The spotlight's on! Gretna Green weddings are hitting the small screen!

Have you been to Gretna Green lately? Or been watching our Facebook page? You may have notice a wee exciting development take place....

Introducing our new Guest Relations Manager Duncan...

If you've visited Smiths at Gretna Green recently, you may have noticed a new face ready to welcome you....

We'd like to introduce Duncan, our new Guest Relations Manager who joined our team in July! It's been a busy first month for Duncan....we caught up with him for a few minutes to see how his first month at Smiths Hotel has gone and what he's most looking forward to over the next wee while....

Tying the Knot - the tradition of Handfasting

Tying the knot? Congratulations! We've all heard the phrase 'tying the knot'..... but where has the phrase come from? For that we need to take a wee trip into the history books....

The Great Spirit Debate: Whisky or Whiskey?

It has long been a debate often over a tumbler of this golden sprit ... is it 'whisky' or 'whiskey'?! For some, the debate is's the same thing isn't it? Well....not quite.

Leaving Paris for the World: The Lovelock Story

Throughout the ages, lovers have looked for ways to prove to the world that theirs is true love capable of lasting for eternity. From poetry to romantic serenades, from inscribing hearts on school desks to carving initials on a tree, different traditions have cropped up as couples looked for a way to show their love and commitment! One such tradition can now be found in lovelocks... padlocks which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Traditionally the sweethearts' names or initials have been written or engraved on the padlock and the key thrown away as the lock is attached symbolising unbreakable love.

What will be the most popular Tartan/Plaid this Winter?

Tartan (or Plaid as our friends from over the pond like to call it) is truly back in fashion - some may even say it never went out of fashion... We'd like to agree with that - especially since we sell over 150 different kinds of tartans here in Gretna Green, Scotland...

The Legend of Gretna Green Weddings...

Getting married over the Anvil in our Famous Blacksmiths Shop? Love the romance and mystery of elopements and a Gretna Green wedding?

Let us tell you a wee tale of the traditions of Gretna Green....

Wedding Gift Ideas from Gretna Green

We're well and truly into wedding season this year! Just like you, we have been busy looking through many a site, shop and Pinterest board to come up with that PERFECT wedding gift...



Gretna Green's VERY First Lovelock...

Warning... Only read on if you're a TRUE ROMANTIC at heart... :) Amanda contacted us recently after hearing about the removal of the lovelocks from the Ponts des Arts in Paris, concerned that her lovelock at Gretna Green might also have gone...

Luckily we were able to reassure her.... She sent us this lovely story! Fabulous to hear from the VERY first couple to place a lovelock on our bridge, it's such a great story!

Passion for good food brings Quorn to Gretna Green

We're always looking to keep the options for delicious, homemade food here at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop fresh and exciting....and just in time for summer we've added Quorn to the menu at our Blacksmiths Restaurant!

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