An easy stop for caravans and large vehicles, but the lake is spoiled by a lot of evil smelling bird poo underfoot. Other places to stop are listed on Driving with Dogs and if you can avoid Annandale Services we suggest that you do.
GPS coords for car park: 55.2199, -3.4111 Usual motorway services, with a choice of restaurants and cafés. Shops. Wi-Fi. Outside patio area. Picnic tables around the lake. Dog water provided, dog poo bins.
There is a generous amount of exercise space at this service station, although dogs are safer on leads – not only because of the nearby roads but also to avoid confrontations with the resident swans. There is direct access to the loch and exercise area from behind the Premier Travel Inn at the far side of the car park. This will bring you to a large grassy area and a short walk around the kidney shaped loch. The volume of fowl droppings close to the water's edge can be unpleasant.
fgammieGreen 40 Points
Early August 2023 review
We actually found this a really good stop. Yes, dogs on leads is best, but the paths were dry and clean and it was a pleasant 15 walk around the water. The service station itself was adequate and clean too. I would definitely stop here again.
DougthedogGreen 15 Points
Outdoor areas don’t seem to have been maintained for the last 10 years. Path round the lake is a swamp. Dogs not allowed indoors so can’t get a coffee unless there are two of you or you leave the dog in the car.
DwD: We completely agree with you, this isn't the easiest stop. In summer they do seem to make more of an effort with the outside cleanliness.
Driving with Dogs Team
Yuk - don't know what's worse - the dog or goose poo :-(
craigwellGreen 24 Points
The track around the lake and beaches were THICK with dog faeces - fossilised and fresh - really unpleasant - but at least the dog did get some exercise and we could get a coffee.
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