While we can never guarantee you’ll get good weather on your wedding day in Scotland, you’re certain to find a venue with grounds that’ll make you want to head outdoors, come rain or shine.
There are so many Scottish venues with spectacular surroundings you’ll be spoilt for choice with photo opportunities.
Here’s our pick of the best wedding venues with amazing gardens and grounds in Scotland for 2019.
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ABERDEEN ARDOE HOUSE HOTEL + SPA
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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.
ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL
Situated in the picturesque Perthshire town of Pitlochry, Atholl Palace is a dreamy setting for your big day.
From the moment you drive along the magnificent tree-lined avenue, the expert wedding team makes sure that this is where happily ever after begins.
Whether you invite 250 guests to the circular Atholl Suite, 80 guests in the original ballroom or 20 guests in the charming Corrie Room, the hotel is perfect for weddings of any size, or you could always head out into the stunning gardens for your vows. From the formal gardens with their sweeping lawns and colourful planting, to Lover’s Lane with its chestnut trees or the three ponds there’s plenty of scope for taking your celebrations outside.
BALBIRNIE HOUSE HOTEL
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Balbirnie House Hotel is a country house which is now defined by Haute Grandeur global hotel awards, as the ‘World’s Best Destination Wedding Retreat’, an accolade that defines romance without an equivalent. The house is surrounded by 400 acres of picturesque parkland, simply beautiful at any time of the year. Garden ceremonies can be held on the manicured lawn for up to 216 guests – an ideal start to your day.
Beautifully furnished, the interiors are incredibly plush and luxurious and you can rest assured that the staff at Balbirnie will help you create the wedding of your dreams, with plenty of space to really celebrate with your guests!
The hotel has 34 sumptuous bedrooms, giving your wedding guests the option to stay the night and make a weekend of it. There are also many options to create ability to socialise over multiple days.
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. If the weather plays ball you can get married outdoors in the stunning gardens before hosting your champagne reception on the lawn.
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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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.
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, or in the stunning Walled Garden. The aisle of apple trees makes a sweet approach for the bride towards the wooden pavilion and it’s a beautiful sheltered spot, perfect for your drinks reception too.
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.
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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.
You can take advantage of the spectacular views by heading out into the small garden and well area or the walled garden for part of your big day.
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
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Ceremonies in Crieff Hydro’s Victorian Garden, surrounded by rose bushes and loved ones or evening receptions dancing under the stars. Just think of the photos!
The 920 acre Perthshire estate is practically made for outdoor weddings – picturesque backdrops, manicured gardens and endless woodlands.
Need a marquee? No problem. Then complete the setting with a tipi, firepits, sparklers, fairy lights or BBQ. everything to make it 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. Step outside onto the balcony to appreciate the views to Edinburgh Castle and the Forth Bridges on a clear day.
Visit Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club’s website | t. 0131 333 1845 | e. ConferenceandEvents@dalmahoyhotelandcountryclub.co.uk
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 topiary is a definite conversation-starter, while the picturesque St Peter’s Well in the lush water garden makes a beautiful backdrop to photos.
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.
Up to 70 of your guests can extend the celebrations and stay over in the castle bedroom suites (with four poster beds!), cottages, Fingask’s cute Potting Sheds, (a collection of nine double bedrooms), the boathouse with its sauna or the Sir Stuarts House, which sleeps up to 12 people and is a great self-catering base for a barbecue after the wedding.
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 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, before heading upstairs to the Inglesmaldie Events Suite, which again takes in the beautiful views.
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.
Outside the formal castle gardens are given a modern twist, with clipped topiary and formal hedges while the aritsan blacksmiths swing hangs from the back of the gardens for photos straight out of a fairytale.
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!
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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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Innes House is a 17th century family house set within magnificent grounds, spanning over 5,000 acres. The house boasts a totally unique marquee – the covered walled garden, complete with a fountain, really is the stuff of fairytales.
You can tie the knot in the garden or choose from two elegant reception rooms indoors. Then your guests are free to explore the stunning gardens and grounds while you have your photos in the gardens and parkland.
Everything you need to entertain your guests is on hand, including a bar housed within the marquee’s summer house. Even if the weather’s not playing ball there are plenty of gorgeous photo opportunities inside.
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. The choice is yours to make the most of this venue’s stunning surroundings.
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.
LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND HOTEL
Situated in the picturesque village of Luss, this venue has truly stunning views of Scotland’s biggest loch.
