Thinking of having an outdoor wedding ceremony in the grounds of one of Scotland’s stunning wedding venues? Perhaps you’re looking for some gardens at your venue where you could pitch a marquee or tipi.
Whatever you’re after, you’ll love these gorgeous wedding venues with stunning gardens and grounds, from castles to hotels and blank canvas spaces.
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For more than 600 years, Ackergill Tower has stood majestically above the rugged Caithness coast on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Set in the heart of a 3,000 acre estate, this 15th century castle with its heart shaped lawn and 7 miles of private beach is a gorgeous backdrop to your special day.
It offers 13 function rooms to choose from or make the castle your own and hire Ackergill Tower exclusively, sleeping up to 65 of your guests.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate reception or a grand affair, Ackergill Tower promises to be everything you want it to be – and more.
Balbirnie House Hotel
Balbirnie House Hotel is a multi-award winning luxury country house surrounded by acres of picturesque parkland that manages to look stunning throughout the year.
To really make the most of Balbirnie’s wonderful grounds, you can get married in an outside ceremony amongst the romantic gardens.
If you’re unlucky with the weather, simply move your wedding day celebrations inside to one of stunning rooms on offer – the grand Long Gallery is fabulous, and its history goes back to the initial construction of the house in 1777.
Positively Austen-esque, the interiors are beautiful and opulent, paying tribute to the house’s history while still being luxurious and modern.
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Blair Castle in Pitlochry sits in amongst historic landscape, with 2,500 acres of estate. The gardens date back to the 18th century and are the perfect place to have your outdoor wedding ceremony.
Not only are the surroundings beautiful, the grounds of Blair Castle have plenty to offer. The ruin of St Bride’s Kirk (which dates back to Celtic times) is beautiful for a wedding ceremony. The open roof makes for a really unique and unusual wedding space.
The West Lawn, only available through the ground floor of the castle and therefore completely private, gives unspoilt views across Perthshire and would suit an alfresco drinks reception perfectly.
Byre at Inchyra
The Byre at Inchyra is a beautifully restored barn nestled in 150 acres of private Perthshire parkland, and it’s full of rustic charm.
Although you can get married in the barn spaces, we reckon the best way to take advantage of it’s beautiful grounds and surroundings is by taking your wedding celebrations outside into the surround woodland.
Light it up and hang some bunting to really up the enchanted fairytale vibes!
If you fancy turning your wedding into a country adventure for all your guests, the Byre at Inchyra has plenty of room and a very accommodating team to help you make it happen.
This Scottish castle, just north of the River Tay at Weem, is the perfect place to get married if you want romance mingled with history.
The castle has a small garden and well area at the rear, with manicured laws surrounding the perimeter, and you won’t be short of amazing backdrops for your photographs. If the weather is on your side, you could even serve canapes and champagne on the grounds.
There’s also a large walled garden just a short stroll from the venue.
You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to the grounds and gardens surrounding Fingask Castle, located between Dundee and Perth.
The estate which the castle sits in is over 100 acres, with beautiful gardens and lush woodland. The grounds have abundant areas for your photos. Infact, you might struggle to fit them all into one day!
Have your wedding ceremony in a quiet corner of the woodland, or in Ossian’s Garden. The pavilion is there for back-up, if the heaven’s should open!
Your guests can make use of the quaint cottages on the estate too.
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
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A fishing pond complete with rustic wooden jetty, rolling Angus countryside, atmospheric woodland, beautifully landscaped grounds – Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort offers up lots of different backdrops for your wedding, and each one is breathtakingly beautiful.
There’s definitely a hint of fairytale romance to this gorgeous Tayside venue (it’s located just outside of Dundee) that makes it perfect for saying ‘I do’.
Make the most of the picturesque views by standing outside to exchange your vows on the decking of the Buddon Burn building, or step inside and get married in front of floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the resorts’ lochans.
Driving through the entrance of Glencorse never fails to take your breath away. It has a kind of gentle but relaxed grandness and has grown over the years into a very special and stunning venue – its beauty not only coming from the wonderful 17th century Kirk set within the grounds, but also from its beautiful garden.
The grounds are lush and colourful, particularly at certain times of the year – they look spectacular in May and June! Everything changes in Autumn which is so different from those summer months, with the most vibrant of colours giving endless possibilities for amazing centrepieces.
Glenskirlie House and Castle
Each of the castle’s 15 bedrooms have been individually styled and have their own distinct charm and personalities – and don’t forget you have two honeymoon suites to choose from!
Glenskirlie have two properties on site, Glenskirlie Castle and Glenskirlie House, and you can celebrate your big day in whichever one you prefer.
Whether you’re having a big bash or a small, intimate celebration, Glenskirlie Castle will provide the fairytale wedding of your dreams.
Hamilton Park Racecourse
Have you ever had a day out at the races? Well, you could recreate the best day ever at the races by getting married at Hamilton Park Racecourse, surrounded by the famous course, dating back to 1926.
Celebrate in the Parade Ring Marquee and have your photographs taken in the award-winning grounds, and create a unique menu with the award-winning chefs on-site.
Recently renovated, this is a great South Lanarkshire venue in a stunning setting for both you and your guests.
What’s better then enjoying the dramatic Scottish scenery – whether it’s sunny or otherwise – with a good ol’ dram of whisky?
If you and your partner think that nothing beats it, then you need to check out Lindores Abbey Distillery.
This is a super cool wedding venue with tons of charm, history (the distillery goes back over 500 years) and a stunning location near Newburgh, in Fife.
The countryside grounds are also home to the ruins of the abbey, which make a spectacular backdrop for wedding photos!
