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Castles for weddings in Scotland really do represent the pinnacle of beauty, and an amazing start to the most important day of your life. There are a number of wedding castles spread throughout the country providing a huge selection from which to choose from.

The castles obviously offer a stunning backdrop to weddings but also provide unique amenities depending on location. Those with hotel-style facilities may, for example, offer wedding guests free use of hydrotherapy facilities. If the castle has many bedrooms then these may be bookable by the wedding party at a discount. It's always best to talk to the booking staff directly.

Having a Scottish castle wedding has a number of benefits:

  • Choice from rustic, traditional locations to grand palaces with sweeping grounds, you can find a location that really suits your dreams
  • Stunning scenery with such beautiful backdrops your wedding photography will be truly memorable
  • Period accommodation spend your wedding night in a period room with original furniture and grand four poster bed
  • Civil and religious ceremonies the castles offer both religious and civil ceremonies to cater for all parties
  • Civil partnerships if you're looking for castles that sanction civil partnerships these are also spread throughout Scotland

Wedding castles in Aberdeenshire

Balmoral Castle

Location: Crathie, AB35 5TB (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Receptions only
Contact: 01339 742534 / website

Balmoral Castle offers a beautiful backdrop to your special day, with The Pipers' Hall - a grand and airy dining area - available from November to March to cater for receptions. There's space for up to 120 people and the venue includes a separate bar area and full catering facilities. Accommodation can be arranged for up to 25 guests in adjoining buildings. Balmoral wedding planners can help with the arrangements including florists, pipers and entertainment.
Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire copyright Colin Smith
Balmoral Castle © Colin Smith

Wedding castles in Angus and Dundee

Edzell Castle

Location: DD9 7UE (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies only
Contact: 0131 668 8973 / website

Edzell Castle combines a striking 16th century courtyard castle with beautiful gardens and a summer house, forming the ideal all-in-one setting for your big day. The walled garden, which is open air, continues unique carvings and the summer house includes an open fireplace, perfect for weddings taking place in the winter months. Edzell Castle can accommodate up to 120 guests in total, with the summer house providing a covered option for a further 10.
Edzell Castle, Angus & Dundee copyright Anne Burgess
Edzell Castle © Anne Burgess

Glamis Castle

Location: Glamis, DD8 1RJ (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01307 840393 / website

Glamis Castle not only provides a beautiful backdrop to your big day but also a comprehensive range of options that allow you to personalise the location to suit your wishes. Whilst there is no on-site accommodation, the castle's wedding planners can help you locate accommodation in the local area for your wedding guests. The wedding ceremony itself can take place in various places around the castle, and there are on-site caterers that can prepare delicious menus using fresh produce.
Glamis Castle, Angus & Dundee - Wikimedia Commons
Glamis Castle - Wikimedia Commons

Wedding castles in Argyll and Bute

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Wedding castles in Ayrshire and Arran

Blairquhan Castle

Location: Blairquhan, Maybole KA19 7LZ (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01655 770239 / website

As one of the finest Regency castles in Scotland, Blairquhan Castle is a unique wedding setting. The service itself can be held inside the castle, with space for up to 100 guests. Alternatively there is a stunning local church for hire. Around 26 people can sleep inside the castle - some of whom will be lucky enough to stay in a four poster bed. Various forms of entertainment can be arranged, and flowers can be brought in directly from the castle gardens for a truly unique touch. Marquees can be brought in for larger weddings.
Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire & Arran - Flickr
Blairquhan Castle

Culzean Castle

Location: Culzean Castle & Country Park, KA19 8LE (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01655 884455 / website

Culzean Castle is set is nearly 600 acres of beautiful countryside and features timeless outdoor pursuits including woodland walks, sandy beaches and terraced gardens. It's an amazing, tranquil location that really must be seen to be believed. The six-bedroomed Eisenhower Apartment, on the castle's upper levels, is available for exclusive hire by wedding parties and is perfect way for up to 12 guests to sleep and live on such a special occasion. Entertainment, such as clarsach player and string quartet, can be arranged by castle staff.
Culzean Castle, Ayrshire & Arran copyright Stara Blazkova
Culzean Castle © Stara Blazkova

Wedding castles in Dumfries and Galloway

Caerlaverock Castle

Location: 13km south east of Dumfries, DG1 4RU (map and directions)
Marriage license?: No, ceremonies only
Contact: 0131 668 8973 / website

Caerlaverock Castle offers one-of-a-kind features that can make your special day unique. An original moat and turn-towered drawbridge add a dramatic atmosphere that will make your wedding memorable for the rest of your life. The Great Hall, which can seat up to 60 guests, is open air and overlooks the moat and nature reserve.
Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries & Galloway - Wikimedia Commons
Caerlaverock Castle - Wikimedia Commons

Wedding castles in Edinburgh and the Lothians

Borthwick Castle

Location: North Middleton, Midlothian, EH23 4QY (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01875 820 514 / website

Licensed for both religious and civil ceremonies, Borthwick Castle is an intimate and very romantic site that can be hired for exclusive wedding use. In the Great Hall, up to 73 guests can celebrate along with the happy couple and there are on-site caterers that can prepare a three course dinner to enjoy after the ceremony. Borthwick Parish Church is also available and is located just by the entrance to the castle driveway.
Borthwick Castle, Edinburgh & The Lothians copyright Stephen Samson
Borthwick Castle © Stephen Samson

