Scotland is one of the most magical countries in the world, filled with magnificent sights and fascinating histories. Where better than a beautiful Scottish castle or country house wedding venue to celebrate your big day? Here is our pick of the best wedding venues in Scotland, including one of the best places to get married in the whole world according to the Independent.
Ackergill Tower Hotel, Highlands
Some of the best wedding venues in Scotland, in terms of sheer architectural style, are castles. Ackergill Tower Hotel (also known as Ackergill Castle) is a traditional-looking castle on the North East coast of the Scottish Highlands. An award-winning five-star hotel set in a private three thousand acre estate, with a romantic heart-shaped garden and breathtaking sea views across seven glorious miles of private beach.
From the impressive Great Hall to the stunning Sinclair Palace and the quirky Tree House in its grounds, there are so many options for your celebration. A perfect venue for medieval-inspired weddings, it is a warm and friendly place that offers total exclusivity in a venue that is steeped in history. Ackergill Tower Hotel also features in our pick of the best coastal wedding venues in the UK.
Blairquhan Castle, East Ayrshire
One of the best wedding venues in Scotland – and the world – according to the Independent newspaper who listed Blairquhan Castle at number 14 in their 50 Best Places to Get Married in the World. This is a magnificent 19th century baronial castle with splendid Regency architecture set in over 200 acres of private landscaped gardens.
Offering exclusive use of the castle and its grounds with complete privacy for the entire duration of your wedding. You could choose to hold your wedding outside in the beautiful gardens or indoors in either of the luxurious drawing rooms with their sparkling chandeliers, ornate ceilings and original open fireplaces, or in the spactacular Saloon which also includes seating on its impressive balcony. For larger wedding parties, marquees can also be set up on the lawns. A stunning fairytale castle with breathtaking unspoilt views of the surrounding Ayrshire countryside.
Winton Castle, East Lothian
Winton Castle is located near Edinburgh in Pencaitland, East Lothian. Recently known as Winton House, it’s a very romantic venue and a stunning blend of castle, palace, and family home. Built in 1480 by Clan Seton, it’s a stunning setting to your wedding that includes a 120-guest-capacity dining room, house, and marquee. Up to 40 guests can be accommodated in style and comfort in Winton Castle itself and its two nearby estate country houses.
The castle was made famous for its role in the ‘War of the Rough Wooing’ during the reign of King Henry VIII and here you will feel like you have stepped back in time to 15th century Scotland. Winton Castle is a remarkable example of Scottish Renaissance architecture, from its outer stonework and its elaborate inner decor and furnishings, and it’s available through the whole year for your big day.
The Glasshouse, Edinburgh
The Glasshouse hotel is a fascinating mix of historic and contemporary design that’s perfect for the modern couple that loves a dash of history. The hotel entrance boasts a beautiful 160-year-old Georgian archway, and through it is a bright, stylish space that makes this wedding venue one of the most flexible in Edinburgh.
The Glasshouse’s magnificent two-acre rooftop garden is a popular ceremony location choice and the hotel also offers a lush a green lawn and a terrace overlooking the garden. Perfectly situated in the heart of Edinburgh, this wedding venue is particularly well-linked to the city too.
Pollok House, Glasgow
Pollok House is an Edwardian country house only three miles from Glasgow city centre. The architecture and world-famous art collections make for gorgeous interiors and exteriors, with lavish furnishings and manicured gardens.
Vintage themes or outdoor weddings look glorious in such a setting, for Pollok House is a magnificent backdrop to a marquee wedding on the venue’s large south lawn, or an indoor wedding in the Pavilion Library. For a gorgeous setting to your wedding, Pollok House is one of the most stunning places.
Best Wedding Venues in Scotland
There are many stunning wedding venues in Scotland to suit every style and budget, from the luxurious and multi-award winning Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate in East Lothian to Edinburgh’s impressive and historic Royal College of Surgeons and the contemporary luxury of The Village Hotel.
For splendour, there is The George Hotel in Midlothian, and the Neo-Gothic architecture of Mount Stuart Trust on the Isle of Bute, and for country chic, the very beautiful Rufflets Country House Hotel in Fife. And remember no Scottish wedding is complete without the men in kilts!