38 of the best exclusive-use wedding venues in Scotland 2020
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Discover the secrets of Abercairny, a secluded and exclusive venue in the Strathearn valley looking out across from surrounding woods across spacious parklands to the loch.
At its heart stands the resplendent Gothic Stables that will be the backdrop to your celebration.
A sheltered Courtyard lends itself to gathering friends and family outside, while the Thistle Hall is ideal for an indoor ceremony and ceilidh, and the new Dining Hall is a long light room suited to any part of the wedding day.
The adjacent terraced garden is a romantic outdoor alternative for a ceremony and a wonderful place to explore for wedding photographs.
BALLATHIE COUNTRY HOUSE + ESTATE
Ballathie Country House Hotel + Estate is a grand baronial mansion retreat that offers couples a truly romantic backdrop for their wedding celebrations.
Available exclusive use, you will have sole access to the house’s 500 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.
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Barnbougle Castle, a hidden gem just seven miles west of Edinburgh, is an ancient knightley fortress that was restored by the newlywed 5th Earl of Rosebery and his wife Hannah as a private retreat.
Never opened to the public, it remains as if they had just stepped out, and can be exclusively yours on your wedding day.
Surrounded by 2,000 acres of parkland, private beaches and enchanting woods, with its banqueting hall, minstrels’ gallery and grand spiral staircase, this beautiful venue can play host both to grand and intimate celebrations.
This is a fantastic wedding venue to start your married life in style.
An exquisitely romantic Ayrshire wedding venue, Blairquhan Castle is beautiful inside and out. From stately exteriors to elegant yet modern interiors, a wedding day at Blairquhan promises to feel sophisticated and luxurious.
You can hold your ceremony outside in the flower garden, or inside in the castle’s beautifully decorated saloon which can seat up to 90 guests.
There are four stunning function suites within the Castle accommodating up to 100 for your wedding breakfast and 120 for evening reception. The castle also offers 15 individually styled bedrooms for those who wish to stay overnight, as well as eight cosy cottages onsite.
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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 a delicious wedding breakfast dance the night away with up to 85 guests (and don’t forget to make the most of the Karaoke suite!).
BYRE AT INCHYRA
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In the heart of Perthshire in Scotland is the Byre at Inchyra, the ultimate wedding barn venue. The authentic blank canvas barn venue is primed for you to create your most personal day, supported by an award-winning wedding team. Your wedding will look and feel unique, highly personal, down to earth and ‘wow’!
Aesthetically, it’s magnificent, boho-chic and breathtakingly beautiful. Behind the scenes, you’ll love how the team make it easy for you with meticulous attention to detail, state of the art technology and an inspiring and creative team of suppliers.
Come and make Inchyra your own as you throw the celebration of a lifetime.
Cardney Steading is a stunning newly refurbished wedding and events venue, located just four miles from Dunkeld. Offering some of the most picturesque scenery in Perthshire, this venue is an idyllic location for your big day.
Couples will fall for the charms of the rustic stone, pretty whitewashed walls and beautifully finished outdoor spaces and there is so much scope to decorate this blank canvas venue exactly how you want.
The venue can be yours for the weekend of your wedding, giving you the option to hire two of the estate’s cosy cottages for you and your wedding party.
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The seat of Clan Menzies for centuries, Castle Menzies is truly beautiful and authentic Scottish castle wedding venue.
Restored from a ruin in 1957, and now has a variety of elegant function spaces to choose from when planning where to hold your wedding ceremony and reception.
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 pretty, with tons of natural light and a charming pink colour scheme.
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Cringletie dates back to 1861 and is the ultimate exclusive use estate. With 15 rooms, including a two bed/two bath cottage sleeping up to six, the hotel can accommodate 32 guests in-house and up to 70 guests for a ceremony/reception.
All rooms have views of either the gardens or surrounding hills. The listed Walled Garden dating back to 1666 is ideal for photographs.
With two AA Rosettes, Cringletie’s award-winning food will ensure the success of your wedding breakfast. The entire estate, including guest rooms, public areas and grounds are all yours when hired on an exclusive use basis.
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Tucked away on the outskirts of Glasgow and with incredible views of the River Calder and its stunning waterfalls, Crossbasket Castle is a luxurious venue with a rich history.
The main castle dates back to the 18th century, and its 16th-century tower has been transformed into a four-storey honeymoon suite. The incredible converted tower has a bridal dressing area, four-poster bed, bathroom with walk-in shower and roll-top bath, and your own luxury lounge area – but the whole place can yours for the duration of your wedding celebrations.
The castle has nine bedrooms with two additional onsite Gate Lodges ensuring you have plenty of overnight accommodation.
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.
