Castle wedding venues in Scotland
Scotland is a perfect place to get married. Not only you can have your wedding ceremony anywhere you want – at the seaside, on the hill, by the loch or in the forest, but abundance of castles means there is a wide choice of castle wedding venues in Scotland too. These historic buildings and castle style hotels are easily accessible from Edinburgh or Glasgow. So if you are not into rustic barn venues or relaxed village halls you can consider having a wedding in the Scottish castle.
Castles to get married in Scotland can be found in every country, from the Scottish Borders to Isle of Skye. Here is a list of my favourites I have visited as a wedding photographer.
Castle wedding venues Edinburgh
15th century fortress situated in Gorebridge just outside the city. It is a stunning wedding venue for an exclusive hire and includes twelve bed chambers for guests staying overnight. The Great Hall, 12m long and 40 feet high, is an amazing space for a wedding meal. I really like photographing weddings at Borthwick, especially in the Autumn. You will not find more “authentic” castle than Borthwick.
Check more Borthwick Castle wedding photos from Alexandra & Ruiraidh wedding
This 11th century building is the most visited attraction in Scotland. You can choose to marry in the grand Queen Anne Room, intimate Gatehouse Suite or charming St Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh’s oldest building. While St Margaret’s Chapel can only host religious ceremonies, you can have civil, religious or humanist ceremony too in other two rooms. Although very busy, the fortification is a perfect backdrop for wedding photos and ideal location for a destination wedding in Scotland! Edinburgh Castle wedding is a dream so not surprising it is on the top of castle wedding venues in Edinburgh.
Built in the Scottish Baronial style between 1852 and 1855 on the outskirts of Edinburgh, exclusive venue for corporate events, weddings, celebrations and family gatherings. The building is pretty unique with it’s contemporary interior and a showcase of pop art. The elegant Orangery is a perfect space for wedding ceremonies. Furthermore, idyllic walled garden with Victorian glasshouses provides stunning backdrop for wedding photos.
Carlowrie Castle wedding photos in the Summer
The venue is situated in Bonnyrigg, 8 miles south of Edinburgh. This ancient building with 700 years of history has been transformed in a luxurious 4 star hotel and a spa. It consists of 29 ensuite bedrooms reached by various staircases, a unique dungeon restaurant, a spa including a hydro pool, Roman style sauna and lastly, Turkish inspired steam bath. Dalhousie has it’s own falconry too ! Sir Walter Scott, Oliver Cromwell and Queen Victoria visited it too so lots of history in this beautiful castle.
Newly refurbished castle style outside Edinburgh, suitable for micro weddings and big celebrations for up to 150 guests. Wedding ceremonies take place indoors with a marquee for evening receptions. The hotel offers 33 bedrooms and suites and is dog friendly too. Located within easy reach from the city and the Edinburgh airport, Melville is perfect for destination weddings in Scotland.
Exclusive wedding venue in Pathead near Edinburgh. Ceremony locations include gardens, the church or drawing room and the venue can host up to 150 guests. Beautiful gardens are ideal location for drinks reception and make stunning backdrop for wedding photos. There is no available accommodation at the Oxenfoord Castle however there are a few hotels in the area.
Castles in East Lothian
Carberry Tower Mansion House and Estate is a luxurious 4 star hotel in East Lothian with 40 acres of private grounds. The private chapel located within the estate can host up to 150 guests. The hotel offers luxurious suite for newlyweds and can accommodate 57 guests. Carberry Tower can host small micro weddings too.
Castles in Fife for weddings
Family holiday resort located in the East Neuk of Fife, 11 miles from the historic town of St Andrews. The estate offers a range of accommodation from self catered units to hotel rooms. Weddings take place throughout the year, either in The Lindsay Room for up to 60 guests or in the luxury heated marquee for up to 180 guests. The estate offers a range of leisure activities like horse riding, tennis or swimming in an indoor pool.
