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13 Best Locations for Your Castle Wedding in Scotland

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If a castle wedding in Scotland is your dream, you will be happy to know that there are many castles where you can tie the knot. Scotland allows weddings in any location, like beaches, mountains, cities, and also castles. Finding castles in Scotland for weddings is not hard, and our list will help you pick the best one for you and your party.

Read More: Getting Married in Scotland: A 2023 Guide 

[Please note, pricing displayed on this blog post is correct as per April 2023. For news and updates, please contact each location individually]

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Kara and Mark’s Edinburgh Wedding – Photographed by Wildling Weddings

Brodie Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £800

Brodie Castle is a dream location for castle weddings in Scotland. Its impressive interior and exterior along with world-renowned gardens are a perfect setting for a fairy tale wedding. Brodie Castle is a beautiful location for small Scottish castle weddings and private events. It is famous for its art collection, authentic interiors, and gorgeous greenery surrounding it. 

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 60
  • Drinks reception – 100
  • Dining – 40 (or more if you set up the marquee outdoors)
  • Bedrooms – 7

Culzean Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round (currently closed for renovations through 2024)
  • Wedding cost range – From £2100 for an elopement, and from £4250 for weddings

The Culzean Castle is an exceptional location near woods, beaches, and clifftops. Weddings can be held inside the castle or in a beautiful Country park. The wedding venue at Culzean Castle and its lovely grounds is nothing short of a fairytale. The building is beautiful and features intriguing towers and turrets overlooking the cliffs.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 40
  • Drinks reception – 40
  • Dining – 40
  • Bedrooms – 6

Eilean Donan Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £1400

One of the most popular locations for a castle wedding in Scotland is Eilean Donan Castle. The largest room in the palace, the Banqueting Hall, is used for wedding ceremonies. It is also feasible, weather permitting, to exchange vows outside in the courtyard. Following the ceremony, your wedding guests can enjoy a drinks reception in the elegant Billeting Room. 

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 70
  • Drinks reception – 70
  • Dining – 70
  • Bedrooms – 12

Dunnottar Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £1700 for an elopement, from £3550 for a wedding

Dunnottar Castle is a spectacular location to hold your wedding ceremony. The iconic ruined castle and breathtaking cliff-top views combine to create the most wildly romantic backdrop for your special occasion. Any exterior space on the castle grounds can be used for ceremonies, accommodating up to 25 guests, from the charming Chapel to the curved Smithy archway. 

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 25
  • Drinks reception – N/A
  • Dining – N/A
  • Bedrooms – N/A

Kilchurn Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – Free admission

One of the most romantic locations to elope in Scotland is Kilchurn Castle, which is very quiet and remote. Since it is abandoned it doesn’t have a wedding venue, but you can have an elopement here, or a wedding ceremony with a couple of dear people before you head to a venue for drinks and reception.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – It is an outdoor area, with no seating available.
  • Drinks reception – N/A
  • Dining – N/A
  • Bedrooms – N/A

Errol Park

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £6500

Errol Park is a private site situated in the picturesque countryside. A wedding reception can be held in several smaller rooms if you want an intimate wedding. You can also choose the grand stairwell for your wedding, or an outdoor ceremony if it is spring or summer. Larger weddings are held in Stables, which offer rustic style and authentic architecture.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 180
  • Drinks reception – 180
  • Dining – 180
  • Bedrooms – 10

Drumtochty Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £7000

Among the best locations for a castle wedding in Scotland, Drumtochty Castle stands out with its unique beauty and style. Drumtochty Castle will captivate the attention of you and your guests from the first moment you and your guests catch a glimpse of this magnificent Scottish castle and its fairy tale church St. Palladius.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 120
  • Drinks reception – 120
  • Dining – 120
  • Bedrooms – 11 in the castle, can accommodate 99 guests total in other buildings of the estate

Edinburgh Castle

  • Times of year open – Weddings not allowed from the 1st of June to the 30th of September
  • Wedding cost range – From £6000

A few places are as iconic as Edinburgh Castle. For true history lovers, Edinburgh Castle is an ideal wedding venue, although weddings here are impossible during summer. In one of our larger rooms, you can host up to 120 people, or you can exchange vows in the tiny chapel, which is Edinburgh’s oldest structure. 

