Scottish Wedding Venues editor Patricia-Ann visits Blairquhan Castle, a stately jewel hidden in the Ayrshire countryside…
The night before I arrive at Blairquhan Castle, a passing blizzard blankets the estate’s extensive parkland in crisp snow. The effect is striking: the stately sandy-coloured mansion stands majestically against the stark white snowfall, giving the building a serene, storybook-like quality.
As I am shown around, I’m told that the saloon is the most popular choice for indoor wedding ceremonies, and I can immediately see why. Situated in the very heart of the castle, I can imagine a bride making a grand entrance to her wedding through Blairquhan’s magnificent front doors, which lead directly into the saloon. The room itself has olive green walls dotted with gorgeous artwork, a wrought iron balcony that would offer a bird’s-eye view of proceedings, and a stunning 60ft ceiling.
Couples who marry here also have access to Blairquhan’s intimate and historic library – a great breakout area for kids and older guests to hang out in when they need a break from the festivities.
When it comes time for your wedding breakfast and reception, you can combine the large and small drawing rooms to fit up to 100 guests.
These rooms are truly beautiful, retaining their original period features such as open fireplaces, ornate ceilings and large bay windows. If your guest list is larger than 100, you can erect a marquee in the castle grounds instead.
Time to bed…
Blairquhan Castle is an exclusive-use venue, so you can treat it as your home from home for the duration of your wedding celebrations.
It has 15 individually designed bedrooms in the castle, each of which are elegant and spacious, meaning that while you’ll be able to fit in your full wedding party and then some, you won’t all be living on top of each other.
There are also eight self-catering cottages on the estate which can sleep a further 46 guests if you need additional space.