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Real wedding proposals in Scotland

For many people, one of life’s most memorable moments is when they get engaged. For me it was made extra special by my boyfriend’s excellent choice of Scottish location, so I thought I’d see where some of my VisitScotland colleagues answered that all important question. As you can see, it looks like romantic outdoor locations are very in vogue in Scotland!

Looking past a large boulder to an ivy-clad castle poking out above trees

Dunollie Castle,Argyll

The castle proposal: Miriam’s ruin with a view
Dunollie Castle, Oban, Argyll

During a relaxing autumn holiday by Loch Linnhe in Argyll, my boyfriend Tim and I took an afternoon trip to Oban, which we previously visited at the very beginning of our relationship. We headed for Dunollie Castle, an ivy-clad ruin up a hill on the edge of the coastal town, and found that since our last visit they had opened a museum and started some conservation work. The castle offered stunning views over Oban bay, the Isle of Kerrera, and across to Mull. On leaving I turned round to say something to Tim and he was down on one knee! Even though the rain came down it was a perfect spot for us, somewhere connected with our past that we can visit again in future.

Revellers sit on hay and watch a performance on a stage with a sign reading 'Kelburn Garden Party' on it.

Kelburn Garden Party, Ayrshire

The festival proposal: Francesca’s moonlight delight
Kelburn Garden Party at Kelburn Castle, Ayrshire

After a weekend of glorious sunshine, wild swimming, dancing under the moonlight and exploring the grounds of the unusual graffiti-clad Kelburn Castle, my somewhat nervous boyfriend Blair asked me to go for a walk. We meandered towards the stables and looked out towards the Firth of Clyde, down to the village of Largs, over to Millport, and farther to the Isle of Arran. As I perched on a fence admiring a dusky, dramatic sky, Blair got down on one knee and popped the question! The quirkiness of the castle and the sheer beauty of the flora and fauna surrounding it… well, let’s just say it was the perfect spot for an unexpected proposal!

Two plastic cups are clinked together, with the sea and sunset in the background

A toast on Arisaig beach, The Highlands

The beach proposal: Lauren’s toast on the coast
Arisaig, Lochaber, The Highlands

My usually un-romantic boyfriend Stuart excelled himself when he asked me to marry him on the beach at Arisaig at sunset! We were camping at Sunnyside Croft Touring Site and decided to head to the beach with a bottle of red wine to escape our noisy camping neighbours! As the tide was rapidly coming in, he dropped down on one knee and asked the all-important question! Of course I said yes. We toasted our news straight after, even if it was with plastic camping cups!

The wedding couple share a kiss with Loch Lomond in the background.

Outside Luss Church, Loch Lomond

Stacie’s loch-side proposal and wedding Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

I got engaged at Loch Lomond in April 2013 and then married at the same location at the end of December. It’s such a scenic place and is where we always hang out in the summer, so it was the perfect place for the proposal and the wedding! For our engagement, Nicholas organised a surprise break to Cameron House at Loch Lomond and, after a walk along the shores he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. We got married at Luss Church followed by a reception at The Cruin which are both on the banks of Loch Lomond.

Love is in the air

If you’re planning on getting married in Scotland, why not visit a wedding show or fair, such as The Scottish Wedding Show on 20-21 February at the SECC in Glasgow?

If you’re planning a traditional Scottish wedding, why not check out our new Recipes eBook for inspiration for tasty dishes to serve up at your big day?!

Check out our inspirational wedding pages for some great venue ideas.


  • Lisa

    Last April, whilst on holiday from Wales, we had taken a trip out to the Argyll forest to
    Visit Dunan’s Castle. I had bought my then boyfriend a ‘foot of land’ as a Christmas present as part of the renovation of the ruin and we wanted to visit the site.

    I had imagined it to be a preserved museum type castle, but was surprised to see the project in its infancy so there was no way of entering the building. We therefore took a slow walk around the ruin and as we returned to the main entrance, he took my hand, got down on one knee and asked me in Welsh to marry him… The place was deserted and the sun was just setting over The Trossachs, it was the single most amazing moment of my life…

    We are getting married in 9 weeks time. It is in a Welsh Castle and Scotland and its culture is playing a big part in the day….


    • Miriam Brand-Spencer

      Hi Lisa, that’s a lovely story! It sounds so romantic and the castle looks stunning. Congratulations and all the best for the big day!

  • Therese Olsson

    Lovely! We got engaged in Scotland too. In September 2009 at Eilean Donan Castle. My partner and I had agreed that getting engaged was our next step so we have arranged for the rings before we traveled to Scotland. We rented a car and I drove us around the countryside outside Inverness. As a last minute thing, my partner said that since we both love Eilean Donan Castle, maybe that would be a great spot. So we went there and on the beach overlooking the castle we exchanged rings. We made it back to return the rental in Inverness just 10 minutes before due time. The next day we took the scenic route by train from Fort William to Glasgow and just enjoyed taking everything slow and spending time. We’re from Sweden btw.

    • Miriam Brand-Spencer

      Thanks for sharing Therese! That sounds really special. Glad to hear that Scotland holds such a special memory for you.

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