Our guide to local attractions



Our guide to local attractions
This guide map will give you just a small taste of the
abundance of attractions and activities in this beautiful
area of Scotland. Known, of course, for its history of
being the location of world’s most popular marriage
venue, Gretna, the area can also boast some wonderful
tranquil countryside for the perfect ‘get-always’.
Alongside this are a wealth of ancient sites to satisfy the
most ardent history buffs and leisure activities for all the
family to enjoy, whatever age.
Off the normal tourist track, this part of Scotland
features some of the country’s most beautiful rugged
coastline, tranquil lochs and sandy beaches. Perfect for
walking, cycling – the area features some of the world’s
best mountain biking trails - or just relaxing.
Gretna Hall Hotel
Originally built in 1710 as a manor house by Colonel
James Johnstone, our hotel is set in 10 acres of grounds,
and offers all the character of a substantial historical
building with the facilities and service you would expect
from a contemporary hotel.
Having the distinction of being the first marriage hotel
in Gretna Green it continues to be an ideal venue for
weddings and so much more.
We have 100 en-suite bedrooms with tea and coffee
making facilities, direct dial telephones, hair dryers
and porter service. Suites and family rooms are
also available.
Our superb range of conference suites is equipped with
everything you would expect to help you run successful
meetings, including wireless internet access – a feature
that is available throughout the hotel.
The Anvil Restaurant is the perfect venue for table d’hôte
and a la carté dining with great food and fine wines. The
lounge bar is ideal for more casual dining and offers a
wide range of hot and cold dishes.
Our hotel situated just off the A74 is the perfect base
from which to explore this unspoiled part of Scotland
and the north west area of England.
Our guide to
local attractions
Oyster Hotels
Nearby Attractions
Hotels in the Oyster group are unique, and we work hard to
maintain their individual characteristics and features. Where
they are similar is in their high levels of service and facilities.
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village – www.gretnagateway.com
Devils Porridge – www.devilsporridge.co.uk
Currently there are four hotels in our group. Three in
England; Marsh Farm Hotel, located just outside Wootton
Bassett in Wiltshire; The Chequers Hotel in Newbury,
Berkshire; The Roman Way Hotel; located in the West
Midland at Cannock and The Gretna Hall Hotel in Scotland.
Tullie House Museum – www.tulliehouse.co.uk
Carlisle Castle – www.carlislecastle.co.uk
Carlisle Cathedral – www.carlislecathedral.org.uk
The map shows the locations
of these hotels and their
proximity to some of the
UK’s major cities.
Our position on the Scottish border – so opportune
for those young couples wishing to take advantage
of Scotland’s more open and progressive attitudes
to marriage – also places us at the centre of an area
encompassing the Lake District, The Cheviot Hills and
the Dumfries and Galloway coast.
Hadrians Wall – www.hadrians-wall.org
Robbie Burns Centre – www.rbcft.co.uk
Ullswater Steamers – www.ullswater-steamers.co.uk
Drumlanrig Castle – www.drumlanrig.com
We hope this guide will help you get the most from your
visit, whether it’s for just for a day or two, or something
longer. The map has the locations of just some of the
many places of interest you may choose to visit, and
there is a list of those with their web addresses. If you
need more information please talk to us or contact Visit
Scotland.com, visit Dumfries and Galloway .co.uk.
Moffat Woollenmill – www.ewm-store.co.uk
Dalemain – www.dalemain.com
Wordsworth House – www.wordsworthhouse.org.uk
Gretna Hall Hotel
We hope you enjoy your stay with us at The Gretna Hall
Hotel and we look forward to welcoming you to our other
Oyster Hotels.
Roman Way Hotel
Marsh Farm Hotel
Wootton Bassett
The Chequers
Hotel Newbury
We hope that the list of web addresses will help point
you in the right direction. Once you have sampled some
of the delights of this amazing region we feel sure you
will want to return to discover even more wonderful
sights and sensations.
Gretna Green Dumfriesshire DG16 5DY
Tel (01461) 338257 [email protected]
By visiting the Moffat Woollen Mill you will be able to
find out if your name is linked to a Scottish Clan in the
Clan Tartan Centre. If you love the finer things in life
you can choose from luxurious cashmere and beautiful
knitwear. The Whisky Shop is the perfect spot for those
who like a tipple.
Moffat Woollen Mill
If you love visiting beautiful historic houses and gardens, this area
can boast many fine examples.
Tullie House in Carlisle, a Grade One Listed Jacobean building that
houses collections of fine and decorative arts, human history and
natural sciences. It also boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events
brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
If your taste is for designer labels and bargains, the
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village is sure to be on your list
of must-does. Whether you are looking for special gifts,
a new outfit or household goods, the 50 plus brand
outlet stores are certain to provide you with lots of
choice at bargain prices.
Dalemain near Ullswater, on the Northern fringes of the Lake District,
hides a wealth of Tudor and Medieval rooms and buildings behind its
Georgian façade.
The magnificent Drumlanrig Castle, constructed from distinctive
pink sandstone, was commissioned in 1691 by William Douglas, the
first Duke of Queensberry and represents one of the first and most
important Renaissance buildings in the country.
Tullie House
The Devils
Carlisle Castle
Ulswater Steamers
Scotland’s history abounds with great literary figures
none more synonymous with everything Scottish than
Robert Burns, the ‘Scottish Bard’.
The Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries features a Burns
exhibition as well as housing a thriving art cinema
and restaurant.
Located in the town’s 18th century watermill on the
west bank of the River Nith, the Centre tells the story
of Robert Burns’ last years spent in the bustling streets
and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the 18th century.
Then over the border into England you may choose to
experience life in the 1770s with a visit to Wordsworth
House in Cockermouth. Visiting this National Trust
property will allow you to step back and experience
life as William and his sister Dorothy might have in
this beautiful home property. You will be greeted
by servants in authentic costumes and have an
opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities.
It is a great experience for children and adults alike.
Carlisle Cathedral
Hadrians Wall
Drumlanrig Castle
Alongside the sophistication
of fine houses and culture, this
area has a much more harsh
side to its history. Hadrian’s
Wall, now a UNESCO World
Heritage site, is one of the most
iconic relics of the Roman
occupation of England.
Built by Emperor
Hadrian to keep the
‘barbarians at bay’ on
the Scottish side, this
military fortification
was built in the years
AD 122-30 and at the
time was the most heavily
fortified border in the
Empire and much of it
still stands today.