19 of the best exclusive-use wedding venues in Scotland 2018
Your wedding is all about the love between you and your partner, saying your I Dos in front of your nearest and dearest.
An exclusive-use wedding venue in Scotland is the perfect way to ensure your big day is all about you and your guests.
In Scotland, we’re lucky to have some of the most beautiful exclusive-use venues, from your very own castle, to rustic barn venues with plenty of personality. There really is an exclusive-use venue to suit every wedding style.
Here’s our pick of the best exclusive-use wedding venues in Scotland for 2018.
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Set in over 200 acres of private land and gardens in the heart of unspoilt Ayrshire, Blairquhan Castle is the ideal Exclusive Use Venue for a romantic wedding.
Listed number 14 by the Independent newspaper in their list of the 50 best places to get married in the world, this magnificent 19th century baronial castle boasts four stunning function rooms seating up to 100 guests, and 15 individually designed bedrooms.
There are also eight holiday cottages on the estate, offering further accommodation for up to 46 people. Blairquhan Castle gained its 5-star status by the Scottish Tourism Board in 2015, making it one of the top exclusive use venues in Scotland.
CARRICK CASTLE ESTATE
Located in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, this newly built lodge and barn wedding venue is the ideal location for the ultimate wow-factor on your special day. Be the Lady and Lord of the manor for your wedding weekend as you enjoy exclusive use of the entire venue.
Treat your guests to exquisite views of Carrick Castle Estate’s 3,500 acres of hills and lochs whilst enjoying the in-house spa facilities. Small and intimate weddings are the focus of the lodge, whilst larger affairs are welcomed in the estate barn just metres away.
The 14-sleeper main lodge built with no expenses spared with regards to environmental well-being is the ultimate luxury, draught free, country living lodge.
Located in the lush Aberdeenshire countryside, stunning and historic Cluny Castle is a castle straight out of your fairytale dreams. As soon as you set eyes on the castle, the deal will be sealed; there’s no denying that this wedding venue is beautiful, with sprawling parklands and lawns, and that’s before you even step inside.
Hire the castle on an exclusive-use basis and enjoy complete privacy. The team at the castle are there for you to lean on if you need to, and help you to create a day that’s as unique as you are.
Accommodation at the castle is available, including brand new luxury rooms, so you and your wedding party can extend the party all weekend.
Edinburgh’s five-star Dundas Castle is the ultimate exclusive-use venue for fairy-tale weddings. In the 18th century luxury castle, couples enjoy a level of service second to none.
With a dedicated wedding organiser and the opportunity to marry in the magnificent 600 year old Auld Keep, it is one of the most unique places to get married in Scotland.
The Castle works with a superb team of catering professionals, including Michelin-star trained chefs, which adds creativity and deliciousness to every carefully designed menu. On their wedding night, couples can stay in a romantic Boathouse on the shores of Dundas’ private loch.
This beautiful tower outside North Berwick is a unique, private space for couples to marry in front of friends and family. With beautiful décor and breath taking grounds this property would be a lovely backdrop for any big day.
The castle is available exclusively, and can accommodate up to 13 guests overnight, which is perfect if you want your wedding party to be together the night before your special day.
For small weddings, the tower can accommodate up to 32 guests, but for a larger celebration a marquee can be erected in the grounds and can accommodate up to 300 people.
GLENSKIRLIE HOUSE AND CASTLE
With their One and Only offer for 2019 at Glenskirlie House and Castle, your big day setting will be exclusively yours when both the House and Castle are free on your chosen date.
Glenskirlie have two properties on site, Glenskirlie Castle and Glenskirlie House, and you can celebrate your big day in whichever one you prefer.
You will have each of the castle’s 15 individually styled bedrooms, should you wish to book, and there’s even two honeymoon suites to choose from! Whether you’re having a big bash or a small, intimate celebration, Glenskirlie Castle will provide the fairytale wedding of your dreams.
GLENTRUIM CASTLE AND COTTAGES
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With exclusive use of the castle, surrounding cottages and entire 53 acres of enchanting grounds from noon on your arrival day to 11am on day of departure, Glentruim Estate offers a rare taste of authentic Highland estate living, giving you the chance to celebrate your wedding with your loved ones, completely uninterrupted.
Opt for the historic castle in its beautifully unspoiled setting to say your ˜I do’s’, or there is also your very own charming lodge in the Walled Garden, ideal for an intimate ceremony of up to 80 guests.
A perfect venue for couples looking to make their wedding a real getaway with their nearest and dearest.
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HAMILTON PARK RACECOURSE
If you’re looking for a Scottish wedding venue with versatility, then consider Hamilton Park Racecourse. This stunning space has just had a £800,000 makeover!
With a whopping 18 function suites to choose from, including two bright and airy permanent marquees, this venue will work for any size and theme of wedding, from huge parties to smaller, more intimate celebrations. Plus, you will have exclusive-use of your chosen function suite.
One stand out USP for this wedding venue in Hamilton is the food; award-winning chefs will work with you to create wedding menus that will blow your guests away, using only the finest top quality locally sourced ingredients.
Turin is a luxurious, exclusive-use, five-star Castle. Uniquely private, the castle was built in 1659 and moved brick by brick to its current home, perfectly located between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Ten beautifully appointed rooms with ensuite bathrooms are luxury personified and on-site experiences include a five-hole golf course, archery and falconry.
