As dreamy wedding locations go, few places come close to the beauty and the magic of the island of Skye.
Featuring romantic coastlines, mediaeval castles, and lush greenery, an Isle of Skye wedding is sure to be the most enchanting day of your life.
If you’re in two minds about tying the knot on this stunning island, let us dazzle you with everything Skye has to offer, taking you one step closer to your gorgeously Gaelic wedding or elopement.
Where is the Isle of Skye?
Skye can be found on the westcoast of Scotland, and is part of the country’s infamous (and ancient) cluster of islands, the Hebrides. It is the largest of all 36 inhabited isles, at approximately 50 miles long and 25 miles wide.
It is one of the more popular Hebridian islands, owing to its incredible, moody landscapes, quaint fishing villages, fairy pools, lochs, waterfalls, and castle ruins – and yes, it makes for an incredible place to elope or get married.
Isle of Skye Wedding & Elopement Guide
If misty meadows and dramatic skies are your idea of perfect wedding photography fodder, then Skye will more than deliver!
So, whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor ceremony, our ultimate guide will help you take the next step towards your Isle of Skye wedding or elopement.
Isle of Skye Elopement
Elopements are a great way to tie the knot in a quiet, intimate, and cost-effective way – all while enjoying the location of your dreams.
One of the many great things about eloping is it gives couples the opportunity to have their special day somewhere completely remote or unorthodox – and wouldn’t be suitable for a big traditional white wedding.
And this is why so many happy couples opt to elope on the Isle of Skye – simply because the breathtaking scenery makes for a romantic ceremony venue that can only cater to a handful of people.
Eloping on the Isle of Skye means you get to choose from a wide range of incredible scenery to enjoy your ceremony.
This could be on the top of a mountain (or at the foot of it, if you don’t fancy hiking in your dress!), at the lip of a waterfall, in amongst mythical castle ruins, on a clifftop that overlooks the ocean, or in front of a serene loch.
You can then head into one of Skye’s beautiful fishing villages to tuck into a post-ceremony dinner and raise a glass of champagne (or a dram of whisky!) to your new hubs/wifey.
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Eilean Donan Castle
So, a key attraction of an Isle of Skye wedding or elopement is undoubtedly the opportunity to get hitched in one of the island’s mystical castles, such as Eilean Donan.
As castle weddings go, it really doesn’t get more romantic and scenic than this beauty. The castle is open in the day for visitors, but closes at 6pm, which is when weddings can take place.
Whether you’re looking to have a small, intimate elopement, or a bigger affair (be mindful that the castle’s largest room, the Banquet Hall, caters to no more than 70), Eilean Donan Castle guarantees a magical, memorable experience.
Couples and close guests can stay in the castle’s nearby appartments, of which there are 12, and Eilean Donan’s infamous Billeting Room is a great place for a post-ceremony drinks reception.
Eilean Donan Castle by Wildling Weddings
Skye Wedding Venues
Eilean Donan Castle’s availability can’t always be guaranteed, owing to its popularity, so failing that, there are many other fabulous Skye wedding venues to choose from.
Some of the other incredible options include:
The beautiful Dunvegan Castle is one of the Hebrides’ oldest castles, dating back roughly 800 years, and has been home to the same family throughout all eight of those centuries. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t up for grabs as the ultimate Isle of Skye wedding location.
You can opt to get hitched inside or outside of the castle (depending on the weather), with both options making for some seriously fairytale-esque nuptials.
Be mindful, however, that the inside of the castle cannot cater to a guestlist of more than 65.
Hotel weddings are favoured by many, owing to the combination of elegance and practicality, and the Skeabost Hotel offers both in abundance.
Not only is it seriously gorgeous, it has plenty of extra features loved by happy couples, including an 18-hole golf course, stunning views of Loch Snizort, and incredible wedding packages to make your day all the more magical.