The Lodge has a variety of rooms and spaces for your wedding day, and the beautiful function suites can be adjusted to cater to large or small weddings.
You can tie the knot in Luss Parish Church or on the hotel’s private patio overlooking Luss Beach. What better backdrop to your vows could you ask for?
The food is also fabulous, made from the freshest locally sourced produce available by the Lodge’s 2 Rosette Chef Brigade.
LOGIE COUNTRY HOUSE
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Logie Country House is a spectacular exclusive use wedding venue that sits in its own private 130-acre 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 with up to 180 members of your friends and family.
Logie’s ancient woodland is filled with wild flowers which change with the seasons while three Pictish standing stones located near the ballroom will add a bit of drama to your wedding photos. The inner courtyard is filled with aromatic plants while the outer courtyard is the perfect setting for your outdoor ceremony or entertainment.
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!
MAR HALL GOLF & SPA RESORT
Undoubtedly one of Scotland’s premier luxury hotels, Mar Hall near Glasgow has breathtaking views of the Kilpatrick Hills and 240 acres of ancient woodland estate.
You can get married in a variety of different spaces, like the stunning and contemporary Garden Pavillion, the intimate Kilpatrick Suite, the romantic Burgundy Suite or the elegant fully refurbished Morton Hall Ballroom – there’s even an option for exclusive use.
You can also treat your guests to a lavish ceremony or drinks reception in the gorgeous gardens.
It also boasts 53 luxury suites, the Decleor Spa (ideal for a spot of post-wedding relaxation) and the Earl of Mar Golf course designed by Dave Thomas.
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Melville Castle in an idyllic and enchanting wedding venue and estate which sits on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
Nestled within 54 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland on the banks of the River Esk, you’ll love the stunning outdoor space
There’s plenty of splendid rooms within the castle to celebrate your wedding day, so no matter what type of wedding you’re hosting, be it a small intimate affair or a large lavish celebration, Melville Castle will be able to effortlessly meet your needs. There’s even a beautifully decorated marquee on the castle’s extensive grounds if you need more space!
The castle can be hired exclusively, allowing for complete privacy for your wedding celebrations, and use of the castle’s 32 bedrooms for any guests who wishes to stay the night.
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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.
The rest of the gardens and grounds are simply stunning, including a labyrinth, beautiful copper beech tree you can marry under, rose garden and a Spanish Chestnut reportedly planted by Mary Queen of Scots.
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. The estate boasts waterfalls, caves, woodlands and exquisite gardens which were originally laid out in 1796.
There’s room for up to 160 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)!
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.
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, or on one of the many lawns.
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.
The breathtaking scenery is sure to impress your guests during an outdoor ceremony, drinks reception or entertainment.
What’s more, you can hire the entire estate exclusively with accommodation for up to 26.
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Runningburn is absolutely perfect if you are looking for a venue that can truly allow you to personalise your day.
Set on an idyllic farm in the Scottish Borders, it’s due to unveil a brand new, state of the art venue this summer which will include all the wow factor of a marquee, but as it’s a solid structure you and your guests can enjoy the breath-taking views without fear of the weather disrupting your plans.
In the summer months, Runningburn’s fields are full of barley, wheat and oilseed, giving you and your partner fantastic photo opportunities.
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.
THE GOLDEN JUBILEE CONFERENCE HOTEL
Located in Clydebank, just 25 minutes’ drive along the River Clyde from Glasgow city centre, The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel takes full advantage of its unique riverside location!
Alongside its warm and welcoming hospitality, delicious food and lots of luxurious accommodation, the venue also has plenty of function spaces to choose from, spacious gardens and a patio that’s perfect for your drinks reception. Or you could tie the knot outside and take in those beautiful waterfront views.
For an unforgettable wedding reception, you can enjoy the entertainment, welcome extra guests or perhaps indulge in a late evening buffet. The hotel’s co-ordinators can give you expert advice on music and bands or DJs to make the evening sparkle.
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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 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!
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, Upper and Lower College Halls are the perfect venue for your special day.
When the weather’s fine you can enjoy a relaxed drinks reception outdoors on the manicured lawns and a marquee can be erected on Lower College Lawn.
Having hosted spectacular 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.
The venue’s wedding packages for 2019 and 2020 are the best offers the Upper and Lower College Halls has seen so far so head along, have a look around and chat to the team about how they can bring the wedding of your dreams to life.
Visit Upper and Lower College Halls, University of St Andrews’ website | t. 01334 463000 | e. email@example.com