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Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop

Galloway Tourist Route

Just off the M74, Gretna Green has been associated with romantic elopements for hundreds of years. English law made it impossible for couples under 21 to marry without their parents’ consent, so they flocked to Scotland instead. Thanks to its proximity to the border with England, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop made the perfect location for runaway couples to tie the knot, with the blacksmith acting as a presider over the wedding. Discover the full story, complete with memorabilia from the thousands of weddings that have taken place over the years, tales of angry father-in-laws, and see where the nuptials still take place.

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