Whether you’re Scottish born and bred, or you fancy escaping to the picturesque country to celebrate your wedding, you’re sure to find the perfect Scottish wedding venue here – we’ve compiled a list of some of the very best wedding venues in Scotland, from sleek spas to fairytale castles.
If you’re looking specifically for a castle wedding venue – which Scotland has plenty of – why not browse our ultimate guide to castle wedding venues too?
Ardanaiseig - Loch Awe, Argyll
Named Scotland's most romantic hotel for the past two years, the majestic 16-bedroom manor house of Ardanaiseig is the ideal backdrop to your special day. Standing on the banks of Loch Awe and set in 120 acres of wooded grounds, you can explore their private island and secret walled garden before saying your vows at their unique lochside amphitheatre or inside their grand Drawing Room.
To add even more romance, newlyweds are treated to a night in The Boat Shed, a chic glass-fronted honeymoon suite built on the edge of the Loch with a mezzanine-level bedroom overlooking the water. Now open as an exclusive use venue, their planners will be on hand to make sure your day goes perfectly, even arranging an arrival by sea plane or helicopter - something we bet your groom will love!
Kingsmills Hotel – Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel is the perfect choice of wedding venue if you’ve got a lot of people on your guest list! The Inverness wedding venue can host up to 350 guests, so there’s no need to worry if your mum wants to invite 20 of her closest friends who you’ve never met or even heard of before.
There’s a choice of seven beautiful rooms to host your wedding in, including the new Kingsmills Suite which opens up into the gorgeous garden. Pick from a range of wedding packages, and make the most of the helpful wedding coordinator too.
Norton House Hotel & Spa – Lothian & Borders
If you’re looking for a romantic wedding venue, Norton House Hotel & Spa in Lothian & Borders could be the one for you. You can get married in the Ballroom, on the patio, on the veranda or in the gardens – they’re all licensed to hold civil or religious ceremonies.
If you want a contemporary twist at your wedding, make the most of the Garden Suite, situated within the quirky Walled Garden. You’re not restricted to wedding packages – the team at Norton House will work with you to create the wedding of your dreams!
Duns Castle - Lothian & Borders
Couples looking for a fairytale wedding venue that will truly pull out all of the stops for them will adore Duns Castle in Berwickshire.
Situated just an hour from Edinburgh, the location is ideal for guests who are traveling from further afar and the venue itself bosts the most elegant decor. It is a traditional and grand castle wedding venue that will seriously take your breath away!
The National Piping Centre – Central & Glasgow
What is a Scottish wedding without bagpipes? It’s an integral part of Scottish heritage so why not marry at the home of Scottish Piping?
The National Piping Centre is an exclusive use venue, set within a historic church. It’s got a great location in the centre of Glasgow, meaning it’s easily accessible. The unique wedding venue can host up to 150 guests and also has overnight accommodation. Whether you want a religious, civil or humanist wedding ceremony, you’ll be able to marry there too.
The Carlton Hotel – Lothian & Borders
If you fancy an Edinburgh wedding, why not do it on the famous Royal Mile? The Carlton Hotel is a stunning building which can host your wedding ceremony and reception. You are guaranteed exclusive use – they do one wedding per date – and have a choice of four beautifully decorated function rooms. There are 189 bedrooms, so everyone can stay over in style too!
If you want a striking wedding venue, the Carlton Hotel, complete with high ceilings, gorgeous views and a grand red carpeted staircase is ideal for you.
Machermore Castle – Dumfries & Galloway
This newly refurbished wedding venue in Newton Stewart is ideal for those who have always dreamt of a fairytale castle wedding. The secluded venue is on the banks of the River Cree and has breath-taking views of the surrounding scenery.
There’s no corkage charge, delicious catering, and accommodation for up to 40 guests within the estate. The castle dates back to 1100AD, so there’s plenty of history – why not add to it by hosting your wedding at Machermore Castle?
Cringletie House – Lothian & Borders
This former family home was built in 1861, and still retains the homely, family feel. The Baronial castle mixes classic luxury with contemporary style and a lot of fun.
Nothing is too much trouble when it comes to a wedding at Cringletie House – there are falconry displays (why not have an owl deliver your rings?), space for a helicopter to land, outdoor ceremony spaces and one picture on their listing even reveals a BMX trail set up at a wedding! If you want a unique wedding that’s true to your personalities, take a closer look at Cringletie House.
Mercure Ardoe House Hotel & Spa – Aberdeen & Deeside
Those looking for a wedding venue that’s close to Aberdeen but still has a relaxing, rural feel should consider Mercure Ardoe House Hotel & Spa. The 19th century Baronial mansion has been infused with a 21st century luxury hotel and spa feel, giving you the best of both worlds.
There are 119 beautifully decorated bedrooms to host your guests in, a bridal suite and complimentary use of the spa for those staying overnight so everyone can make the most of their stay. You can also marry on site and enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast of locally sourced, seasonal food.
Mansion House, Edinburgh Zoo – Lothian & Borders
What could be more exciting than getting married at a zoo? The beautiful Mansion House is arguably the centrepiece at Edinburgh Zoo. It has over 200 years of history and stunning décor – including lots of stylish Wedgwood blues and a fabulously ornate period fireplace, and is situated by one of the greatest zoos in the UK!
