I had not been to Gretna Green for many years, and couldn’t really remember much about the trip there and what was actually there so I had a day off work and decided to visit.
If you want the history of Gretna, my best advice would be to take a look at the website as thats going to be a lot more accurate than me.
The weather for today was mixed, it kept changing from rain to sunny and looking at the clouds it was hard to tell what was coming.
The journey from Glasgow to Gretna was very nice, the weather on the way down was nice and sunny and it was really nice to see all the greenery and the nearly clear skies.
After 2.5 hours driving we arrived….
To be honest there isn’t a lot to do here, but it is a nice little walk around. If your in to history then you can take a few tours, read a lot about each little building and the romantic history.
There are your normal tourist shops, and a few places to eat and relax.
Places To See When Here :
Eat and Dine
As you walk about there are a lot of little sculptures, with descriptions and also some posters with information and facts about Gretna Green to read which is very interesting.
Before heading to the outlet we sat down and got some Afternoon Tea.
I can’t remember the name of this cafe, its right next to the big hands. The afternoon tea was around £12 for two, and I have to admit for the money it was amazing as you got loads and could have easily fed 3 people.
Fed and watered now on to the outlet…
The outlet isn’t that far away from here, and as you would expect a good amount of shops with free wifi and ok prices.
I have been visiting Lomond Shores a lot this year, its a really relaxing place and its a nice day out.
On April 1st and 2nd they were holding their SpringFest event, this event has many many stalls food, drink etc so this is one event I couldn’t miss.
I was going with a group of friends, most who had never seen Lomond Shores and they were looking forward to seeing it. We aimed to get the train from Glasgow Central as this is a nice way to travel here, and it only takes about 50-55 minutes.
On arrival at Central Station we were told that the lines to Balloch were getting replaced, and a bus service was put on for this. This bus service would take about 1 hour and 50 mins, so we knew we were in for a long trip…on the plus side the train would be back on for the return to Glasgow.
Anyway enough of the trip and now to the event….
SpringFest 2017 :
I had three stalls I really wanted to visit at SpringFest 2017 they were :
Island Slice Rum
All Things Nice Food
Two of the above I had seen at the last Lomond Shores event, but Island Slice Rum I had recently seen on Facebook and since I like rum had to check them out to see what they offer.
On arrival I could see there were A LOT more stall than the previous time, this was great to see and tons of people walking about so I was happy it was as busy as this for all the stalls and Lomond Shores.
There were lots of stalls here today, so I won’t bored you and do a full run down but what I will do is talk about the main ones I visited.
I had seen a few Instagram and Facebook mentions about Island Slice, and then spotted that they were going to be at this event so I added them as one my 100% must check out stalls.
As you know I have been doing a lot of Rum Club Promotions when Sugar Dumplin (Glasgow) was open, and now about to start promoting a new Glasgow Rum Club so I had to buy some of Island Slice products to sample.
I decided to go for the pack today which contained the following :
Caribbean Rum Fusion
Caribbean Wine Fusion
Funky Island Slice Glass
I tried the samples today of both the above and liked both, so I got this today to try at home.
Caribbean Rum Fusion : This is my favourite out the two fusions, it just tastes right, had a nice after taste and you want more. It’s not a strong flavour, and the spices add a nice flavour.
Caribbean Wine Fusion : For me this is ok, its got an ok taste but one that I couldn’t drink a lot of where as the Rum one I could.
I really liked these and will get more next time I see these guys, both drinks were very refreshing and my favourite was the Caribbean Rum Fusion one
I visited this company at the last Lomond Shore event, and just like the Funky Fudge and Island Slice I had to come back and try some Jam this time round as I got a Salted Caramel Sauce.
Just like last time we got talking, and again had a nice chat. Today I got a marmalade for my Gran and a Jam for myself.
The Jam I got today was “Strawberry and Cracked Black Pepper Jam”, at the time of writing this post I have not tried it yet as I am working my way through the Fudge, the Rum etc etc etc but I will add a little update when I do.