It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’re feeling the love for dreamy and romantic wedding venues here at SWD HQ!
Much like beauty, romance is in the eye of the beholder, and not all couples agree on what makes a wedding venue romantic.
That’s why we’ve included so many great places in this rundown of Scotland’s most romantic wedding venues – we’re covering every base, from stately mansions and rustic country barns to cool city centre venues and ultra-glam exclusive-use spots.
So keep reading to find out why we think these venues are sooo romantic…
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Balbirnie House Hotel
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Surrounded by acres of beautifully manicured grounds, the picturesque and award-winning Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch, Fife, is a lovely romantic getaway for couples looking to escape to the country for their wedding day.
The house’s furnishings are as elegant as they are plush, giving the venue an incredibly luxurious ambiance. You can tie the knot in the historic Long Gallery, an opulent and spacious room that dates back to the house’s original construction in 1777.
Balbirnie House Hotel have even launched their own candle called ‘1777’, a fantastic and romantic way to capture your wedding day scent and relive happy memories anytime you light it in your own home!
This beautiful Scottish castle near Edinburgh offers a truly unique backdrop for unforgettable weddings and special events.
Owned by the Earls of Rosebery for nearly 400 years, Barnbougle Castle is one of Scotland’s most outstanding heritage venues, blending location, tradition and historical significance.
The castle has a variety of stunning original period features, including crowstep gables, crenellated parapets, a dramatic stone spiral staircase and marble sea-water bath, ensuring history lovers will instantly fall in love with this historic wedding venue.
Boasting a magnificent location with private beaches framed by woodland and landscaped grounds, the castle can cater for up to 120 guests with larger wedding parties of up to 450 accommodated in marquees in the grounds.
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An exquisitely romantic Scottish castle hidden away in Pitlochry, Perthshire, you’ll be swept away in your very own fairytale if you decide to marry at Blair Castle.
The castle’s beautiful grounds offer a sweepingly dramatic backdrop for an outdoor wedding ceremony, and it’s warm, cosy interiors will make you feel like a character from the romantic drama Outlander.
The spacious Ballroom can hold a celebration for up to 220 guests, but its unique hunting lodge aesthetic means that it will still seem lively and full with a more intimate number of only 60.
The Busby Hotel
The Busby Hotel is a sleek, award-winning wedding venue near Glasgow’s city centre.
Its sophisticated interiors and romantic gardens are perfect for couples looking for an effortlessly glamorous space to hold their wedding celebrations.
You can hold a huge blow-out celebration in the hotel’s beautiful function suite, which can be easily transformed to fit with any style or theme you may wish for your wedding day décor, and can accomodate up to 200 guests.
But, hands down, the most romantic spot at The Busby Hotel is their honeymoon suite. The room has its own private hot tub on the hotel’s rooftop terrace – an ideal spot to indulge in some post-wedding bubbly!
When it comes to romance, no venue can beat beautiful Branxholm Park in the Scottish Borders.
This stunning luxury mansion sits in its own ancient woodland, famed in Victorian fairytales.
The fairylight-lit grounds are enchanting, the views of the Teviot Valley are breathtaking, and the plush boutique interiors of the mansion are second to none.
The magic still exists, with its three-night exclusive weddings packages that are almost all inclusive and at a surprisingly affordable price.
Just a hours drive from Edinburgh, this is one venue that shouldn’t be missed during your search for the perfect romantic Scottish wedding venue.
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Carefully restored from a ruin in 1957 and now a prettily turreted building that stands in the rural countryside of Aberfeldy, Castle Menzies is a stunningly romantic location for a wedding.
The castle is beautiful inside and out, with a selection of gorgeously opulent function suites to choose from when planning your big day. The grand Dewer Room is a stunning and spacious ballroom that can accommodate up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast.
For a more intimate celebration the Main Hall can hold 54 guests for a meal, and is incredibly charming, with tons of natural light and a lovely pink colour scheme.
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Hidden in the very heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, The Caves is a magical venue that will immediately imbue your wedding day with drama and romance.
