Dundas Castle

(22 reviews) 22 5
South Queensferry Edinburgh Lothian & Borders EH30 9SP
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About Dundas Castle

South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Lothian & Borders, EH30 9SP

Whether you would like a religious, humanist or civil ceremony, there are a number of beautifully romantic locations at Dundas Castle where you can exchange your vows. 

The Great Hall within the medieval Auld Keep is the most popular location for ceremonies; the approach up the spiral staircase creates a sense of occasion, the Hall with its vaulted ceiling and ancient stonework add to the atmosphere of romance.

The elegant Croquet Room provides an altogether different ambience for a wedding ceremony; the impressive open fire, crystal chandelier and outlook across the sweeping lawns of the Estate make this room popular for a more intimate wedding.

Outdoor wedding ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular, and with a choice of settings, there is no reason why you can’t say ‘I do’ in a beautifully serene garden location on the Dundas Estate, or in the charming Courtyard.

Once the formality of the ceremony is over and the celebrations commence, whether you want an intimate candlelit feast for close family and friends in Stag Chamber, a more formal wedding breakfast in the elegant Croquet room or a larger dining celebration with dancing into the night for up to 200 people in the Pavilion, Dundas provides options to suit.  

The front of the Castle is the perfect backdrop for a grand finale, with a marching Scottish pipe band and fireworks lighting up the night sky.

Our expert team will guide you through the planning of your wedding, and make recommendations based on their experience, as to which suppliers would work best with you to make your dream wedding a reality.

During your wedding, our skilled operations team will be discretely by your side throughout the day to ensure that each and every moment is enjoyable, seamless and to plan.

Many couples take full advantage of Dundas Castle being a destination for their wedding; having 17 delightful bedrooms, a wedding is the ideal opportunity to extend the celebration over 2 or 3 nights; time for friends and family to get to know each other better under one roof.

However long you spend at Dundas Castle, as you commence married life together, your time here will be filled with love and laughter, friends and family, each and every one making memories to treasure.

Dundas Castle won the coveted Scottish Wedding Venue of the Year and The Best Wedding Venue in Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders at the 2018 VOWS Awards. 

• 5 Star Exclusive Use Venue • Historic Auld Keep location for your ceremony of up to 110 guests • 17 Luxurious Bedrooms • Luxury Pavilion for your reception of up to 200 guests • Just 10 minutes from Edinbugh Airport, and 25 minutes from Edinburgh city centre • 2 Day Wedding Packages available

Facilities at Dundas Castle

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Stately Home
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Car Parking
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
150 to 250 guests
250 to 400 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator

Dundas Castle Reviews (22)

Perfect Venue for the Perfect Day
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By Natalie Bane, on 09 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 31 Dec 2018

Everything about Dundas is incredible. We got married on Hogmanay 2018 and it was such a special venue to hold our wedding at. We live abroad, so relied on my parents to visit it before paying our deposit and confirming our choice. Their reaction was so overwhelming we couldn't possibly have chosen anywhere else. We were a little apprehensive about not having seen it before we booked, but the excitement that all of our suppliers spoke about the castle with made us feel so much better, but certainly didn't prepare us for just how perfect it is. It difficult to find the words to express our thanks to the staff at Dundas. So many of our guests commented on how amazing they were, which is not something people would normally comment on after a wedding, but is testament to the level of service offered to everyone who attended our wedding. Our suppliers, many of whom were working in the venue for the first time, also commented on how well organised everything was and how great the staff were. Hollie, who helped us plan the wedding, was so warm and helpful throughout all of our communications, and responded to every email and question with the help and support we needed for every part of the wedding. While Rose, who was our operations manager for the day, went above and beyond to make sure everything ran incredibly smoothly throughout the day and that we had a wedding that exceeded our expectations. I honestly can't speak highly enough of everyone involved.

Molly Seed, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 09/01/2019 14:51:09

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Nat and Phil. We are so pleased that you found the wedding planning process easy, despite the fact that you had never been to Dundas before. It was our pleasure to be part of your day and we wish you all the happiness in the future.

