Got your heart set on a Scottish celebration? Wedding planner Catrina Duthie shares her top wedding venues in Scotland…
Cameron House Hotel
Situated on the “bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond”, this luxury 5-star hotel offers couples a truly breath-taking setting for their wedding. This stunning hotel and its vast beautiful grounds remains a popular choice for both local couples and those travelling from further afield. Across its many romantic reception rooms it offers a variety of choice, accommodating small and intimate weddings as well as larger parties of up to 220 guests. Plus, where else would you want to choose if your wedding transportation is going to be a helicopter or sea plane?
A truly magical venue nestled on the east coast of Scotland, about 10 miles from St Andrews. Fancy a fairy light lit wedding in a cobbled courtyard? No problem. Maybe you’d prefer to have a more bohemian woodland vibe to your celebrations… they’ve got that covered. Or perhaps you want to have a country house setting in keeping with Downton Abbey…they can do that too! Cambo Estate has such a wide variety of choice and can also be hired on an exclusive use basis You’ll never run out of ideas for your perfect day!
Head to camboestate.com now for more details.
Having been lovingly restored over five years, Crossbasket Castle opened its doors in early 2016 and wasted no time in making a big impression as a top 5-star luxury small hotel. Originally built in the early 15th century the castle has a long and interesting history. Nowadays it is the epitome of sumptuous luxury with its nine individually styled bedrooms overlooking the gorgeous grounds located next to the River Calder. This stunning venue can also be hired on an exclusive use basis, allowing you and your guests complete freedom to treat as your own for a night or two.
For more information visit crossbasketcastle.com.
The Trades Hall
Tucked away in the trendy Merchant City district of Glasgow, the Trades Hall is home to the Trades House of Glasgow and its 14 Incorporated Crafts. These trades included tailoring, masons and even bonnet making, which helped establish Glasgow’s rich industrial history and made it the prominent city it is today. This grand, opulent building offers a wide variety of choice when it comes to your special day. Plus, if you’re looking for a photo opportunity of royal proportions, why not head out on to the balcony to enjoy the view – and a kiss!
Find out more at tradeshallglasgow.co.uk.
Established in 1797, Sloan’s is one of Glasgow’s oldest venues and a real hidden gem if you’re not familiar with the city. Located in the midst of Argyll Arcade, where traditionally many couples still find their engagement ring, Sloans offers couples a unique, historical backdrop to their wedding day. Its decadent feel runs over two levels with a grand mahogany staircase and rich woodwork throughout. The Grand Ballroom is Sloans jewel in the crown, with its ornate stained glass windows, gold gilded corniced ceiling and parquet flooring harking back to a bygone era. Simply stunning.
Visit sloansglasgow.com for more details.
Boclair House Hotel
Formally a council office, Boclair House was rescued from obscurity after a three-million-pound investment. After much anticipation and excitement, the doors re-opened in Spring 2016 and it didn’t take long for the rave reviews to follow. Set in the affluent suburb of Bearsden near Glasgow, this stunning Tudor-gothic style building has landscaped gardens with a beautiful ornate Victorian marquee, an exquisite grand ballroom and 12 luxurious suites. It can be hired on an exclusive use basis leaving you with one headache. Do you have your truly romantic ceremony in the natural-light soaked grand ballroom or the garden marquee? Decisions, decisions…
Head to boclairhousehotel.co.uk for more information.
For something completely different and unique Portavadie Marina is one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Nestled against Loch Fyne in Argyll with stunning views of Arran this modern resort and spa may be just the place for you. There are plenty of options when choosing where to say ‘I do’ ranging from its gorgeous marquee, which can hold up to 120 guests, the viewing deck, or perhaps on a yacht if you fancy it. A wide range of accommodation is available from cosy cottages to luxury apartments, as well as their secluded Couples Retreat set on a nearby beach. Where better to spend your first night as a married couple in pure wedded bliss?
Find out more at portavadie.com.
One Devonshire Gardens
This 5-star luxury boutique hotel based in the vibrant West End of Glasgow is one of the city’s best known hotels for style and service. It contains 49 bedrooms across five townhouses that have been lovingly transformed into a truly iconic hotel. For couples who wish to hold their wedding here a multitude of options await, with the ultimate choice being to exclusively hire Townhouse No 5 for you and your guests. With opulent rich wood panelling and original fire places throughout, along with your own private patio area and ‘secret’ terraced garden, One Devonshire Gardens gives you a sophisticated setting for your big day.
For more details visit hotelduvin.com/locations/glasgow
St Andrew’s in the Square
This former church located in the East End of Glasgow is one of the finest classical churches in Britain. Its rich history dates back to 1754 and was in continuous use up until 1993. It is now Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture and holds many events throughout the year. St Andrew’s in the Square is renowned for its beautiful architecture. With its high ornate gilded ceiling, Corinthian inspired columns decorated with fairy lights and stunning chandeliers it offers both a romantic, yet traditional, setting for your wedding day.
Visit standrewsinthesquare.com for more information.
One of Argyll’s true hidden gems. Lying 20 miles south of Oban, near the small hamlet of Craobh Haven, Lunga House was historically the home of the Duchess of Argyll. Today’s Lunga House allows you the exclusive use of its 13 bedrooms plus cottages dotted around the estate nearby, for you and your guests to enjoy your celebrations. Which is the point of Lunga – your very own Scottish castle with beautiful gardens, its own pub, a pier and stunning views (at least for the weekend). Time slows down and you begin to appreciate what they refer to as ‘Lunga Time’. Finally, as a Lunga bride myself I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. It’s motto ‘Little Castle, Big Heart’ sums up everything that Lunga House is about.
Head to lungahouse.co.uk to find out more.