Scotland is home to some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer, so it’s no wonder that many couples escape to the countryside to celebrate their wedding day amongst all of Scotland’s natural beauty.
If you want the backdrop of your wedding to be rolling green hills, sprawling gardens and gorgeous landscapes, keep reading to find out about some of the most beautiful countryside wedding venues that Scotland has to offer.
Here’s our pick of the best Scottish countryside wedding venues 2019.
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Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel + Spa
A 19th-century mansion set in 30 acres of private land and boasting stunning views over the River Dee and Aberdeenshire countryside, Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa is perfect for couples who love the outdoors.
The grounds are as beautiful as they are extensive, and you will easily be able to capture stunning wedding portraits on the manicured lawns. The interior of the house is equally gorgeous, with wonderfully sumptuous décor and furnishings. The hotel is also home to the scrumptious Blair’s Restaurant and a fantastic on-site spa.
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Like something out of a storybook, Aswanley is the epitome of countryside romance. Tucked away in a private corner of rural Aberdeenshire, it’s surrounded by pretty green hills and lovely forests.
There are lots of special hidden areas that are fantastic for outdoor photos, including a bright red abandoned train carriage that sits on the banks of the River Deveron. The main event space is a Victorian barn, which has been gorgeously renovated to serve as an elegant backdrop to your wedding, while also retaining its original farmstead charm.
Aswanley even has a purpose-built elopement hut that sits perched on a hillside surrounded by beautiful wildflowers – perfect for outdoorsy couples!
Atholl Arms Hotel
Cosy and welcoming, Atholl Arms Hotel sits at the entrance of the famous Cairngorms National Park which is arguably home to some of the most beautiful countryside that Scotland has to offer.
The hotel’s scenic countryside location will not only provide a wonderful backdrop for your wedding day, but will also provide a welcome break from the business of everyday life.
You can celebrate your wedding in the traditional Baronial Dining Hall with up to 120 guests, and enjoy your first few days as a married couple taking in the local sights before retiring for a dram or two in front of the roaring fire at the hotel’s snug restaurant and bar.
Ballathie Country House Hotel & Estate
Ballathie Country House Hotel + Estate is a grand baronial mansion retreat that offers couples a truly romantic backdrop for their wedding celebrations. Available as an exclusive use venue, you will have sole access to the house’s 900 acres of private land and its unrivalled views of the River Tay.
The house can accommodate up to 90 guests for a wedding breakfast, but a marquee can be erected on the house’s lawn for larger numbers. There’s plenty of on-site accommodation for overnight guests, with 25 bedrooms in the main house, 16 in the Riverside building and a further 12 Sportsman’s Lodges on the grounds.
The Barn @ Barra Castle
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A stylish venue in the heart of the Aberdeenshire countryside, The Barn @ Barra Castle offers you the ultimate blank canvas allowing you to create the wedding of your dreams.
Enjoy plenty of natural light thanks to the huge beautiful French doors which look out onto magnificent and unrivalled views of Aberdeenshire and beyond.
The luxurious spec of the Barn includes Underfloor heating, which means you can have your wedding at any time of year.
The Barn has stunning locations for your wedding photographs, making it the perfect countryside venue to say I do. Barra Castle also has on-site lodges, meaning that you and your guests don’t have to worry about getting a lift home!
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Blair Castle is a beautiful and historic wedding venue close to the picturesque town of Pitlochry. It’s home to acres and acres of grounds comprising beautifully kept gardens and sweepingly dramatic forests. You can hold your wedding ceremony on the venue’s lawn with the grand façade of the castle and the rolling hills of the Cairngorms serving as a breathtaking backdrop.
Once you have taken full advantage of all the amazing photo opportunities that Blair Castle’s grounds have to offer, head inside and celebrate your wedding in the hunting- lodge-chic Ballroom which can hold up to 220 guests.
Branxholm Park House
Branxholm Park House is a gorgeous exclusive-use, three-day, virtually all-inclusive venue tucked away in the Scottish Borders countryside. This beautiful haven is all about bringing the outdoors inside, and has so many amazing amenities that allow you to enjoy the outdoors whilst being protected from the unpredictable Scottish elements.
Its romantic Wedding Pavilion sits in the midst of a mature woodland and is surrounded by reams of beautiful wildflowers. After exchanging vows, enjoy drinks around the woodland fire pit under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights or in the elegant blossom-topped loggia.
Foodie friends will not be disappointed in the delicious meal served in the stunning French Orangerie. Then dance the night away (and don’t forget to make the most of the Karaoke suite!).
