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Intimate Wedding Venues in Scotland: 10 Stunning Suggestions

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Nowadays, many of us are opting for small, intimate weddings, in which we can enjoy unique locations with just a handful of our nearest and dearest – as opposed to the big traditional white church weddings with hundreds of guests!

When opting for something on a smaller scale, Scotland holds much inspo and accessibility. Fun fact: there are no laws prohibiting you from getting married outdoors, and pretty much anywhere you please (with the landowner’s permission, of course).

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So, with that in mind, we have put together a guide on the many wonderful intimate wedding venues in Scotland where you and your special someone can say “I do”.

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10 Intimate Wedding Venues in Scotland

So, let’s lose no time in finding you the ultimate intimate wedding venue in Scotland for your magical day.

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Photography by Wildling Weddings @ Victoria Street

1. Aikwood Tower, Scottish Borders

Those looking for a venue that is small and intimate – but still has a magical fairytale feel to it – will love Aikwood Tower.

This venue can accommodate a guest list from 2 – 60, and has lodgings for up to ten people to stay the night. The venue itself (which is over 500 years old) offers a unique combination of modern and medieval decor, and has some fantastic grounds in which the ceremony can be performed (for those who wish for an outdoor event).

Nestled into the Scottish Borders, Aikwood Tower is roughly an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, and is surrounded by the majestic Yarrow Valleys, making the entire location brimming with Gaelic charm!

More information can be found here.

2. The Harbour Chapel, Edinburgh

If you’ve always dreamed of a traditional chapel wedding (complete with stunning stained-glass windows), but without a whopper guestlist, the Harbour Chapel in Edinburgh might just be the venue for you.

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This chapel, which is the oldest in the city, offers an intimate, atmospheric venue for smaller-scale weddings, and can also feature banquet tables that fit up to 70 guests in the same room, meaning no need to traipse from one venue to another for the dinner ceremony!

This beautiful building dates back to the 1700s, but it fully-restored (and seriously gorgeous), making for the ultimate city venue for an intimate or micro-wedding. It even features a romantic balcony, which can make for some incredible wedding photography!

More information can be found here.

3. Fruin Farm, Loch Lomond

There’s something deliciously rustic and witchy about getting hitched inside a beautiful farmhouse in the middle of the countryside. Couple that with the quintessential Scottish scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, and you’ve got one seriously magical wedding location.

Fruin Farm can cater to a maximum of 60 guests, and has an adjacent restaurant to whip up an incredible wedding feast. All food ingredients are locally-sourced, making this one of the most sustainable (and delicious) options to tie the knot in.

Oh, and we almost forgot the best part – Fruin Farm has some SERIOUSLY cute residents in the form of alpacas and llamas!

More information can be found here.

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4. Roulotte Retreat, Scottish Borders

Happy couples hoping to have a super bohemian-style wedding ceremony will absolutely dig the incredible Roulotte Retreat near Eildon Hills. 

This gypsy-style wonderland features hand-carved and hand-painted French roulottes, which are surrounded by rolling hills and every type of wildflower you can imagine. The ceremony can take place in the elegant studio, which has a huge woodburning stove, and you can enjoy sipping champagne and dancing under the stars in the surrounding meadow. 

This intimate wedding venue in Scotland is ideal for micro-weddings, and can feature a maximum of 22 guests.

For free-spirited couples, this is a MUST!

More information can be found here.

5. St. Mary’s Space, Argyll

If you and your partner are suckers for rural Scottish scenery, then this hidden gem is perfect for you.

Tucked away in a mountain-rimmed Highland glen, this location is like something out of a fairytale. Lovers of nature are in luck, because this area has it all: forests, lochs, rolling hills – you name it.

Formerly a Catholic church, St. Mary’s Space has been revamped as an intimate space for weddings and elopements. The happy couple can also stay in the nearby Sitooterie cabin, which is super cosy.

We need to reiterate that this venue is rural AF – and is ideal for those looking for a quiet, lowkey wedding getaway.

More information can be found here.

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Photography by Wildling Weddings @ Virgin Hotels

6. Marlin’s Wynd, Edinburgh

The kooky Marlin’s Wynd can be found in the heart of the city’s infamous Old Town, and offers a delightful atmosphere of candlelight and fairylights to create a magical ambiance, and is part of a local wedding venue selection called Unusual Weddings (which are award-winning, just FYI).

This venue is perfect for intimate weddings, and even offers an in-house wedding service to make the run-up to your special day just that much more smooth and stress-free.

Once the main ceremony is complete, you and your guests can tuck into a delicious feast created for you to round off a truly enchanting day.

More information can be found here.

7. Carphin House, Fife

Having an intimate wedding doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice any dreams you may have about tying the knot in a stately country manor.

Far from it!

Carphin House is situated on 15 acres of serene Scottish countryside, and depending on whether you opt to hold your ceremony indoors, you can have up to 20-40 guests. You can also make full use of the grounds, and even tuck into some delicious post-wedding eats inside the venue’s Highland teepees! 

Also, this venue only allows for one wedding per week, so, upon booking, you can enjoy a few nights in the accommodation without feeling the need to rush off (which isn’t always the case when it comes to wedding venues!).

More information can be found here.

8. Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh

Potterhead couples will love this location for obvious reasons!

But wizardry wonders aside, we love Riddle’s Court because, despite being in the heart of the bustling city, it is tucked away to offer a seriously secluded small wedding venue for happy couples looking for a mixture of city magic and hidden-gem privacy.

Despite being located in the city’s well-loved Royal Mile, this building could look perfectly at home in Verona, Italy, with its sandy stone walls, balconies, and rustic courtyard.

For intimate weddings, this venue can feature a maximum of 40 guests, and holds gorgeous period rooms for guests and the couple to stay over – of which even feature fully-functioning fireplaces for those chilly Scottish nights!

More information can be found here.

Photography by Wildling Weddings at Leahi and Hamish’s Edinburgh Wedding with Photos at Riddle’s Court

9. Woodside Lodge, Loch Goil

Those hoping for an intimate lochside celebration are in no short supply of opportunities in Scotland, but we have a particular soft spot for The Lodge in Loch Goil.

Specialising in small wedding ceremonies, The Lodge can be found among the delightful scenery of the Scottish Highlands, and is ideal for those looking for exclusivity (as the only other people in the vicinity are the live-in staff).

This venue can hold up to 24 guests. Oh, and the best part? It has a treehouse that overlooks the moody, mist-soaked loch!

More information can be found here.

10. Achray House, Perthshire

Last but not least is the incredible Achray House, which is situated on the banks of Loch Earn.

As well as being a stunning rural location that lends itself to some seriously epic photography, this countryside estate also holds a beautiful dining conservatory that can cater to up to 40 guests.

It also provides ten stunning bedrooms for the bride, groom, and a handful of close guests to crash in, where you can wake in the morning hearing nothing but the local birds singing and the lapping waters of the loch.

More information can be found here.

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