Everything was better than expected!
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By Alice & Tom, on 07 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 22 Sep 2018

My husband Tom and I got married at Dundas Castle on September 22, 2018. From our very first visit to the castle through to the day itself, the service we received from the team was impeccable. Morvern and Hollie were always available when we had questions and ensured our family were able to visit the castle ahead of the day itself. They were incredibly organised and made everything so easy, we really felt taken care of throughout. On the day itself, Genevieve was our wedding coordinator and she was nothing short of outstanding! Everything ran like clockwork and nothing was too much trouble, which meant Tom and I could just relax and enjoy the day without having to worry about anything! For most elements of the wedding we used the recommended suppliers Dundas gave us, which meant they communicated with each other directly rather than through Tom and I. I also planned a surprise fireworks display as a wedding present to Tom and all the suppliers kept this a secret right to the last second which was great. Everything was so beautiful and seamless and I just wish we could get married there again!! Also, if you're staying at the castle I would highly recommend the Boathouse to stay in - it's beautiful.

Molly Seed, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 09/01/2019 14:46:30

Thank you so much for your lovely review, Alice and Tom. We are so pleased you enjoyed your wedding at Dundas Castle so much and that you found the planning process easy and stress-free. It was our pleasure to be part of your day and we wish you all the happiness in the future.

Our fairy tale wedding at the Dundas Castle
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By Jenny Zhong, on 24 Aug 2018Date of Wedding - 28 Jul 2018

We had our fairy tale wedding at the Dundas castle on July 28th, 2018. Everything was just perfect. The ceremony was held in the Auld Keep, a 15th century tower that is full of rustic charm; the drinks reception was in the main house, which oozed old-world glamour and luxury; and the wedding breakfast was in the Pavilion that is spacious and airy. Food was absolutely delicious and staff was extremely accommodating and helpful. We hired all the rooms in the castle for family and guests to stay. Every one of them is so gorgeous and special. We couldn't ask for more for our wedding and all the guests kept telling us how "perfect" it was! Thank you Dundas! Special thanks to Fleur, who made the wedding day run seamlessly; Morvern, who helped us a great deal with the wedding preparation, and Laura from Sodexo, the catering provider, who was a dream to work with. All the best, Jenny & Rob

Molly Seed, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 29/08/2018 16:10:00

Thank you so much for you lovely review, Jenny and Rob. We are so pleased you enjoyed your wedding at Dundas Castle so much. It was our pleasure to be part of your day and we wish you all the happiness in the future.

Amazing Venue & Staff
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By Julie Jones, on 25 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 19 Jul 2018

We spent 2 amazing days & nights at Dundas for my son's wedding. I was responsible for the wedding eve celebration and I was very worried about trying to plan it from the US. Hollie assisted me every step of the way with the planning and Gen saw that every detail was carried out as planned. The evening was a huge success!! We entertained 55 people, most of whom travelled from the US. We enjoyed lawn games, a whisky tasting, dinner and a highland dance demonstration. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see everyone having a great time and many of them not wanting to leave at the end of the evening. The wedding day was perfect - even the weather! The ceremony was in the Auld Keep followed by a drinks reception in the castle and dinner & dancing in the pavilion. So many of our guests told me that it was the best wedding that they had ever attended. I think everyone was glad that they made the trip. Dundas is truly beautiful and the staff is awesome. They are like "wedding ninjas" - practically invisible most of the time, but the second you need something, someone is right there. Thank you Dundas staff for your help and your patience. It couldn't have been better!

Molly, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 27/07/2018 09:26:24

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so pleased that your son's wedding was so perfect, it was our pleasure to help plan and run his special day. We wish Allison and Benton a lifetime of happiness together.

The most perfect wedding venue!
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By Luisa & Harry, on 14 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 07 Jul 2018

Words cannot describe how much my husband and I enjoyed our wedding at Dundas Castle. We got married 7th July 2018 and the venue could not have been more perfect. From the initial visit to the wedding itself, the staff continued to impress us with their experience, professionalism and ability to make each and every guest feel at home. Morvern’s exceptional knowledge of Dundas helped us plan the perfect day and Fleur was with us on our wedding day, looking after us and keeping us right throughout the day. The venue and the grounds are absolutely beautiful, there was so much to see that out guest were spoilt for choice. Our guests could not stopping admiring the setting. We were lucky and got a glorious sunny day and had the ceremony in the courtyard which I highly recommend. After the ceremony the guests wandered the house, grounds (which as a field of llamas!), the Auld Keep before moving to the Pavilion for dinner. Dinner was amazing and there was plenty space for our 145 guests and a great dance floor for our ceilidh. Staying the night made the whole day that bit more magical. We can honestly say it was the best day of our lives and it wouldn't have been possible without the team at Dundas Castle. They made every second enjoyable and we did not have to worry about a thing. I could not recommend Dundas Castle highly enough.

