Day 1 consisted of driving up to Scotland, it was a slow journey, we hit some bad traffic, and encounter a mix of weather including thunder at one point.
|Bucketing it down on the motorway|
|Blue skies in the Lake District|
I would definitely suggest this hotel to others wishing to stay in the area. It was cosy, homely, welcoming, and a lovely stay. Our room was a twin situated at the back of the hotel. It was a large room, with a ensuite bathroom, with bath and shower in the bath. The hotel also had wifi in the rooms, guide books, and in their vary informative information pack the owners had put together a selection of different drives that they felt might be of interest to guests, copies of the drives could be picked up from reception.
Gretna is the younger of the two settlements. Gretna was built during World War 1 to house the workforce of the nearby HM Factory, the biggest munitions factory ever built in the world. The Hunter's Lodge Hotel played a part in this history originally being built as a 'Staff club' for the factory. 2015 marked the 100 anniversary of the town.
|Frontage of Hunters Lodge Hotel, Gretna|
|Twin room, Hunters Lodge Hotel Gretna|
After settling in to the hotel, we ventured out to explore Gretna. Gretna is right next door to Gretna Green, because of their proximity to each other they are seen by many to be the same. Gretna Green is the older of the two and famed as a destination for young couples to elope to. Gretna Green and Greta are just over the Scottish border, a perfect and easy place for young couples to marry due to Scotland's lower legal age of marriage. The famed history of the two places can be seen in Gretna's wedding themed shops. On the road with the famous register office are shops offering all your wedding essentials from flowers, hair dressers, barbers, and even a one stop wedding shop.
|Gretna One Stop Weddings shop|
After our walk around Gretna including a sweet wee circular park, we grabbed a bit to eat from one of the two local convenience supermarkets and headed back to our hotel to bunk down for the night.
Scottish Road Trip: Day 2 - COMING SOON