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The BoatHouse at Dougarie

Ayrshire, Dumfries Galloway & Ayrshire View map Visit website
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Starting at £2,400
10 to 200 Guests


The Boathouse at Dougarie is a dreamy wedding venue situated on the Isle of Arran, Scotland. Only two hours door to door from Glasgow, this stunning beach-side property is beautifully perched on the west coast of the island and provides couples with a tranquil and scenic setting for intimate weddings. This boathouse was originally used as a sporting lodge, within the Dougarie Estate, for the 11th Duke of Hamilton from 1850 onwards. Now owned and operated by local islanders, this venue has been renovated to the highest standards. The building flawlessly blends the site’s historical importance with modern-day amenities.

Facilities and Capacity

The Boathouse elegantly looks over the coastline and offers spectacular panoramic views that are mostly untouched by civilisation. Wedding ceremonies can take place anywhere within the Dougarie Estate grounds. Many couples choose to marry on the beach in front of the boathouse, or there is a stunning circular castellated area directly to the side of the boathouse. You can even get married by the magical Loch Lorsa on the estate. The boathouse's interior is complete with many original, rustic features with a contemporary finish, ideal for 21st-century celebrations. The boathouse can accommodate weddings of up to 80 guests. A marquee can be used for those wishing to host more family and friends. Summertime festivities can also make use of the rustic outdoor setting with the clean island air gently sweeping the beautiful landscape. Additional facilities at the venue include exclusive use of five houses that can sleep up to 35 altogether. These luxury victorian-style homes have been renovated by Ayrshire and Arran suppliers, to include en-suite bedrooms, a full kitchen, living area, dining room, and more. Other accommodation includes the historic castle towers, the quaint farm cottage, and more.

Services Offered

Upon booking your big day at The Boathouse at Dougarie, a wedding coordinator can help ensure that you get the most out of this one-of-a-kind site. The local members of staff can also assist in the running of your event, making sure that your celebration runs as smoothly as possible. There are also a variety of sporting packages available depending on the time of year. These collections include water sports, wild walks, sea fishing, archery, lobster potting, and golf days.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Coastal Weddings
Unusual Weddings
Stately Home
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Civil Ceremony Licence
Outdoor License
Tipis and Yurts
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Corkage Option
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Wedding Coordinator

Venue Leisure Facilities:


Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Allows fire ceremony
Pets Welcome
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Small intimate weddings at The Boathouse 2022/23

Midweek Venue Hire Offers £2,900

subject to availability for any midweek dates (Monday – Thursday) throughout the whole of 2022

Weekend dates November – March 2022/23 £3,400

Up to 30 people class as a small intimate wedding

What’s included in our Venue hire only:

  • Rustic Wooden Trestle Tables and Chairs
  • Fairy lights and bespoke lighting inside and outside
  • Free use of Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth speaker system throughout The Boathouse
  • iPad for your Spotify Playlists
  • Catering Kitchen
  • Beautiful views over to the Mull of Kintyre
  • Point of contact throughout your booking process and event
  • Preferred Suppliers List with recommended and trusted Catering Companies and Local Business
  • Private Car park for guests
  • Warm heating
  • Use of Estate grounds for Photographic opportunities
  • Accommodation Packages in the Local Hotel

Enquiry today for availability in 2022 or to book a private viewing of The Boathouse at Dougarie, Isle of Arran.


Dougarie Estate Office, Machrie, Isle of Arran Ka27 8eb Ayrshire (Dumfries Galloway & Ayrshire)

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