Best Western Keavil House Hotel
Keavil House Hotel is situated in the Fife countryside and is surrounded by 12 acres of private gardens. You can hold your ceremony on the hotel’s beautiful and extensive grounds, and take advantage of local greenery for some amazing outdoor wedding portraits.
The interiors of the hotel are beautifully elegant, paying tribute to the grand history of the 18th-century mansion while maintaining a contemporary boutique twist. Keavil House Hotel also offers guests a great deal of versatility for its couples, and even has three different event suites that can cater for weddings large and small.
The Byre at Inchyra
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The Byre at Inchyra is a gorgeous, versatile restored barn situated on 150 acres of private Perthshire parkland. While The Byre is a blank canvas venue, it has plenty of natural character that will absolutely charm you and your wedding guests.
You can have an outdoor ceremony on Inchyra’s lovely manicured lawns, but if the weather is a washout, the rustic interior of the barn will give your wedding the relaxed countryside atmosphere you were hoping for. This venue also allows you to choose from a selection of approved caterers, meaning you can curate your dream wedding breakfast menu.
A wonderfully versatile country venue in Lauder, near Edinburgh, Carfraemill is perfect for large and small wedding celebrations, able to accommodate parties from as little as three guests to as many as 300.
Not only can you celebrate your big day in one of the hotel’s country-chic event spaces, but you can have an outdoor ceremony about a mile away from the hotel ‘On The Hill’, a scenic location with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. If you like, you can pitch a marquee or tipi in this area and celebrate your wedding under the stars (and with sheep grazing nearby!).
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Castle Menzies is a stunning building inside and out, standing proudly against the rolling hills of Aberfeldy. A perfect venue for couples who love the romantic Scotland of Braveheart and Outlander, the castle celebrates Scotland’s rich history.
Each of the castle’s function spaces can serve as a lovely background to your wedding ceremony, like the charming pink Main Hall that can hold up to 54 guests for a meal, or the beautiful Dewer Room, a grand ballroom which can hold up to 120 guests for your wedding breakfast.
Crieff Hydro Hotel
For glamour and grandeur; Crieff Hydro meets all expectations. But it’s the things you might not expect that really set Crieff Hydro apart… Like bedrooms big enough for all the girls to get ready in, 900 acres of seriously breathtaking photograph spots and its own spa where you can spend a relaxing hour or two.
Prefer to extend the weekend? There are lodges of all shapes and sizes, fuss-free takeaway food that’s perfect for sharing and Action Glen for some seriously good pre-wedding fun! Your day, your way.
Dalmahoy Hotel + Country Club
The best of both worlds, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is both a cosy country retreat and a stunning four-star hotel and wedding venue. Situated only 20 minutes from Edinburgh, Dalmahoy is nestled amongst 1,000 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside.
The interior of the hotel is tasteful and contemporary, yet retains some of the building’s original historical features (the house has a history that stretches back all the way to the 12th century!). Celebrate your wedding in the The Dalmahoy Suite, which can seat up to 250 guests, or The Boardroom, ideal for smaller weddings and with sweeping views overlooking Edinburgh.
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Eden Leisure Village
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Eden Leisure Village is a picturesque countryside wedding venue situated in a great location between Glasgow and Stirling. The North Lanarkshire landscape is peaceful and idyllic, and provides a wonderful backdrop for a romantic outdoor wedding ceremony.
You can then hold your wedding breakfast and drinks reception in the marquee and continue the day with your evening reception in the brand new converted barn, a blank canvas space that will instantly inspire your wedding with effortless rural charm. There are also hobbit huts, glamping pods and a unique glampervan, meaning you can stay with your family overnight too. Call them to book a viewing.
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A venue with gardens unrivalled throughout Scotland, Fingask Castle is a wonderful choice for couples looking for a lush countryside setting for their wedding day.
The Outdoor Pavilion is beautifully rural-luxe, situated in Fingask’s stunning grounds with views that look out to the castle. If you’re looking for a smaller celebration, you can even hold your wedding within the castle itself surrounded by your nearest and dearest.
Your guests can stay the night in Fingask’s cute Potting Sheds, a collection of nine double bedrooms that serve as an excellent base for those who’d like to stay the night.
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
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A magical venue surrounded by beautiful greenery and woodlands, you’d be surprised to learn that Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort is only a short drive from the city of Dundee.
You can continue to enjoy the waterside views during your ceremony inside the Buddon Burn suite, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that look out over the resort’s amazing rustic grounds and lochans.
Then spend your first night as a married couple in the dreamy Leannan Boathouse, a lavishly furnished hideaway for two that sits on the edge of the water.
Glencorse House and Old Kirk
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Situated 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 in the Scottish countryside.
