July 31, 2012. Written by Kate Thompson
Scotland, with its rolling hillsides and beautiful historic castles, not to mention its famous romantic heritage, is a truly beautiful place to take your vows. You don’t have to run away to Gretna Green to have a memorable wedding in Scotland. Even if you have no family ties to this beautiful country, if you love castles, countryside and Ceilidh, this could be the place for you.
Above: Glamis Castle courtesy of VisitScotland
If you’re searching by area or by type of venue then peruse the best Wedding Venues in Scotland including Late Availability venues where out-of-season discounts can be enjoyed. Here’s our pick of some of the most beautiful wedding venues Scotland has to offer.
The historic romance of a Scottish castle in such beautiful surroundings is hard to match. Just imagine your candle-lit evening reception and the majesty of such a setting. It doesn’t get more perfect than this.
If you want to marry outside against a breath-taking backdrop of Scotland’s glorious lochs and hills or inside amidst historic coved ceilings and wood panelling, open fires and huge picture windows then you need to see this place. Set in the heart of the Ardnamuchan Estate, full of Edwardian elegance, the castle has 16 luxurious en-suite bedrooms, each designed in their own individual style with gorgeous show-stopping views.
Here’s a castle set within a grand estate surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. Have your ceremony in the historic walled garden, with its natural yew hedge-lined wedding aisle, complete with red carpet and stunning views of the castle, gardens and loch.
Dating back to 1468 this award winning hotel is set in the luxuriously opulent Sherbrooke Castle which stands in its own private gardens. Hold your ceremony in style outside in the two-acre walled garden with magnificent lawns and its own private loch or on the terrace, in the grand main hall, or in one of the private rooms.
Romantic, serenely beautiful views over blue sea and distant mountains, an iconic lighthouse; this is the luxurious Turnberry Resort. Set on Scotland’s southwest coastline, this is a five star resort with everything you could wish for – ocean-view rooms and suites, world class cuisine, a Spa and a wealth of activities for the whole wedding party, including legendary links golf. Hold your wedding ceremony in real style above the beach and relax knowing you can entrust the finer points of your big day to the dedicated in-house wedding planner.
One of the most romantic and picturesque wedding venues in Scotland, Knockderry Country House specialises in ‘exclusive use’ wedding hire to give you privacy and personal attention on your wedding day. Situated on the west coast of Scotland with views across Loch Long and the Arrochar Hills, it’s a pretty place to hold your destination wedding for smaller numbers that boasts award winning cuisine made from the freshest local produce as well as nearby sailing, golf and watersports activities too.
The Taychreggan Hotel
Located on the shores of Loch Awe near Oban, surrounded by mountains, forests and abundant wildlife, you can be married in the hotel’s beautiful Orangerie, on the lochside or at the quaint, small local church just a short walk up the road!
Hotel du Vin Edinburgh
Nestled deep in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Hotel Du Vin has exquisite private rooms and gorgeous suites. There is a tranquil courtyard, heavenly dining and your own dedicated wedding organiser.
Hotel du Vin Glasgow
A luxury boutique hotel,set in a pretty tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End of Glasgow offering an elegant style to your wedding. Only 30 minutes from Loch Lomond, there are 49 stunning bedrooms and suites, and even a cool cigar shack and whiskey room!
Set in over 280 acres of idyllic Perthshire countryside, on the banks of the River Tay, this hotel is little more than an hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The romantic grotto and the enchanted forest and waterfall offer an endless choice of backdrops for your wedding pictures, and if you’re looking for pampering, there’s even a spa!
Just ten minutes outside of Aberdeen, this hotel will suit the more active wedding party who are also looking for luxury. Located amid parks with golf facilities nearby, there is a heated indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna and steam room. There’s even a beauty therapy salon for perfect bridal party pampering.
Set in the Cairngorms National Park, this luxurious hotel offers luxury self-catering lodges, sleeping up to 8. There is a spa and swimming pool and Scottish cuisine is locally sourced. Lochnegar Wildlife Reserve and Balmoral Castle are nearby attractions.
