Getting married by the water on a beach or on the banks of a Scottish loch is entirely possible in Scotland.
We may not always have the best weather, but we do have some of the most beautiful lochs and rivers in the world. What better backdrop to your wedding photographs?
Check out these stunning wedding venues by the water…
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ALTSKEITH COUNTRY HOUSE
This spacious country house is surrounded by the most beautiful Scottish scenery including a private beach overlooking Loch Ard.
The Altskeith team can cater for large weddings or more intimate celebrations, and ceremonies can be held in the lush gardens.
The jewel in the crown of this stunning hotel in Kilchrenan is The Boatshed, a chic one-bedroom suite with floor-to-ceiling glass front that opens onto a secluded terrace, right on the edge of Loch Awe.
Wake up on the morning after your wedding to peaceful views across the idyllic loch. Magical!
Visit Ardanaiseig’s website
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Set against Goatfell on Arran, this fairytale wedding venue is a Scottish dream!
The south-facing drawing room is perfect for intimate ceremonies, with views across Brodick Bay. For large weddings, a marquee can be erected in the grounds, the castle providing the perfect backdrop.
Visit Brodick Castle’s website
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Enjoy the beautiful woodlands and walks around this estate, on Fife’s costal route. There’s loads of cool spaces to choose from for your celebrations, including The Party Woodland; a clearing big enough to set up tipis, a bar and woodland dancefloor!
The Courtyard is a cool, informal place to have your ceremony.
Visit Cambo Estate’s website
The main wedding area, Crear Studio, has 60-foot high glass walls overlooking the water to Jura, and is the perfect blank-canvas space to create your own unique setting.
Why not stay all weekend and have a post-wedding BBQ on the beach with a bonfire?
Visit Crear’s website
Truly a fairytale castle, this venue rises up on a clifftop with views over to the Isle of Arran. Celebrate in the stunning gardens of the castle in Camellia House, an ornate stone and glass building with a capacity of 55.
Get some romantic and dramatic shots on one of the surrounding sandy beaches, too.
Visit Culzean Castle’s website
FAIRMONT ST ANDREWS
Located in romantic St Andrews, this luxury wedding venue is elegant and sophisticated. You can be assured that you and your guests will receive five-star service!
The gorgeous views across the North Sea coupled with beautifully appointed wedding spaces and rooms mean that this is the ultimate in luxury wedding venues.
FIRTH PAVILION AT SEAMILL HYDRO HOTEL
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With stunning views of Arran over the Firth of Clyde, and access to Seamill Beach (ideal for photographs) just a few steps away, this purpose-built wedding pavilion has the most breathtaking panoramic views.
Years in the making, the space was built with weddings in mind and so has the perfect amenities to make your day special.
FORBES OF KINGENNIE COUNTRY RESORT
One of the best things about this beautiful rustic wedding venue in Broughty Ferry is the choice of lodges, perfect if you want to make a weekend of your celebrations!
The Leannan Boathouse is the ideal place to spend your wedding night, sitting in a tranquil spot on the water’s edge.
HM FRIGATE UNICORN
Tie the knot aboard a historic warship, Dundee’s most unique and cool wedding venue! Docked at the City Quay, your guests will love the venue; have your wedding meal in the Captain’s Cabin, welcome drinks on the Gun Deck or a reception on the Top Deck “ it’s up to you!
We’ve completely fallen for this brand new wedding venue on the east bank of Loch Lomond. Originally a 19th-century church, it’s now an exclusive-use venue with accommodation and a restaurant, and it can be hired between 1st March and 25th October. It brims with character “ as well as the Bunkhouse itself, you’ll have the Log Cabin to yourselves (coolest honeymoon suite ever!).
LOCHSIDE HOUSE HOTEL AND SPA
Set in 20 acres of landscaped gardens and overlooking two lochs, this venue in New Cumnock is an idyllic setting for your special day.
The wedding party and your guests can even stay in on-site lodges; why not enjoy a spa day beforehand, too?
LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND
You can’t get any closer to Loch Lomond than this charming venue, just a stroll from the picturesque village of Luss. Have your ceremony on the jetty if weather allows.
Spend your wedding night in one of the suites with uninterrupted views across the loch from the balcony.
You’ll fall in love with this 16th century tower house; the sea view stretches across the islands and beyond to the mountains of Mull.
What better backdrop for your Scottish waterside wedding than a Scottish seaside castle?
Visit Lunga House’s website
MACDONALD MARINE HOTEL AND SPA
This hotel venue in North Berwick is well-known for its gorgeous coastal setting, with views over the Firth of Forth, and is just 30 minutes outside of Edinburgh.
You’ll have your pick of event spaces, from a grand wood-panelled library to the lush hotel garden.
NEW LANARK MILL HOTEL
A unique wedding venue in a quaint village, the New Lanark Hill Hotel is surrounded by stunning woodland and close to the famous Falls of Clyde, a beautiful backdrop for some dramatic wedding photos.
Have your ceremony in Mill Number Two with fantastic views over the water.
With one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the Forth Bridges, this is a chic spot to have your waterside wedding in Scotland.
The Fuchsia wedding suite has private decking which leads directly to the beach, or erect a marquee for larger weddings.
Visit Orocco Pier’s website
Whether you’re having a big wedding for up to 350 guests, or a smaller affair, this venue can cater for your needs.
Overlooking Kip Marina and the Firth of Clyde in Inverkip, your guests will enjoy watching the yachts and powerboats sail by as you say your vows on the waterside patio.
Visit The Chartroom’s website
Located between Glasgow and Edinburgh, nestled in the Bathgate Hills, this venue is surrounded by Ballencrieff reservoir.
The Water Lily room, which is perfect for your ceremony, actually extends out into the water!
Visit The Vu’s website
THE WATERSIDE HOTEL
The name says it all! This beautiful venue sits along the water’s edge in West Kilbride, Ayrshire, with views across the Firth of Clyde.
The Kyle Suite has floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open out into private gardens, leading to the beach.
A five-star castle in the Highlands, this unique venue is an exclusive-use estate that could be all yours for your special day.
Standing proudly above the shoreline at Sinclair Bay, Ackergill Tower is more than 600 years old but has been tastefully modernised to a high standard.
CORSEWALL LIGHTHOUSE HOTEL
Yes, you really can get married in an actual lighthouse!
This functioning lighthouse, which still beams a warning for ships approaching the mouth of Loch Ryan, and its adjoining hotel is a really unique and special place for your Scottish wedding.
HARVEST MOON HOLIDAYS
If a weekend-long wedding celebration glamping on the beach sounds perfect, then check out Harvest Moon Holidays, just 45 minutes from Edinburgh.
Say your vows on a white sandy beach and spend your wedding night in the honeymoon tent, complete with four poster bed!
THE LODGE ON LOCH GOIL TREEHOUSE
This treehouse is the only licensed treehouse in the world, and can hold up to 24 people. Stand on the treehouse balcony, looking over tranquil Loch Goil, and say your vows in front of family and friends.
You can even stay in the treehouse for a romantic night alone!
By the shores of Loch Fyne sits this beautiful castle, set in the idyllic fishing village of Tarbert. Have your ceremony on the terrace outside or in one of the stately banqueting rooms.
Choose from The Library, Drawing Room or Loch Fyne restaurant to host your day.
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One of the most popular venues on Loch Lomond, The Cruin offers couples a space that they can truly call their own.
The Lochside Terrace and ceremony suite both have panoramic views across the loch to Inchmurrin Island and Ben Lomond.
Visit The Cruin’s website