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  • Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Isle of Arran
    Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park, Isle of Arran
  • The beautiful exterior of House for an Art Lover, Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
    The beautiful exterior of House for an Art Lover, Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh
  • Wedding ceremony and reception at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
    Wedding ceremony and reception at Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
  • The Tall Ship, Glasgow
    The Tall Ship, Glasgow
  • Traigh Shanndaigh near Eoropie, Lewis
    Traigh Shanndaigh near Eoropie, Lewis

In Scotland, it’s possible to get married in a wide range of locations. Picking the right venue for you can really make your wedding day a unique event which reflects your desires as a couple and creates memories which will last a lifetime. Whether you want to create a rustic festival theme, a serene loch-side ceremony or get exclusive use of your favourite museum, you’ll find it in Scotland.

Historically unique venues

Ranging from large palatial hotels with fairy tale features, to small forts with a more homely lodge feel, each Scottish castle  venue is a unique wedding location with its own tale to tell.  If you’re looking for a venue with a more unusual edge, then a historic ruin might be just what you’re looking for. Walking down the aisle of an old castle, abbey or cathedral will create a sense of occasion and make for dramatic photographs. Guests will feel as though they’ve stepped straight into a storybook as they cross a moat, fill a great hall or enter a woodland chapel for your ceremony.

Rustic wedding ideas

Choose a venue in the country for a scenic ceremony and a unique festival feel at your reception. A number of farms offer accommodation and even converted barns for a really charming celebrations including hay bales, fairy lights and horse-drawn carts.

For an intimate family wedding, you could book a traditional cottage featuring home-cooked food and post-ceremony walks in the surrounding countryside. With loch-side treehouses, rural museums, quaint village halls and woodland cabins, rural Scotland offers a great range of venues for couples who want something a bit different.

Romantic island venues

Perhaps you’d like to whisk your guests to islands such as the Isles of Arran, Rhum and Mull to discover the beaches, hills, wildlife and great local produce? Imagine a ceremony with stunning waterside views and everyone gathering round a bonfire on the beach at the end of the day.

Whether you want to charter a boat to a small island for your ceremony, or have your whole wedding at a luxury island hotel, you’ll find that the island’s character will help to inspire your day, from local food and favours, to fun activities for guests.

Weddings at themed venues

An inspirational venue can help you to create a unique wedding theme. Why not choose a venue which reflects a mutual interest, such as a football ground, whisky distillery, golf resort, brewery, animal park or another visitor attraction?

Lovers of Scottish literature could book a historic venue associated with famous poets, such as Robert Burns, or well-known authors, like Sir Walter Scott. Include readings from the writers as part of your ceremony, take your table names from their works and let your wardrobe be guided by the era in which they lived. You could even book a venue designed by a famous architect, such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Elegant Georgian town houses, stately homes with 1930’s decor, art galleries and museums are unusual venues which can really set the scene for the day. Look to your future as husband and wife during a reception at a science centre, watch as your guests enjoy exploring the exhibits at a museum or reflect your Scottish roots at a clan, regiment or a local museum.

Following a ceremony at a traditional Highland lodge, guests from near and far will love a fun Scottish-themed activity, such as a mini Highland Games, whisky tasting or a ceilidh.

Unique transport and weddings

Did you know that it’s possible to get married aboard a boat in Scottish waters? A chartered boat around the coast or a canal would both make for a unique wedding venue. Or you could reach a riverside venue on speed boat, or cross a loch in a rowing boat after your ceremony.

For a sense of occasion, choose one of Scotland’s historic ships which are moored in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. Other options include restaurant boats on waterways and at docks such as Leith in Edinburgh.

Another elegant option is to incorporate a steam train in to your day, as a mode of transport, or even as a venue for your reception – some can be hired exclusively and have on-board catering carriages.

There is a great range of wedding transport to choose from in Scotland; from the traditional horse and cart or classic car to more unexpected options, including arrival by sea plane, vintage bus, helicopter and hot air balloon. Transport museums also help to set a quirky tone to your wedding day, and make a great option for fun wedding photos.

Seaside venues

Pick an unusual seaside wedding venue for a sublime coastal wedding in Scotland. Choose former lighthouses and old fishing cottages for a ceremony with historic roots, seaside ballrooms and piers for old-world charm, beaches for natural backdrops, or even a reception in an aquarium.

Outdoor wedding venues

If you’ve always dreamed of having your ceremony set against spectacular natural scenery, then having an outdoor venue on your wedding day is a great option. Celebrate your whole day outside with a hilltop panorama and a yurt as your evening reception venue, or select an estate or a garden which offers both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Find more unusual venues and start planning your dream wedding today.

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  1. Balgonie Castle




    • 3 Castle
    3 Castle


  2. Inchcolm Abbey


    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys


    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction


    Inchcolm Abbey was established as a priory by David I and later became an abbey in 1235.

  3. Elgin Cathedral


    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys


    • 4 Historic Attraction
    4 Historic Attraction


    Lying in Scotland's north-east, this magnificent ruin dates back to the 13th century.

  4. Dunglass Estate


    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys



    A unique and romantic wedding venue in East Lothian, with a beautiful Gothic church, stylish marquee, luxury accommodation and spectacular grounds.

  5. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction


    Clan Donald Skye offers a truly exceptional venue for a Scottish Wedding.

  6. Dryburgh Abbey


    Churches, Cathedrals & Abbeys


    • 5 Historic Attraction
    5 Historic Attraction

    St Boswells

    Dryburgh Abbey accommodates religious and humanist wedding ceremonies. Civil licences can be applied for from the council.


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