Couples organising an intimate wedding this year are spoilt for choice for beautiful venues in Scotland.
From period mansions to waterside locations and turreted castles, Cottages & Castles, Scotland’s longest established holiday lets agency, offers stunning settings for an intimate wedding in Scotland.
Jemima Kirkwood, social media manager of Cottages & Castles, said: “Scotland is home to fairy-tale castles and country homes that offer couples an exceptional place to celebrate their special day. Most people will be aware of the big hotels, but couples are now looking for somewhere a little bit different. There are many hidden gems perfect for those looking for a smaller venue, with all the charm of a Scottish castle, sporting lodge or Georgian house.
“Smaller privately-owned country houses offer two advantages. Firstly, they allow couples to get involved in every aspect of their big day, from creating the menu using locally sourced premium food and drink, to native flowers for the bouquets and table arrangements, resulting in a truly bespoke wedding. Secondly, they offer complete privacy and seclusion – no-one else will be sharing the venue with you and it is truly your castle for the day.”
Cottages & Castles’ top picks in Scotland for a smaller wedding include:
Embo House This elegant 16th century grade A listed Georgian mansion is one of the ancestral Castles of the Clan Gordon. Set in an idyllic waterside position in Sutherland with beautiful views across the Dornoch Firth and direct access to the shoreline, Embo House is a stunning venue for a Highland wedding. The three public rooms all have open fires and the elegant master bedroom with free standing roll top bath is a perfect honeymoon suite. The gardens are spectacular and include a treehouse for younger wedding guests. Sleeps 16.
Cairnsmore House – This lovely old Georgian house in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, is a particularly fine example of a traditional Scottish manse, with neighbouring church for wedding ceremonies. The rooms are gracious with many beautiful original features from fireplaces and shutters to cornicing and panelling and beautifully renovated fine walnut floors. The magnificent walled garden is ideal for drinks and the front lawn is perfect for a small marquee. The property itself can host intimate weddings with the option of a large marquee wedding in the adjoining private fields. Sleeps 12. The property extends to 3757.3 x 349.1 sq metres.
Couldouran House - Couldoran is a wonderful traditional 1920’s house located in Strathcarron, Wester Ross. The house enjoys a fantastic west coast location near the Applecross peninsular, with unsurpassed views, beaches, mountains and rivers on your doorstep. The dining room comfortably seats 16 and is perfect for a small family wedding, with catering available locally. A sweet chapel is located just down the road. Sleeps 18.
Dipple House – is a lovely Georgian House which has been luxuriously refurbished yet maintains great charm, tradition and character. Dipple House is family owned and ideal for celebrations or small weddings. There is the added attraction of an all-weather tennis court and lovely garden lawns with its own orchard offering a beautiful backdrop for wedding photography. The house has a secluded rural location close to the famous River Spey in Fochabers, Moray. Sleeps 14
Dallas Lodge – this is a stunning family home built in the late 17th century by Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun. This holiday lodge stands in the 10,000-acre Dallas Estate located along the meandering River Lossie in Forres, Moray. For a small romantic Scottish wedding venue this is it, with tartan curtains and wonderful traditional log fires. The charming drawing room is perfect for a champagne reception with French windows that open onto the very attractive front lawns and colourful borders. The lodge is surrounded by impressive gardens including a boating pond, croquet lawn and a tennis court. Sleeps 12. Ideal for small weddings up to 20.
Old Milton – is an exceptional former sporting lodge that has been stylishly renovated. The house is simply beautiful with handmade staircases, wood panelled walls, beams with hand carved Ossian quotations - and much more. For the groom and his best man the property has its very own fully maintained 9-hole golf course, as well as an all-weather tennis court. Behind the house is a small charming bothy that is fully self-contained and would be perfect for additional guest accommodation. Sleeps 14.
Downie Park House - Downie Park is located at the bottom of a stunning tree lined driveway in a stunning location. Part of the Cortachy and Airlie Estates, the house is at the foot of the Angus Glens surrounded by hills, woodland and farmland and looks down to the River South Esk. Downie is an imposing house from the huge stone flagged and pillared hall with its two-story hanging staircase, a bride’s dream entrance! The beautifully light and spacious oval rooms enjoy gorgeous views of the garden and surrounding countryside. The house has been newly refurbished in an eclectic style offering a quirky presentation with fine fabrics and antiques mixing with more industrial and modern pieces. Sleeps 18.