28 Mar 2018 Admin

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Venues in Scotland

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Venues in Scotland

Are you looking for the best wedding venues in Scotland? Well in our latest post we will show you the best wedding locations Scotland has to offer. 

Couples that are ready to tie the knot travel from all over the world to get married in one of the most picturesque countries in the world to affirm their love for each other. And why not Scotland is full of beautiful wedding venues from the boutique locations to barn weddings and even for those on a tight budget. Scotland has an array of wedding venues to choose from.

Our definitive list of Scottish wedding venues has something to suit all wedding styles.

Table of Contents

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue

Our Top 3 Scottish Wedding Venues

Small Wedding Venues Scotland

Barn Wedding Venues in Scotland

Scottish Castle Wedding Venues

Best Exclusive Use Wedding Venues

How to choose a Wedding Venue

Finding the perfect wedding venue in Scotland is sure to be top of many couples to do lists. Your venue plays a key role in your whole day. So deciding where to have your wedding is pretty important.

Your wedding venue can determine the number of guests you can invite, your décor, suppliers and of course your wedding date. Oh and not to forget the Scottish wedding venue you choose will have a big impact on your budget.

Here are Music for Scotland’s top tips for choosing your wedding venue;


Some couples love the idea of having a large wedding full of extended family and friends, others prefer something a little more intimate. Make sure your venue is the right size for the amount of people you are looking to invite to your special day.


It is important to think about where your guests are coming from, is the location accessible by public transport? A number of wedding venues in Scotland are remote and your guests will have to plan how they will be able to make your day.


Think about whether the venue works with and even enhances your wedding aesthetic. The venue can even influence your choice of wedding dress. Consider the formality of the venue, how the weather will affect it, and the facilities.


Will the venue be able to provide everything you need within your budget? Remember to try and negotiate with the location to get the best price possible.


You may want a particular type of menu at your wedding. A classic menu or perhaps a hog roast outside? Make sure you are able to eat the food you had planned.

Live Music

If you would like a live wedding band, does the venue permit this? Does the venue allow music outside? It is also important to make sure the wedding band you choose are a good fit for you location.

Top 3 Scottish Wedding Venues

Small Wedding Venues Scotland

For the couples that have a small list of guests finding a small wedding venue in Scotland can be overwhelming. It is important to make sure your wedding venue isn’t to big and your guests feel lost in a large hall.

Even though you are looking for a small Scottish wedding venue it is key that the location still holds a sense of occasion that your wedding day deserves.

Top 5 Small Intimate Wedding Venues Scotland

We have found 5 small wedding venues across Scotland that we think make for a perfect intimate wedding day.

Hotel du Vin

  • Top capacity of 36 daytime guests
  • Excellent spot for a small, personal wedding
  • The décor mixes classic touches with modern finishes
  • central location in Edinburgh makes it easy for everyone to get to

Argennan Manor House

  • 50 acres of prime Dumfriesshire land perfect for Pictures
  • Celebrate with up to 60 guests
  • Be lord and lady of the house for the day


  • Beautiful Georgian hunting lodge
  • Magnificent landscaped gardens near Hamilton in South Lanarkshire
  • Maximum of 50 people for the meal
  • Spend time with everyone you love.

The Coach House

  • Up to 60 guests in style.
  • Eight double bedrooms for your guests
  • Bridal suite for hire
  • Small, intimate and packed full of style

The Lodge on Loch Goil

  • Beautiful locations throughout the grounds
  • Space for no more than 80
  • Dreamy location for a small wedding
  • A Treehouse, where only a select few can witness your loving vows

As you can see from the list of locations above, Scotland is the perfect place for a small intimate wedding. Breathtaking backdrops and tranquil spaces make for a perfect Scottish small wedding venue.

Barn Wedding Venues in Scotland

For some couples a hotel can be to formal. For those couples looking for something a little more casual and laid back a Scottish barn wedding venue is the perfect solution. There are more and more refurbished barns popping up all over Scotland, that make for the perfect wedding venue.

Top 5 Barn Wedding Venues in Scotland

We have found 5 of the best barn venues across Scotland that we think make for a perfect intimate wedding day. This list was hard to narrow down with so many of Scotland’s old farm buildings being transformed into really special places.

Kinkell Byre Fife

  • Fabulous Scottish wedding venue
  • Spectacular views of the St Andrews coastline.
  • Main dance floor covers an incredible 4500 square feet
  • Overall capacity of more than 500

Kirknewton House Stables

  • Guests also have the option of using the stunning surrounding gardens
  • Perfect for the all-important photographs
  • The stables can seat 150
  • For large parties a marquee can be erected in the walled garden

Woodend Barn Aberdeenshire

  • All proceeds from wedding hires go back into the creative work that the charity does in the community
  • The barn sits on top of a hill overlooking the lovely Royal Deeside
  • Enough space for 75 for the ceremony and up to 120 for the reception
  • Great spot for photos or an al-fresco drinks reception

Abercairny Perthshire

  • Full of character pieces
  • Quirky doors, leaded windows and vaulted ceilings,
  • The main room can seat 70 guests
  • Backdrops for photographs include ancient woodland, elegant grounds and a romantic walled rose garden

Bogbain Farm Inverness

  • Winner of the Best Unusual Venue at the 2012 Scottish Wedding Awards
  • Comprising a bothy, a barn and a byre
  • The farm has a saloon bar, cocktail bar, cobbled floors, original stone walls and timber beams.
  • Packages include fairy lights and colour washes to give even more atmosphere
  • Room for 150 at the meal and 250 for a barn dance at the evening reception

If you are looking to escape away form the fussy service of a luxury hotel and are looking for a more rustic wedding venue, then a barn could be right up your street. Holding your wedding in a unique barn venue is also sure to go down well with your guests and leave you with wonderful lasting memories of your special day.