Linlithgow Palace

Location: Linlithgow EH49 7AL (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 0800 328 1373 / website

The stunning ruins of Linlithgow Palace are located in a dedicated park, next door to beautiful Linlithgow Loch. Famously known as the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Linlithgow Palace has a rich and awe-inspiring history that is really felt when inside the structure. Catering at the Palace is provided by Prestige Scotland who can provide innovative menus and wine selections tailored to your requirements. The two main settings at Linlithgow Palace, the Undercroft and the Great Hall, each have a capacity of 60 people. The Great Hall is open air and includes a large, magnificent fireplace alongside head-turning views over the loch.
Linlithgow Palace, Edinburgh & The Lothians copyright Alistair McMillan
Linlithgow Palace © Alistair McMillan

Wedding castles in Fife

Balgonie Castle

Location: Markinch, Glenrothes, KY7 6HQ (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01592 750119 / website

The 14th century candlelit chapel of Balgonie Castle is without a doubt one of the most breath-taking wedding locations in the country. It can seat up to 70 people, with an additional 30 in the adjoining Chapter Hall. The Great Hall, a stunning setting for the reception, can seat 58 people. The fees include exclusive use of the castle so there is no chance of being disturbed on your big day, and the castle provides on-site catering which is beautifully presented in the Great Hall.
Balgonie Castle, Fife copyright David Johnston
Balgonie Castle © David Johnston

Wedding castles in Glasgow and Clyde Valley

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Wedding castles in Hebrides and Isles

Balfour Castle

Location: Shapinsay, Orkney, KW17 2DY (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01856 711282 / website

Balfour Castle is home to a small but historic chapel and is fully licensed to hold civil and religious ceremonies in the drawing room, which can be accessed via a secret passage hidden behind a set of false bookshelves. The castle includes a number of large public rooms for hire in addition to ample grounds on which a marquee can be erected. The castle has an obvious 'fairytale' feeling about it which really makes it unique for those who want something extra special.
Balfour Castle, Hebrides & Isles copyright Purplebaron
Balfour Castle © Purplebaron

Dunvegan Castle

Location: Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8WF (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01470 521206 / website

Dunvegan Castle caters for weddings of up to 50 people and can provide advice on key arrangements including florists, pipers and accommodation. The stronghold is wonderfully situated loch-side, and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited castles in Scotland, having been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for almost 800 years. Ceremonies can be held in a variety of locations including the drawing room, the North Room, the Gun Court or within the Walled Garden.
Dunvegan Castle, Hebrides & Isles copyright Subichan
Dunvegan Castle © Subichan

Wedding castles in Scottish Highlands

Castle of Mey

Location: Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01847 851473 / website

Weddings at the Castle of Mey are held in the Visitors' Centre between October and April, and offer space for up to 60 guests. For an extra special touch, champagne can be served in the castle itself before heading off to the main reception. Photos can be taken in the castle, castle gardens or within the Visitors' Centre, depending on the wishes of the couple and the weather.
Castle of Mey, Scottish Highlands copyright Dave Simpson
Castle of Mey © Dave Simpson

Wedding castles in Perthshire

Blair Castle

Location: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, PH18 5T (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01796 481207 / website

Blair Castle combines a picturesque, fairytale feel with a stately image, making it one of the most desirable wedding locations in all of Scotland. Both civil and religious ceremonies are available. Blair Castle is ideal for larger weddings as the State Dining Room can accommodate up to 150 guests, whilst the Ballroom offers a perfect setting for the reception with space for up to 220 guests. Other beautiful rooms are available that are suitable for smaller wedding parties. On-site catering is available through Prestige Scotland.
Blair Castle, Perthshire copyright David Monniaux
Blair Castle © David Monniaux

Wedding castles in Scottish Borders

Floors Castle

Location: Kelso, TD5 7RN (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 01573 223 333 / website

Floors Castle offers stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills, and is an exclusive wedding venue, catering for only three weddings maximum a year. On-site catering is provided by one of the country's leading chefs, and the castle offers a range of setting options that include the State Dining Room, the ballroom, and a marquee in the grounds to handle larger parties.
Floors Castle, Scottish Borders copyright Kurpfalzbilder
Floors Castle © Kurpfalzbilder

Wedding castles in Stirlingshire

Stirling Castle

Location: Esplanade, Stirling FK8 1EJ (map and directions)
Marriage license?: Yes, ceremonies and receptions
Contact: 0131 668 8973 / website

The 16th century Great Hall at Stirling Castle is regarded as one of the country's finest banqueting venues, providing a one-of-a-kind setting for your wedding reception. The Chapel Royal is an alternative, catering for both ceremonies and receptions. It is entered via an imposing triumphal arch doorway characteristic of when the castle was built. For summer weddings, the Queen Anne garden offers a stunning backdrop for memorable snaps of the happy couple.
Stirling Castle, Stirlingshire copyright Finlay
Stirling Castle © Finlay

Scottish Wedding Castles

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