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TOP 10 WEDDING VENUES IN SCOTLAND
I've been fortunate enough to photograph in some amazing venues. Here are some of my favourites!
December 19, 2019
How hard could it be to make a list of the Top 10 wedding venues in Scotland??
I’m often asked what my favourite wedding venue is, and it’s a really difficult question to answer! There are so many different and unique wedding venues in Scotland, and which one is best depends on what you’re looking for. A rustic barn in the tranquil countryside or a glitzy hotel in a bustling city centre? A 500 year-old castle or a modern, custom-built venue? I can’t decide on a favourite, but I thought I could put together a list of my Top 10 Wedding Venues in Scotland.
Here are some of my favourite Scottish wedding venues that I’ve had the pleasure of photographing over the years. I love them all for different reasons. Maybe one of them will end up being your wedding venue!
So, in no particular order, here goes. . .
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, Mansfield Traquair is surely one of Scotland’s most stunning wedding venues. Built in 1885, it is known as Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel, and when you walk through the door you’ll understand why.
The main hall is covered in beautiful murals, and it’s one of the most unique settings to have your Wedding Meal.
There is a small garden located to the side of the building, but the city centre location means you can get some really cool urban shots:
If a city centre wedding doesn’t appeal, then how about a wedding by the shores of Loch Lomond? If you get the weather, then it’s hard to beat The Cruin.
There are many wonderful wedding venues by Loch Lomond (and there might be another one in my list coming up. . .) but I’ve chosen The Cruin as they have this wonderful jetty right on the water that allows you to get some amazing and dramatic photos.
I always like to take at least one stunning Night Photo for our clients, and The Cruin gives you plenty of options!
There can’t be many hotels in Scotland better than the Old Course Hotel. This venue is a personal favourite of mine (sipping a G&T in the Road Hole Bar is one of life’s simple pleasures) as it gives you lots of great options for photos. As well as the hotel, you have access to the Old Course itself and the famous Swilcan Bridge.
In addition to the golf course, there’s one of Scotland’s finest beaches a short walk from the hotel.
In addition to the spectacular scenery for photos, the staff at the Old Course Hotel are some of the best I’ve encountered, ensuring everything will be perfect for your big day.
If you’re wanting a grand venue for your wedding, it would be hard to better Culzean Castle. The Castle itself is huge, but you also have the options of the Orangery or Camellia House for the ceremony, which are more intimate spaces whilst still impressively beautiful.
The Castle makes for an amazing backdrop for photos, but you’re also close to the sea so there are plenty of options!
Staying in Ayrshire, with a very different venue but no less grand. Turnberry is one of the finest hotels in Scotland and makes an exceptional wedding venue.
The Lighthouse, with Ailsa Craig in the background, makes for the perfect location for your wedding photos. But as spectacular as the grounds are, the inside of the hotel is just as impressive with staff that are the equal of the Old Course Hotel’s.
The grand Ballroom is the perfect place to have your Wedding Meal and to dance the night away.
The second Loch Lomond wedding venue on the list. Boturich Castle is set further from the Loch, but the views are even more spectacular than those at The Cruin.
The only remaining private castle on Loch Lomond, Boturich is something very special. As well as the unsurpassed views and historic castle, there’s also the modern pavilion which is run by an excellent team offering some of the best food I’ve tasted at a wedding!
Although most of the wedding is held in the pavilion, having the castle there means that, should it rain, you have an excellent plan B for your photos! Always useful when you’re a wedding photographer in Scotland!
At the last wedding I photographed at Boturich Castle the couple had organised a fireworks display – not something their guests will ever forget!
Lochside House Hotel is a venue that we seem to return to again and again, and it never disappoints.
The addition of the lodges have provided a fantastic place to get ready before your special day, and they also make a beautiful location if you’re lucky enough to get a sunset!
The staff at Lochside run over 200 weddings per year so you’re in safe hands should you decide to have your wedding there – they’re experts! The building takes full advantage of the views of the loch, and some of my favourite wedding photos have been taken at this venue.
Cringletie is a country house set in acres of beautiful grounds in Peebles. It makes for a laid-back wedding where your guests can sip their champagne on the lawn, or get cosy around the open fire should the weather turn.
Another venue where, as a photographer, I don’t worry about the weather as there are plenty of options inside the house for cool Couple’s Portraits.
As with one or two other venues on this list, having an amazing fireworks display at Cringletie seems to be the perfect way to finish your wedding day!
The last castle on the list, but in many ways the most impressive. Borthwick Castle was built in 1430 and was once home to Mary Queen of Scots. Winding stone staircases and numerous nooks filled with suits of armour, this is a seriously stunning wedding venue.
The bedrooms have large, four-poster beds and plenty of period detail that make for some amazing Bridal Prep photos. And the magnificent Great Hall is where you’ll dine and dance at your fairy-tale wedding.
Back to Ayrshire for the final venue on our Top 10 Wedding Venues in Scotland list, and it’s certainly one of the finest and most popular places to get married in the country.
Brig o’Doon is an historic venue with ties to Robert Burns and makes the ideal place to tie the knot. The main hall, with its grand staircase, is one of the finest I’ve seen and makes for a lovely ceremony room.
The grounds are second to none, and feature the famous Brig – which you have to feature in your wedding photos!
So there we have it, my Top 10 Wedding Venues in Scotland list. There are so many more venues that I could have put on this list, from The Cow Shed in Fife to GG’s Yard in Dumfries and Galloway. Scotland has so many iconic wedding venues, you’re spoilt for choice!