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – From 30 to 120, depending on the venue
  • Drinks reception – Up to 170
  • Dining – Up to 170
  • Bedrooms – N/A

Balbegno Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – Price not available online

Balbegno Castle is a perfect place for a small and intimate wedding, although you can set up a marquee for larger parties. The wedding ceremony can be held in the magnificent vaulted Great Hall, or outdoors if weather permits. You can take a tour of the castle and choose the best room for your wedding, and also the most comfortable room to be your honeymoon suite.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 60
  • Drinks reception – 60
  • Dining – 60 (or more if you set up the marquee outdoors)
  • Bedrooms – 6

Melville Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £1900 for an elopement, every additional guest is £105 per adult and £25 per child

In the centre of Midlothian, Melville Castle is a hidden treasure that has been carefully restored with individually decorated rooms and opulent suites. On the day of your wedding, Melville Castle can be your private castle, with the doors locked and the estate lands only available to you and your guests. Some venues in the castle can hold up to 90 guests, but with a marquee, you can have up to 200 guests.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 90
  • Drinks reception – 90
  • Dining – 90 (or more if you set up the marquee outdoors)
  • Bedrooms – 33

Ross Priory

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £3000, there are different packages available

Ross Priory is a remote and unusual venue enhanced by magnificent gardens. It is located in an unrivalled situation on the banks of Loch Lomond with breathtaking views of Ben Lomond and the nearby hills. This venue is situated within 200 acres of its private gardens which are fantastic for wedding photography.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – Up to 120
  • Drinks reception – Up to 120
  • Dining – Up to 120
  • Bedrooms – 11

Dalhousie Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £2500

The magnificent rooms of Dalhousie Castle have been converted into the ideal setting for your fairy tale wedding. An 11-acre parkland estate owned by Dalhousie rises over the River Esk. Even though Edinburgh is only eight miles away, modern life seems far away. If you choose this venue for your castle wedding in Scotland you will feel like travelling back in time.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 100
  • Drinks reception – 100
  • Dining – 100
  • Bedrooms – 35

Drum Castle

  • Times of year open – Year-round
  • Wedding cost range – From £3350

Drum Castle is a chic location for a wedding. One of the best rooms for a wedding ceremony in the castle is a gorgeously restored Library. Drum’s 16th-century chapel, which is located on the property and is encircled by ruins of the old oak woodland, is also accessible for religious ceremonies. The outdoor area is perfect for photography, or you can even have a ceremony outside if it is a sunny day.

How many guests it accommodates:

  • Wedding ceremony – 50
  • Drinks reception – 50
  • Dining – 50
  • Bedrooms – N/A

Your dream fairy tale wedding in a Scottish castle can be captured and saved forever with amazing photography. We offer photography services for destinations throughout Scotland, contact us here to find out more.


Castle Wedding Locations FAQs

Can I Get Married in a Castle in Scotland?

Absolutely. Many castles offer wedding venues. You can choose by location, by size, or simply pick your favourite place and check its availability.

Can You Get Married Anywhere in Scotland?

Yes, Scotland is a rare country that allows wedding ceremonies to be held in any location. It doesn’t matter if it is a civil or religious wedding ceremony, you can choose the location of your dreams and see if the officiant is open to the idea.

What Is the Best Castle to Get Married in Scotland?

There are plenty of wonderful places for a castle wedding in Scotland. However, the most famous one is Eilean Donan Castle.

Is It Expensive to Have a Castle Wedding in Scotland?

Castle weddings in Scotland can come in different price ranges, from almost no cost at all to thousands of pounds. If you exchange vows at a location like Kilchurn Castle you will pay nothing for the venue, but at some locations like Edinburgh Castle, the price can add up pretty quickly.


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