A UNESCO Heritage site, the arched, stone walls of this venue will make for a striking backdrop to your wedding day celebrations and will definitely be a talking point amongst your guests.
For your wedding breakfast, The Caves can accommodate 65-150 guests and 450 guests for your evening reception.
The fantastic city centre location also means that guests will find it easy to find nearby overnight accommodation if needed.
Dating all the way back to the 15th century, Cluny Castle is an enchanting crenellated mansion and wedding venue hidden in the tranquil Aberdeenshire countryside.
A much loved family home, the castle even has its very own picturesque chapel where you can hold your wedding ceremony, complete with a private courtyard that is fantastic for group photographs.
For your couple portraits, there’s plenty of beautiful and secluded spots throughout the castle’s grounds that are perfect to sneak off to while your guests are enjoying the drinks reception.
Small intimate weddings of up to 4-94 can be held inside the exquisitely decorated main building, with larger celebrations taking place in a marquee on the castle’s stunning grounds.
Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
Originally an 18th-century manor home, Dalmahoy is now an elegant hotel wedding venue with gorgeous grounds. You can even catch a glimpse of Edinburgh Castle from the gardens on a clear day!
Each of the hotel’s function suites are stately and elegant, but we especially love the Dalmahoy Suite which is a lovely space for a wedding ceremony.
It’s a beautifully decorated, spacious room with floor to ceiling bay windows that allow for plenty of natural light to come in, this space will create a wonderfully romantic atmosphere for your wedding nuptials.
It can then be converted into a fantastic reception space with room for up to 250 guests.
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Doubletree by Hilton Dundee
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A European-inspired country mansion with Italian landscaped gardens and an original Latin inscribed stone fireplace, Doubletree by Hilton Dundee offers romance with a continental twist.
The gardens are very special, sporting a listed Maze, water fountain and walled garden, all of which would be an amazing location for your group or couple photographs.
The hotel offers a variety of packages and bespoke options that allow you to craft a wedding day that encapsulates you and your other half’s idea of true romance.
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A stunning and historic property in the Scottish Borders surrounded by beautiful trees, rolling hills, a loch and a nature reserve that stretches for a mile, Duns Castle is the epitome of tranquil countryside romance where starry nights are in abundance.
No matter what size of wedding you have, from a huge celebration to an intimate get together for close family and friends, Duns Castle can accommodate your wishes on an exclusive use basis.
This award-winning, 1200-acre estate can sleep up to 56 guests and offers incredible value and a multitude of bespoke activities with which to delight your guests.
Eden Leisure Village
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Hidden away in the picturesque North Lanarkshire countryside, Eden Leisure Village is a wedding venue that offers a rustically idyllic backdrop to your wedding celebrations.
The 25-acre site is beautiful and extensive, and you can get married outside on the manicured lawns which boast fantastic views of the surrounding hills and forests.
Then you can celebrate your reception in the brand new converted barn, a fantastic blank canvas space that is perfect for couples looking for a rustic and relaxed wedding venue.
The site also has an amazing glamping area complete with a lodge, glamping pods and hobbit huts – great for guests looking for overnight accommodation!
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Set in one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland, Fingask Castle is a lovely and whimsical place that will make you feel like Alice in Wonderland.
The castle is situated in the hills between Dundee and Perth, and can accommodate weddings big and small.
The outdoor Pavillion is fantastic for large celebrations with views that stretch out to the castle and the amazing grounds. For more intimate weddings, you can celebrate in the castle itself surrounded by your nearest and dearest.
Fingask also has plenty of onsite accommodation in the form of brand new luxury ‘Potting Sheds’ as well as a selection of cosy and spacious cottages sleeping up to 70 guests in total.
Floors Castle and Gardens
Floors Castle and Gardens is a truly enchanting wedding venue that stands proudly on the Roxburghe Estates in the Scottish Borders.