Castle Wedding Venues Scotland


Are you looking for a castle wedding venue? You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Scotland has a number of castles suitable for holding your wedding.  Each castle is available to hire for wedding ceremony and reception.

Top 5 Castle Wedding Venues in Scotland

We have found 5 of the best castle venues across Scotland that we think make for a perfect wedding day venue in Scotland. We are lucky to live in a country with so many wonderful castles set in picturesque locations perfect to tie the knot in.

Glenborrodale Castle

  • Surrounded by ancient woodland
  • Coastline giving the castle spectacular views of the white sandy beaches
  • The castle is available for small weddings of up to 50 guests
  • The pantry is open 24 hours if you're feeling peckish
  • Dog Friendly

Edinburgh Castle

  • Get married in one of Scotland's most iconic landmarks!
  • Fascinating history
  • Unique setting and panoramic views across the city
  • It’s Edinburgh Castle!

Guthrie Castle

  • Set in 156 acres of natural woodlands
  • Can be rented exclusively for you wedding day.
  • Beautiful walled gardens, a private loch and manicured lawns
  • Quaint chapel for indoor ceremonies

Dundas Castle

  • 5 Star exclusive use venue
  • Built in 1818 by Scottish architect, William Burn
  • Secluded in the peaceful countryside of its own 400 acre estate
  • Only 8 miles from Edinburgh
  • Hidden Self Catering Boat House

Stirling Castle

  • Can be hired exclusively out of visiting hours
  • The historic castle towers over the surrounding countryside
  • Filled with art and culture
  • Incredible double height banqueting hall used for wedding receptions

Those are our top 5 castle wedding venues in Scotland, there are so many more that we could have mentioned.

Best Unique Wedding Venues Scotland

Scotland is full of some of the worlds most amazing landscapes, which means there are so many different kinds of wedding venue to choose from. As a result Scotland is full or rather unique and unusual wedding venues.

Top 5 Unusual Wedding Locations in Scotland

We have put together our top 5 unusual and unique wedding venues in Scotland. There were so many venues to choose from we had a rather hard time but we are sure that you may find the unique Scottish wedding venue you have been looking for in the list below.

Eden Leisure Village

  • Festival-style, glamping wedding is a great idea for a weekend-long celebration
  • Just 14 miles from Glasgow
  • Site is set for a rustic, Scottish countryside theme that will blow your guests away.
  • You can even have your ceremony on the lawn


  • Hire a tipi or Sperry tent to pitch up in your favourite spot
  • The tents are gorgeous, and can be personalised in any way you wish
  • Giant mirror ball, festoon walkway and floral arch

Barrowland Ballroom

  • For music lovers
  • Turn your wedding into a real life gig
  • Iconic Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
  • Central Location for your guests

Doune castle

  • The epic Doune Castle was used for some exterior shots of Winterfell
  • Also used for the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • You can rent Doune Castle just for your photographs so if you are getting married nearby it’s also a very awesome photo location

Jupiter Artland

  • Incredibly magical contemporary sculpture garden
  • 100 acres of woodlands and meadows
  • 15-minute drive from Edinburgh City Centre
  • Funky vintage 1950’s converted Silver Streak bar
  • Marquee to hide from the Scottish rain

As you can see the choice of unique wedding venues in Scotland is vast. From castles used in game of thrones to an iconic music location in Glasgow and even pitching up a tipi for your wedding night.

Which of the unusual Scottish wedding locations is your favourite?

Best Exclusive Use Wedding Venues in Scotland

The last section of our ultimate guide to Scottish Wedding venues focuses on the locations that you can hire for exclusive use for your special day. Below are three of our favourite exclusive use wedding venues in Scotland.

Broxmouth Park

  • Beautiful countryside and magnificent woodland,
  • Stylish setting for a country wedding
  • Luxurious accommodation
  • Award-winning chef

Hopetoun House

  • Sweeping drive, vast grounds and magnificent facade,
  • You can get married in the (very beautiful!) stables
  • Dance the night away in the grand ballroom
  • Perfect Location for friends and family

Aldourie Castle

  • Stunning castle scene
  • Mysterious and romantic Loch Ness at the bottom of its gardens
  • Turrets, open fires, grandeur and luxury, plus a real Highland atmosphere

Wedding Venues in Scotland by Music for Scotland

We hope that you enjoyed out ultimate guide to finding your ideal wedding venue in Scotland. It was our aim to include as many of the top Scottish wedding venues; from barn wedding to something more small and intimate. As well as trying to include venues suitable for budgets both small and large.

Let us know your faviourite wedding venue or if you have already booked yours and we haven’t included it in our post let us know and we can add to our ever growing list of the best wedding venues Scotland has to offer.