There are so many things to consider when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Whether you’re planning an elegant stately home wedding or festival-style nuptials, Scotland has plenty to offer engaged couples.
To help you narrow down the choice, we’ve rounded up the best Scottish wedding venues for anyone planning their nuptials north of the border.
1. Harvest Moon – East Lothian
Have you ever considered a beach wedding? Scotland has some of the best beaches in the world and Harvest Moon on the coast of Tyninghame is one of the most beautiful, unusual spots to tie the knot. You can host a weekend long celebration either at their Luxury Safari Tent site on the white sand beach (with its own ‘Arabian Night’ honeymoon tent) or you can say your vows at their treehouse site.
The treehouse and woodland site looks out over the striking Bass Rock and there’s a separate honeymoon treehouse for the newlyweds! If you want to start married life looking out to sea from the comfort of your own four poster bed on the beach or treehouse suspended in the air, look no further. This will be a wedding unlike any other!
2. Mount Stuart – Argyll
If you’re looking for a dramatic backdrop to your day, the neo-gothic mansion of Mount Stuart is fabulous. Set within 300 acres of grounds on the Isle of Bute, it was built as a testament of love by the 3rd Marquess of Bute for his wife, so every brick is brimming with love.
There are seven licensed spaces to marry, including the breathtaking Marble Chapel or their manicured gardens. The Marble Hall in the heart of the house and a divine spot for a reception. With a height of 80 feet and vaulted ceiling adorned with stars, it’s a venue unlike any other. It’s also the ideal spot for a ceilidh or live band.
3. Hopetoun House – Edinburgh
Hopetoun House can host up to 250 guests so it’s ideal for a large guest list. This grand stately home is an elegant and romantic setting for any Scottish wedding and is within easy reach of the capital. As they only offer a restricted number of weddings a year, your wedding will be tailored to your exact requirements and you’ll get the support you deserve at every stage of the process.
You can host your reception in either the Adam Ballroom, Tapestry Room or Tiger Hall, with access to the splendid State Apartments for your photos. Their award-winning, exclusive catering partner Heritage Portfolio specialises in local, seasonal dishes, and uses plenty of the produce grown and reared on the estate’s land. You can be guaranteed of a delicious wedding breakfast at Hopetoun. Afterwards, guests can rest their weary feet in their two four-star holiday cottages.
4. The Byre at Inchyra – Perthshire
Sitting in the verdant 150 acre Inchyra Estate near Perth, this 19th century barn is full of rustic charm. With plenty of original features like exposed brickwork and wooden beams that you can hang flowers and foliage from, The Byre is a wonderful setting for your ceremony and reception photos. There’s plenty of spots to say ‘I do’ across the grounds if you’d rather marry outside, include the sweeping Byre lawn in front of Inchyra House or the magical Walled Garden with its romantic Apple Aisle.
Beautifully converted, there’s all the modern facilities you’d expect like a fully-equppied kitchen, audio-visual system and posh loos. Plus, the team have a Decorating Store you can use to transform the venue into whatever theme you like! You can even light up the surrounding parkland to look like an enchanted forest.
The happy couple will be able to stay in the new Stable Yard Bridal Suite, while guests can stay in the Stable and Garden Cottages or even glamp! Relaxed barn weddings don’t come much more picturesque than The Byre.
5. Arniston House – Midlothian
Steeped in over four centuries of Scottish history, Arniston House is a stunning stately home wedding venue. Just 11 miles from Edinburgh, it’s incredibly easy to reach yet feels worlds away as you drive up to the 450-year-old mansion house, set among beautiful grounds.
The elegant mansion house boasts plenty of function spaces, but our favourite is the Orangery which is bathed in natural light and looks over the whole estate. If you want to make full use of the grounds, host a marquee wedding on the lawns with a fireworks display against the house. Your guests will be talking about this venue for years to come.
6. Ghillie Dhu – Edinburgh
No Scottish wedding is complete without a ceilidh and the best place to throw one in Edinburgh is the beautiful Ghillie Dhu. This former church has now been transformed into a traditional Scottish bar and restaurant, just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle.
The Auditorium features the striking original organ as the altar, and the room is lined with plush velvet curtains and chandeliers for a cosy, elegant feel. Packed with candles and filled with the music of pipers, it’s bursting with atmosphere and character. Ghillie Dhu is one of our favourite city wedding venues.