ERRICHEL HOUSE AND COTTAGES
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Situated on a picturesque farm just outside of Aberfeldy, Errichel House and Cottages is a family run business that uses most of its own home grown produce in the food it serves to guests.
For small wedding celebrations, you can hire the beautiful and snug Roundhouse Restaurant, a unique and atmospheric space that can seat up to 40 guests.
If you require more room, you can pitch a marquee, teepee or sperry tent in a lovely area on the house’s grounds which overlooks the Tay Valley, allowing you to up your guest list to 120 people.
A truly stunning wedding venue that stands high on a hill in Kingston, North Berwick, Fenton Tower will blow you away with its uniquely Scottish charm.
The tower’s décor pays tribute to its rich Scottish history while still being freshly contemporary, with many items being handpicked and carefully shipped over from French chateaus. Wedding breakfasts and receptions for smaller weddings can be hosted in the vaulted Dining Room, while larger celebrations can spill outside into a spacious marquee on Fenton Tower’s beautiful grounds.
The Tower has recently unveiled the brand new self-catering Fenton Lodge too, providing more overnight accommodation for your guests.
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Fingask Castle is a dream wedding venue that allows couples to live like lairds during their wedding celebrations.
The castle overlooks one of Scotland’s great gardens, and is set in a private glen between Perth and Dundee.
The Fingask pavilion is a fully furnished structure with a large wooden dancefloor (ideal for ceilidhs!) and is easily adaptable, able to host small weddings from as little as 50 people to as many 300.
Dotted around the estate are a number of houses, cottages and pods allowing accommodation for up to 70 people.
Fingask Castle is a romantic, exclusive use wedding venue with modest prices!
Tucked away in beautiful countryside, a mile from the shores of Loch Lomond, Fruin Farm provides the perfect backdrop for laid back intimate weddings, with an emphasis on bespoke.
The whole farm is exclusively yours and there are no set rules as to how you use the space.
Whether it’s in the 200 year-old barn, the snug with its open fire or in the main room, which is all wow with its twinkling fairy lights and panoramic views down to the Loch, drink, dine and dance wherever you want, the choice is yours. Weddings from £3000.
GLEN CLOVA HOTEL
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Between Aberdeen and Dundee, at the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, you’ll find Glen Clova Hotel & Luxury Lodges, a beautiful 4* countryside retreat sleeping up to 84 guests.
You can choose to have your ceremony in the non-denominational Glen Clova Kirk which is 100m from the hotel, or if you’re an outdoor fan you can get married at Corrie Fee or Loch Brandy. S
maller weddings (up to 50) can also choose to have their ceremony in the hotel. Beautiful scenery, delicious food and attentive service will help to make your special day the magical day you’ve always dreamt of.
HAWKSWOOD HOUSE COUNTRY ESTATE
Set in the picturesque hamlet of Peat Inn, just 10 minutes from St Andrews, Hawkswood House Country Estate boasts fantastic views and 55 acres of gorgeous grounds. T
he estate includes three separate properties; Hawkswood House, The Roundel and Bowhill Bed and Breakfast, and with the Exclusively Yours Wedding Package couples can take over the entire properties and grounds to celebrate their special day.
Getting married in Fife or St Andrews? Then why not consider renting the luxurious 5 star setting of Hawkswood House or The Roundel pre and post-wedding.
Both are five-bedroom exclusive use properties that are perfect for the bridal parties.
HOTEL DU VIN AT ONE DEVONSHIRE GARDENS
Heart set on an intimate city venue with an unparalleled touch of class?
One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel du Vin might just be the perfect setting for you. Set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable and vibrant West End, One Devonshire Gardens by Hotel du Vin is one of Glasgow’s most luxurious boutique hotels.
Comprising five connected townhouses which boast 12 bedrooms, one honeymoon suite, a private bar, and a secret garden, there’s no shortage of choice for you on your big day.
Exclusive use of Townhouse 5 with its own secret garden is available to make your wedding day truly memorable.
Visit Hotel du Vin’s website | t. 0141 576 2265
KINCAID HOUSE HOTEL
Secluded in its own grounds in the village of Milton of Campsie close to Glasgow city centre, Kincaid House Hotel is a Grade A Listed building which is bursting with picturesque charm.
The historic Tudor manor boasts warm traditional interiors, a light-filled conservatory and a walled garden that make an ideal backdrop for a memorable ceremony and photographs of your big day. The nine spacious en-suite rooms are beautifully decorated and furnished and are all reserved for you ensuring you have exclusive use for the duration of your stay.
Kincaid House Hotel is available for exclusive use, promising an intimate wedding day that is truly memorable.
A former farm steading, Kinkell Byre has been converted into a charmingly spacious wedding venue and a perfect party location for couples looking for a private, exclusive use place to hold their big day celebrations.