Located in the centre of Glasgow the hotel has a fitness club, indoor pool and sauna. Home to the popular Glasgow bar, Connich, the hotel has received the 2012 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award.
Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel
A hotel that combines a historical 1860′s building with a chic and modern interior, perfectly located in the stylish West End of Edinburgh’s city centre.
The Caledonian Hotel – Hilton
Known affectionately as the ‘Caley’ among local Edinburgh folk, this was, and still is, the epitome of style and excellence. Located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, wedding pictures are popular in the tranquility of Princes Street Gardens or the grandeur of the main hotel staircase.
The Point – Edinburgh
Set in the heart of Edinburgh, the hotel was originally opened in 1892 and is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets. With views over the historic city skyline and Edinburgh Castle seeming close enough to touch.
Just away from the Edinburgh city centre, Channings is a wonderfully quirky property which feels like a Scottish country house, full of charming Victorian paintings, prints, books, furniture and memorabilia.
Set in a 65 acre woodland estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the Hotel offers a beautiful wedding location and its own pool and sauna complex.
Close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports, the Strathclyde Hilton is one of the biggest leisure facilities in Scotland. It benefits from an indoor swimming pool, two saunas and jacuzzis as well as a fitness centre. It caters for weddings of all sizes.
Radisson Blu Hotel Glasgow
The height or contemporary luxury, this architecturally-modern hotel is ideal as a wedding venue for any size and they pride themselves on offering bespoke weddings tailored to your individual needs, from the traditional to the unusual.
A stately mansion in East Lothian, this is an exclusive venue for your wedding. Near to Edinburgh, it offers original period features, antique furnishings and sumptuous fabrics, not to mention beautiful grounds for a romantic backdrop to a wonderful day.
Located in Perthshire, this exclusive hotel offers luxury accommodation, famous cold water pools and bespoke wedding planning. The hotel has recently benefitted from a £40 million upgrade.
Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
Set in ten acres of private landscaped grounds, the stunning Victorian architecture and breathtaking backdrops of the Trossacs and Campsie Fells help add to the romance of the day. The restaurant is overseen by Nick Nairn, the renowned Scottish Chef.
Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor
Located in Glasgow’s fashionable West End, this hotel offers the excellence of Hilton Hotel’s wedding service ranging from the intimacy of a small private affair to the space for a larger celebration with up to 300 guests.
A luxury five star boutique hotel specialising in smaller private weddings. There are just 18 rooms, each served by its own butler!
Hilton Dundee / St Andrews Coast
This hotel has stunning views over the River Tay and can accommodate weddings with up to 350 guests. There is also a health club and indoor swimming pool.
The Landmark Hotel – Dundee
Providing four star luxury in stunning grounds, The Landmark also offers an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room and is an ideal venue for the smaller wedding with up to 40 guests.
The Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa
Located in North Berwick, the hotel boasts 19th century Victorian architecture and is popular as a golfing venue as well as for weddings. There is the use of the marvellous wood-panelled library, gorgeous grounds and breathtaking views for up to 200 guests.
Overlooking the Firth of Clyde in the picturesque village of Rhu, near to Helensburgh, the hotel’s bespoke wedding service includes everything you need for a memorable big day, from floral arrangements and a live DJ, to special menus and drinks.
Mint Hotel Glasgow
A modern, gorgeous riverside venue with floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors opening out onto a private patio – it’s the ideal venue for your wedding with the River Clyde as your backdrop.
The Bentley Hotel Motherwell
A gorgeous historical hotel for wedding parties from 4 to 100 guests, and evening receptions up to 120. For the bride and groom there is a beautiful wedding suite with a four poster bed!
Weddings in Scotland are about more than just men in kilts, bagpipe music and Tartan dresses. The venues and the scenery are what make it one of the most dramatic and beautifully atmospheric places to marry. Oh and deep fried wedding cake…