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Winton Castle

Longniddry, Lothian & Borders View map Visit website
Rating 5.0 out of 5
8 reviews
Menus from £120
80 to 400 Guests

About

Winton Castle is a romantic wedding venue half an hour from Edinburgh in East Lothian, that blends castle, palace and family home.

Unlike a hotel, Winton Castle is for your exclusive use. This means that the castle is all yours during your wedding, and we can tailor your wedding celebrations however you'd like them.

The 500 year old Scottish Renaissance castle is a hidden gem, set in colourful gardens, deep in East Lothian countryside just east of Edinburgh. The wedding venue only holds a limited number of weddings each year, ensuring that Winton Castle is still something of a well-kept secret.

Winton has a rich, romantic history with links to the Seton family, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was even burnt to the ground during Henry VIII's 'rough wooing' of Mary Queen of Scots, before being rebuilt during the Scottish Renaissance!

Today Winton Castle is still the family home of Sir Francis and Lady Ogilvy, which means that, despite its grandeur, it has a warm, welcoming, relaxed ambience, described as ‘Intimacy on a grand scale’.

Our wedding packages for 80 people during the day (up to 120 in the evening) with wedding breakfast, evening buffet, drink and accommodation start at about £14,000.

There are also special Winter Wedding packages that start at about £11,500. We'd love to hear from you so that we can help you create your dream wedding.

Winton Castle is now taking bookings for 2023 and 2024 and has only limited availability later in 2022. So, please contact us today so that you don't miss out on your dates.

Designed for Entertaining in the Scottish Renaissance

Designed for entertaining in the seventeenth century, the castle has five exceptional, inter-connecting reception rooms which are ideal for wedding celebrations.

You will have your own dedicated Wedding Coordinator who will help you manage all aspects of planning and running your wedding, including:

  • Pre-wedding food and wine tastings
  • Personalised printed table plans and menu cards
  • Freshly-cut flower bouquets
  • Rehearsal for the wedding ceremony
  • Classic table settings with candelabra

If you're not having your wedding in a church, you can choose to hold a religious, civil or humanist wedding ceremony in the castle or in the gardens.

The castle has space for parties from a minimum of 20 guests up to 84 to 130 guests inside. Alternatively, a wedding marquee is a popular option for 150 to 400 guests. Your bespoke marquee would be set up on our croquet lawn beside the castle, with great views towards the castle and over the terraced gardens and Sir David's Loch.

Winton can also lay on a range of entertaining activities from a mini highland games and whisky tasting, to clay pigeon shooting with Scotland's 24 times champion. Activities are a wonderful way to entertain your guests.

There is luxurious accommodation for up to 50 guests in the castle and across three Winton country houses (subject to availability).

If you love the idea of holding your wedding at a romantic Scottish castle, please contact the friendly Wedding Team at Winton to arrange your visit or a virtual tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

Venue Type:

Exclusive Use
In the Country
Sporting
Unusual Weddings
Asian Wedding
Castle
Stately Home
Historic
Marquees and Tents
Woodland and Festival
Civil Ceremony Licence
Outdoor License
Unique Weddings

Dining Options:

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

Evening Entertainment:

Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Other Features:

Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Helipad
Allows fire ceremony
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
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    Gary B. Married on 23/04/2022
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    Incredible Wedding Venue!

    As a wedding photographer I get to work at many beautiful venues all over the country. Last week I had the pleasure of working at the incredible Winton House, to say I was blown away would be quite the understatement. As weddings venues go Winton House is just perfect, the grounds are simply incredible and there are never ending photographic opportunities, the gardens are beautifully manicured and this is also amazing for photographs! Inside the castle itself it just gets better, the ornate surroundings are breathtaking and if I am being honest I would say that this is my new favourite wedding venue to work at. I want to finish off by mentioning the staff, throughout the wedding a shot last week the young staff were incredibly accommodating. Myself and the videographers were looked after extremely well, this was made evident during the wedding breakfast when all the staff were running upstairs with the wedding courses, we were constantly asked if everything was okay and did we need anything else, we were treated like wedding guests and this was so refreshing especially with the chaos of feeding 130 wedding guests.

    The history of Winton House is mind blowing, parts of the original building date back to the 15th century and the stories have to be heard to be believed, just incredible.

    I cannot wait to head back to this beautiful wedding venue, I will be raving about Winton House for some time to come!

    Gary Bonar Photography
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    Rachelamun Married on 19/02/2022
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    Perfect Fairytale Castle Wedding Venue

    We chose Winton as our wedding venue after a long search and several viewings of other castles in and around Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. Having dreamed of getting married in a castle since I was a little girl, I had a very clear idea of what I/we wanted. We were drawn to the fact that it allows you have the entire wedding inside and on one floor (We had 65 guests during the day and another 12 evening guests), as well as having a great winter wedding offer. Having several rooms (Library, Drawing Room, Dining Room, etc) available for socialising during the evening as opposed to just a reception hall and dining room allowed guests to sit-down and chat without being drowned out by the disco music and the bathrooms on the main floor are great for guests who can't do stairs very easily (accessibility is a real concern to be accounted for at a castle wedding).

