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Gretna Green Launches Future Leaders Club to Unearth Young Talent

Ten top young performers at Gretna Green have been handpicked for the ‘Future Leaders Club,’ with the aim of driving progression, developing skills and building the future of this historic business. Distinguished corporate high-flyers are lined up to speak in future meetings, including John Ryley, Chris Holmes, and Nick Whiting.  

Gretna Green Announces Gretna Hall Hotel Wedding Virtual Showcase 2023

Gretna Green is delighted to announce our first-ever Wedding Virtual Showcase, due to take place on the 23rd and 24th of September. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the majestic wedding venues and stunning reception setups at Gretna Hall Hotel, all without leaving the comfort of their homes. Prospective couples can also book one-to-one appointments with members of our award-winning Gretna Green wedding team during the event to answer questions and book their dream Gretna Green wedding.

Gretna Green Welcomes Queen of Gretna Gala Day Retinue for a Special Photo Opportunity

 Gretna Gala Day Queen

Gretna Green, the renowned, family-owned, and award-winning wedding, tourism, and hospitality destination, is delighted to announce that our Famous Blacksmiths Sculpture Garden recently had the honour of hosting a special photo opportunity for the retinue from Gretna Primary School ahead of Gretna Gala Day next month.

Last month, pupils from Gretna Primary School selected their Gala Day Queen for 2023, and on the 16th of June, we were pleased to welcome the Queen's retinue to Gretna Green. Our Famous Blacksmiths Sculpture Garden proved an ideal venue for members of the press to capture pictures of the occasion. Not only did this press photo session capture the grace and beauty of the new Queen and her retinue, but it also highlighted the enduring spirit of community collaboration, and the commitment of Gretna Green to fostering positive relationships with local schools.

Gretna Gala Day is due to take place on the 15th of July, and is always a highlight of the summer calendar for both residents and visitors alike!

"It is such a pleasure for us to open our doors to the talented pupils from Gretna Primary School," stated Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green, "Witnessing the local community come together and spread some cheer is always heartwarming, and we are honoured to be a part of this moment."


Gretna Green Chef Learns from Marco Pierre White













Gretna Green Chef Learns from Celebrity TV Chef Marco Pierre White

  •  Charlie Jones, a talented upcoming chef at Gretna Hall Hotel, had the opportunity to work with celebrity TV chef Marco Pierre White.
  • Gretna Green is proud to have Charlie as a colleague and member of its Gretna Hall Hotel Kitchen Team

 Gretna Green, Scotland - May 29, 2023 - Gretna Green, the renowned award-winning, family-owned, wedding and hospitality destination, is proud to announce that one of its talented chefs, Charlie Jones, had the honour of working with celebrity TV chef Marco Pierre White. Charlie is a member of the Kitchen Team at Gretna Hall and has been working for the company for the past year while studying catering at Dumfries & Galloway College.

Charlie's dedication and passion for cooking have led her to great opportunities, with working alongside Marco Pierre White a dream come true. The experience took place on a cruise ship and allowed her to learn from one of the most respected chefs in the world and further develop her culinary skills.

Charlie's recent experience with Marco Pierre White was a remarkable opportunity, and she is grateful for the chance to have worked with and learned from such an esteemed chef. Her time with Marco Pierre White has undoubtedly enriched her knowledge, skills, and passion for culinary excellence, and she looks forward to incorporating what she has learned into her work at Gretna Hall.

Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green said, “We’re proud to have Charlie as a chef at Gretna Hall Hotel, and we look forward to seeing her continue to grow and excel in her culinary career.”

Smiths Hotel New Menu for Summer 2023

















Smiths Hotel at Gretna Green launches new menus

  • Smiths Hotel launches new menus for Summer 2023
  • Menus include: Chainmail Restaurant Menu, the brand new Brasserie Menu and Kid’s Menus.
  • New dishes on the menus are King Prawn Linguine and Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Smiths Hotel 2 AA Rosette rated restaurant invites guests to come and enjoy the new dishes on the menus.

Gretna Green, Scotland - May 22, 2023 - Gretna Green, the award-winning family-owned wedding and hospitality destination, is excited to announce the launch of four new menus at its award-winning Smiths Hotel. The new menus include the Chainmail Restaurant Menu, and the brand new Brasserie Menu and the Kid’s Menu.

The Brasserie Menu is a completely new addition to Smiths Hotel's culinary offerings, featuring dishes like King Prawn Linguine and Chicken Tikka Masala and will be served in the hotel lounge. The other menus have been updated with new and exciting dishes to reflect the Summer season.

Smiths Hotel is a 4-star luxury boutique hotel in Gretna Green, highly recommended as the best 4-star hotel in the South of Scotland at the Scottish Hotel Awards, and it boasts a 2 AA Rosette rated restaurant. Guests are welcome to come and enjoy a delicious dish or two from the new menus at Smiths. Bookings can be made online at

“We are delighted to introduce these new Summer menus at Smiths Hotel, and offer even more dining options for our guests,” said Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green. “Our new menus have been crafted with love by our talented culinary team and we’re sure every dish we make will allow our guests to enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience.”



Say thanks to Dad this Father's Day with a unique gift or memorable experience from Gretna Green! Whether you'd like to treat Dad to a whisky tasting for two, a three-course Sunday Lunch, or something heartfelt from our range of Father's Day gifts, we have what you're looking for.

Find out more about our Father's Day gifts, experiences & special offers below.