You and your guests can enjoy the famous Penguin Parade or even have a viewing of the world renowned pandas, Yang Guang and Tian Tian – it’ll be a day you and your guests will remember forever!
Ackergill Tower – Caithness
This 15th century wedding venue is situated almost at the very end of Scotland but it’s definitely worth the trek! It boasts an incredible 3,000 acres of land and seven miles of private beach, so there are lots of amazing picture opportunities.
As well as having plenty of amazing spaces for your wedding celebrations, there’s also an incredible treehouse on site, which would make your wedding night at Ackergill Tower extra special.
Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort – Central & Glasgow
If you’re looking for a five star wedding venue then consider Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort! The Baronial mansion is the perfect setting for a luxury wedding.
Boasting original Victorian features, the large windows and high ceilings guarantee there’s plenty of natural daylight. With 53 gorgeous bedrooms and exclusive use of the venue, you and your guests can stay in style and continue the celebrations!
Dalhousie Castle – Lothian & Borders
Dalhousie Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland – making it the ideal choice if you want a historic wedding venue. Situated just minutes from Edinburgh, this grand wedding venue is on the banks of the river Esk. There’s a chapel on site, and a friendly owl can deliver your wedding rings for a ceremony spectacle no one will forget in a hurry!
Altskeith Country House – Stirlingshire
Want to recreate that iconic boat scene from the Notebook at your wedding? At Altskeith Country House, it’s possible! The venue has a gorgeous waterfront location, by Loch Lomond and overlooking Loch Art, with a private beach. Providing the weather is good, you can celebrate your whole wedding outdoors. Otherwise there are panoramic windows so you don’t miss a moment of the beautiful view. Row out on the venue’s boat across the Loch for amazing wedding pictures.
Easterbrook Hall – Ayrshire & Galloway
Easterbrook Hall has a choice of reception rooms and can host weddings of 40 up to 400. You can also marry at the Dumfries wedding venue – either a civil ceremony on the terrace, in one of the rooms or in the beautiful garden, or have a religious ceremony in the beautiful non-denominational Crichton Church, a mini cathedral that is just breath-taking. There is also a dedicated event manager who will ensure your day is everything you’ve ever dreamed.
The Glasshouse – Lothian & Borders
The Glasshouse is the biggest rooftop garden in Edinburgh – already it’s winning points as a unique choice of wedding venue! The contemporary design stands out in the historic city setting and provides breath-taking views of Calton Hill. There are two acres of gardens up there and you can marry there and celebrate with 80 of your nearest and dearest. Make the most of the red carpet arrival too – unleash your inner diva!
The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd – Lothian & Borders
Nestled in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, just a short distance from the Royal Mile, you’ll find these amazingly unique wedding venues! The venues are within the huge arches that support Edinburgh’s South Bridge. They all have amazing history and have hosted some impressive characters. The Rowantree featured in poems by Robert Ferguson, Marlin’s Wynd has hundreds of years of history and the Caves once stored so much whisky it became known as ‘Whisky Row’ – if that sounds like your kind of venue, get in touch!
Barony Castle – Lothian & Borders
A castle will always be the perfect choice if you want the classic fairy tale for your wedding. Barony Castle, which is situated amongst 25 acres of beautiful woodland, is located on the Scottish borders, making it a convenient choice if you have guests coming from across the UK. The castle has a contemporary feel but still has plenty of traditional Scottish charm. Humanist, civil and religious ceremonies can all take place on site and there are two beautiful outdoor ceremony locations too.
Lunga House – Argyll
This Scottish wedding venue, situated in Croabh Haven in Argyll, is ideal for those searching for a tranquil place to get married with gorgeous views and delicious local, seasonal food. Lunga House features 14 en-suite bedrooms, a beautiful bridal suite and cottages within the grounds so plenty of your wedding party can stay over. You can marry in one of the elegant spaces within the country house, or say your vows in the garden if you want a pretty outdoor ceremony. The catering team is very flexible – you can choose between a traditional sit down meal, hog roasts and buffets or even a beach picnic, so there are lots of ways to make your wedding unique.
Crieff Hydro Hotel – Perthshire
If you want an effortless wedding planning experience, consider Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire. This wedding venue offers a beautiful setting and a dedicated wedding team with plenty of experience when it comes to making dream weddings a reality. You can also trust Crieff Hydro Hotel with your wedding hair and makeup, enjoy the amazing food cooked up by their catering team and you don’t need to worry about hyped up kids at your wedding – there’s a free kids club which little guests can attend!
Melville Castle Hotel - Lothian & Borders
Melville Castle Hotel is a beautiful venue surrounded by woodland just outside of Edinburgh, making it the ideal choice for couples who want a countryside feel not too far from the city. It's the perfect choice if you want an intimate wedding (it hosts up to 90 guests for ceremonies) in a grand setting. Those who have a larger guest list can be accommodated in the permanent marquee on site. Brides and grooms can enjoy a complimentary stay in the bridal suite, and there are 32 bedrooms to host the rest of your wedding party.
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