Although known worldwide as a wedding venue, facilities in the town of Gretna are not just based around romance. The Gretna Gateway Outlet Village located on Glasgow Road, is just eight miles from Carlisle, and attracts both day trippers, and those stopping off on a journey into Scotland.
Stores in the outlet village are open from 10am until 6pm, 7 days a week, for most of the year, and cover a variety of markets, from fashion and home, to footwear, jewellery, home entertainment, sports, and books/stationery. The appeal of the 50 outlet stores lies in their mix of well-known and designer brand names, and the discounted prices on offer, which can be up to 50% off.
Brand names include Thorntons, Whittards of Chelsea, Holland and Barrett, and the Cadbury Factory Shop, sportswear/products from stores including Trespass, Mountain Warehouse, The Golf Company, Yeomans, and Nike, which will arrive at Gretna Gateway in 2011. From sportswear to fashion, and the brand names here include Austin Reed, Urban, Suits You, Roman Originals, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Polo Ralph Lauren, Jeff Banks, Gap, and Bijoux. Also onsite are Antler and Bags ETC stocking Luggage, Bedeck, Christy, Denby, and Procook serving up a variety of products for the home, and other names such as phone shop The Carphone Warehouse, gift retailer The Whisky Shop, and Chapelle, a jewellery outlet. Alongside the famous name stores, visitors can also enjoy a bite to eat at Subway, Thorntons Café, Costa Coffee, O’Briens, and Mathiesons. Gretna Gateway can cater to most types of visitors, and with added extras such as seasonal entertainment, there is plenty to do there.
Gretna Gateway is easily accessible from the M74/M6 or A75 motorways, via Gretna train station which is close by, or by bus. Gretna Gateway has its own bus stop which is served by bus routes running from Carlisle and the wider Dumfries area. The shopping outlet is also a popular stop-off point for local tour operators, so there’s no excuse not to pay a visit.