Award winning, luxury wedding venue situated in Fife near the village of Auchtermuchty. The estate includes 44 acres of grounds, a maze, a barnquee for receptions, as well as a walled garden. A unique barnquee is a blend of a rustic barn and a marquee. For weddings party, there are 10 double bedrooms in the Castle and a tartan Gate Lodge sleeping up to 4 people. Wedding ceremony locations include a lawn under the Spanish chestnut tree. The venue can host up to 150 guests.
Letham, By Cupar
Near St Andrews
This 500 year old building with lots of character has been converted in the hotel. Situated in Fife over 17 acres of woodland with it’s own little loch and charming treehouse serving as a honeymoon suite. The hotel has 20 en-suite bedrooms and circular ballroom that can accommodate up to 180 guests. The grounds can hold outdoor wedding ceremonies with a view over woodland.
Perthshire Castle Wedding venues
Country house in Perth and Kinross overlooking the Firth of Tay. At Fingask you have multiple options for ceremony location. Small medieval family Chapel can seat 22 people, the Long Gallery is for up to 100 guests and the Amber Room can seat as many as 170 guests. There is a range of outdoor options too. Scenic gardens at Fingask have a romantic, fairytale feel and serve as a great backdrop for wedding photos. It is dog friendly wedding venue too!
Crook of Devon
This 17th-century castle in Crook of Devon, a village in Perthshire, is a family home of Lord and Lady Moncreiff. It offers flexible spaces for weddings and provides extensive grounds if you wish to set up a tipi or a marquee. Wedding ceremony can take place at the waterside or by the Cathedral Tree. It can host small intimate weddings in the Great Hall or weddings up to 100 guests in the Carriage House and Terrace.
Scottish Borders Castles for weddings
Authentic romantic 14th Century Scottish castle set in the Scottish Borders offering exclusive use for weddings, private stays and corporate events. It includes 12 bedrooms and 7 cottages sleeping up to 56 guests. Most popular for wedding ceremonies is the gothic Drawing Room with views to the loch. Micro weddings can take place in the 14th century Dining Room or the Great Hall. Extensive lawns are great for outdoor ceremonies and can accommodate a marquee of a tipi. The estate offers outdoor activities such as clay pigeon shooting, fishing or archery.
Built in 1536 and set in countryside in the Scottish Borders, this luxury hotel is offering pet friendly rooms and suites. The venue can host both small intimate weddings and big events. It can accommodate up to 200 guests in indoor rooms or up to 450 guests in a marquee on the lawn. Ceremony locations include lawns, indoor rooms and a gazebo. And there is an indoor pool and a spa!
Other castle wedding venues in Scotland
new wedding venue, a tower house between Cramond and Queensferry, overlooking a beach with private access.
romantic and historic house set in a large estate between Pencaitland and Tranent in East Lothian, Scotland.
tower house overlooking the River Tweed with a marquee set up for bigger events.
18th-century country house near Duns in the Scottish Borders.
a unique hotel set in the Scottish countryside with a stunning view over hills.
a 15th century beautiful fortress and one of Scotland’s most historic castles, Dundas is in the top of most luxurious wedding venues in Scotland
Castle weddings – Real Stories
Ainslie & Craig live in Dubai and they decided that Cluny Castle will be a perfect location for their wedding. Both their families live in England & Scotland and they had guests from Dubai too. The castle is an exclusive use castle in Aberdeenshire. I have met the couple at previous weddings so it was great to see familiar faces. The grand finale was a Scottish pipe band arriving at the castle in the evening, and they provided spectacular performance.
Molly and Byron live on a boat sailing through the Caribbean. They chose Scotland for their destination wedding which took place at Melville Castle near Edinburgh. All the guests travelled from America. There was a Caribbean feel on the day for sure!
Melanie and Cody have travelled from Utah to the Scottish West Coast. They got married at Culzean Castle, a special location for bride as she has visited many times when she was a child. Culzean is a beautiful castle with an impressive dramatic coastline too which makes it a perfect choice for a real Scottish Castle wedding.
What is your favourite castle for a wedding in Scotland?