2015 was a particularly busy year for the Westmorland Family. We were engrossed in opening Gloucester Services Southbound and celebrating the culmination of years of hard work by welcoming HRH Prince of Wales, who officially opened the business in July. However, it was also the year we looked north and added to our family of motorway service areas by acquiring Cairn Lodge Services, south of Glasgow.
Located just off the M74, Cairn Lodge Services was an existing family-run business already serving good food to those on the motorway network. It is named after the impressive lodge building, just a stone’s throw away from the motorway service area.
The lodge was built as the gateway to Douglas Castle, a vast country residence in the Gothic style, which was planned in the 1700s but never fully completed. The site had been home to the first castle built by the Douglas family before 1288. The plans for the residence were started but sadly never fully completed and it was finally demolished in 1938. All that remains are a single tower and the historic lodge, which features on our Cairn Lodge Services logo.
Cairn Lodge Services motorway service area was built in the 1990’s by the parents of our current Operations Manager, Donna Hood. It built a loyal following over its 21 years and it was in a great location, with great existing colleagues and customers who we believed would love the products that we offer.
The takeover of the existing business was an exciting step, as Sarah Dunning explained at the time; “We are very much looking forward to working with the present owners and all the colleagues to put our own stamp on Cairn Lodge over the coming months.”
Since 2015 lots of positive changes have taken place at Cairn Lodge but we began major re-development work in early 2018 and can’t wait to share our progress with you!