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15 Nov 2018

Step back in time – 7 spectacular wedding venues, all with a tale to tell …

Wedding at Culzean Castle
Culzean castle. Photographer: Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
From fairytale castles, stylish townhouses and elegant stately homes, to landscaped gardens and sprawling estates, each of our Trust places has its own fascinating story. If you love Scotland like we do, why not write the latest chapter of your journey together at one of our venues? You’ll play a very special part in keeping Scottish heritage alive.
Wedding couple standing in front of Brodie Castle.
Photographer: Iain Bain

Surrounded by Moray countryside, this was the home of the Brodie clan for more than 400 years. 

Inside, the castle feels decadent and inviting – the perfect romantic atmosphere. The glorious grounds are perfect for marquees, or you can host an intimate dinner in the Dining Room or Drawing Room. Outside the Old Stables are perfect for dining and dancing, but whatever you do, don’t miss the daffodils in spring or the delightful Playful Garden – they’re a wedding photographer’s dream!

Stag Ballroom at Mar Lodge
Stag Ballroom. Photographer: Neil Fordyce Photography

Built as a Victorian hunting lodge for the Duke and Duchess of Fife in 1895, Mar Lodge sits in the heart of the glorious Cairngorms National Park.

If the weather’s on your side, you could say your vows at the Linn of Dee, one of Queen Victoria’s favourite picnic spots. Or, for a wild indoor celebration, lead your guests to the dramatic Stag Ballroom (which comes complete with Victorian-era stag antlers) and ceilidh the night away. Why not extend your stay with overnight accommodation within the Lodge and wider estate?

Interior of Fyvie Castle with tables laid for an occasion
Photographer: Jonathan Addie

In the heart of Aberdeenshire, Fyvie Castle is brimming with antiques and priceless artworks that tell the story of this 800-year-old fortress.

With an interconnecting gallery and drawing room, Fyvie makes an ideal wedding venue for larger gatherings. This stunning property also comes with its very own glass-roofed racquets court, where you can celebrate in style and strip the willow on the sprung dance floor. The Preston Tower apartment provides authentic accommodation for up to 13 guests.

Hill of Tarvit groomsmen walking across the grass
Photographer: Ross Barber

Fans of Downton Abbey will fall in love with this stunning Edwardian home near St Andrews.

Hill of Tarvit Mansion has plenty of unique spaces both upstairs and downstairs, with one highlight being the fabulous Great Hall. Adorned with warm oak panelling and 16th-century Flemish tapestries, it enjoys wonderful views of the Lorimer-designed terraces and gardens. 

A marquee on the manicured lawn lets you admire the backdrop of the house as your guests play croquet and sip champagne. They can also get in the swing afterwards with 9 holes on the only hickory golf course in the UK. Fore!

Wedding at Falkland Palace
Photographer: Eidetic Image Photography

Mary, Queen of Scots was enchanted by this sublime Renaissance palace, which is within easy reach of Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee.

Intimate religious, civil and humanist ceremonies can be held in the Royal Palace, but for larger celebrations there’s the magnificent Oak Lawn, famed for its ‘cathedral’ of oak trees – a truly romantic setting and the place for your wedding photos.

Wedding at Pollok House
Photographer: Vanishing Moments

This elegant stately home, an oasis of tranquillity just a stone’s throw from Glasgow city centre, is one of the finest in the Trust’s care, and wouldn’t look out of place in a Jane Austen novel.

Filled with elegant art and antiques, the inside of Pollok House is light and luxurious – you can even say your vows in one of the finest 20th-century libraries in Scotland. From there you can open the doors onto a dazzling parterre garden that will set your photographer’s pulse racing.

Wedding at Culzean Castle
Photographer: Ron Young

Once the private playground of the 10th Earl of Cassillis, Culzean Castle is a sight for lovestruck eyes! Perched on the dramatic Ayrshire cliffs, and surrounded by acres of woodland, beaches and gardens, it’s filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.

Choose any kind of wedding you want. If you love luxury, take photos on the famous Oval Staircase. If you want to feel like a VIP, host drinks in the presidential Eisenhower Apartment. If you want to get closer to nature, exchange your vows in the Camellia House or sun-filled Orangery, or hire a marquee or tipee to make the most of the breathtaking grounds and sea views. Party on in the Stone Barn, then stay the night in the Eisenhower Apartment or one of the charming self-catering cottages in the grounds.

There are incredible places of all shapes and sizes in the Trust’s care, and everything we do is for the love of Scotland. By choosing a Trust property for your wedding you can support our vital conservation work.

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