fbpx
Unusual Wedding Venues in Scotland: 11 Unique & Romantic Options

Table of Contents

This blog post may contain affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, we get a little bit of money when you purchase something through one of our links. Thank you for helping support a small business just by reading! You can read more about our affiliate disclosure policy here.

Here at Wildling Weddings, we love nothing more than a venue that is a little out of the ordinary. 

Whether you favour a 14th-century cryptic castle to say your vows in – or prefer the wild Scottish winds in your hair at the peak of Ben Nevis – Scotland has no shortage of epic places to get hitched. 

So, with this in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the most unusual wedding venues in Scotland to ensure a truly unique and magical day.

Read more: Forest Wedding Scotland: Planning Your Magical Outdoor

edyta and brian edinburgh city chambers registry office wedding

Photography by Wildling Weddings

Unusual Wedding Venues in Scotland

These are just some of the incredible options to choose from.

1599 at the Royal College

What is it?

Considered Glasgow’s ‘hidden jewel’, 1599 at the Royal College is an exquisite function room brimming with historical charm and is kitted out with period features. 

Featuring an in-house catering team that specialises in exceptional cuisine created from fresh, local produce, 1599 can put on a delicious spread while housing the ceremony, the meal, and the reception all under one roof.

You will be given exclusive access to the 1599 building, as well as the use of the College Hall, the Princess Alexandra Room, and the Lower Library. For those wanting a summer wedding, this venue also features access to Glasgow’s most beautiful private gardens.

Where is it?

232-242 St Vincent Street, 

Glasgow 

G2 5RJ

Guest capacity
  • Wedding ceremony: 150 guests
  • Wedding dinner: 120
  • Evening reception: 150 guests
Find out more

More info can be found on the venue’s website, which includes contact details, downloadable brochures, menus, and more.

The Caves

What is it?

As atmospheric as it sounds, The Caves is the ideal wedding venue for couples who prefer something a little unorthodox – but without sacrificing the glitz and glam that should accompany every wedding. 

This award-winning venue can be found deep in the underground vaults of Old Town in Edinburgh, which, believe it or not, also makes up the sub-structure of the city’s 18th-century South Bridge. 

Like many of Edinburgh’s locations, The Caves has a deep and rich history, and many of these underground spots are known to be haunted – making them perfect for a Gothic or Halloween wedding.

Where is it?

8-10 Niddry Street South

Edinburgh

EH1 1NS

Guest capacity

  • Ceremony & wedding breakfast: Minimum of 70 adults for the day, maximum day guest numbers 150.
  • Evening receptions: 200 guests (or more).

Find out more

More information – including how to book – can be found on the venue’s website.

Dovecot Studios

What is it?

Dovecot Studios is a renowned museum and gallery that boasts contemporary art, textiles, and other expressive designs, making it ideal for the creative couple.

The venue is built around a tapestry studio, which is light, airy, and spacious, with the decor blending a perfect mix of modern chic and cultural elegance.

Dovecot offers a bespoke wedding package, which includes exclusive use of event spaces including the Ladies’ Baths, Meeting Room, or Weaving Floor – and much more.

Where is it?

10 Infirmary St 

Edinburgh

EH1 1LT 

Guest capacity

Up to 250 guests.

Find out more

More information – including how to book this venue – can be found on their website.

Dynamic Earth

What is it?

This unusual wedding venue also doubles as a world-class science centre and planetarium, making it the no-brainer choice for lovers of the cosmos and all things paleontological. 

Featuring immersive galleries, a real-life genuine iceberg, a stunning planetarium dome, a tropical monsoon in a real rainforest, a sense-tingling 4D flight, and so much more, Dynamic Earth guarantees a one-of-a-kind wedding.

Whether you are planning an intimate wedding gathering or something on a larger scale, this venue can host your wedding breakfast, ceremony, and reception – all in the confines of the most unique biosphere!

Where is it?

Holyrood Rd 

Edinburgh 

EH8 8AS

Guest capacity

Minimum: 50. Maximum: 150.

Find out more

More information, including wedding brochures, contact details, and how to book, can be found on the venue’s website.

Eden Leisure Village

What is it?

As the ultimate countryside retreat, Eden Leisure Village has it all: a glamping site, a hair and beauty salon, and yes – a wedding venue.

For those looking to have all the wedding day features, including getting ready, the ceremony, the reception, a marquee, and sleeping accommodation, all in one place, this magical venue will oblige. 

The rustic chic glamping site doubles as the wedding venue, granting the couple’s cosy wedding-in-the-woods wishes – and the venue’s on-site salon/spa guarantees some much-deserved post-wedding pampering!

Where is it?

Eden Leisure Village 

Millcroft Rd 

Cumbernauld 

Glasgow 

G67 4AG

Guest capacity

Guest info can be found here.