Gretna Green Announces Father's Day Offers

Gretna Green Announces Father’s Day Offers

Treat Dad to a delicious Sunday lunch at Gretna Hall this Father’s Day

  • Surprise Dad by treating him to a whisky tasting experience voucher for two
  • Give Dad a gift straight from the heart with options like Gretna Green whisky, Anvil Ale, Barbour clothing, Gretna Green Fudge & chocolates, or a Gretna Green hipflask, available in-store or online at Gretna Green

Gretna Green, Scotland - May 17, 2023 - Gretna Green, the family-owned wedding and hospitality destination, is pleased to announce its offers for Father's Day 2023. Celebrate the special day and show your gratitude to the man of the hour with the following options:

  • Sunday lunch at Gretna Hall from 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday 18th June. 1 course for $19.00, 2 courses for $24.70, or 3 courses for $30.40. The menu features a range of delicious dishes including a traditional Sunday Roast.
  • Thoughtful gifts straight from the heart. Gretna Green offers a selection of gifts including Gretna Green whisky, Anvil Ale, Barbour clothing, Gretna Green Fudge & chocolates, Gretna Green hipflasks and more.
  • A whisky tasting experience voucher for a moment that will make a memory for years to come. Treat Dad to a whisky tasting experience voucher for two, available online at for only $49.50.

"Father's Day is a special occasion, and we're excited to help you show your love and appreciation for that father figure in your life," said Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green. "With our fantastic Sunday lunch, thoughtful gifts, and unique whisky tasting experience voucher, we're sure that you'll find the perfect way to say 'Thank You' this Father's Day.”

Gretna Green Joins Flock to the Show Campaign

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Gretna Green Joins Flock to the Show Campaign to Celebrate World Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships

• Gretna Green takes part in Royal Highland Show’s Flock to show campaign
• Clova the sheep at Gretna Green Foodcourt from 2 nd to 15th of May
• Locals and visitors are encouraged to visit and get a photo with Clova.

Gretna Green, Scotland – May 2, 2023 - Gretna Green, the family-owned, award-winning, wedding, hospitality, retail, tourism, and experience destination, is excited to announce its participation in the Royal Highland Show’s Flock to the Show campaign.

The campaign celebrates the return of the World Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling Championships, Golden Shears, to the Royal Highland Show 2023, and attracts competitors from around the world and offers a showcase for the very best in sheep shearing and wool handling.

Flock to the Show is a large-scale public art trail that tours across Scotland, featuring decorated sheep sculptures created by local artists. Gretna Green's chosen sheep, Clova from the Flock, will be visiting Gretna Green from 2nd of May until Monday 15 th May. Visitors are welcome to come and meet Clova during her visit at Gretna Green Foodcourt.

Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green said: "We are thrilled to be a part of the Flock to the Show campaign and celebrate the run up to the 2023 Royal Highland Show. We encourage everyone to come and see Clova during her visit and make a moment a memory at Gretna Green”


ABBA Tribute Night at Smiths Hotel

ABBA Tribute Night at Smiths Hotel

Grab your dancing shoes and step back in time to the unforgettable tunes of ABBA! Join us at Smiths Hotel on July 21st, 2023 for an exceptional ABBA Tribute Night that will keep you entertained until the late hours of the evening.

For just $57.10 per ticket, you'll enjoy a delectable three-course meal, an arrival drink, and, of course, and of course entertainment. Smiths Hotel boasts a spacious dance floor, making it the ideal venue for the ABBA Tribute Night. Gather your friends, dress up in your finest ABBA-inspired outfit, and let's make it an evening to remember.

But why let the fun end after the party? For just $241.00, you can extend your stay and make the most of your weekend with a comfortable double room and breakfast for two. So, what are you waiting for? Seize this fantastic offer and turn your weekend into an unforgettable experience.

Book your tickets now and get ready for a night full of singing, dancing, and ABBA magic. Whether you are a "Dancing Queen" or not, this is an event you won't want to miss.

Hurry! Tickets are limited, so book now to secure your spot at this fantastic event email: [email protected]. Don't miss out on this opportunity to experience the best of ABBA and create unforgettable memories with friends and loved ones.

Gretna Green Hotels Recognised At Prestige Hotel Awards


Gretna Green Hotels Recognised at Prestige Scottish Hotel Awards

• Prestige Hotel Awards ceremony, recognising excellence across the Scottish hospitality industry, held in Glasgow on 23rd April 2023
• Gretna Green’s Hotel – Smiths and Gretna Hall – were finalists across four different categories
• Gretna Hall Hotel won the award for Scotland’s Best Hotel Team
• Smiths Hotel has been highly recommended as Scotland's Best 4-star Hotel in the South of Scotland

Gretna Green, the family-owned wedding, hospitality, retail, and experience destination, is thrilled to announce that both hotels were recognised at the Prestige Hotel Awards, with Gretna Hall winning Scotland’s Best Hotel Team Award and Smiths Hotel being highly recommended as Scotland's Best 4-star Hotel in the South of Scotland.

The winners of the Scottish Hotel Awards were announced at a gala ceremony held on April 23, 2023, in Glasgow, with Gretna Green’s two hotels – Smiths and Gretna Hall – shortlisted across four different categories. Smiths Hotel was a finalist for Best 4-Star Hotel in the South of Scotland. At the same time, Gretna Hall Hotel was a finalist in three categories: Scotland's Best 3-Star Hotel, Scotland’s Best Hotel Team and Scotland’s Best General Manager.
These prestigious awards recognise the exceptional service and outstanding guest experience delivered by our colleagues across Gretna Green’s Gretna Hall Hotel and Smiths Hotel.

"We are absolutely delighted to receive this award and recognition for our hotels,” said Isabel Rhodes, Chief Executive of Gretna Green. "It highlights the hard work, spirit and passion we see in our colleagues every day who go above and beyond to create memorable experiences for our guests and underscores our commitment to excellence at Gretna Green."


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