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Elopement weddings

A bride and groom stand on smooth rocks beside a gushing river. Pine trees grow on the far bank and mountains can be seen in the distance.
Linn of Dee, Mar Lodge Estate | Image: Hannah K Photography
Run away with us! Run away from cliché, complexity and an expensive wedding, and run into adventure. Begin your life together in the most exciting way.

Scenic locations

One of the (many!) great things about getting married in Scotland is that you can hold your wedding almost anywhere, since the minister, priest or celebrant carries the licence. At the National Trust for Scotland, we care for some of the most beautiful places in the country. From coastlines to castles, we have the perfect place in which you can say ‘I do’. What’s more, we also offer lots of wonderful self-catering accommodation options, either on site or nearby, for short breaks or longer stays.

Our little black book

We work with some of the wedding industry’s best suppliers. We can put you in touch with trusted local providers, including celebrants and photographers, allowing you to build a bespoke package and create the wedding of your dreams. Need a witness? Our team are happy to celebrate with you on your special day!

Support our cause

By choosing a National Trust for Scotland venue for your wedding, you’ll be supporting our vital conservation work. Your help allows us to protect these beautiful places for future generations to enjoy.

A bride and groom stand in a folly, looking out to a waterfall beneath towering trees.
The Hermitage | Photographer: Ross Walker

Top 9 elopement venues

To help you get started, we’ve listed our nine most popular elopement venues and the individual packages they offer.

Glencoe, Scottish Highlands

£1,500 for 2024 weddings and £1,800 for 2025 weddings

  • A wild wedding in a truly iconic Scottish location
  • Ranger-driven Land Rover as your wedding car
  • Bouquet and buttonhole from a local florist
  • Bottle of prosecco for the wedding couple
  • Personalised prosecco flutes
  • Picnic hamper for two, filled with a selection of the finest local Scottish produce
  • A personalised quaich to share a wee dram, as per Scottish tradition
  • Maximum of six people

Glenfinnan Monument, Scottish Highlands

£1,500 for 2024 weddings and £1,800 for 2025 weddings

  • A wild wedding in an iconic Scottish location
  • Sole use of the Glenfinnan Monument for your ceremony – you can even climb to the top!
  • Bouquet and buttonhole from a local florist
  • Bottle of prosecco for the wedding couple
  • Personalised prosecco flutes
  • Picnic hamper for two, filled with a selection of the finest local Scottish produce
  • A personalised quaich to share a wee dram, as per Scottish tradition
  • Maximum of six people

Brodie Castle & Estate, Moray

£1,250

  • Exclusive use of one of the castle’s many beautiful rooms or outdoor spaces for your ceremony
  • Use of the castle and stunning grounds for your wedding photography
  • Private guided tour of the castle
  • Single-tier wedding cake for photographs and to share with your guests
  • A glass of sparkling wine per guest
  • Maximum of 10 people

Brodick Castle Garden, Isle of Arran

£800

  • Private ceremony in the beautiful walled garden
  • Wedding bouquet using seasonal flowers from the garden (subject to availability)
  • Picnic hamper for two, filled with a selection of the finest local Scottish produce

Crathes Castle, Garden & Estate, Banchory

£600

  • Private ceremony in the beautiful walled garden
  • Use of castle, garden and grounds for wedding photography
  • Event Manager to coordinate your special day

Drum Castle, Garden & Estate, near Banchory

£600

  • Private ceremony in the beautiful walled garden or chapel
  • Use of castle, garden and grounds for wedding photography
  • Event Manager to coordinate your special day

Craigievar Castle, near Alford, Aberdeenshire

£600

  • Private ceremony in the castle grounds or roof platform
  • Use of the castle and grounds for photographs
  • Event Manager to coordinate your special day

The Hermitage, near Dunkeld, Perthshire

From £600

  • Take a walk in our woodlands and say ‘I do’ among some of the tallest trees in Perthshire.
  • Signage provided, advising a wedding is in progress
  • A National Trust for Scotland staff member to coordinate your special day

Mar Lodge Estate, Braemar

From £600

  • Choice of locations on the estate including the popular Linn of Dee and Linn of Quoich – two magical places for outdoor weddings
  • Signage provided, advising a wedding is in progress
  • A member of the Mar Lodge Estate team to provide health & safety and first aid cover
  • A back-up indoor location in adverse weather
A bride and groom embrace each other in woodland, with very tall pine trees surrounding them.

You’ll find more information about all our wedding venues on our wedding pages.

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