When it comes to rugged countryside, sweeping views and lush green hills the Scottish Borders ticks all the boxes and with landscape this beautiful you’re spoilt for wedding venue choices.
Whether you’re looking for a blank canvas barn, an opulent hotel or historic castle you’re guaranteed to find the setting for your dream day with these wedding venues in the Scottish Borders.
What’s more, the region is easily accessible from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and is the ideal location if you have friends and family coming up from England and Wales.
Take a look at some of our favourites…
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Aikwood Tower, a traditional Border Peel Tower abounds with 500 years of history and medieval castle charm. It has been sensitively restored and renovated to create a romantic backdrop for a wedding with serious wow factor.
Situated in the breathtakingly beautiful Ettrick Valley, there are stunning views of rolling hills and picturesque woodland from every window.
Available for exclusive hire only, Aikwood Tower has accommodation for ten people and can host weddings with up to sixty guests. It is a perfect marriage of ancient and modern, making it the ideal venue if you’re looking for an intimate Scottish castle wedding with sumptuous five-star style.
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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!).
Visit Branxholm Park’s website | t. 07585 281479 | e. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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!).
Visit Carfraemill’s website | t. 01578 750750 | e. email@example.com
Couples looking for a magical venue for their intimate wedding will fall in love with Cherrytrees. This beautiful walled garden in the Borders countryside, is a mile from the village of Yetholm with breathtaking views across the Cheviot Hills.
The garden houses an elegant Victorian conservatory with a terrace, making it a very special setting for your big day. You can say your vows in front of up to 50 guests in either the garden or conservatory and host your wedding breakfast in the conservatory or on the terrace. Guests can also enjoy a drinks reception in the elegant drawing room or terrace at the main house.
And being a walled garden, you can have your pick of gorgeous seasonal cut flowers for your centrepieces, bouquets and buttonholes.
Visit Cherrytrees’ website | t. 01573 420660 | e. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 for everything from organic to street food menus.
Visit Hartree Estates’ website | t. 01899 229427 | e. email@example.com
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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!
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If you’re looking for a wedding venue with some history and character, you need to check out Abbotsford, the stunning Scottish Baronial creation that was the home of Sir Walter Scott.
Set amid the beautiful landscape of the Scottish Borders with stunning views of the River Tweed (a huge source of inspiration for Scott’s work), it’s the ideal setting to celebrate the most romantic day of your life.
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An exclusive hotel with 25 acres of stunning grounds in the heart of the Scottish Borders, the 16th-century Barony Castle is ideal for a romantic and luxurious wedding.
Guests won’t be able to resist the wow factor of the winding driveway, which leads past a field of alpacas and up to the impressive fairytale-esque castle, and you’ll love the supportive, friendly customer service on offer here.
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DRYBURGH ABBEY HOTEL
Situated on the banks of River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, the secluded woodland estate of Dryburgh Abbey Hotel makes for a picture-perfect wedding.
The hotel boasts plenty of accommodation and a variety of function rooms for hosting your celebrations, but you can also hold your ceremony in the atmospheric ruins of Dryburgh Abbey.
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Located in the historic Scottish Borders town of Melrose, Harmony House is a dream come true.
The colourful walled garden is one of our fave spots – it’s an idyllic and tranquil setting for your big day. Intimate weddings can take place inside the beautifully restored Regency town house, but a marquee can be erected within the grounds for up to 150 guests.
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MACDONALD CARDRONA HOTEL
Macdonald Cardrona Hotel is a truly romantic wedding venue in the majestic Scottish Borders hills in Peebles, just 40 minutes from Edinburgh.
Set in 200 acres of private grounds and surrounded by hills, woodland and the winding River Tweed, Cardrona’s natural beauty is a magical backdrop for those all-important big day snaps.
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If you’re hoping to celebrate your wedding in complete opulence, Edwardian country house Manderston is the exclusive-use venue for you.
The stately house stands in 56 acres of formal gardens and has magnificent views of the Scottish Borders countryside. It offers a selection of elegant dining and reception spaces for enjoying your bespoke celebrations, and is guaranteed to make you feel like a Jane Austen character!
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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.
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The gorgeous Duns Castle is a true gem of the Scottish Borders. The castle dates back to the 14th century and is the perfect setting for a traditional but romantic wedding with plenty of Scottish flair.
Get married here and you’ll be given the royal treatment, with your wedding party getting to enjoy exclusive use of the castle and grounds.
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Paxton House is nestled in a prime riverside location in the Scottish Borders, and offers lots of different options for your special day.
The best way to make the most of the house’s gorgeous setting is to get married outside. From the manicured gardens, you and your guests will have perfect views out over the River Tweed and Union Chain Bridge. You can even get married riverside in the Boathouse!
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NOT SURE IF YOU’VE FOUND YOUR DREAM WEDDING VENUE ON THIS LIST?