Castle wedding venues in Scotland: Magical destinations for a fairytale day

Looking castle wedding venues in Scotland? We’ve done the hard work for you by picking out a few of our favourites.

If you dream of a wedding day that is something straight out of a fairytale then you can’t get much more magical than discovering castle wedding venues in Scotland. Not only will you be able to find plenty of impressive castle venues across the country, you can also take advantage of Scotland’s stunning landscape.

Many of Scotland’s castles are available for hire and – even better – most of these offer exclusive use of the venue, meaning you can roam your own private castle feeling just like Royalty. We also adore than many of these castles have been in the same family for generations, meaning you really get the personal touch and the home away from home feel that you get with a family-run business.

Take a look at some of our favourite Scottish castles and start planning your wedding day.

Auchen Castle, Dumfriesshire

Best castle wedding venues in Scotland
Auchen Castle – Captured by Duncan Ireland Photography

Tucked away within 34 acres of majestic Italian Gardens you will find Auchen Castle. The castle hosts anything from intimate weddings for two people, right through the larger weddings with up to 122 guests. So whether you are planning a cosy elopement in a peaceful setting, or an elaborate bash with a party to remember, there is an option for you at Auchen Castle. This Grade B listed venue comes with 26 beautiful bedrooms meaning your closest friends and family can stay after the big day. Located an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow – and just 30 minutes from Gretna Green – it’s as convenient for guests travelling from afar, as it is magical.
What we love: This venue offers owl wedding ring delivery and you can’t get more magical than that!
Location: Beattock, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9SH
Capacity: 2-122 guests

Drumtochty Castle, Aberdeenshire

View of Drumtochty Castle

For a traditional castle wedding venue in Scotland you can’t get more perfect than Drumtochty Castle. This 19th century setting is filled with little historic details just waiting to be discovered. Designed in 1812, the neo-gothic style, antique furniture and surrounding 350 acres of wild woodland glen will make you and your guests feel as though they have been transported to another time. If you are planning a church ceremony then you will be happy to read that the beautiful church of St Palladius is just a short few yards from the castle gates. With its stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and impressive stonework, it perfectly complements a wedding reception at Drumtochty Castle. Alternatively, the castle can hold civil ceremonies on-site.
What we love: The opulent decor! Every single room feels like you are stepping into a piece of living artwork.
Location: Auchenblae, Laurencekirk, AB30 1TP
Capacity: Up to 120 for dinner, up to 180 for your evening of dancing. No matter your wedding size, the venue will be exclusively yours on your wedding day.

Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh

Dalhousie Castle in Edinburgh

At Dalhousie Castle, you may just be 8 miles away from Edinburgh but it feels like a world-away from city life. Found within 11 acres of private parkland, this towering castle is a grand backdrop for your special day – and includes its very own spa. We are particularly enchanted by the on-site chapel which can be used for religious, civil or humanist ceremonies. While the venue’s arched windows, exposed brick work and in-keeping decor make this the ideal setting for a fairytale day. Dalhousie Castle is all about making sure your wedding day is personal to you and their dedicated team are there to make it happen. An owl delivering the rings? No problem. A tune from the venue’s bagpipe sergeant? Done. Nothing is too much trouble.
What we love: The menus! If you’re a couple who share a passion for food then the castle’s award-winning menu options will draw you in.
Location: Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH19 3JB
Capacity: Up to 100

Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire

Cluny Castle by the water

For a castle wedding venue in Scotland that feels truly secluded, head to Cluny Castle. Surrounded by 200 acres of wooded parkland, this venue is completely hidden from view and only accessed by heading through the gates and along the tree-lined driveway. If it’s a stunning location with ultimate privacy you are looking for, then Cluny Castle is most definitely the spot for you. The view of the castle itself is probably one of the most impressive on this list. With manicured lawns, glass-like waters and an absolutely picture-perfect stone castle. Whether it’s a day filled with sunshine, a crisp winter’s afternoon or even a dramatic cloud-filled sky, we can’t imagine a day where this venue doesn’t impress. The interiors are just as majestic, and although traditional and in-keeping, also have cleaner lines and a brighter feel than many castles.
What we love: It has to be the Tenants’ Hall, stone arches windows, so much natural light and twinkling fairy lights sent us head over heels!
Location: Sauchen, Aberdeenshire,​ AB51 7RT​
Capacity: Up to 94 seated inside the castle. Larger weddings can be accommodated within a marquee set in the grounds.

Blair Castle, Perthshire

Blair Castle wedding venue

A wedding venue with 750 years of history. What makes Blair Castle so special is it has been in the hands of the same family for seven centuries. This venue is not only surrounded by extensive gardens, there are lochs, rivers and glens. So whether it’s a fairytale castle day or a magical wedding in the woods, the team can make it happen. We adore the exterior of this castle – it’s light, bright and is beautifully maintained. As the castle has moved through many historic eras, couples have the choice of more traditional spaces within the castle. Along with more contemporary spaces, depending on the style you are looking for.
What we love: The Victorian ballroom is simply stunning . With floor to ceiling glass windows, stone pillars and a completely magical feel as the night draws in.
Location: Blair Atholl, Pitlochry PH18 5TL
Capacity: Up to 220 guests

So now you have explored our favourite castle wedding venues in Scotland, take a look at our ultimate guide to planning your wedding.

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