7. Scone Palace – Perthshire
If you want a fairytale wedding, there’s nowhere quite like Scone Palace. This enchanting castle is found just outside of Perth and boasts the longest room in Scotland – the aptly named Long Gallery. Imagine how special a walk down the aisle will be in that room! After your ceremony (which can be held in lots of opulent rooms throughout the castle), there’s only one place you’ll want to host your reception, in the stunning State Dining Room.
Scone Palace is the perfect place to end your wedding with a bang. You can throw a fireworks display in the grounds, overlooking the Perthshire countryside. To cap off a fairytale day, the newlyweds can spend the night in the castle’s grandest bedroom. You’ll truly feel like royalty for the day – with your own palace too.
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8. The Shore, Loch Lomond – Argyll
Set on the world-famous Loch Lomond, The Shore is a new, luxury, exclusive use wedding venue. Host your ceremony on their private loch-side terrace looking out over the breathtaking lake, or marry inside, with the water as your backdrop. The space is elegant and flexible and combines a sympathetic modern design with the timeless beauty of the Scottish scenery. There’s even a jetty close by if you want to arrive by boat!
Wedding packages start from 70 guests and the purpose-built venue can host up to 200 guests. There’s restaurant and spa facilities on site so you can be certain everything from the food to a pre-wedding massage to relax you are covered. As far as impressive venues go, The Shore is making waves!
9. Norton House Hotel & Spa – Edinburgh
Situated just outside of Edinburgh, Norton House Hotel and Spa is a majestic wedding venue bursting with Scottish charm. It’s set in 55 acres of pristine, tree-lined grounds and perfectly blends historic touches with 21st century comforts.
Whether you’re dreaming of hosting a small and intimate wedding or something large and lavish, there will be a space at Norton House which works. The Ballroom is one of our favourite spaces – it holds up to 140 guests for a wedding ceremony and breakfast and up to 200 in the evening.
The venue is fully licensed for religious, humanist and civil ceremonies. In fact, religious ceremonies are frequently carried out on the rhododendron-fringed lawns – a lovely idea if you’re hoping to make the most of your summer wedding.
If that wasn’t enough, Norton House boasts a fantastic selection of accommodation ideal for both you and your guests to retire to once the celebrations are over. Oh, and the hotel’s beautiful spa is ideal for post-wedding pampering.
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10. Cambo House & Estate – Fife & Angus
Bursting with charm, beauty and romance, Cambo House and Estate in Fife and Angus is a truly special Scottish wedding venue. Home to 17 bedrooms, three cottages and two luxury glamping tents for you and your guests to stay in, it’s definitely a vibrant and unique place to tie the knot.
Cambo House and Estate offers a variety of different locations on site for couples to host celebrations in. From a whimsical woodland area with an open fire to the beautiful Victorian entertaining rooms – there’s no style of wedding that this venue can’t accommodate.
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11. BAad Glasgow – Glasgow
Sitting in the heart of Glasgow’s iconic Barras Market is Barras Art and Design, better known as BAad. This versatile space is bursting with industrial-chic decor and flooded with natural light, making for a truly unique venue just a stone’s throw from the city centre.
With a heated internal courtyard and a reclaimed parquet mezzanine area, there’s no shortage of character-filled spots for photos. Food comes courtesy of the award-winning A’Challtainn Fish Restaurant and Bar, with a focus on seasonal, sustainable, local produce. Every moment of your big day will be memorable at BAad.
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12. Springkell – Dumfries Galloway & Ayrshire
Couples who are looking for a grand wedding venue in Scotland should definitely consider Springkell, a beautiful Palladian mansion in Dumfries Galloway and Ayrshire. This magnificent Scottish wedding venue is available under exclusive use terms and offers the perfect backdrop for a stunning and memorable celebration.
The beautiful venue offers three different wedding packages and can accommodate for up to 400 wedding guests, meaning you don’t even have to consider cutting down the guest list because of space limitations!
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13. Logie Country House – Aberdeen and Deeside
Image: Donna Murray Photography
The biggest struggle will be getting guests to leave the beautiful Logie Country House after your wedding! The magnificent 17th century castle underwent a huge renovation in 2009 that added amazing features like an indoor infinity pool, outdoor hot tubs, cinema and 15 sumputous bedrooms. With exclusive use over three days and nights, your guests can take full advantage of all that’s on offer (including a private island and ancient woodlands to roam).
