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Visit Scotland and Stay in Gretna Green

When travelling North from England, make Gretna Green your first port of call as you come over the border as this is the gateway to Scotland. It is an ideal first stop on your Things To do List when you are planning a trip to scotland where we can provide you with a great visitor experience at the start of your Scottish Holiday.

A similar welcome awaits those who are travelling South where Gretna Green plays its role as a gateway into England, where just over the border you have easy road links to the Lake District, Hadrians Wall and the Pennines.

If you are visiting Scotland then experience one of best luxury hotels in Scotland, Smiths Hotel in the heart of Gretna Green village.

This family run hotel is the perfect location for a holiday in South West Scotland.

Gretna Green is famous for some of the most romantic History of Scotland, you will find out why so many people come here to get married and the story that surrounds our Famous Blacksmiths Shop and visitor centre. If you intend spending a few days staying in South West Scotland then local history is only a short journey away where you will find out more about our famous kin such as Robert Burns and Robert the Bruce.


• Learn all about the famous romantic history of Gretna Green with a trip to the museum at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop opposite. As a guest of Smiths, present your room card for FREE ADMISSION.

• Carlisle: Discover Carlisle and visit Carlisle Castle that is over 900 years old, and the city's beautiful cathedral and Tullie House museum and art gallery are also worth a visit.

Visit Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast: discover the beautiful coastline and beaches of South-West Scotland, Caerlaverock Castle and wildfowl centre.

Dumfries, the birthplace of Robbie Burns is 30 minutes away. A visit to the Robbie Burns Centre is well worth doing; extend your trip to take in Shambellie House (with its museum of costume), and the romantic Sweetheart Abbey at New Abbey.

Kirkcudbright on the Solway Coast is known as an 'artists' town'. It has a castle, museum, artists' houses and a working fishing harbour.

• The Lake District is within reach of the hotel and Smiths' guests benefit from SPECIAL PRICES on the Ullswater Steamers that cruise lake Ullswater.

Hadrian's Wall Country: there are a number of interesting museums along the length of the wall, the nearest being 45 minutes away.

Walkers have numerous options in the surrounding area, from local walks around the village to a host of trails slightly further afield. These include the popular, gentle, walk at Talkin Tarn near Brampton and the more strenuous ascent of Grey Mare's Tail near Moffat, which offers spectacular views from the top. With Dumfries & Galloway and the Lake District nearby, some of Britain's best walking is on the doorstep.

• Pay a visit to the National Trust Gardens at Threave near Castle Douglas.

• Experience the beautiful and bizarre gardens warmed by the gulf stream at Logan Botanic Gardens near Stranraer.

More for children including the indoor soft play areas at Carlisle (Funtazia and Tumble in the Jungle); outdoor farms with play areas at Mabie Farm Park, Dumfries; Cream O'Galloway near Gatehouse of Fleet, which has delicious ice-cream, play areas, walks and even ice-cream making courses; the Westlands Activity Centre near Annan (for older children); and Dalton Pottery Art Cafe. Mountain Biking Centres.

• The Devils Porridge Exhibition, an insight into first world war life at the biggest Munitions factory in the world.

• From October to early March each year you can witness the stunning Starling acrobatic displays each evening.

Things to see and do

Gretna Green Dumfries & Galloway

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