The border to Scotland his only 20 minutes up the M6 from Carlisle, the first town that you hit as you cross the border is world famous capital of weddings Gretna Green. Gretna isn’t the prettiest of towns and Historic UK’s description of the town as ‘possibly the most romantic place in Scotland, if not in the UK’ is more than stretching the imagination it is an out and out lie. However it does have a couple of things going for it. It’s really easy to get to for a start, only 10 miles straight up the M6. And if you want to check out the history of Gretna weddings then the ‘World Famous’ Old Blacksmiths Shop https://www.gretnagreen.com/famous-blacksmiths-shop-p1421 is the place to go.
The only thing that I ever really visit Gretna for is the Outlet Village https://gretnagateway.com/, now this is no Bicester Village or Cheshire Oaks but it is somewhere to spend a rainy afternoon. You won’t make a whole day out of it but you can definitely kill a couple of hours and I have had some great bargains there over the years. High fashion it isn’t but there are some half decent home furnishing shops, the M&S is good for baby clothes the selection isn’t big but I always pick something up for Alice when I’m there. The Nike store is great, there is also a Superdry, Gap and Next, a few outdoor shops and your usual Pavers and the like outlet stores.
I like going there as it is almost always quiet, deathly so today, parking is good and it’s easy to navigate with a pram. I like to have a wander in a couple of the shops, stock up on health food supplies in Holland and Barratt and Grapetree (it’s merchandised terribly but really good) and get a coffee in the Costa. It still amazes me that yet only 10 miles from Carlisle the accents are mostly Scottish.
In summary it is worth a trip if you fancy a bit of basic retail therapy on a miserable Cumbrian afternoon. Don’t hold out for Designer bargains but you should come away with something.
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