Duns Castle, dating from the 14th Century, is an idyllic Scottish venue for a fairy-tale castle wedding, where every booking of the Castle is given exclusive use. The 1200-acre estate boasts its own nature reserve complemented by extensive forest trails, bespoke outdoor activities and cultural experiences. Family owned since 1696, the property has stunningly beautiful public rooms, 12 unique bedrooms and 7 holiday cottages (all within easy walking distance of the castle), providing on-site accommodation for up to 56 guests. The castle can comfortably seat 60 for dinner and welcome 100 for cocktails while the extensive lawns offer numerous possibilities for marquees and larger events.
Your day is our priority and what is important to you is important to us. Here at Duns Castle, every wedding is unique and we are here to support and advise you along the way so that every aspect of the occasion meets with your vision, your needs and your expectations.
As you will discover when you visit us for the first time, Duns Castle Estate is a haven of timeless beauty and tranquility, at one with nature and blessed with stunning backdrops for the ceremony, for the celebration and for the photographs that you will treasure throughout your lives. Furthermore, the ability to accommodate up to 56 guests on the estate creates almost a village atmosphere. It is perhaps not surprising the castle recently starred in a global campaign linked to Disney's Beauty and the Beast and has provided the location for numerous feature films.
Duns is also a hugely symbolic wedding venue, for were it not for the Covenanters who amassed their Scottish forces here in 1639, Scotland may not have retained her freedom of worship. Here we welcome all faiths and are licensed for both civil and religious ceremonies. Some couples prefer to be married in the castle, overlooking the nature reserve, while others choose to be married on the lawn or by the water’s edge with the castle as the backdrop. The choice is yours and we will adapt accordingly.
Dinner in the main 14th century dining hall is a memorable occasion; we provide good freshly prepared Scottish produce prepared by our panel of award-winning preferred caterers with whom we invite you to liaise directly. We will help you plan the entire day and our staff will ensure that it runs seamlessly.
In addition to delivering high quality service, we have also already identified a selection of the best service providers that Scotland, and particularly the Borders region, has to offer. These include caterers, photographers, musicians, florists, hairdressers and beauticians as well as entertainers, outdoor activity providers and coach companies - all designed to make the planning an enjoyable experience for you, stress-free and quality assured. You may even wish to plant a tree in the grounds to mark your special occasion.
The castle offers amazing value and is just over one hour from Edinburgh and 25 minutes from Berwick-upon-Tweed railway station which is on the main line and only 3.5 hours from London Kings Cross.
Reviews for Duns Castle
Recommended by 100% of couples
Alan & Danielle · Married on 22/06/2018
We flew our closest friends and family in from the U.S. and stayed at Duns Castle for a week with the wedding ceremony at the tail end of our stay. It was a fantastic adventure to bond our families together and show them everything there is to love about Scotland. My wife and I attended the University of Edinburgh for our MS degrees and fell in love with Scotland with all its serene castles and picturesque landscapes. Knowing we wanted to marry in Scotland we took several years to plan our perfect wedding at the most beautiful castle we could find. Duns was superb in every way providing excellent accommodation, handling all our requests and suggesting various services to help our wedding and entire stay to be magical.Sent on 13/11/2018
Duns Castle's reply:Dear Alan and Danielle, thank you for your kind words which are greatly appreciated. We are very happy to have been able to play a part in your wonderful wedding celebrations. We wish you every future happiness together and hope we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Duns Castle in the near future.
Emily MacAnlis · Married on 09/06/2018
Fairy Tale Wedding
I recently got married at Duns Castle and had a perfect wedding and a beautiful time. I searched for awhile to find the right spot, because I wanted an exclusive location that wasn't too hard to get to, had some history, and would accommodate my crazy family and friends. And Duns is perfect!!! It is even more stunning than the photos in person, if you can believe it, and the décor is simply gorgeous. You really feel as if you're staying in a historic castle and everything is beautifully maintained. We rented out the castle for a Friday/Saturday night, booked all the cottages, and had some people stay at the inn at Duns. Friday night was Kilt & Casino night in the drawing room, the company that came to the castle did an amazing job. To do dinner easily, we picked up sandwiches and pastries from the bakery in town. I also used the local florist Scentiments and I cannot recommend them enough.. On the big day, we did skeet shooting with Stuart Elworthy. We got married in the drawing room by the Scottish Registrar, and Aline perfectly arranged the room so my mother could play the grand piano as my entrance. We had Regis Catering do our dinner and I was told my multiple people it was the best catered meal they've had at a wedding. Lorraine Ross, our photographer, got some beautiful shots of us atthe lake. I had a 2 person band setup outside the dining room next to the bar and Aline arranged speakers outside for everyone to enjoy. Alot of detail, but I arranged everything by email and phone and it went perfectly. Long story short, if you want to have a beautiful wedding in a Scottish Castle, I very much recommend this venue.Sent on 07/11/2018
Duns Castle's reply:Emily, thank you for your kind and comprehensive review. It is always a pleasure to see our suppliers receiving a mention as they do a wonderful job and I am sure they will appreciate it. We have very fond memories of your wedding and were so impressed by your creativity and the efforts you went to in the interests of your guests (not least the personalised notes you had designed for the casino evening!). Stephen is delightful and the two of you are so clearly made for each other. Thank you for choosing Duns Castle and we wish you both and your wonderful families and friends every future happiness.
Holly Karnofsky · Married on 05/06/2018
Wedding of Our Dreams!
These will forever remain the greatest and most magical 3 days of my life. Duns Castle is an incredible venue for a wedding. 27 of our closest family and friends travelled from Canada and everyone was blown away from their very first view of the castle. Mr & Mrs. Hay make sure that everything goes off without a hitch. They truly care about the castle and all of their guests that attend. The staff on site is also wonderful. The breakfast, bar service (they stocked the bar with whatever we wished), grounds (especially in June, the flowers on the grounds are incredible), cottages (all within walking distance and have all the necessities for a comfortable stay) and rooms (all decorated beautifully) are all impeccable. They were not opposed to any of our requests and did their absolute best to accommodate us and our wishes. I would recommend Duns Castle to anyone who wishes to get married in Scotland. We cannot wait to visit again!Sent on 15/11/2018
Duns Castle's reply:Dear Holly, thank you for your kind words. There was so much happiness in the air at your wedding and we were really privileged to host these "most magical 3 days" at Duns Castle. The wedding photos of you and Matthew, and indeed your wonderful guests, have really captured the spirit of celebration and the emotion of it all. May the magic continue to follow you both on your journey together and we greatly look forward to seeing you again.