Gretna Green in Scotland

Gretna Green has always been synonymous with weddings (mostly the runaway kind), love and romance. On our way to Scotland from London, our coach driver enthralled us with stories about Gretna Green. They have been involved with weddings from 1886 onwards and are still one of the top destinations for weddings in UK.

Gretna Green is situated near the mouth of River Esk and was considered the first village in Scotland if you travelled from London to Edinburgh on the old coach route. It has retained its charm as a popular wedding destination over the years. This can be gauged from the fact that more than 5000 weddings are hosted here every year.

Marriage Act: In 1753 the Marriage Act was passed in England which stated that unless both the groom and the bride were 21 years or older, they needed parental consent for marriage. Scotland was not a part of this and so even if you were 12 or 13 or 14 years old, you could get married. So many love-struck couples fled from England to Scotland to get married. Gretna Green was the first Scottish village they encountered and they got married at the Old Blacksmiths Hall romantic, isn't it?


Gretna Green
Dumfries and Galloway
DG16 5EA
Tel: 01461 338 441

If you happen to be travelling to Scotland, do go there. Apart from the famous Blacksmiths Shop, you will find a coach museum, a lot of fine dining options, restaurants and lots of shops mainly specialising in tartan and highland wear.

If you need to get in touch with them for any specific information, here are the contact details

Wedding Bureau | Tel: +44 (0) 1461 336001
Shopping Enquiry | Tel: +44 (0) 1461 337662
Accommodation Enquiry | Tel: +44 (0) 1461 337007
Blacksmiths Shop | Tel: +44 (0) 1461 338224
Group Travel | Tel: +44 (0) 1461 337893
General Enquiry | Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm | Tel: +44 (0) 1461 338441

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