Posted by Amanda - November 12, 2015
If you were watching Downton Abbey as its final series came to a close, you may have picked up on a familiar name being uttered by Lady Mary as she accepted the proposal from her beau....that's right, Gretna Green was very nearly the destination of choice for Crawley family wedding! (We did get quite excited...but alas, wasn't to be part of the plot this time round!)
This romantic and historical wee corner of Scotland has captured the imagination of many a screenwriter over the years! From period dramas like Downton Abbey to the famous twist in Pride and Prejudice to tea time telly and soap operas, this magic of Gretna Green and the allure of eloping has captured the imagination of screenwriters and directors alike....
Posted by Amanda - October 29, 2015
It's all about Halloween here at Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop at the moment - last minute touches are being added to costumes and plans are afoot!
But what if Halloween isn't really your thing? We've put our heads together and gathered some of our favourite ideas for you to spend the 31st October with your Significant Other - no fancy dress party or costume in sight!
Posted by Amanda - October 15, 2015
Have you visited Gretna Green lately? Noticed anything new....especially next to our Courtship Maze? We've had a very exciting month here welcoming two new sculptures including the world's Biggest Thistle and our very own wall of LOVE!
Posted by Amanda - October 06, 2015
Fact: It's only 79 days until Christmas! Or 12 Fridays if you'd prefer to know how many weeks......yes you've read that right!
We've been busy putting on our thinking caps on .... If you're anything like us, you're wondering whether it's too early to start looking for fabulous gifts from Scotland which would be perfect for Christmas!
If you're anything like us, you eagerly pop into shops and boutiques trying to find presents that are unique! You'd LOVE to give something that's unique - lucky for you that's exactly what the shops here at Gretna Green have piled high! We love these for wee stocking stuffers or even decorations for your own home....
Posted by Amanda - September 23, 2015
We had a visit from a gentleman (Derek) from Worcester last week who was here to attend a wedding of a relation in Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop. He also told us a wee story, full of Gretna Green magic...
Posted by Amanda - September 15, 2015
As we're busy writing this, we're all reminiscing in the office about the weddings we've been to over the years! One thing that's always a talking point are the different wedding traditions often included simply because it's 'tradition'. But where did these come from? We were curious....so did a bit of digging and found a plethora of fascinating facts. Here are some of our favourite wedding traditions....and their origins!
Posted by SusanA - September 07, 2015
It seems that everywhere we turn at the moment we're hearing stories of people who love the Outlander story and, more recently, the fabulous TV series that has been created surrounding it. In fact Sam Heughan who plays the lead role hails from a place only 50 miles away from Gretna Green.
At this very moment we're currently embroiled in the midst of season 1 and while the episodes are largely set within the glorious Scottish Highlands it's certainly got us thinking about of the similarities present between the history of the Famous Blacksmiths Shop and the romantic, yet dramatic tale of Claire and Jamie.
Posted by Amanda - August 28, 2015
Have you been to Gretna Green lately? Or been watching our Facebook page? You may have notice a wee exciting development take place....
Posted by Amanda - August 12, 2015
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....
Posted by Amanda - August 11, 2015
In its heyday, the Blacksmiths Shop was at the centre of village life. The village blacksmith was always at work making horseshoes, fixing carriages and farm equipment ... and was one of the most respected figures within the village. Following changes in 1754 which increased the restrictions facing young couples who wished to marry, the differences in law led to a flow of young lovers desperate to marry running away over the border...stopping in the first village they came to (most famously our wee village of Gretna Green). As a highly respected member of the community, the Blacksmith was frequently sought by these couples....and soon the 'anvil priest' arose.