VietnamSurprise – Perhaps unsurprisingly, Scotland is currently in the midst of a marital frenzy. Just this week, gossip magazines and newspapers have reported on Brad and Angelina’s talk of a future ceremony in Ayrshire. A couple of months before that, Scotland passed its own same-sex marriage bill that will allow gay couples to wed in the same way as heterosexual ones. As experts at HighlandTrails.com point out, there are few places in the world as perfect for a wedding ceremony as Scotland. If it’s good enough for Brangelina, it’s definitely good enough for you too.
Scotland is bursting with beautiful wedding venues – there are castles, gardens, cathedrals, churches, stately homes, beaches and lakes. All provide stunning views of a truly tremendous part of the world, as well the chance to wed somewhere quiet, peaceful and remarkably fairytale-like. Here are just a few of the best Scottish wedding venues.
Sherbrooke Castle, Glasgow
Situated right on the edge of Glasgow, this beautiful 19th century castle has been used as a hotel, a private house and a navy stronghold and training center. It has now been given a new lease of life as a luxury hotel and wedding venue. Sherbrooke Castle has its own private gardens and loch – so there’s no difficulty finding a quiet space in which to wed here. It has several extremely opulent function rooms and can offer wedding parties any and every luxury that they may desire. It can also accommodate up to 200 guests – there’s no shortage of space at Sherbrooke Castle.
Kinnettles Castle, Angus
Angus is located just next door to Dundee, and the two provide a gentle transition from Scottish lowland to highland. This means that the terrain around this 15th century castle is rugged and windswept but still entirely accessible and enjoyable. It also happens to be stunningly beautiful. Kinnettles Castle offers wedding parties completely exclusive and private use of the property and its grounds, outhouses and gardens. It has its own award winning catering team, beauty therapists and wedding planner – there is absolutely nothing that the staff at Kinnettles Castle aren’t prepared to take care of on your behalf, says Hitched.co.uk. This is especially useful for couples who lead very busy lives, or for couples who simply don’t know where to start when it comes to planning a wedding. Being able to hand over the staging and planning of your big day to individuals who are intimate and familiar with your chosen venue can be invaluable.
Knockderry House, Argyll
Knockderry House in Argyll is a four star hotel and luxury wedding venue. It is situated right on the banks of the beautiful Loch Long and it has an excellent reputation regarding the quality of its accommodation, catering and service. Knockderry House offers wedding parties the chance to take in breathtaking views of the Arrochar Hills, so it is a visually ideal location for a wedding. The only downside to this venue is its size – it can cater for a medium sized party but probably isn’t the best choice for very large ceremonies and receptions. Guests have the chance to try their hand at sailing, golf and a variety of water sports, say the experts at WeddingsInScotland.co.uk.
Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, East Lothian
This ravishingly beautiful hotel in in North Berwick, East Lothian can accommodate up to 200 guests and has its own wood panelled library, luxury spa complex and extensive golf course. With a whopping 83 bedrooms, this magnificent venue is a spacious, private and extremely tranquil place for those looking to enjoy a little peace and quiet. It also has several soundproofed ball rooms, meaning that you and your guests can party into the early hours without disturbing a soul.
Kate Thompson is the editor of a luxury wedding and lifestyle magazine. She and her husband got married after looking around at different Scottish Wedding Venues, at the Kinnettles Castle in Angus. Kate can usually be found planning her next feature or spending time her two children.