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Hands Across the Border Cairn

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Address: Gretna Gateway, Gretna DG16 5JD, Scotland
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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Still lovely

Visited again a few weeks ago when passing through the area. It is still lovely, all the stones (so preciously laid) are readable and it is well worth a visit. It was built with... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
London, United Kingdom
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I would not recommend going out of the way to see this. However, worth it if visiting the Old Toll Bar Cafe which is adjacent

Thank Chris M
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Visited again a few weeks ago when passing through the area. It is still lovely, all the stones (so preciously laid) are readable and it is well worth a visit. It was built with care by people who felt strongly about an issue and to think that stones were brought and sent from all over the UK (indeed, all over... More 

Thank E L
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338 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Knew of it from prior stays in Gretna ..😃...but, on his first visit to Scotland, for my Welsh friend, I had brought a stone from his Pembrokeshires shores and I wrote on both sides, commemorating each of us ...and we laid it here...👌👌👌 This is such a beautiful conception and it has many inscribed stones from many places...👏👏👏 Unfortunately, our... More 

Thank jimboSaundersfoot
lancashire, england
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Parked by it whilst visiting the old toll bar for cake, it's not very well sign posted, we weren't sure if we were allowed through the gateway or not but ventured on none the less, we didn't know what it was till we read the information posts

Thank jkendall72
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162 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2015

In its day this was a worthwhile venture and we felt privileged to place our stones in the hope that Scotland would remain part of the U.K. It has since been vandalised.

Thank Jean W
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015

I live on the Border between Scotland and England and at the time of the referendum it was good that so many people visited the Cairn and painted their own stone to place upon it, to show that the United Kingdom should remain. As a result, the Cairn is a lovely colourful and unusual attraction to visit.

1 Thank LibbyJ61
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2015

Heard a few locals call it 'Nobody's Carin' before I actually saw it, and that sums it up perfectly. A poor example of an 'attraction'. Just a mismanaged pile of stones. And how one mismanages a pile of stones is a wonder in itself, but those bind this this have achieved just that. Don't waste your time with this, you're... More 

3 Thank SophiaSovereign
Gretna, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Turned the corner and saw a pile of stones - turned around and got back in car. Nothing else to say.

5 Thank cliff501
Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2014

We went to the cairn to place our Fossil an ammonite about 45 million years old as a symbol of our unity lasting. The Old toll house cafe at the site provided us with a lovely lunch of soup and sandwich which was very good value. They were friendly and interested in why we were visiting the cairn. I would... More 

4 Thank Maureen M
Worcester, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2014

I was able to visit the cairn today. The painting on the stones is still bright and readable. I visited in pouring rain and the ground approaching it was very squelchy.

3 Thank Liz P

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