The 8 Best Places to Get Married in Scotland
08 Apr 2016

The 8 Best Places to Get Married in Scotland

We don’t want to toot our own horn, but there is nowhere quite like Scotland for any big event. Featured in hundreds of Hollywood movies, the rugged highlands and yards of heather across the hills are utterly beautiful and the thing of fantasy. Think of any movie where it has visited Scotland for some shots and you will likely have seen some of the biggest and best views – but it just can’t beat being there. With such beautiful mountains, scenery, and delicious food, there is nowhere better to get married.

It was hard to pick just a few places for our list for such a small country, and with so many buildings steeped in history, there are just too many beautiful places to have them all here. As for our favourites, however, this list really says it all.

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1.     Cameron House, Loch Lomond

On the bonny, bonny, banks… Oh, you know the song! Loch Lomond is perhaps one of the most stunning locations Scotland has to offer, with shimmering waters, soft sands, and rugged mountains touching pastel blue skies all open for your wedding backdrop.  If you are looking for a wedding that will have the ‘wow’ factor that is the picture of ‘Scottish’, Loch Lomond is exactly where you would hold it.

Next to the loch is the Cameron House Hotel, a picturesque ‘castle’ atop a sloping hill that overlooks the length of the UK’s largest fresh water source. Ben Lomond sits proudly in the distance, and (on a good day!) you can see far into the Trossachs National Park behind, making for some stunning wedding photographs that you won’t be able to resist handing out in the office after the honeymoon.

They offer a range of packages for customers to get well acquainted with the venue, ranging from their larger Munro Suite to the cosy Morning Room. No matter the size or scale of your wedding, the Cameron House team can put on a show. Your guests can relax with a drink from their luxurious bar, and enjoy a meal in a stunning gourmet restaurant with food that will tantalise any taste buds.

Yes, we’re pretty jealous of everybody who gets to have their wedding there too!

2.     Isle of Glencoe, Glencoe

Besides Loch Lomond, there is another iconic ‘wild’ place that we simply cannot have a list without featuring, and that is Glencoe. Perhaps the most popular of all Scottish locations for films and television shows – we’re looking at you, Outlander! – there is no doubt that you have seen just how splendid the location is. Impressive mountains hanging over a vast valley capture the essence of the wild highland Scotland that we know and love, and you can have your wedding right in the heart of it.

The adorable Isle of Glencoe hotel puts you and your guests right in the middle of the area. You can have a wedding with a wild backdrop that will be unrivalled for sheer beauty and wild nature. Wanted a Scottish wedding but didn’t know where to host it? This hotel has you covered. With rooms for all of your guests and plenty of space to make your photographs and ideas a reality, you can’t find anywhere better than Glen Coe.

Be sure to stick around in the evening, too. In the middle of nowhere, the clear skies give way to some of the most beautiful starry skies you’ll ever see to put a huge smile on your face as you are whisked away. Ah, bliss.

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3.     Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh

Yes, you read that one right. A zoo. In the heart of Edinburgh. As a wedding venue? Well, you may be surprised to know that it is entirely possible to get married in this unusual and unique place. Ever wanted to go even ‘wilder’ on your wedding day? This could be the venue you have been dreaming of all along!

Have your ceremony in the beautiful mansion house overlooking the extensive grounds, and get up close and personal with the animals. There is no better way to get closer to the action – and to nature! – than with this incredible package deal. Choose from a number of other venues in the grounds and make your wedding day utterly unique. Your guests will not be able to stop thinking about the day you arranged, and as you are in the heart of Edinburgh, you will have even more to do if you plan to stay a while longer.

4.     Marlin’s Wynd, Edinburgh

Sticking with Edinburgh, another of the best places to get married in Scotland has to be the unusual and beautiful Marlin’s Wynd. Think about something that is a little less traditional, more quirky, and this would certainly be at the top of the list.

Set in historic vaulted cellars in the heart of Edinburgh, these stone walls are illuminated perfectly to make your venue the star of the show. Your guests will be dazzled by the array of decorations and the history steeped in every wall. No matter the size of your party, you can be accommodated in this space. The minimum number of guests you may have is 20, but with a maximum of 120 for the evening reception, you will have more than enough space to dance and sing!

If you want a location filled with history and old Scottish charm, this may be the place for you.

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5.     Guthrie Castle, Forfar

When many people think of Scotland, one thing comes to mind: castles. You may be thinking that it could be difficult to find a castle in this day and age to be married and celebrate in, but that is where you are very wrong. There are multiple castles open to the public around Scotland, and the majority offer spectacular wedding packages to really make your day something special. Be treated like royalty on your big day.

This stunning venue was voted the most romantic wedding venue in Scotland, and it isn’t hard to see why. The beautiful grounds that surround the castle are immaculate, with twists and turns to explore around every corner. You even have your own outdoor ‘aisle’ to walk down, reaching your very own private loch for some stunning photography. Trust us, if you were looking for a castle backdrop, this could not fit you any better.

What’s more, the interior of the castle itself is kept beautifully, decorated to your tastes, and you and your guests up to 250 people can make the most of this stunning location. They also offer options for much smaller parties, giving you numerous options. This castle is perfect for any Scottish wedding.

6.     Nevis Range, Fort William

Ever wanted to say ‘I do’ at the top of a mountain overlooking some of Scotland’s most expansive and beautiful countryside? The Nevis Range is fully licensed to carry out wedding ceremonies, and trust us, if you want a Scottish wedding that is truly out of this world, this sky-touching venue will be at the very top of your list.

Reaching close to the highest peak in the United Kingdom, you and your guests will be whisked away to the beautiful sights that Scotland has to offer. Rugged, wild, and completely untamed, this is one wedding venue that does not stick to convention.

If you are faint of heart or looking for something more plush, this may not be the venue for you, but we recommend checking it out. You never know – it could be exactly what you want!

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7.     Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow

In the heart of Scotland’s largest city lies one of the most stunning venues that any movie lover could possibly want for their wedding. Built in 1865, this stunning venue was originally built as a parish church, and has since been renovated into a theatre. Due to the building’s structuring as a church, however, this means that the ceilings are huge – and with lights adorning the rafters, it makes for one of the most beautiful and stunning sights you will ever see during your ceremony.

You are able to have your entire day at the venue, from ceremony to meal to reception, with all of your guests attending with you, you are sure to have one of the most incredible days you could imagine at Cottiers. The building is in Glasgow’s famous west end, where the night life and day food and drink is legendary. The nearby botanic gardens and Ashton Lane make for more stunning places to have your wedding photographs, so get in touch today and avoid disappointment. It is a venue that is likely to book out fast!

8.     Stirling Castle, Stirling

Last but not least in our incredible list is one of the most iconic locations in Scotland. Rich in history, overlooking gorgeously green landscapes, your wedding in Scotland could be in no better a location than this. The ultimate in castle weddings, Stirling Castle can play host to your special day after the daytime guests have gone.

With spacious rooms and gorgeous opportunities for you to have your wedding photographs taken in and around the castle, where else would you go for your wedding in Scotland than the place that has featured in Braveheart, seen hundreds of years of history, and many a romantic wedding? Being treated like a king and queen for a day has never been so easy.

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Wedding Venues in Scotland

Without a doubt, your wedding venue choice is important. Don’t rush to make the decision, as it will be the place that you hold in your memory alongside all of the love, family, and friends. Scotland has thousands of stunning locations to visit, and who knows, maybe we will make another list with even more beautiful Scottish wedding venues.

If you are looking to bring the highlands to you, look no further than these stunning venues.

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