The Famous Blacksmiths Shop is the ancient building that made Gretna Green famous. It has stood in Gretna Green since 1712. It was also one of the earliest destinations for runaway couples fleeing to marry in Gretna Green.
Nearest Railway Station
You can walk or cycle from the Station. It is likely easier than getting the bus which only saves 0.2 miles of walking.
Facilities for Car-Free Visitors
There are several catering options available, including a restaurant with hot food and drinks, a café with hot and cold sandwiches, a pub and a hotel.
Arriving by Foot
An easy, attractive and short route (0.4 miles) following an off-road shared cycle/walking path and well-surfaced pavement from the station to Gretna Green.
Nearby Walking Routes
From nearby Annan (one stop along on the train) the Annandale Way runs 55 miles to the top of the valley in the hills north of Moffat.
Arriving by Bike
An easy and short route following National Cycle Route 7 along off-road shared cycle/walking paths from the station to Gretna Green. Please note, though, that it is necessary to carry your bike down the steps leading from the station exit to the Route 7 cycle path. If you wish to avoid the steps, you can use the car park exit and cycle out the station access road, left onto Glasgow Road (B7076) for 100 metres, and join the National Cycle Route 7 cycle path at the Gretna Loaning junction.
Nearest cycle parking
No proper cycle parking is provided. However, the covered walkway between the coach park and the site has railings which bikes can be attached to and the walkway width is sufficient that this will not block access for people or wheelchairs. The cycle route provided ends at this covered walkway.
Cycle carriage on trains
Gretna Green station is served by local ScotRail trains which have 6 dedicated cycle spaces. No reservations are necessary but can be made if desired by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
If travelling to Gretna Green via transfer at Carlisle station, note that this station is served by regional and intercity trains operated by Northern Rail, TransPennine Express, and Virgin Trains West Coast. These trains carry between two and six bicycles and Virgin Trains require a reservation (Northern Rail and TransPennine Express allow reservations but do not require them), which can be made by contacting the train company or visiting a ticket office.
If travelling to Gretna Green via transfer at the main Glasgow stations of Central or Queen Street, note that ScotRail services from Aberdeen, Fort William, Inverness, Mallaig, and Oban require a reservation, which can be made by contacting ScotRail telesales on 0330 303 0111 or visiting a station ticket office. Full details are contained in the ScotRail Connections Guide.
Nearby Cycle Routes
The route is a part of National Cycle Route 7 and National Cycle Route 74. National Cycle Route 10 and National Cycle Route 72 are nearby.
Slightly further afield, Local Cycle Route 11 and the National Byway pass through Annan (the next railway station from Gretna Green).
And from Dumfries (two stations on from Gretna Green) you can get on Local Cycle Route 10, the Glenkiln Loop, the Kirkpatrick Macmillan (KM) Trail, the Caledonian Cycle Route, and the National Byway.
Arriving by Bus
Dumfries & Galloway Council-funded Service: 382 (various operators)
Directions to the Bus Stop
Note: The walking route from the station is less than half a mile. Taking the bus from the station only saves 0.2 miles of walking – it is likely easier and just as fast to walk the whole way.
Use the station car park exit (off Platform 1) and follow the station access road to Glasgow Road (B7076). Turn left onto Glasgow Road and the bus stop is a short distance along.
This information was believed to be correct at the date of publication of this website, 23 June 2015. We would encourage users of the site to check the public transport information presented above before setting off.