An Exciting New Look for Ballinluig Forecourt

Ballinluig Services and Grill, the popular petrol station and truck stop off the A9 at Pitlochry, is about to unveil a stunning new look forecourt, transformed by the distinctive blue and orange colours of Gulf. For the family-run business, it’s motorists, shoppers and HGV customers, the branding may be about to change but it remains business as usual!

“It’s a good move for the business and for our customers as it allows us to deliver a more competitive offering along with a vibrant new look and feel”, explains proprietor Claire Bridges. “Gulf is a high quality fuel brand that understands the value and importance of a rural filling station serving its community. As part of the change we will also be investing in new LED lighting to improve the illumination, another benefit for our loyal customers who should be made aware that whilst the forecourt will be fresh and rejuvenated, the same old faces will be here to meet, greet and serve them!”

Ballinluig Services has been serving truckers and the haulage industry since March 1970 when Claire’s father, Clive Bridges, a mechanic by trade, opened the business with 3 pumps and a recovery workshop to fix HGVs. When the bypass was built in 1983, he then established the Motor Grill - a 60 seat restaurant that prides itself on its home cooked food - to meet a growing need for a rest stop on this popular A route and, at 273 miles, the longest road in Scotland. A forecourt, canopy and mini supermarket were also added and today the site is a popular one stop shop for motorists and shoppers and includes coffee and food to go, an ATM and full convenience range. 

Open and serving hot food from breakfast to dinner 7 days a week, Ballinluig Services and Grill is one of the largest employers in the region with 34 members of staff. These include shop manager Lynda, who has worked for the family business for 28 years and the current joint managers of the Motor Grill, both with over 20 years of service.  

“We have many staff with ten plus years of service including one who joined us on the second day of trading when we opened the Motor Grill in 1984,” continues Claire. “Several have recently retired with thirty years of service so you can see that we do not take change lightly. As we approach 50 years in business we are all very excited about the future with Gulf Retail, a progressive fuel supplier and fully committed to the Scottish market and our long-term success. As part of Gulf’s cross-acceptance offer, Ballinluig Services will now accept Shell’s Fuel Card and the BP Routex Cards along with all major credit, debit and fuel cards including Key Fuels and UK Fuels.”


Abigail Shepherd