    It truly was the perfect spot, we had many compliments from guests at how amazing the venue was. Fay and the Winton wedding team were a pleasure to work with, they were great at keeping in touch regularly during the planning process and were flexible when we had guests cancellations at the last minute because of Storm Eunice. They also arranged for us to have access to the castle roof for pictures with their famous chimneys at the groom’s request. They only do 20 weddings a year so that they can truly focus on each couple; you can really tell that they are not just a wedding factory, they really do care about you having the best experience possible. Throughout the day Fay was great at checking on me and willing to take any issues off my hands to deal with herself so that I could get on with enjoying myself. The castle itself is kept in great condition and the family really want you to feel like it's home while you are there, you are free to look at the books on the shelf in the library, and sit on the fancy couches and chairs. I didn't really need to splash out on decorations since the castle itself has more than enough going on to occupy your guests. We met the owner, Sir Francis, several times and he was very friendly and said if we were in the area to be sure to pop by and say hi in the future, a stark difference from several of the other venues we viewed.

    The Bridal suite is a beautiful room with a four-poster bed, lots of space and a massive bathroom that probably has the same square footage as our flat! Because we were married in February it was also remarked several times that it was 'surprisingly' warm inside, I guess people are used to the idea of drafty and cold castles, not at Winton! Sad that my wedding day went by in a flash I could have easily stayed forever! It was exactly the wedding we wanted, and more, and a huge part of that was down to picking the right spot. I look forward to being able to go back in the future and reminisce about the day.
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    Vici R. Married on 22/02/2020
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    Best. Day. Ever.

    What a hidden gem! Winton Castle itself is absolutely beautiful. They sell themselves as having intimacy on a grand scale and they totally do. We had about 60 day guests and another 30 or so along for the evening. Rae, our coordinator, was incredibly welcoming, flexible and thoughtful. Throughout the whole experience, she was positive, creative and organised. The small details really matter in wedding planning, and Winton always hit the right notes. At the menu tasting, we hadn't thought that we'd be tasting the wines so were offered the bottles to take home with us after having a couple of sips. And when we were not sure, Rae arranged for an alternative bottle to be hand-delivered to our house. Amazing service! Rae was open to all sorts of left-field ideas, too, and helped us bring out our creativity. The whole day was incredibly smooth and I'm not aware of a single thing that went wrong. Our guests all said they had an amazing time, were justifiably impressed with the venue and a few even said our wedding was one of the best they'd been to. Even our ceilidh band were grinning at the end of the night! An honourable mention has to go to the catering staff, who were so slick - it almost looked choreographed when they were serving each course.
    Overall, we felt that we got a really personal experience from Winton and that they cared about us, our vision for the day and about providing the best possible experience. I challenge any venue to top that.

    Winton Castle's reply:

    Thank you so much Vici! I am delighted that we were able to help provide such special memories for you. Best wishes to you and Steve and stay in touch.
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    Louise W. Married on 08/02/2020
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    Spectacular venue, perfect atmosphere!

    We had an amazing February wedding despite it blowing a gale outside. The beautiful Winton Castle lived up to our every expectation, it looked amazing, felt homely yet special, gave us enough room to move but without getting lost and gave us a fabulous night of ceildih dancing! The whisky tasting in the cellar was a real hit with the guests and gave us a few minutes to have a tipple and relax. The team were supportive and helpful and met all of our needs without hesitation. Lord Ogilvy popped by to see us at breakfast (which was delicious!), which was much appreciated. The castle accommodation is perfect, with lovely authentic rooms fit for princess! Our families and friends stayed in the self catering cottages, which they absolutely loved and it was great to have them close by. My husband took his mind of the nerves with some wedding-morning clay pigeon shooting, which the boys loved! Most certainly a venue to make you feel special on your precious day and to give you bundles of wonderful memories and photographs. Very very highly recommended.

    Winton Castle's reply:

    Louise, thank you so much for your lovely words. I am so glad that you and your families had such a special weekend here on the Estate, despite the weather! Wishing you and Ian all the best.
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    Kate R. Married on 15/02/2020
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    Perfect wedding weekend at Winton Castle!

    My husband and I got married at Winton Castle in February 2020, it was the most special day and weekend we could have imagined! The castle is such a beautiful venue, the room layout flows perfectly and it felt both grand and homely with the fires lit. Every room is beautiful - so there was no need to decorate them much further; we chose to add some table decorations and that’s it.
    With infinite thanks to the Winton staff, particularly our wedding planner Rae, the event ran smoothly from the day we first contacted Winton! We didn’t have to worry about anything; on our wedding day, I was confident that Rae and the Team had it all organised, they did and it all happened effortlessly!

