What are the Best Castle Wedding Venues in Scotland?

What are the Best Castle Wedding Venues in Scotland?

Where can you get married in Scotland?

Did you dream of a fairytale wedding when you were little? A castle wedding venue makes the dream come true! Get married in a Scottish castle and experience surroundings so lovely you’ll want to stay forever, an outstanding wedding day for your loved ones, and the chance to create romantic memories together.

Scottish castle wedding venues

 Photo Credit: Sean Bell

Your wedding photos will be stunning and everyone will love the experience because it all happens inside the castle. There’s no stressful travelling in between the wedding breakfast, ceremony, meal, the partying, and the moment you finally fall into your super-luxurious bed.

Here are five stunning Scottish castle wedding venues to inspire you.  

Getting married at Carlowrie Castle

Book Carlowrie Castle for your wedding and the venue is all yours. Accommodating up to 275 guests for dining and 450 for evening receptions, it has been voted one of the world’s best wedding (castle) venues by Grazia magazine.

Carlowrie castle wedding invitations

Built in 1852 for Edinburgh-based wine merchant Thomas Hutchison by Scottish architect David Rhind, the result is pure fairytale, complete with pretty turrets and lush creeper-covered walls. What more could you dream of for a castle wedding?

wedding invitations with castle venue drawing

Your backdrop is truly gorgeous, complete with a lovely walled garden and 32 acres of immaculate parkland. The marquee features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the castle, with its own bar, boutique restrooms, crystal chandeliers and magical led lighting. The orangerie, piano room, marble room and library bar each provide something uniquely special for your wedding guests to enjoy. 

Looking for a castle venue with accommodation? Carlowrie Castle offers luxurious rooms across the castle itself as well as the Gate Lodge and The Stables. A total of 21 spacious bedrooms accommodate as many as 40 guests and every room has awesome views. 

Where is Scotland is Borthwick Castle; and can can you get married there?

Just 12 miles from Edinburgh, the beautiful Borthwick Castle is steeped in almost 700 years of history and promises to be an enchanting escape for you and your guests. Start your castle wedding celebrations with afternoon tea, games on the lawn or an intimate pre-wedding supper, before retiring for a wee dram by the roaring fire.

The castle boasts lots of choice for your wedding ceremony including The Garrison and Great Hall, or there are several churches a short drive away if you prefer.

Real wedding at Borthwick Castle, Scotland by photographer Sean Bell

Venue: Borthwick Castle, Flowers: Narcissus, Photographer: Sean Bell, Dress: Catherine Blades Couture

I had the pleasure of creating custom wedding invitations for Wendy and Martin (pictured above). It is one of my favourite design projects to date - I had so much fun painting their custom wedding illustrations. The colour scheme included burgundy, blush pink and olive with watercolour florals to match. The invitations were a 'love story' design with cute illustrations of how the couple met, their first date, engagement and wedding details, plus a bespoke watercolour of Borthwick Castle at the bottom. The guest information and RSVP cards were filled with things they love such as baking, scuba diving and their chickens - the stationery really did tell Wendy and Martin's story!
Stationery photo coming soon...

Who is the owner of Drumtochty Castle; and getting married there...

Drumtochty Castle is another 1800s marvel, opulent and utterly magnificent. Renovated over 20 years ago by Charlie and Dot Anderson, it’s surrounded by an enormous natural, wild woodland extending 350 acres and including a fairytale church. This could inspire your wedding styling, so why not choose a woodland wedding theme or incorporate natural elements? This castle wedding venue is a symphony of warm red sandstone and pretty turrets. The interiors are lavish every step of the way, beautifully renovated two decades ago, and the standards are exceptionally high throughout.   
Ink drawing, venue drawing of Drumtochty castle


Pictured above is a custom venue drawing of Drumtochty Castle that I created for a client. The line drawing of the castle makes a beautiful framed print to hang on your wall, full of wonderful memories. It also makes a thoughtful keepsake or wedding gift. The venue lends itself well to ink drawing, and I loved drawing the statue of the stag in front of the castle!

Drumtochty Castle accommodates 99 guests across the castle, the wings, the stables and the lodge, all magnificently appointed and super-stylish. The bridal suite is a lovely calm oasis with a creamy colour scheme. This is the ultimate in romance featuring lots of natural light, and what must be one of the most beautiful beds... ever. 

The wedding catering at Drumtochty Castle is a classy affair of local produce and seasonal treats. You can visit for a taste-test experience with one of the venue’s talented chefs, a great way to make the best decision. It’s no surprise their wedding meals, canapés and evening buffets are legendary. 

A just married couple walk in front of an old church with a woodland backdrop

Venue: Drumtochy Castle, Photographer: Chris Henderson

Weddings on the Newhall Estate

Another castle wedding venue near Edinburgh... Newhall Estate is just a stone’s throw away. Secreted deep in the lovely Pentland Hills, the surroundings are enchanting. This beautiful colonial home offers three amazing self-catered cottages along with bedrooms in the main house, surrounded by an enormous  1100 acres of green, tree-filled, manicured grounds including the peaceful North Esk reservoir, exquisite gardens, waterfalls, and woodland. 

Accommodating up to 40 wedding guests, the interior décor is fresh, sophisticated and welcoming. Hold your wedding ceremony in the magnificent sunroom if you like, outdoors in the peaceful walled garden, or in the Coach House - it’s the perfect castle wedding venue in Scotland, whatever the weather. 

Dining at Newhall Estate is a culinary experience you’ll remember. The magic takes place in the Coach House, offering the perfect dining experience for as many as 160 of youwith an exciting choice of top class preferred caterers. 

A collage of images showing the wedding venue Newhall Estate, the top image shows a table setting with a white theme and blue flowers, the bottom image shows a brick building with white windows

Venue: Newhall Estate, Photographers: (Top) Jen Owens, (bottom) Karol Makula

Weddings at Neidpath castle

A masterpiece of beautiful turrets and towers, Neidpath Castle enjoys an idyllic location on the banks of the mighty Tweed, with sweeping views across wooded hills and rolling green Borders of countryside. If you're getting married at Neidpath Castle, the venue is exclusively and you can have an outdoor ceremony too if you wish! Should you need support, Neidpath has a team of wedding suppliers on hand to provide everything from cakes and kilts to flowers and fireworks - helping to ensure you have the best Scottish wedding you could dream of!

The accommodation is split across several buildings, each uniquely beautiful and decorated to delight your wedding guests. Some include open fires and hot tubs, while others boast roll top baths and cosy log burners. All ideal if you are considering a winter wedding in a castle. 

Which Scottish castle wedding venue will you fall in love with? 

This is your big day, and it’s a love thing. Which of these stunning venues have you fallen truly, madly and deeply in love with? They’re just the tip of the iceberg, with many more magical Scottish wedding venues to choose from. We hope you’ve been inspired.