin Crooks, Wed 24 May 2006
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