Situated on the coast near St Andrews, Kinkell Byre has really spectacular views over the North Sea and east coast of Scotland from the St Andrews bay, and you can have your wedding ceremony outside facing out onto this breathtaking view.
You’ll also love the glass door at the bar and reception area, giving you wonderful vistas for your ceremony or drinks reception inside the byre!
LOCH LOMOND ARMS HOTEL
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With a prime spot in the heart of picturesque Luss and breathtaking scenery on all sides, the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is a seriously romantic wedding venue.
Take advantage of the gorgeous surroundings by getting married at Slate Quay, a private spot on the bank of the lochs with plenty of space for marquees and its own jetty so guests can arrive by boat!
There are also romantic islands for ceremonies, two lovely function spaces, and the nearby ancient Luss Church.
Boutique and cosy, the hotel can be exclusively yours with additional cottages nearby for guests to stay the evening of your wedding.
LOCH LOMOND WATERFRONT
Set within 18 acres of private grounds with its own exclusive beach, Loch Lomond Waterfront is located in a tranquil and wooded location on the banks of Loch Lomond, near the picturesque village of Balmaha.
With stunning panoramic views in every direction, you can opt for a marquee or tipi wedding, or make use of the multi-room function suite that includes the Thistle Banquet Room, Rob Roy private lounge bar and the Garden Room conservatory.
Completely private and all yours for the duration of your wedding celebrations, Loch Lomond Waterfront can be the perfect exclusive use wedding venue for you.
TRUMP MACLEOD HOUSE AND LODGE HOTEL
Situated in a private and dramatic landscape in the Aberdeenshire countryside, this beautiful property is a fantastic place to escape to for your wedding celebrations.
The house is a modern and luxurious hotel, but still retains all the charms of a historic Scottish mansion, with cosy roaring fires and extensive, lush grounds. With sixteen bedrooms, the hotel and lodge accommodation can be exclusively yours for the weekend of your wedding, and can sleep up to 32 guests.
The on-site chefs are also fantastic, using locally sourced seasonal produce of the highest quality, ensuring that your guests will remember your wedding breakfast for years to come.
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A lovely private estate in Perthshire, Murthly Estate only holds 12 weddings a year, ensuring that your wedding is one of an exclusive few.
They have plenty of beautiful features throughout the estate, such as the atmospheric Chapel of St. Anthony the Eremite, or the breathtakingly pretty walled garden.
The estate are more than happy for you to choose whichever suppliers you prefer, but they do have a supplier list for clients who would like some guidance.
For your wedding, you can use Murthly Castle’s beautiful reception spaces, or hire a marquee or tent for a romantic garden party vibe to your big day celebrations.
Myres Castle 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.
A brand new venue with availability for 2020 and beyond, Netherbyres House offers beautiful grounds, a relaxed atmosphere, and heaps of style. A Victorian mansion with a difference, decorated in a quirky and modern style making it a photographers dream.
And you don’t just have a wedding day, have a whole wedding weekend. Stay with your friends and family in the 9 ensuite guest bedrooms, all decorated in an individual style. You won’t have to share the space with other guests either – it’s all yours (if you don’t mind sharing with deer and pheasants).
If you’re dreaming of exchanging vows in the enchanting atmosphere of a traditional Scottish castle, look no further than Oxenfoord Castle.
With Edinburgh only a 30-minute drive away, this grand venue boasts both a serene country location and close proximity to a major city.
An exclusive-use wedding venue, you can expect to spend a day surrounded by your nearest and dearest while you enjoy the estate’s romantic parkland and historic interior, brimming with carved woodwork and lavish plaster ceilings.
The outstanding Hickory are the caterers for Oxenfoord, ensuring that your wedding breakfast will be unquestionably delicious.
Riddle’s Court provides a romantic and historic setting with captivating painted ceilings, elegant rooms, and intimate courtyards, all conveniently located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.
From the moment you walk in from the Royal Mile, the venue exudes character and charm with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere away from the bustle of city life. The historic rooms are an enchanting choice for ceremonies, receptions, wedding breakfasts and even ceilidhs.
Intimate and private, Riddle’s Court will be exclusively yours for the whole of your wedding day, allowing you to celebrate with your nearest and dearest in complete privacy.
Opening this year, Rosebery Steading is an 18th-century barn conversion only 25 minutes from Edinburgh in Temple, Midlothian.
While the steading has been modernised into a fantastic state-of-the-art events venue with luxurious accommodation for up to 28 guests, two barn spaces each seating up to 100 people, and its own Pumphouse Bar House bar, it retains much of its original character with features such as exposed wooden beams, stone floors, steeple and doocot.
