From snow-capped castles to rustic barns awash with fairy lights, Scotland knows how to host a wedding. And a magical one at that. Under Scots law you can get married anywhere at any time, so all you need is your partner in crime and a keen sense of wanderlust. Whether fairytale classic ceremony or off-kilter in the wild-type shindig, swoon over the most gorgeous Scottish wedding destinations.
Myres Castle is a scene straight from a dream. Couples can weave their love story with the history of this beautiful castle, located in Auchtermuchty. Between the rose-embellished Vatican Garden, soulful 200-year-old beach tree and charming apple store, there are plenty of spots to tie the knot. Embellished with countless necklaces of twinkling fairy lights and lanterns, the airy rustic Barnquee was crafted from local Larch wood and also features Chiavari lime wash chairs, fire pits, pillars and fun pizza oven. #weddinggoals
Myres Castle, Station Rd, Fife, Scotland +44 1337 828350
A mesmerising building graced with cascading spiraling steps and spellbinding cityscape views, The Lighthouse is the first public commission of Glasgow golden boy Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Viewing Platform is a wonderfully intimate spot for smaller weddings, while the OrangeBox Gallery offers a little more room to elaborate. Creative couples and architecture aficionados will be on cloud nine.
The Lighthouse, 56 Mitchell St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 276 5365
A secret love hideout, Marlin’s Wynd, with its exposed brick walls and intimate feels, is a charming subterranean venue in the form of a Georgian reception room and vaulted cellars. The cellars date back to the 1540s and help set the scene for an exclusive evening of memorable entertainment. It’s perfect for those in search of a unique venue, and the mood lighting is on point.
Marlin’s Wynd, 34A Blair St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 510 4414
Situated in the Scottish Highlands near Ben Nevis and Fort William, Nevis Range is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. This mountain ski resort hosts year-round activity from winter sports to world class mountain bike trails and boasts the UK’s only mountain gondola. With a myriad of designated indoor and outdoor mountain areas to choose from, the only cold feet here are from not wearing thick enough socks! True adrenaline junkies can follow in the footsteps of the couple who got married at the top of Aonach Mor before skiing down together after, wearing a kilt and traditional white dress of course!
Marriage is an adventure, and there’s no better place to kick off the journey than in the otherworldly grounds of Jupiter Artland, based on the estate of Bonnington House. Meticulously manicured landscape installations compliment the enticing spread of other artworks, each of which hold the key to a different story.
The Lodge on Loch Goil
Rustic or timeless, low-key or lavish, The Lodge on Loch Goil has that extra something that draws you in like a magnet. Adorned with antiques and arts and crafts furniture, this five-star luxury lodge is both atmospheric and fun. The star of the show, however, is the Treehouse, with its hypnotic loch views and wildly romantic essence.
The Lodge on Loch Goil, Lochgoilhead, Argyll, Scotland +44 1436 672881
An unsurpassable location for hardcore Game of Thrones fans who fancy being crowned King and Queen of the North, Doune Castle starred as Winterfell in the pilot episode. Dating back to the 14th century, this Scottish courtyard castle is filled with character, as expressed in its acting career cameos in GOT, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Outlander. The Great Hall, with its central hearth, minstrels’ gallery and wonderfully restored wooden roof, is fit for a feast. Impeccably preserved, Duke’s Hall boasts period furniture, a double fireplace, 19th century paneling, a carved oak screen, musicians’ gallery and makes for a dreamy ceremony spot.
Doune Castle, Castle Hill, Doune, Scotland +44 1786 841742
Isle of Skye
An otherworldly pocket of untainted terrain quilted with sculptural mountains and brooding seascapes, the Isle of Skye is a portal to paradise. And a fairytale destination for those wishing to elope as one. Whether a wedding for two set amidst the Fairy Pools (followed by wild swimming) or a boat cruise around the breathtaking Loch Coruisk, Skye is romance in landform.
Those yearning to tie the knot with sand between their toes and the lulling sounds of swirling Scottish swells should look no further than Harvest Moon. Graced with towering dunes and dustings of glistening sand, this beach haven boasts treehouses and safari tents suited to relaxed beach weddings. These luxury glamping abodes, situated in a striking suntrap overlooking the beach, come with all the mod cons and unleash the inner adventurer in everyone.
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