Molly, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 17/07/2018 08:55:19

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review, Luisa. It was our pleasure to help you plan and manage the running of your wedding day and we are so glad that the day exceeded your expectations. We wish you and Harry many years of happiness together!

I cannot speak highly enough of Dundas Castle
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By Kerri Watt, on 12 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 25 May 2018

We can’t thank the team at Dundas for all their help and hard work to make our wedding day so special. Hollie was amazing during the planning, from us changing our ceremony location from the auld keep to the courtyard (best decision we made, so lucky with the weather) to letting us have table karaoke which all our guests loved. When the wedding came round Genevieve made us feel so relaxed and at home, she couldn’t do enough to help us no matter how big or small. The rest of the team were amazing, special thanks to Liam for our nightcap both nights we stayed. Our guests are still raving about what a beautiful setting we choose and how amazing the food was (prestige nailed it!). I can’t speak highly enough of Dundas Castle, I just wish we could do it all again!

Molly, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 12/07/2018 10:31:36

Hi Kerri and Stu, Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful wedding day at Dundas, it was our pleasure to help you plan your wedding day and ensure everything ran smoothly on the day. Best wishes from the whole team.

Our whole wedding weekend was magical
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By Susie Seward, on 12 Jul 2018Date of Wedding - 17 Mar 2018

Our whole wedding weekend was magical, from the moment we arrived on Friday afternoon all the way through to waking up to a winter wonderland outside on Sunday morning. The Castle was such a spectacular venue for our special day and we had SO many comments about how wonderful both the Castle and the whole Dundas team were. We really couldn’t fault the service of your team - your friendliness and professionalism made our day that extra bit special! My personal highlights were: - spending the morning getting pampered with my girls in the Winter room. Such a beautifully decorated, warm and cosy room! - The Keep. What a fantastic place to have our ceremony! So many of our guests commented on how it was the most unique wedding ceremony they’d ever been to! - Having our own Scottish Castle for the weekend (not many people can say that!) It was so lovely to be able to have our friends and family under one roof for the whole weekend. A weekend we’ll never forget, in the most spectacular surroundings!

Molly, Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 12/07/2018 14:10:10

Thank you for your wonderful review, Susie. We are so pleased that your wedding was everything you wanted and more. We wish you both all the very best in the future.

Our beautiful December 30th 2017 wedding
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By Emma Grieve, on 12 Jan 2018Date of Wedding - 30 Dec 2017

We couldn’t have asked for a more rememberable day from start to finish. The day run so smoothly, with beautiful scenery and stunning room, it was like being in a fairy tale. All the staff were more then amazing from the planing to the actual day. The whole day was magical and I wish I could do it all again. We will definitely go back and visit this stunning castle and say hello to Sir Jack how is a true gent, and give all the girls in the office a hug.

Hollie, Wedding Events Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 16/01/2018 12:03:32

Hello Emma and Graham, Thank you so much for your lovely review. It really was a pleasure having you and your guests here at the castle in December. Your wedding was truly beautiful! We miss you here at Dundas! Wishing you both all the happiness in the world.

Unforgettable winter wedding at Dundas Castle!
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By Emma Scoular, on 06 Dec 2017Date of Wedding - 25 Nov 2017

From the moment we visited Dundas when looking for wedding venues we felt the warmth of this beautiful castle, and truly felt in incredibly good hands with Hollie & Genevieve who were looking after us. It offered everything we could have wanted for a large wedding, having the reception canapes in the castle itself with the fires lit and the cake cutting by the stairs, then on to a fantastic pavillion for the wedding breakfast and dance itself. Everything was organised perfectly and the day ran without a hitch. The suppliers suggested were top notch and the food and service on the day was also excellent- all of our guests thoroughly enjoyed it and we had so many compliments about the venue and the food. Everyone there managed the day with incredible professionalism but also a friendly smile and a supporting hand- they really made us feel party of the family there and that we were welcome into a special home. We would recommend this venue and the team to anyone looking to have their wedding in a Scottish Castle! Thank You. x

Kara Darling, Sales & Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 06/12/2017 14:13:29

Hi Emma, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic review! We are so thrilled that you had such a fantastic wedding at Dundas Castle and we really appreciate all of your kind comments. Best wishes from all of the team!

