Wedding venues in Scotland come in all shapes and sizes. From Highland castles to stylish city bistros, Scotland is bursting at the seams with exciting places to get married.
Head out to Loch Lomond or the Highlands, and you’ll find castle wedding venues that will unleash your inner princess. Or, if something a little more metropolitan is on your wedding menu, head to Edinburgh and Glasgow for city venues perfect for modern couples. One thing’s for sure, though: wedding venues in Scotland all come complete with an extra-large slice of character.
And, of course, the best part about getting married in Scotland is that a civil ceremony can take place pretty much anywhere! Indoors, outdoors, by a roaring castle fire or on the edge of a tranquil loch: there’s no end of possibilities when it comes to that all-important ‘I do’.
Escape to the coast of Argyll at Barcaldine Castle. Known as ‘The Black Castle’, the 17th century Great Hall’s roaring fires and rich colours were made for a winter wedding. Plus, Oban’s sea front location is a glorious backdrop for wedding photos and a seaside wedding theme.
4. Dairsie Castle
Rustic and redbrick, Dairsie Castle played its part in history as a hiding place for Scottish parliaments and monarchs on the run. This 16th century castle would be the perfect setting for a DIY soiree with a marquee on the front lawn
5. Buchan Ness Lighthouse
Pint-size venue Buchan Ness Lighthouse can seat just eight dining guests, but wow, what a view! Perched on the most eastern point of Scotland and looking out across the North Sea to Norway, it’s got drama by the bucket load.
Having started life as a coastal smugglers’ stronghold, Gunsgreen House certainly isn’t short on character. Choose between the ethereal cream Drawing Room and gorgeous turquoise Blue Panelled Room for your ceremony, then head down to the cellars for your reception – it’s lovelier than it sounds, we promise.
Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott once described Abbotsford as ‘a romance in stone and mortar’, and we definitely agree. Take your vows in the incredible library, which houses more than 7,000 books, and then head outside for photographs with Abbotsford’s turrets as a backdrop.
If you’re looking for a barn wedding venue, Ardoch’s large plate glass walls are perfect for taking in the incredible views across to Loch Lomond. Say ‘I do’ al fresco to really take it all in; then retreat to one of their 17 bedrooms, and wake up to views across the 133-acre estate.
9. Cameron House
Also on the sunny banks of Loch Lomond, but more traditional in style, Cameron House is a quintessentially Scottish wedding venue in Dunbartonshire. Hold your ceremony in their Lomond Suite, and then host a wedding breakfast with a difference in the plush New England-style restaurant.
Aswanley is a real retreat from everyday life. Tucked away in the very north of Scotland, celebrate in the beautifully restored Victorian barn – but don’t forget to sneak outside for photographs by the crumbling stone walls
Lunga House is a pretty impressive building, but what really sets this venue apart is its location. Right on the peaceful western coast, the private pier, moody-shaded pond and arbour are all available for open-air ceremonies.
12. Blairquhan House
If your groom has always had a secret desire to be monarch of the glen, we’ve got a feeling he’ll be plumping for Blairquhan House. Bring out its best with traditional touches and a ceilidh reception.
13. Guthrie Castle
A 156-acre estate with its own 17th century walled garden, the grounds at Guthrie Castle are very special indeed. Walk down the yew sculpted ‘Bridal Aisle’, then head down to the private loch with your photographer.
The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh began life as a space for high-class entertainment. Thankfully, nothing has changed over the years – they’re the proud owners of one of the most spectacular chandeliers we’ve ever seen.
If your Pinterest is packed with pictures of boho wedding dresses and vintage details, you need to take a look at Roulette Retreat. With a collection of sumptuous French gypsy caravans and a three-acre meadow, you can really let your creative side go wild.
16. Marlins Wynd
Everyone knows the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, but did you know that hidden beneath the city lies a network of historic cellars? Recently restored and with state-of-the-art lighting, Marlins Wynd is the ultimate setting for a slick city party.
17. Dynamic Earth
The definition of eco-chic, Dynamic Earth is just about as breathtaking as it gets. Host both your ceremony and reception in the Biosphere, and get ready for your guests to gasp.
18. Howies Restaurant
Howie Restaurant is a stylish Scottish restaurant venue right on the end of Princes Street. Pop a band up on the minstrel’s gallery to serenade your friends and family while you enjoy a delectable menu of creative cuisine.
19. The Hub
Grade A listed and with a spire that hits the highest point in Edinburgh, The Hub is one of the capital’s most instantly recognisable landmarks. Themed in bright blue and gold, the Gallery would be our pick out of the many rooms on offer for your ceremony – especially if you’re going for a gold wedding theme.
20. Waldorf Astoria The Caledonian
For shameless luxury and first-class service, you’ll struggle to beat this venue. And, if those 24-foot-high ceilings weren’t enough, their intricate wildlife friezes make a fabulous focal point.
21. Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens
Ideally located in Glasgow’s leafy west end, Hotel Du Vin is pure understated chic. Hire Townhouse Number 5 exclusively for the day, and stay the night in one of its 12 boutique bedrooms.
22. House for an Art Lover
Wine and dine your guests at this stylish Glasgow wedding venue. A contemporary country house in a central city location, we’re a little bit in love with the quirky design touches at House for an Art Lover.
23. Brodie Castle
Brodie Castle is bursting at the seams with eclectic antiques and art works. Hold your ceremony in the Drawing Room, and then head to the panelled Dining Room for a traditional Scottish wedding breakfast.
24. Nevis Range
Cancel that destination wedding: Nevis Range can be your Alpine retreat, minus the tricky flight arrangements.
You can even take your vows on the white stuff: areas of the slopes themselves are licensed for civil ceremonies. If you’re dreaming of a snowy wedding, check out our gallery of magical wedding pictures in the snow.
25. Cleghorn Estate Gardens
Brave the great outdoors with an open-air wedding at Cleghorn Estate Gardens. Offering total freedom and flexibility, there are no restrictive packages at this Lanarkshire venue. And, for real outdoorsy types, there are even options for overnight camping…
26. Stirling Castle
Think ‘Scottish wedding venues’, and we’re pretty sure somewhere like Stirling Castle will spring to mind. After visiting hours, the entire castle and estate will be all yours.
27. Drumtochty Castle
Luxurious and loaded with history, Drumtochty Castle is set in an idyllic location, surrounded by the superb Scottish countryside, the 19th century Drumtochty Castle is the perfect place for a memorable event.
A contemporary venue on the banks of Loch Venachar, Venachar Lochside is in its prime in warm summer months. Ceremonies can take place outside by the water, and, as finalists in the Scottish Restaurant Awards, you can expect a dazzling evening banquet.
29. Glenapp Castle
Set in a beautifully secluded location, Glenapp Castle will make you feel like a true princess. There’s an abundance of amazing photo shots, and just wait until you see the suites…