23 Incredible Places In Scotland Where You Can Actually Get Married Fancy saying 'I do' on top of a mountain?
If you want a truly unique and personal wedding, then you should definitely hold it in Scotland.
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Scottish law allows couples to marry anywhere, even outdoors, as long as the ceremony is conducted by a religious official, registrar or a non-religious
Humanist Society Scotland celebrant. Humanist ceremonies aren't legally binding in England.
You can even get married at night.
Venue: Balmakewan Farm. Photographer: Donna Murray Photography / Via
In the rest of the UK weddings have to take place between 8am and 6pm, but not in Scotland. Essentially, Scottish law allows you to get married wherever and whenever you want, though it helps if there's some basic infrastructure in place.
With that in mind, here are some amazing and unusual Scottish locations that welcome brides and grooms (and brides and brides/ grooms and grooms) to be.
Couple: Christian and Juliane. Photographer: Eilidh Robertson Photography / Via
This beautiful little bothy is run by
Highland Safaris. You can only access it by Land Rover as it's perched on the summit of Schiehallion 2500 feet above sea level.
Errol Park, Errol, Perthshire.
Couple: Jenni and Mo. Photographer: SD Photography / Via
Errol Park is a Victorian stately home not far from Dundee. Couples can hold their ceremony in the house's extensive walled garden which boasts a huge array of exotic plants, including 31 gigantic Californian redwoods that were planted in 1815.
Couple: Clare and Lawrence. Photographer: Caro Weiss Photography / Via
This secluded meadow near Melrose is filled with traditional French gypsy caravans called roulottes. Couples usually get married outdoors and a reception can be held in a spacious woodland
art studio beside the meadow.
Couple: Susan and Diana. Photographer: Donna Murray Photography / Via
This sprawling stately home was built in the 1670s and has a swimming pool, garden courtyards, a ballroom, a cinema, a gym and (impressively) a private island.
Couple: Mary and Rob. Photographer: Lindsay Mackenzie Parker / Via
This safari tent "glampsite" is all yours if you book all seven tents or treehouses. Most couples get married on the beach and hold the reception in a marquee.
Couple: Carys and Andy. Photographer: Donna Murray Photography / Via
The coos have moved out of their "cathedral" — a former cattle byre in the grounds of Aboyne Castle — but it still has many of its original features, including a stunning vaulted timber roof.
Couple: Carol and Peter. Photographer: Emma Lawson Photography / Via
West Brewery is housed in the historic
Templeton Building, which was modeled on the Doge's Palace in Venice. Couples can get married in the Hop Room, hold their reception in the main bar area and send their guests on brewery tours.
Couple: Bruce and Anna. Photographer: Eilidh Robertson Photography / Via
The Ptarmigan building near the summit of Cairn Gorm is the highest function venue in Scotland. Couples travel up the mountain on a funicular railway and the ceremony is held on an outdoor terrace 3600 feet above sea level.
Couple: Joanne and Gareth. Photographer: Duncan Ireland Photography / Via
Jupiter Artland is a contemporary sculpture park in the 100 acre Bonnington Estate just outside Edinburgh. Couples can marry beside these spectacular
landforms by the American landscape architect and sculptor Charles Jencks
Couple: Helen and Doug. Photographer: Jen Owens Images / Via
Fancy getting married in Winterfell? Doune Castle was used for external shots of the Starks' ancestral home in the first episode of
Game of Thrones. It was also the setting for several scenes from . Monty Python And The Holy Grail
The Treehouse at the Lodge on Loch Goil, Argyll.
Couple: Debbie and Craig. Photographer: Fotogenic of Scotland / Via
This lochside treehouse in the grounds of a
Victorian summer lodge can accommodate up to 24 guests for an intimate ceremony, with the reception held in the Lodge's large dining room.
Couple: Catrina and Fraser. Photographer: John Baikie Photography / Via
Bogbain Farm has a huge barn that's ideal for an evening dance, a vaulted timber and stone byre for the ceremony, a large bothy to hold your meal and — most importantly —stunning views across Inverness towards the Black Isle
Couple: Kenny and Christina. Photographer: Brian O'Neill/ Crieff Photography / Via
The picturesque white sands of Camusdarach Beach are part of a self catering campsite who offer couples a
chandelier lit marquee to use for their reception.
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This stunning stone barn was built in 1877 as a cattle byre on grounds of the Inchyra Estate near Perth. It can hold up to 180 guests.
Lunga House, Craobh Haven, Argyll.
Couple: Rosie and Colin. Photographer: Mirrorbox Photography / Via
Lunga House and Castle is the ancestral seat of Clan MacDougal. It overlooks the Inner Hebridean Islands of Jura, Scarba, Shuna and Luing. Couples can get married outside in the woodland arbor, in the house or on the private pier.
Couple: Emma and Euan. Photographer: Donna Murray Photography / Via
Balmakewan is a beautiful family run farm with extensive, rolling lawns that make it perfect for an outdoor or marquee wedding. It also has a farm shop so your guests can stock up on chutney, cheese and tea towels.
Couple: Kirsty and Kevin. Photographer: Caro Weiss Photography. / Via
This Charles Rennie Mackintosh building in the centre of Glasgow is also Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture. Couples can hold their ceremony on the centre's viewing platform with the Glasgow skyline as a backdrop.
Couple: Alice and Darryn. Photographer: Mirrorbox Photography / Via
Crear House is an artistic retreat in the West of Scotland. Weddings are usually held in the studio, which used to be a byre and now has a twenty metre long glass wall and spectacular views across to Jura, Islay and Gigha.
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As you can get married outdoors in Scotland, why settle for anything less than the stunning backdrop of the Black Cuillins? The island's stunning scenery makes it a popular option for elopements and small weddings like
Couple: Kylie and Paul. Photographer: Neil Douglas Photography
This iconic dancehall and rock venue in Glasgow recently hosted its
first wedding reception. The couple got married in a nearby church, but author Nuala Naughton had her ceremony in the smaller Barrowland 2 part of the venue in 2013
Comrie Croft, Crieff, Perthshire.
Couple: Sophie and Martin. Photographer: Brian O'Neill / Via
This 200 year old farmstead is also a youth hostel, but you won't have to share it with any tourists on your big day. It sleeps 74 so you can recoup some of your costs by asking guests to make a donation towards their accommodation.
Couple: Julie and John. Photographer: Caro Weiss Photography / Via
Julie and John decided to get married on a
Sweeney's Cruise boat on Loch Lomond. John explains: "We had a really relaxing ceremony with a fantastic backdrop. We still talk about it now and people actually do want to look at the old wedding photos. I highly recommend 'pushing the boat out' and trying something different for your wedding day."
NB: In addition to Humanist celebrants, there are also a range of independent celebrant options available throughout Scotland, though you will also have to have your marriage solemnised by a registrar before or afterward to ensure it is legally binding.
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