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    Rae was absolutely fantastic! She kept us on-track, asking all the right questions and prompting for information in plenty of time - it never felt stressful. There was never any pressure or ‘up-selling’. Rae just seemed to understand exactly the type of wedding day we wanted, and arranged everything in such a calm way. Thank you!

    Accommodation:
    My family (9 adults, 2 children) stayed in Winton Cottage for the long weekend and were delighted with the accommodation from arrival to departure. It felt like a home, and there was plenty of space for everyone!
    I slept at the Cottage the night before the wedding (Friday night) which worked so well. There was plenty of space for some quiet time which was lovely! The Winton Team were very accommodating, providing extra towels for my husband and two Best Men to get showered and ready at the Cottage after I had left.
    I’d definitely stay there again for a holiday!

    On the day:
    I woke up having slept well in the Cottage, I had plenty of time for a relaxed breakfast with everyone and zero worries about transport to the venue! My dad then drove me, my sisters and our things (2mins drive/ ~700m) to the Castle where we got ready in one of the gorgeous bedrooms in the Castle! There was plenty of room for us and to have our make-up artist and hairdresser both working their magic at the same time. Our photographer had worked at Winton Castle many times before so he knew what he was doing.

    The Winton staff were brilliant! Rae was a calm and friendly face before entering the wedding ceremony!
    Throughout the day, the Winton staff were friendly and attentive but you also barely knew they were there - delivering excellent service without any fuss!
    On such a quick day, they made sure there were opportunities for my husband and I to have a few minutes to ourselves, to take it all in which we loved. We stayed overnight in the Castle in the beautiful bedroom and bathroom (we’d love to stay again!). Having a leisurely breakfast in the ceremony room the morning after was lovely and allowed us to soak up how special our wedding day was.

    Thanks again to all of the Winton Team x
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    Brenda Married on 08/05/2019
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    The best wedding weekend

    I just wanted to email to say thank you so much for the best weekend we could have asked for. Our wedding renewal went perfectly. Everybody is talking about how brilliant the staff were at Winton castle.
    Nothing was too much trouble and they were so helpful with the adults and the children.

    You all really made our weekend one we will never forget and for that we will be forever grateful…

    Thank you again for all your hard work.
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    Emily Married on 06/04/2019
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    Everyone made to feel very welcome and comfortable

    We had a fantastic time!! We really can’t overstate enough how welcome and comfortable not only the two of us but also all our guests felt at Winton Castle.

    You, Lexi, and the rest of the staff members were so helpful and accommodating to all our requests, and you especially made the day of the wedding itself go off without a hitch. Thank you so much for everything!

    Thanks so much once again and best wishes.
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    Jennifer Married on 16/03/2019
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    The best wedding they had been to

    We’re still sitting going over the day and can’t believe how perfect it was from start to finish. We’ve been visiting relatives with all the leftovers and every single one of them can’t praise Winton and you enough. They have all said it’s the best wedding they’ve ever been to!

    They have been going over and over all the small details of the day and are amazed at how perfect Winton is. Walking into Winton for the drinks reception with the music, smell, fires and the warmest welcome was just magical.

    Chris and I are so grateful and want to thank you again for your hard work – it didn’t go unnoticed. We were so impressed when we approached you with a query or problem to find you already had it in hand. A true professional!

    Please pass our heartfelt thanks onto Fay for making our midnight snack, taking photos after everyone had left which we really love and for giving us the perfect end to the day, Lexi for such a warm welcome at the drinks reception and for popping in at night just to say hello.

    Please thank all the other staff and waiting team at Winton who impressed everyone and made our wedding perfect. Despite being so young, the waiting team were so professional and very very friendly. Our families and guests were amazed. You are all wonderful!

    “The whole experience was first class and we wish we could do it all again! We both would describe Winton as a 5 star venue run by family..

    We’re so proud to be part of the Winton family and can’t wait to visit in April!

    With all our thanks and best wishes.

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Why don’t you take advantage of our amazing Winter Wedding Package for a winter wedding at Winton Castle in January or February?

Assuming 80 guests, your wedding would include everything you need for a superb celebration:

  • Exclusive Use of Winton Castle from 8:30am until midnight
  • Fire pits and open fires to welcome and warm guests
  • Ceremony in our beautiful, Scottish Renaissance Drawing Room (if required)
  • Reception with drinks and canapes throughout the Castle
  • 3 course wedding breakfast with wine (worth over £5,000)
  • Ballroom for ceilidh or disco dancing (band not included)
  • Evening buffet for up to 130 guests
  • Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks, tea and coffee
  • Personalised flag flying from our tower
  • Complete event management before and during your wedding


Just £11,500 for Jan or Feb 2022 or 2023.

This represents a very valuable saving of over £2,500 on our already competitive wedding packages. Definitely enough to buy a wedding dress or spend on a ceilidh band, and more…!

And, please ask us about winter wedding packages for other numbers of guests. We can host parties of 20 to 130 in the castle.

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