Image: Donna Murray Photography
14. Cluny Castle – Aberdeen & Deeside
Dating back to the 14th century, Cluny Castle is a historic wedding venue situated in over 200 acres of unspoiled, beautiful Aberdeenshire farmland. Whilst this is a castle wedding venue, the décor inside Cluny Castle is much more modern than most castles.
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15. Dunkeld House Hotel – Perthshire
If a hotel wedding venue in Scotland is what you’re looking for, you’re bound to love the adorable Dunkeld House Hotel in Perthshire. This romantic Scottish wedding venue is home to breathtakingly serene views of the majestic River Tay, providing a stunning setting for those all-important wedding pictures.
Not only does Dunkeld House Hotel offer fantastic wedding packages and services, they also host hen and stag weekends. What better pre-marital retreat than this incredibly beautiful Scottish hotel?
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16. Carrick Castle – Argyll and Bute
Set on the west shore of Loch Goil, the 14th century Carrick Castle is bursting with rustic charm and sweeping views of the Scottish landscape, so you’ll be spoilt for choice for photographs. You can even say ‘I do’ outdoors overlooking the glittering loch, while they have a fantastic selection of venues to pick from if you want an indoor ceremony, from a barn to marquee to intimate rooms.
Able to host up to 160 guests, there’s also three cottages for guests and a luxurious newlyweds cottage so you could turn it into a slightly longer stay for your nearest and dearest. With a blank canvas to create your perfect day, this is an excellent choice for couples looking for a rustic but smart venue.
17. Gleddoch Hotel, Spa & Golf Club – Central & Glasgow
If you’re planning a wedding in Scotland and want a city wedding venue that’s easily accessible for all of your guests (and looks amazing!), why not consider the fabulous Gleddoch Hotel, Spa and Golf Club? Located just 20 minutes from Glasgow, this beautiful wedding venue has so much to offer in terms of facilities.
They have everything from manicured lawns for the wedding pictures and outdoor ceremonies, to a spa and golf course for a post-wedding day retreat. Having been recently refurbished in 2016 it’s perfect for couples who want a modern wedding venue.
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18. Ballogie Estate – Aberdeen & Deeside
We just love the charming and romantic feel that oozes from the Ballogie Estate. Surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens, this gorgeous wedding venue can cater for weddings of up to 150 people and even has six en-suite rooms so your nearest and dearest can spend the night.
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19. Lews Castle – Outer Hebrides
Couples who really want to impress their guests with a wedding in Scotland should seriously consider hosting their nuptials at Lews Castle. On the Isle of Lewis, just off the north coast of Scotland lies this incredible castle wedding venue surrounded by crystal clear waters and rich history.
The dramatic backdrop of Lews Castle paired with the fantastic wedding team and flexible approach make this Scottish wedding venue a real contender for anyone looking to get married outside of England.
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20. Borthwick Castle – Lothian & Borders
If you’re looking for a traditional wedding venue that is quintessentially Scottish, you’ll love the style and ambiance at exclusive-use venue, Borthwick Castle. The charm and history at this wedding venue is impossible not to love and they even have a church on site for couples wanting religious ceremonies.
21. Kinmount House - Dumfries and Galloway
The spectacular early 19th century Kinmount House boasts a fascinating history, including its use as a hospital during the first and second world wars, and a promising future thanks to its fantastic wedding offering. You can wed here in the house, orangery, Victorian bathing house or the Italian garden before enjoying a spectacular reception for up to 220 guests.
The purpose-built space, Kinmount Pavilion, opens in Spring 2021 and will give the historic Kinmount House a modern space for couples keen to party with all of their loved ones. Once the party's over, up to 42 guests can kick back in Kinmount's luxurious accommodation and enjoy the surroundings for that little bit longer - bliss!
22. Dunskey Estate – Dumfries and Galloway
With an estate featuring acres of rugged Scottish countryside and a dramatic coastline, Dunskey Estate is a wedding venue with wow factor.
The stunning Edwardian castle is guaranteed to impress guests and create a romantic atmosphere for your wedding day, whether it be a small and intimate ceremony or a large celebration with up to 80 guests.
You can say ‘I do’ indoors with a stone fireplace as your backdrop or outdoors within the surrounding woodland. After your vows, you can enjoy the range of beautifully refurbished spaces indoors and tuck into a bespoke wedding breakfast made by the highly experienced in-house chef.
For more Scottish inspiration, be sure to check out our full list of amazing wedding venues in Scotland!