Your wedding at Turin Castle will be totally unique and the house is yours for the duration of your stay. Our wedding room can hold up to 100 guests with ample space on the lawns for marquees if your numbers exceed.
Ideal for couples searching for the perfect blank canvas wedding venue but with many years of experience to guide you, Kinkell Byre can help you create a truly bespoke wedding day.
When you book the byre, you will have exclusive-use of the space for your big day, complete with the complete freedom to decorate the space however you wish and use your caterer of choice. You and your suppliers also have access on the day before to set up and decorate (except for Sundays after a Saturday wedding) for less stress on the day. Plus, there is no corkage!
Converted from existing byres and barns on Kinkell Farm, this venue commands spectacular sea views over the St Andrews Bay and across to Carnoustie and Arbroath.
KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL AND SPA
For a Scottish countryside exclusive-use wedding venue, you’ll love Knock Castle Hotel and Spa. Known for its great Scottish hospitality, award-winning food and stunning countryside Knock Castle is a luxurious country retreat.
Set in idyllic Perthshire against the stunning backdrop of the Strathearn Valley, you and your guests can really indulge in all the castle has to offer with their exclusive-use packages, available for up to 64 guests.
Don’t forget, the castle also has its own on-site spa, a haven of tranquillity and calm and a great way to de-stress before your ‘I do’s’.
An exclusive use venue with a 500-year history, Lindores Abbey Distillery near Newburgh in Fife is the birthplace of Scotch whisky, earning it the name as the ˜home of Scottish whisky’. With plenty of charm, character and style, it’s perfect for couples who love a wee dram.
The huge, iconic copper stills and ruins of the original abbey provide something a little different for your wedding photograph backdrop, too!
The Still Room makes for an intimate wedding breakfast for 25 guests or, for larger celebrations the Cloister, with its 52ft long table is a dreamy setting for a wedding banquet for up to 60
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LOGIE COUNTRY HOUSE
Logie Country House is one of Scotland’s top privately owned exclusive-use wedding venues.
Take over the entire house and country estate for a truly memorable long weekend, or mid-week wedding celebration. The house has 15 bedrooms and sleeps up to 48 people.
There is a private island, a purpose-built ballroom, hot tubs, swimming pool, and cinema room.
You’re in safe hands with events manager Gillian and the team looking after you all the way and Hudsons, award-winning exclusive caterers pandering to your every whim!
MAR HALL GOLF AND SPA RESORT
As one of the finest places in Scotland to consider for an exclusive use wedding, you can make Mar Hall your very own stately home for a few days of sheer luxury.
With 53 luxurious bedrooms and suites, perfect for up to 106 guests, you can celebrate your big day in privacy, including use of The Grand Hall, which accommodates up to 200. You will also have access to the manicured gardens, the championship 18-hole golf course and Decleor spa, plus the Garden Pavilion for your evening reception.
As a special wedding treat, you get one treatment in the Pavilion Spa during your exclusive use stay.
Exclusive-use weddings in Scotland don’t get much more exclusive than Murthly Castle. The castle, the garden and The Chapel of St. Anthony the Eremite is your own private space, not only on your wedding day, but also in the days leading up to it.
A private family home on the edge of Highland Perthshire, the castle only has 12 weddings taking place per year, so you know your wedding prep is truly receiving the care it deserves.
With exclusive access two days before your wedding, you have the time and space to set things up as you want without feeling rushed.
Taypark House is a 4-star former baronial mansion set in Dundee, with a stunning view over the Botanical Gardens, Tay River and Kingdom of Fife.
Providing exclusive use of the whole hotel and grounds, accommodating 30 guests for both Friday and Saturday night, this venue is perfect for a small and intimate wedding day. With the beautiful award winning gardens, 14 individually designed bedrooms and a separate ceremony space, it’s a gorgeous setting.
Fancy an outdoor big day? There’s even a gin and fizz garden bar, outdoor ceremony and reception area and driftwood love heart arch.
THE BYRE AT INCHYRA
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If a Scottish rustic barn exclusive-use venue is what you imagine for your big day, The Byre at Inchyra truly is a dream come true.
The Byre itself is a simply beautiful, blank canvas setting, with a real woodland wonderland feel. There’s plenty of options on how to use the space, with touches like The Stable Room “ a chapel-like separate room within the Byre, perfect for intimate ceremonies.
Don’t forget to make use of the enchanting outdoors either, with a whole 150-acre estate for your wedding photography, including the Walled Garden, Bridal Day Room and front hall and staircase in Inchyra House.
THE OLD MANOR HOTEL
The Old Manor Hotel is a gorgeous wedding venue available for exclusive-use, overlooking the scenic coast of Fife.
If you decide to tie the knot here, you’ll get to have your big day in either of the hotel’s two spacious and self-contained function suites. The larger suite can hold up to 80 guests for a wedding breakfast, with room for an additional 40 evening guests “ and both have breathtakingly magnificent sea views.
The hotel has 23 bedrooms, with newlyweds getting to bag a wonderfully large suite complete with a four poster bed, large seating area and balcony that overlooks the water.
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. With the help of our wedding planner, you can choose the format and style.
Why not break the mould? A garden party wedding, be your own disc jockey, play croquet or wow with a firework display finale. You decide! Your wedding guests will love Winton’s warm welcome and relaxed ambience. It’s called ˜intimacy on a grand scale’.
The castle hosts weddings for 50 to 130 guests inside and can accommodate 100 to 400 guests in a marquee.