The building itself is absolutely stunning, both inside and out. Its grand façade is a sight to behold, and the interior boasts beautifully furnished rooms and a wonderful fine art collection. But it is the gardens that will attract couples looking for a dreamily romantic location for their wedding day.
The Walled Garden is filled with wild and colourful plants and flowers, and is a wonderful location for a wedding ceremony, while the Star Plantation is filled with large trees, open glades and woodland shrubs and is a fantastic backdrop for your couple portraits.
The gardens also hold the Queen’s House, which is included in all garden weddings at the castle. This charming summer house was built especially for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1867 and was where she took tea. This would be a fantastic space for an elegant bar, a relaxing breakout room or even a fairy tale-themed playroom for your younger guests.
Couples who tie the knot at Floors Castle and Gardens can also stay in the incredibly romantic Head Gardner’s House, a luxurious hideaway situated in the heart of the castle’s beautiful gardens.
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
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If you’re looking for the ultimate dreamy venue to swoon over, then look no further. Set in the Angus countryside with a breath-taking rustic background of ponds and woodland, Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort is the epitome of romance.
A highlight of the ceremony and reception spaces is the abundance of windows, letting in a wealth of natural light and taking in the spine-tingling waterside views.
Glencorse House and Old Kirk
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Located in the countryside at the foot of the Pentland Hills, this stunning manor house has hidden depths that ensure you’ll have a truly romantic wedding day.
An exclusive use wedding venue, you’ll be able to celebrate your special day in the bright and airy marquee on the house’s grounds surrounded by its pretty gardens and extensive grounds.
You can even tie the knot in Glencorse’s Old Kirk, which eagle-eyed TV fans might recognise as the same church that lovers Jamie and Claire got married in on TV show Outlander – it doesn’t get more romantic than that!
Glenskirlie House + Castle
Glenskirlie House and Castle is a striking and versatile wedding venue that sits between Stirling and Glasgow.
The venue is the epitome of romance, with elegant furnishings and décor that ensure that your wedding will be chic and glamorous. And don’t forget that it has not one but two honeymoon suites to choose from!
The team at Glenskirlie will work closely with you and your other half to create a bespoke wedding day tailored to suit your tastes and requirements.
Hetland Hall Hotel
Hetland Hall Hotel, Dumfries, was recently named the ‘Most Romantic Hotel of the Year’ at the Scottish Hotel Awards Regional Finals.
The modern yet modest building is surrounded by acres of grounds with sweeping views over the Solway Firth and the mountains of The Lake District.
Providing a balance between the traditional romance of the Scottish countryside and the vibrancy of contemporary design with a stylish newly renovated interior.
It provides the best of both worlds coming together to set the perfect scene for a truly memorable wedding day.
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This warm, cosy venue draped in sparkling fairy lights and lit with flickering candles will sweep you off your feet with its romantic ambiance.
Situated in St Andrews, you can exchange vows outside overlooking the town’s gorgeous coastline or inside the atmospheric stonewalled byre surrounded by your nearest and dearest.
The Byre is an exclusive use blank canvas venue, allowing you to create a completely bespoke wedding day that you can enjoy with up to 120 guests.
Loch Lomond Waterfront
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With panoramic views of the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, this waterside wedding venue is perfect for a traditional and romantic Scottish wedding day.
The Waterfront is situated in 18-acres of stunning private grounds and even has its own exclusive beach.
If you really want to embrace your scenic surroundings, you can hold your reception in a marquee or tipi on the grounds.
If you prefer, the Waterfront also has an indoor function space that includes the Thistle Banquet Room, Rob Roy private lounge bar, and the incredibly pretty Garden Room.
Lochside House Hotel and Spa
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Set amongst 20-acres of picturesque countryside and on the banks of the Loch of the Lowes, Lochside House Hotel and Spa is a chic, modern wedding venue that will be sure to wow your guests with its beauty.
You can tie the knot outside against the backdrop of the dramatic Afton Hills, and there are also two stylish function suites inside in the case the weather doesn’t play nice for your big day.