Find out more

More information – including how to book a viewing – can be found here.

Edinburgh City Chambers

What is it?

As the name suggests, Edinburgh City Chambers is the meeting place of the city’s council and its predecessors – but don’t be fooled into thinking this is any old boring council building!

This historical (and stunning) building can be found in the heart of the city’s infamous Royal Mile and offers luxury, romance, and city skyline views in abundance.

Unlike many other modern venues, City Chambers is licensed for both religious and humanist ceremonies, including civil ceremonies. And the canapé reception packages are nothing short of a dream!

Where is it?

253 High St 

Edinburgh 

EH1 1YJ

Guest capacity

Varies depending on which suite you book.

Find out more

More information – including how to book – can be found on the website.

edyta and brian edinburgh city chambers registry office wedding
emily and george edinburgh city chambers wedding photographer

Photography by Wildling Weddings

Loch An Eilean

What is it?

One of Scotland’s many charms is its plethora of gorgeous lochs – all of which are available to tie the knot at, owing to the country’s relaxed laws on outdoor wedding ceremonies.

Although there is no shortage of beautiful, serene lochs to choose from, Loch An Eilean is a little bit special, owing to it having its very own island – which even features the ruins of a castle!

Located in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the loch is ideal for those wanting a small, intimate outdoor wedding.

Where is it?

Badenoch and Strathspey, Scotland.

Guest capacity

Up to 30 people.

Find out more

More information can be found here.

caitlin and jack loch an eilein lochside wedding scotland aviemore forest
caitlin and jack loch an eilein lochside wedding scotland aviemore

Photography by Wildling Weddings

Jupiter Artland

What is it?

Our next unusual venue is a woodland and indoor gallery that also happens to be spread over 100 acres of gorgeous meadowland.

Founded in 2009 by philanthropist art collectors, Robert and Nicky Wilson, this venue features the works of over 30 permanent and site-specific sculptures from artists across the globe, combining artistic expression with glorious countryside.

As for the venue itself, couples can indulge in the delectable Bonnington House, which is a mere 25-minute journey from Edinburgh city centre.

Where is it?

The Steadings 

Bonnington House 

Wilkieston 

Edinburgh 

EH27 8BY

Guest capacity

Contact the venue to find out about guest capacity.

Find out more

More information can be found here.

Roulette Retreat

What is it?

Tucked away into the Scottish Borders countryside lies one of the most beautifully bohemian wedding venues.

Couples looking for a peaceful rural escape – with a side order of old-school gypsy magic – will delight in this unique and nature-based venue, which features beautifully carved wooden shepherd’s huts, and even doubles as a yoga retreat!

This venue features 7 French hand-crafted roulettes, which couples and a handful of guests can stay in overnight. As for the ceremony venue, couples can tie the knot in the Horseshoe Cottage and celebrate in the Ruby Bowtop – all of which are nestled into a meadow of beautiful Scottish wildflowers, making them ideal for the ultimate summer boho wedding.

Where is it?

Bowden Mill 

Melrose 

TD6 0SU

Guest capacity

Minimum: 22. Maximum: 35.

Find out more

More information, including how to book this venue, can be found on their website.

St Luke's Glasgow

What is it?

St. Luke’s Glasgow is a lively music and arts venue that also boasts some delicious ‘pub grub’, as well as an array of delicious cocktails.

Formerly a Catholic church (hence the name) in the heart of the city’s East End, this Glaswegian venue is now a unique and atmospheric function building that features a trendy bar and kitchen known as the Winged Ox.

This hipster chapel-cum-venue features some epic decor, including vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, and even a working pipe organ!

Where is it?

17 Bain St 

Glasgow 

G40 2JZ

Guest capacity

Wedding breakfast: 150

Evening reception: 200+

Find out more

More information can be found on their website.

Virgin Hotels Edinburgh

What is it?

If 5-star hotel glam is what you’re after, the Virgin Hotels Edinburgh delivers – with aplomb!

Located in the city’s historical Old Town, this wedding venue features some killer views of Edinburgh’s best-loved hot spots, including Edinburgh Castle, and offers a host of different ceremony options depending on your wedding size, including the fabulous Greyfriars Hall.

Where is it?

1 India Buildings 

Victoria St 

Edinburgh 

EH1 2EX

Guest capacity

Dependent on the specific venue.

Find out more

More information can be found here

virgin hotel edinburgh wedding kara and mark reception greyfriars hall
virgin hotels edinburgh wedding petal toss kara and mark

Photography by Wildling Weddings

Pin Unusual Wedding Venues

Unusual Wedding Venues in Scotland: 11 Unique & Romantic Options

Book Wedding Photography

More Guides to
Getting Married in Scotland

edinburgh castle wedding featured image