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The Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel
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Located on the picturesque beachfront at Luss, the Lodge on Loch Lomond Hotel enjoys truly magnificent panoramic views over Scotland’s favourite loch.
The hotel has been very lucky to host many interesting and exciting marriage proposals, with their fab team helping couples bring their romantic ideas and dreams for their perfect weddings to reality.
As well as stunning views and grounds, you’ll find an intimate, warm and irresistibly charming atmosphere at The Lodge, with a friendly team focused on providing the best customer service.
Loch Lomond Waterfront
At Loch Lomond Waterfront, natural grassy lawns end where Loch Lomond laps gently onto a small sandy beach. This is where you can exchange your vows in the open or under a gazebo, whilst you can dine in a loch-side marquee or their lovely function suite.
The view across their spectacular grounds is almost unbelievable, with the Loch’s many islands dotting the horizon and, behind you, woodlands framing the majesty of Conic Hill. It’s such a famous location and yet it can be yours for the day or exclusively for the weekend if your guests stay in the five star lodges.
Logie Country House
You can enjoy the beautiful grounds of exclusive use venue Logie Country House for a two or three-night wedding celebration!
Built on Scottish estate lands dating back to 1472, the beautiful, warm and comfortable 1680s house sleeps around 46 in its 15 bedrooms and overlooks a salmon rudd and private island on the River Urie.
The completely enclosed courtyard, ablaze with colour and scent from spring through to autumn, is a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
The new purpose built ballroom is nestled in ancient woodland that is carpeted in snowdrops from January and changes through to daffodils, bluebells and a huge array of wildflowers all the way in to Autumn.
Mar Hall Golf and Spa Resort
Mar Hall Golf and Spa is home to a sweeping estate that is filled with romantic scenery and vistas. Not only is the building absolutely gorgeous, it’s Edwardian architecture grandly standing out against the Kilpatrick Hills, but the stunning interiors will instantly win you over too.
You can make the most of the fabulous surroundings and get married on the balcony which overlooks the grounds and the River Clyde. Also, you can have your reception in the newly refurbished Morton House Ballroom and feel just like Cinderella – you shall go to the ball!
Gardens don’t get much better than the 350-year old walled garden at Murthly Castle, with its original fountain, summer house, urns, yew hedges and trees – and that’s after you’ve come along two miles of spectacular tree-lined avenues
All weddings at Murthly are held on an exclusive basis, and there are only 12 a year, which keeps the venue special.
The Chapel interior has to be seen to be believed, and in the garden there’s plenty room for guests, marquees and party games such as croquet. Go and see it for yourself!
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Set within 44 acres of private grounds, Myres Castle is a gem of a venue nestled in the picturesque Fife countryside. You’ll find lots of different picture-perfect spots to play with in those 44 acres, including a Vatican-styled walled garden filled with scented roses, a maze, woodland trail and a small lochlan.
You can get married on the lawn with the majestic castle in the background, in the cosy Apple store with its stain glass window, under the majestic 200 year old copper beach, on the lawns or in the roses – the choice is yours.
Whatever style you go for on your big day, Myres Castle has a backdrop to suit!
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Raemoir House is an exclusive-use venue available only for both private and corporate guests. It sits in a completely rural location of 14 acres of lawns and parkland, yet is only a mile from Banchory and 20 minutes from Aberdeen.
It is a grand Scottish country house where you have the freedom to create your own day whilst being able to stay with family, friends or colleagues and enjoy the privacy of the secluded surroundings.
If you’re feeling adventurous for your wedding photos, you can leave the lawns of the gardens for the Hill of Fare (it’s easily accessible from Ramoir’s grounds) and have panoramic views out across the countryside as a picturesque backdrop for your couple shots!
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a completely unique setting for your special day! The clue’s in the name – you’ll get to enjoy some seriously stunning gardens and grounds if you get married here.
Between April and September,you can have your ceremony in the specially made wedding grove under towering Californian Redwood trees.
With beautiful gardens and breathtaking views across the River Tay to Fife this Dundee venue’s already pretty special.
This superb five-star wedding venue has lots of space outside to make use of, from the outdoor ceremony space with driftwood love heart arch to the outdoor gin bar. How cool is that?
With the backdrop of a stunning Baronial mansion in the background, you can fully enjoy your day inside or outside a fantastic venue.
Tullibole Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which offers exclusive use only, and boasts a 150 yard moat and a maze to add some serious fairytale vibes to your wedding album.
Go for all-out romance with a wedding in the castle, enjoy a lowkey rustic celebration in the barn or throw a festival style big day in a tipi or tent in Tullibole’s extensive grounds.
There’s a huge array of options and choices available, so don’t be afraid to get in touch with the Tullibole team – they’ll guide you through each planning step and make sure you end up with your dream wedding.
Create the house party of your dreams at stunning, unique Angus wedding venue Turin Castle. The house is yours for the duration of your stay, so your guests can stay over and enjoy the five-star surroundings all weekend, if you choose to.
There are so many options available to customise the space depending on your needs and guest numbers. The new wedding room seats 100 for dinner and dancing, with the option of adding on a glass marquee, seating an additional 120 people. There’s 20 acres of beautiful grounds surrounding the house too, so erecting a marquee is always an option.
Turin Castle hosts only a handful of weddings each year, making your experience completely personal and exclusive.
University of St Andrews
Whether you’re looking for a romantic, historic venue with beautiful grounds or a stunning contemporary space right in the centre of it all, the University of St Andrews has an option that’ll work perfectly for your big day!.
Their experienced events team will be on hand to take you through every step of the way, ensuring that your day is everything you imagine it to be.
With the charming historic town, atmospheric ruins of the cathedral and picture-perfect beach all within easy reach, your wedding album is sure to look spectacular.