This is also a great venue for couples who want to plan a big celebration as it can accommodate up to 220 guests for those who want to stay the night.
We especially love the gorgeous and private Luxury Lodges, which are perfect for setting up wedding HQ with your bridal party.
And don’t forget to use the onsite spa – great for some pre or post-wedding relaxation!
Logie Country House
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Logie Country House is a spectacular exclusive use wedding venue which has a history that stretches back all the way to the 15th century.
Withstanding centuries of romantic Scottish history, the house now has 15 bedrooms, an indoor pool and a purpose built ballroom that is perfect for dancing the night away with up to 180 members of your friends and family.
This is a fantastic venue for couples looking to hire their wedding venue exclusively over a period of a few days or a weekend. You can host an intimate dinner with your family the day before your wedding, and then have a huge BBQ the day after for the wind down!
Lower and Upper College Hall, University of St Andrews
If you are looking for a romantic, unique venue set in beautiful surroundings in the town centre of St Andrews, Lower and Upper College Hall is the perfect venue for your special day.
And you don’t have to be an ex-graduate to get married here – they have been hosting spectacular wedding ceremonies and receptions for couples from all around the world for years!
Both halls are incredibly spacious, with the Upper Hall being able to accommodate 160 guests, and the Lower Hall able to sit 150.
Myres Castle, winner of Best UK Wedding Venue in the Hudson UK Heritage Awards 2018, is a whimsical and romantic wedding venue situated near the village of Auchtermuchty.
The best of both worlds, you can have the stunning castle for up to 24 guests throughout your stay, and celebrate your wedding in the rustically charming Barnquee.
The Barnquee is situated in a lovely woodland setting, with twinkling lights hanging from the trees and fire pits outside (as well as a wood fired pizza oven!) to further add to the magical atmosphere.
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Pitcairlie House is a sweetly romantic wedding venue surrounded by reams of wholesome Scottish countryside near the seaside town of St Andrews.
Each room is beautiful and distinctive in its own unique way, allowing for plenty of versatility when planning your wedding celebrations.
For those who would like an opulent backdrop for their wedding vows, you can hold your nuptials in the grand drawing room.
If you would like something a little more relaxed, you can say ‘I do’ in the bright and airy conservatory that has fantastic views over the grounds and lake.
No matter how you would like your wedding day, the award-winning staff at Pitcairlie House will help you plan your perfect wedding day.
Set in 1,000 acres of secluded grounds and woodlands, Strathallan offers the utmost privacy whether planning a large and lavish event or something smaller and more intimate.
As you emerge from the the mile-long, secluded drive, the castle rises elegantly and impressively behind the sparkling waters of a private loch.
With Strathallan Castle, you’ll have exclusive use of the castle for the day – with the attention of the first-class team. They want your wedding day to be as unique and special as you are, and will be on hand to ensure all your wedding dreams come true.
In addition to the beautifully appointed reception rooms, the castle offers a top-of-the-range luxury marquee — which means you can invite everyone you want to be with you to celebrate your big day.
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Romantically atmospheric, this Aberdeenshire castle venue is perfect for couples looking for a wedding venue with tons of natural character.
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Aswanley is a charming converted barn venue with lovely grounds and beautiful, blank canvas interiors.
It’s also home to the new Shepard’s Hut, a tiny elopement building that can only be accessed by off-road driving!
Cambo Country House and Estate
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A wonderfully versatile wedding venue, couples looking for a romantic outdoor space to tie the knot in will fall in with Cambo’s stunning Party Woodland space situated amongst the willows.
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This seaside wedding venue allows for couples to hold a romantic wedding ceremony on the beach.
They can then celebrate in the Crear Studio which boasts panoramic views of the surrounding west coast landscape.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan in the Scottish Highlands dates to the 13th century and is one of Scotland’s most iconic castles. You can marry in the banqueting hall, or outdoors if the weather’s nice!
Situated in the heart of the Scottish Borders, this collection of hand-carved French roulottes is nestled between two small waterfalls, making it a very romantic destination for a wedding.