Gretna Green is famously associated with weddings. In the 18th century England and Scotland had different marriage laws so English couples under 18 would go to the first village over the border, where they could be married without parental consent. In Scotland they only needed a responsible witness and the local blacksmith quickly became the favourite person to marry eloping couples. If you are on vacation in the Gretna Green area then be sure to visit the Old Blacksmith which is now an excellent tourist attraction. Gretna honeymoon cottages abound and there is a great choice of in the vicinity.
A more recent attraction is the Gretna Gateway Outlet Village where you can buy leading brand names at up to 50% off the original price - if you want bargain designer fashions or home furnishings then this is well worth visiting if you are on holiday in Dumfries and Galloway. For shopaholics Gretna's outlet village is paradise!
Near to Gretna is Robert the Bruce's cave where he met the famous spider which gave him the strength to go on, raise an army and win the Battle of Bannockburn. You can climb up the rock face above the River Kirtle and see the cave for yourself - spiders are not guaranteed!
Apart from coming to Gretna Green to get married or renew your wedding vows, many people start their Scottish holiday in the area - known as the gateway to Scotland. There are lots of excellent fishing available in and near Gretna. The fishing on the Border Esk, River Annan and River Nith is excellent and they are famous salmon and sea trout rivers. There is a great variety of self-catering accommodation suitable for a romantic holiday available near Gretna Green.