Stunning Wedding Venue
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By Hattie Smith, on 30 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 18 Nov 2017

We had a winter wedding at Dundas Castle recently and the whole package is genuinely faultless. The venue is absolutely beautiful but it is the team and service which really sets it apart. The ops team are on hand every step of the way to make the planning and day as perfect as possible, and they really go the extra mile at every turn. I cannot rate this venue highly enough -my husband and I now can’t believe we ever looked anywhere else!

Kara Darling, Sales & Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 01/12/2017 10:02:24

Hi Hattie, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this wonderful review! We are so happy that you had such a great experience at the Castle, it was such a pleasure to be part of your special day. Thank you for choosing Dundas! Best wishes from all of our team.

An amazing weekend
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By Lucy MacKinven, on 28 Nov 2017Date of Wedding - 11 Nov 2017

Everything about our wedding at Dundas Castle was amazing!! First of all, the venue is simply stunning - the driveway and the grounds set the tone from the beginning, then the auld keep is the perfect setting for an intimate ceremony (even with 110 people it felt really intimate) with an amazing atmosphere, the main house (where we had a drinks reception) really shows the grandeur of the Castle but is still cosy and beautiful and the pavilion is the perfect place for the party to start! We had guests coming from all over the World and everyone said it was one of the best venues they had every been to. We stayed in the Castle for the weekend and all the bedrooms and bathrooms are beautifully decorated, each with their own unique feel and with little touches. Our stay at such a beautiful Castle was made so enjoyable by the staff. Morven, Fleur and Genevieve were amazing from start to finish helping us organise our wedding. Nothing was ever too much bother - I never heard the word 'no' once (even when my now husband asked to have the Dundas sword with him all day!) Their co-ordination and support in the run up and on the day made sure everything went smoothly and made the day stress-free for us and our family, I can't thank them enough! We were made to feel like the Castle was our home for the weekend but if we need anything they were there for us. It was a perfect venue for our wedding and I would highly recommend Dundas Castle! Wish we could do it all again!!

Kara Darling, Sales & Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 28/11/2017 10:51:00

Hi Lucy, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! We are so delighted that you had such a wonderful experience, it was a pleasure to have you and Fraser spend you special day at Dundas Castle. Best wishes from all of the team here.

The Best Wedding. Ever.
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By Anne, on 12 Oct 2017Date of Wedding - 30 Sep 2017

My daughter, who works all the time, sent me to scout wedding venues in Scotland. We live in the US but she attended college there and her fiancé is of Scottish heritage. I reviewed 6 venues and Dundas Castle won hands down. It is conveniently located very near the airport and Edinburgh and the Dakota Hotel is near by for putting up extra guests. Also, it was the right scale: the castle and grounds were exquisite, but not too pretentious. They were married in the romantic Auld Keep, a tower built in 1416, which was a perfect size for our 85 guests. We were able to reserve the entire estate from Friday noon to mid-afternoon on Sunday. All the vendors recommended by the wedding team were top rate: the food was excellent, the Planet flowers gorgeous, the Korda String Quartet just beautiful, the band spot on. The fireworks (that everyone managed to keep as a complete surprise from the bride and groom) and the Fife and Drum band were terrific and added a unique, joyful experience to the wedding. Above all, the staff was far more attentive, cheerful and helpful than we had a right to expect. I know they have done this hundreds of times, but we felt we were the most special wedding party ever. Thank you Dundas, for my daughter's truly magical, fairy tale wedding come true, in a most authentic way! So many guests said it was by far the best wedding they had ever attended.

Kara Darling, Sales & Marketing Manager at Dundas Castle responded to this review on 29/11/2017 10:37:24

Hi Anne, thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this fantastic review! We are all blown away by your kind words, and so delighted to hear that you had such a special time at Dundas Castle. Very best wishes to all of you and your family from the whole team.

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