An exclusive-use wedding venue, you’ll be able to celebrate your special day in the bright and airy marquee 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 held their wedding in on TV show Outlander – swoon!
Glenskirlie House and Castle
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Glenskirlie House and Castle is surrounded by rolling hills and gorgeous scenery in the North Lanarkshire countryside. You’ll be able to choose from the two properties available on-site at Glenskirlie, Glenskirlie Castle and Glenskirlie House, for your celebrations.
Your closest family and friends can stay in the castle’s 15 individually styled bedrooms, and there are even two honeymoon suites to choose from!
Whether you’re having a big party or a small, intimate wedding, Glenskirlie Castle will provide the perfect fairytale setting.
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An idyllic Scottish wedding venue, Hartree Estates in the Scottish Borders offers a truly beautiful and unusual countryside location for your big day.
Following your ‘I do’s’, it’s time to dine and celebrate with your nearest and dearest in a unique and enchanting setting, complete with tipis with log fires, lanterns and fairy lights, all with the backdrop of the rolling hills, beautiful lakes and the striking Hartree House itself. There are also pretty scenic trails throughout the gardens to explore, perfect for your pictures.
Your wedding menu is tailored to you too, all locally sourced and with options of everything from organic to street food menus.
Inglewood House and Spa
Inglewood House and Spa is set within 25 acres of land and sits on the edge of a truly beautiful and enchanting woodland near Alloa.
The grounds have been extensively landscaped and there’s a lovely duck pond on-site, making the gardens an incredibly pretty spot for wedding photographs.
Inglewood has a full wing dedicated to weddings, equipped with a stylish ballroom, balcony and special bridal suite where you can prepare for your wedding in the morning. Big or small, you can have the wedding of your dreams at Inglewood House and Spa!
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Ingliston Country Club and Hotel
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Award-winning Ingliston Country Club & Hotel is just a 20-minute drive from the centre of Glasgow, but the sprawling countryside estate feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
If you decide to get married at Ingliston, there’s an indoor marquee that can cater for up to 500 guests, as well as two stunning suites, the art deco style Salerno and the classic Connemara, so you’ll find a space to suit, whatever the size of your guest list.
The venue also offers a highly personalised wedding planner service and lots of added extras, such as a horse-drawn white carriage, plus luxury lodges and a hotel on-site to accommodate your guests.
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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 ambience and beautiful countryside location.
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 tailored to who you both are as a couple.
Loch Lomond Arms Hotel
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An award-winning countryside pub, this unique wedding venue is in the waterside village of Luss.
A picture-perfect location for your Scottish wedding, you can make use of either the Sutherland or Inchconnachan Suites, located in the grounds of the hotel and surrounded by stunning gardens.
The spaces have tons of natural light, offering views of the gorgeous countryside.
A short stroll from the main hotel is Slate Quays, a private location ideal for an outdoor ceremony by the loch. You could even pitch a marquee or yurt and have your whole day there, arriving by boat to the private jetty.
Loch Lomond Waterfront
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With panoramic views of the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, this waterside wedding venue is perfect for a traditional and romantic Scottish wedding day – it even has its own exclusive beach!
If you really want to embrace your scenic surroundings and the 18 acres of stunning private grounds, you can hold your reception in a marquee on the grounds.
You can also book the entire place – all 18 acres, the function suite and 11 lodges – on an exclusive-use basis.
Logie Country House
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Logie Country House is a spectacular exclusive use wedding venue that sits in its own private estate only 16 miles away from Aberdeen.
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 in 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!
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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 rustic and 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 enhance the magical atmosphere.
Although just on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Newhall Estate – with its spectacular grounds – feels a world away from city life. The idyllic setting looks picture-perfect year round, so guarantees a stunning collection of wedding photographs.
Steeped in history, this hidden gem is an exclusive-use venue that’s known for its enchanting atmosphere and poetic elegance.
There’s room for up to 170 seated guests in the Coach House and there’s also on-site accommodation for up to 38 of your closest friends and family.
Norton House Hotel and Spa
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Norton House Hotel and Spa is a magnificent country house close to Edinburgh surrounded by beautiful acres of rolling green parkland.
The hotel has several beautiful spaces that you can use throughout your wedding day, but our favourite has to be The Garden Suite that sits within Norton’s Victorian walled garden, has floor-to-ceiling windows, can hold up to 160 evening guests and offers fantastic views of Norton House’s bright and colourful grounds.
Also, don’t forget to check out the wonderful on-site spa – perfect for a quick beauty treatment the day before your wedding day (or a chilled hen do)!