Duisdale House Hotel
Dating back to 1865, this former hunting lodge is now a chic and sought-after hotel and wedding venue.
Set amongst a gorgeous trio of a seaside, woodland, and the hotel’s lush green gardens, this venue is everything and more for those who want a peaceful and picturesque wedding and reception all under one roof.
The inside of the hotel can hold up to 60 guests, but for those planning a bigger day, a marquee wedding that holds space for up to 150 guests can be held in the garden.
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Toravaig House Hotel
Ideal for smaller scale weddings, the Toravaig offers up its garden deck for an outside ceremony, and provides 9 rooms for you and your guests, as well as a restaurant for your post-ceremony feast.
When it comes to venues with epic views, the Toravaig is in the top ten, with it overlooking the rippling tides of the Atlantic Ocean.
It is also a frequent winner of the ‘Scottish Island Hotel of the Year’ award, as provided by the Scottish Hotel Awards, so you and your loved ones are in for a real treat.
We must reiterate that this venue is for smaller nuptials only, as the restaurant can only seat a maximum of 26 guests.
The Three Chimneys
If an intimate wedding or elopement is exactly what your and your partner are looking for, then the Three Chimneys will more than suffice.
Offering six seriously cosy hotel rooms, this venue is known for its Scottish hospitality vibes and its hearty, delicious food, which will take the coastal chill out of your bones after your magical day.
Whether you’re after a large reception feast or an intimate wedding dinner menu curated to you and your partner, this venue does both.
Skye Elopement Locations
If you’re deadset on having a stunning Skye outdoor elopement ceremony – whatever the weather – these are some of the most scenic options the island has to offer.
- Loch Coruisk. Located near the village of Elgol, this secluded loch is decorated with mountains, and requires a short boat journey to get there.
- The Quiraing. Ideal for lovers of hiking, the Quiraing can be found near Portree, the main village in Skye. This location is known for its epic ridge and breathtaking views.
- The Cuillin & the Old Man of Storr. Those who long for a misty mountain backdrop will revel in this incredible spot, which is best-suited for more outdoorsy couples.
As well as being a seriously beautiful location, the Isle of Skye is known for its folklore – in particular, fairies.
Where the fairy myth originally stemmed, no one knows, but what we do know is that Fairy Glen is one of the many sought-after options for an outdoor Isle of Skye wedding or elopement location.
Fairy Glen is a secluded gorge on the outskirts of the Uig village, which features an ancient Basalt rock formation that, from a certain distance, looks like the ruins of a castle – this has earned it the nickname, ‘Castle Ewan’.
‘Castle Ewan’ is surrounded by grassy cone-shaped hills, which are often dotted with Highland sheep, and nearby there is what’s known as the Fairy Pool – a clear ‘mini-loch’.
All in all, it’s a pretty magical place to have an outdoor wedding or elopement.
Fairy Glen by Wildling Weddings
Adventure Wedding & Elopement
Many couples trek to the Isle of Skye because it is the ultimate location for an adventure wedding/elopement.
An adventure what-now? Well, as the title suggests, it is a wedding or elopement that is filled with adventures – mainly ones of the outdoor variety. This can include:
- Rock climbing and ridge traversing
- Gorge walking
- Watersports, such as kayaking
- Bungee jumping
- Wild camping
- Anything else that involves the great outdoors!
Given Skye’s plentiful rural, nature-filled locations, there’s no shortage of options for those wanting an adventure wedding or an adventure elopement.
Isle of Skye Wedding & Elopement: FAQs
Scotland is one of a select few countires where it’s perfectly legal to have an outdoor wedding or elopement ceremony, which is just as well, as Scotland boasts some seriously stunning landscapes – including the Isle of Skye!
Lord, take your pick!
Skye has no shortage of incredible indoor or outdoor options to guarantee the most magical elopement, so once you and your special someone agree on what type of scenery you want for your ceremony, finding the perfect place to elope in Skye will be a doddle!