Gretna is located in South West (Scotland). It is known as a border town, the border with England being just to the south. This entry concerns both Gretna and Gretna Green, which is located on the other side of the M74. The border status has made it a traditional stop for weddings that could be prevented in England but not Scotland, the traditional venue being the Old Blacksmiths Shop in Gretna Green. For many years, the border status meant Gretna had a football team that played in England, until a new owner took it for a drastic rise and fall as a Scottish team. 
Gretna is well served by road, being just off the M74, and will be better so after completion in late 2008. Both road and railway fork at Gretna to take traffic to Glasgow or Dumfries; a train trip to Gretna is slightly more difficult since passengers on the main west coast line have to get off at Carlisle and take a train north on the Nith Valley line, which stops for Gretna Green very soon after crossing the border and splitting from the main line.