PapaKåta allow you to personalise your wedding, creating a venue that’s truly unique to you, in the location of your choice!
As the most established Teepee company and the exclusive provider of luxury US Sperry Tents in Scotland, PapaKåta offer a completely bespoke venue on your own grounds (excuse the pun).
PapaKåta’s Sperry Tents come in various sizes and their Teepees can be joined together to give you a unique space for your guest numbers. In addition to their exclusive tents, PapaKåta has a dedicated event planning service and a luxury portfolio of furnishings, allowing you to further personalise your day.
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You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world – in every way possible (and so you should, it’s your wedding, after all!) at this venue. Choose from five very different, very special, rooms.
And wait till you see the grounds: a 30-acre estate filled with lawns, Victorian gardens and woodland. The team at Peebles will help you make it your own – with the help of their trusty suppliers and knowledgeable folks they’ve worked with for years.
So that dream wedding wish-list of yours will practically tick itself off! And if you think all that sounds good? Well! Just wait until you see their beautiful countryside location!
Pitcairlie House is a romantic wedding venue in the countryside near the seaside town of St Andrews, and has recently been given a 5 Star Exclusive Use rating by Visit Scotland.
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, say ‘I do’ in the bright and airy conservatory, which has fantastic views over the grounds and lake.
Perfect for small weddings, Pitcairlie House can sleep up to 33 guests in the main house, meaning every one of your guests can stay under one roof.
If getting away from it all is your idea of heaven, you’ll fall for the rural charms of Rottal Estates, a new wedding venue in the heart of Glen Clova.
Surrounded by stunning scenery, the dramatic views are perfect if you’re hoping to enjoy an outdoor ceremony, but the steading also provides a blank canvas to style however you wish, with the help of the estate’s on-site wedding planner.
What’s more, you can hire the entire estate exclusively with accommodation for up to 26.
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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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 – the perfect space to hold your wedding ceremony.
With a roaring log burner, it also transforms to become a cosy and relaxed area for your guests to enjoy bubbly and canapés as you are whisked away by your photographer to take advantage of the stunning grounds to create the perfect memories.
The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel
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An award-winning country pub in the quaint village of Luss, The Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is situated in one of the most picturesque rural locations in Scotland. If you’re looking for a foodie wedding location in Scotland, then this Loch Lomond venue could be the perfect one for you!
The hotel has a dedicated events space as well as a number of other locations to choose from for your wedding, including Slate Quay on the banks of the loch, where you can have your ceremony by the lapping waters.
Accommodation is plentiful too and you can choose from the beautifully decorated rooms in the hotel or nearby cottages, so that your whole wedding party can stay all weekend.
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Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, The Vu has two stunning venues for your wedding day and is renowned for its incredible location overlooking the Ballencrieff Reservoir.
It’s set on the waterfront where you can have your very own island for your ceremony whilst enjoying panoramic views over the Lothians.
And if you’re seeking a honeymoon suite with a difference, The Vu also has stylish, rustic Canadian lodges for the perfect way to enjoy your first night as a married couple.
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Even though Tullibole Castle is a beautiful and stately Scottish mansion nestled in the Perthshire countryside, it has a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere that will make you never want to leave.
And for the weekend of your wedding, you won’t have to. Exclusively yours over three days, you can prepare for your wedding on the Friday, have your special day on the Saturday, and chill out on the Sunday with a BBQ or even a round of lawn games!
You are also spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a spot for your wedding ceremony. Exchange vows in the castle itself, or have a more laid-back ceremony in the recently refurbished rustic-luxe Carriage House. If you fancy an outdoor ceremony, you can say your ‘I dos’ beneath the achingly romantic Cathedral Tree, or tie the knot down by the water!
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Duns in the Scottish Borders is home to Wedderburn Barns, a picturesque Georgian stable block with tons of potential.
Situated on Wedderburn Castle’s beautifully maintained estate, this stylish converted barn venue can hold up to 150 guests and is versatile enough to be able to provide a variety of different wedding styles for couples depending on their tastes, from country luxe to rustic chic.
The surrounding grounds are breathtaking, and a fantastic backdrop for your wedding photographs.
Winton Castle near Edinburgh blends castle, palace and family home. A Scottish Renaissance castle and an exclusive-use venue, it’s all yours for the duration of your wedding.
Their wedding planner will help you choose the format and style of your big day, which really is up to you – whether you fancy a garden party, a firework display finale or otherwise!
Your wedding guests will love Winton’s warm welcome and relaxed ambience. The castle hosts weddings for 50 to 130 guests inside and can accommodate 100 to 400 guests in a marquee.