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The Gretna and Gretna Green area

Gretna Gateway Devils Porridge Museum

Gretna Green

Gretna Green is only 4 miles away. It is famous for marriages. Historically, young, English lovers eloped to Gretna Green because Scottish law allowed marriage without parental consent. Couples were married over the anvil in the blacksmiths shop, literally because it was the first house in the first town in Scotland. There is a big tourist complex with shops – including a good specialist Scottish food shop where you can get gourmet treats. Also Smith’s Hotel, which was built recently to accommodate wedding parties has a good restaurant and there is usually a trail of brides and grooms crossing the road to be hitched in The Blacksmiths Shop! Gretna Green is one of the largest tourist attractions in Scotland, probably because it is the first you encounter on crossing the border!

The Devils Porridge Museum

This  is a new exhibit at Eastriggs about 6 miles West of Gretna and is dedicated to the massive WW1 munitions factory.


Gretna was built later as a dormitory town for the first World War Munitions Factory. Gretna has similar shops to Longtown but also a large retail outlet, The Gretna Gateway which is on the right at the first roundabout after you cross the border. It has shops like Ralph Lauren, Gap, Marks and Spencer, Thorntons etc

King Robert The Bruce’s Cave

Robert the Bruce fled to this cave in 1306 and was persuaded to re-engage the English at The Battle of Bannockburn after he watched a spider’s travails building a web. The saying Try and try again is said to originate from his time here.

Robert the Bruce's Cave

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