The venue will also have luxury on-site accommodation where you and your wedding party can relax and set up HQ for the duration of your big day celebrations.
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Set in Dundee’s lovely West End, Taypark House is the perfect venue for couples wanting to host an elegant stately home celebration.
You’ll receive your own dedicated wedding co-ordinator who’ll help you bring your dreams to life. What’s more, there are 14 individually designed bedrooms so there’s plenty of rooms for your nearest and dearest to stay over, and the hotel can be hired exclusively for your wedding day.
We also love that there’s a fully-stocked gin bar in the hotel’s dining room and a gin and fizz garden bar in the grounds. What more could you need for an al fresco drinks reception?
THE OLD COURSE HOTEL
St Andrews is the ultimate romantic destination for your big day.
The AA Five Red Star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa offers a truly iconic setting overlooking the world renowned Old Course, Swilcan Bridge and the beautiful West Sands Beach.
The reception spaces available to you are lush, spacious and modern, like the gorgeous Conservatory that can hold up to 110 guests, or the lovely ballroom, which can hold up to 130, not to mention the smaller spaces are available for couples who would prefer a more intimate wedding celebration.
A legendary background for the start of your greatest adventure of all.
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THE OLD MANOR HOTEL
With an unrivalled view of the coastline, this venue is a warm and welcoming place to have your wedding celebrations.
Located in the picturesque village of Lundin Links, the hotel’s pretty location makes it a lovely place to hold your wedding celebrations, and offers lots of gorgeous backdrops for those all-important wedding photos.
The hotel itself has three different function spaces available, and is able to accommodate as little as 20 guests to as many as 120 depending on the type of celebration you would like to have.
Available as exclusive-use, this is a gorgeous place to tie the knot in the beautiful Fife countryside.
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Owners of converted cattle shed The Rhynd, The Foster family, set out to create a venue with all the flexibility you need to bring your wedding dreams to life.
The blank-canvas venue retains plenty of original features, while allowing you to use and decorate the space just as you like, whether you’re hosting 20 guests or up to 200.
What’s more, you can choose whichever suppliers you like, and there’s no corkage – everything you need to celebrate in style.
The Rhynd team has also recently renovated the farmhouse next to the event space so there’s beautiful accommodation only a stone’s throw away.
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Exclusively yours over three days, Tullibole Castle can be your own private kingdom for the duration of your wedding weekend.
While grand, this stately castle has a lovely laid back vibe that will make you feel right at home. You are also spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a spot for your wedding ceremony. You can exchange vows in the castle itself, or have a more laid back ceremony in the 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 moat side!
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Turin Castle is a five-star, exclusive-use castle located in the heart of Scotland, surrounded by the scenic Angus Glens.
An authentic Scottish hideaway, Turin Castle is luxuriously spacious, sleeping up to 20 guests in 10 beautifully appointed en-suite rooms which retain an intimate and boutique feel.
You can have dinner and dancing for up to 100 guests in the castle’s fairy-light draped wedding room. The castle is nestled in 20 acres of private grounds, home to the castle’s remarkable stone circle that is perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies.
The manicured lawns also have plenty of room for a marquee wedding.
UNUSUAL VENUES OF EDINBURGH
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How many people can say they got married in a beautiful, city centre venue steeped with Scottish history? A collection of unique, exclusive use, multi-award-winning venues: The Caves, The Rowantree and Marlin’s Wynd, situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Unusual Venues of Edinburgh are just bursting with historical and romantic charm, sure to wow your guests and make your wedding day one to remember. They can cater for weddings from 20 to 150-day guests and up to 450 guests in the evening, and best of all, each are exclusive use, making your Big Day that little bit extra special!
UPPER AND LOWER COLLEGE HALLS, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS
If you are looking for a romantic, unique venue set in beautiful surroundings in the town centre of St Andrews, this is the perfect place.
Set in the beautiful grounds of St Salvator’s Quad, the venue will be exclusively yours. Enjoy a wedding breakfast in the grandeur of Lower College Hall and then take to the dancefloor in Upper College Hall for your reception party.
Having hosted wedding ceremonies and receptions for couples from all around the word for many years, the 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.
Winton Castle near Edinburgh blends castle, palace and family home. A Scottish Renaissance castle and an exclusive-use venue, this grand but welcoming castle would be all yours during your wedding.
Their wedding manager will help you choose every aspect of your big day; it’s up to you whether you fancy a garden party, a band, a firework display, or want to throw in a mini-highland games.
Your wedding guests will love Winton’s relaxed ambience, described as ‘intimacy on a grand scale’. The castle hosts weddings for 50 to 130 guests inside and 100 to 400 guests in a marquee.