SCOTTISH castles are not only sites of historical significance and an important part of the country’s heritage, they are also the perfect venue for a wedding. With sprawling land, grand halls and ancient chapels, its no surprise people rent them out for their big day.
With a vast selection to chose from, we take a look at just ten Scottish castles you can get married in today.
Borthwick Castle is an impressive 600 year-old building, also known as “Scotland’s greatest keep”, located just 12 miles from Edinburgh.
The structure was built in 1430 by Sir William de Borthwick, who was granted a royal charter by King James I. One of its many residents was Mary Queen of Scots, who stayed at the castle in June 1567. Nowadays, however, it’s open to everyone and is even available for hire as a wedding venue, sleeping up to 30 guests.
Perched on a cliff top and surrounded by the Scottish countryside, Culzean Castle is the ideal location for a wedding.
The building was designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam for the Earl of Cassillis between 1777 and 1792 complete with state rooms, Georgian interiors and terraced gardens.
Also located on the grounds is the six-bedroom Eisenhower Apartment on the top floor of the castle which can make for the perfect honeymoon location.
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Built in 1416 as both a home in times of peace and a fortress in times of war, Dundas Castle is now the home of Sir Jack Steward-Clark and his wife Lady Lydia.
It wasn’t until 1818 that the main house was built by renowned architect William Burn, transforming it into the five-star exclusive use venue that it is now.
Part of the castle’s attraction is its seclusion as it’s surrounded by its own 1,000 acre estate.
Dating back to approximately 1220 A.D, Auchen Castle in Dumfries and Galloway is a wedding venue steeped in history.
It’s thought that it was built by Sir Humphrey de Kirkpatrick whose family was a close ally of Robert the Bruce. The castle still boasts its original features from its Victorian period including spring water catchments and reservoirs which still supply the castle’s private water.
Located near the town of Bonnyrigg, just eight miles from Edinburgh’s city centre, Dalhousie Castle is in the ideal location.
Originally the seat of Earls of Dalhousie, the chieftains of Clan Ramsay, it was built in the 13th century but is now used as a hotel and spa.
Weddings can also be held on its premises with a whole range of unique features on offer including a pipe sergeant, owl ring delivery and a castle chapel.
Blairquhan Castle is a Grade A listed building situated in the heart of the Ayrshire countryside and still stands today as it was in 1824. Since the original tower-house was erected in 1346, only four families have lived on the estate until 2012 when it was bought over and used as a wedding venue.
The castle has an air of royalty and was even used as a replacement for Balmoral Castle in 2006 in the Oscar-winning film ‘The Queen’.
Designed and constructed by the famous architect brothers Robert Adam and James Adam, in 1770, Wedderburn Castle in the Scottish Borders is now an exclusive use venue.
Its ballroom fitted with marbled columns and crystal chandeliers and renovated barns set around a courtyard in a picturesque Georgian stable block, make it popular with wedding parties.
With the oldest part of the castle built by Patrick Bruce in 1594, Fingask Castle has its fair share of history. It has since been visited by the likes of James VIII in 1716, Bonny Prince Charlie in 1745 and Sir Walter Scott and is now used as a romantic wedding venue.
15th century Guthrie Castle in Angus is another historical Scottish site used for exclusive events only. Set in a 163-acre estate, it’s a popular location for summer weddings held in its historic walled garden which dates back to 1614. Also on hand is a chapel and the Guthrie Village Church, built in 1150, located only a few minutes from the castle grounds.
Drumtochty Castle can be found in the heart of the Highlands, surrounded by a 350-acre woodland estate. The classic, neo-gothic building has stood on the edge of Drumtochty Forest since 1812 and was bought over by the Norwegian government during WW2 and used as a boarding school for Norwegian children who were refugees. Until 1971 it was used as a preparatory school before being used as an exclusive venue as it is today.