CPT News Release: Blacksmiths in Gretna Green officially recognised as being ‘Coach Friendly’

Published: 05-05-2016

The ‘Famous Blacksmiths Shop’ in Gretna Green is the first tourist location in Scotland to receive CPT’s new Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction status.  

The status, which was recently launched at the British Travel Trade Show (BTTS) in Birmingham, recognises and rewards visitor attractions that go the extra mile to welcome and accommodate coaches and their passengers. 

Welcoming over a quarter of a million visitors each year, Blacksmiths, which has stood in Gretna Green since 1712, offers parking spaces for 60 coaches as well as a coach wash, toilet drop and group travel welcome area (Pavilion). 

On receiving the Status at Visit Scotland EXPO earlier this month,Lynda Denton, Head of Sales & Marketing at the Famous Blacksmiths Shop said: 

“We are delighted to have received CPT’s Coach Friendly status.  As an independent family business we very much value nurturing mutually beneficial relationships and we have had a long-standing rapport with the coach industry.

“We appreciate the recognition we have received over the years from various travel trade associations who have awarded us top attraction and shopping destination on a number of occasions. This latest accolade is further recognition of our commitment to the coach industry, and the fact that we are the first in Scotland is a further delight.” 

CPT’s Alf Scrimgour added: 

“We are delighted to welcome Gretna Green’s Famous Blacksmiths Shop as a Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction. The status recognises the commitment Blacksmiths has made to making sure that coach parties receive a very warm welcome when visiting.

“The Famous Blacksmiths Shop is well known both nationally and internationally and it has never wavered in its commitment to making sure that its offer to coaches, drivers and passengers is second to none. 

“The staff and owners of Blacksmiths have fully grasped the importance of the coach industry to its business and they really do present a true Coach Friendly face to our industry. 

Other holders of the Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction status are West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park, Woburn Abbey & Gardens and Sabrina Boats (Shrewsbury).  

NOTES TO EDITORS 

The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT) is the national trade association representing bus and coach operators.   

Applications and nominations for the Coach Friendly Visitor Attraction status are invited to CPT’s Tourism and Operations Executive, Alf Scrimgour (alf.scrimgour@cpt-uk.org). 

For more detailed information or comment, please contact Christopher Nice or Pauline Gaunt on 020 7240 3131 or 07798 765473. 

For radio interviews CPT has an ISDN line, 020 7379 6469.

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