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12 Feb 2020

Rustic barns with lots of charm – expect the unexpected with our wedding venues!

Interior of a stone barn with wooden rafters lit with fairy lights and with tables set up for a wedding reception.
The Stone Barn at Culzean Castle
Think National Trust for Scotland venues, and straight away historic castles, country houses and rolling estates spring to mind. Scratch beneath the surface and you’ll discover a fascinating collection of quirky, alternative and ‘secret’ locations you can really make your own.

Mar Lodge, Braemar, Aberdeenshire

The Stag Ballroom at Mar Lodge Estate, near Braemar, is a unique timber structure displaying some 2,500 stag antlers dating from the Victorian era. Up to 160 guests can eat, drink and dance the night away – and there’s a range of accommodation available nearby too.

Brodie Castle, Forres, Moray

Set amid stunning grounds, with magnificent Brodie Castle as a backdrop, the Stables is a charming and cosy space for wedding parties of up to 56 guests.

Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Fyvie Castle, the glass-roofed Racquets Court, built in 1903, can host weddings for up to 120 guests. With fabulous acoustics and a handy sprung dance floor, why not let your hair down and close an unforgettable day with a traditional ceilidh? 

Haddo House, Ellon, Aberdeenshire

Inspired by the 7th Earl of Aberdeen’s first trip to Canada in 1890, Haddo Hall at Haddo House is ideal for larger weddings, accommodating up to 160 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 250 guests for less formal evening receptions and dancing. This village hall-style venue really is a blank canvas, and offers a stage, sprung dance floor and separate seated bar area.

Crathes Castle, Banchory, Aberdeenshire

Once a horse-driven threshing mill, the Horsemill at Crathes Castle, near Banchory has been transformed into a bespoke event space set alongside the enchanting 16th-century castle. With capacity for up to 80 guests, this rustic yet contemporary space is extremely versatile and provides a wonderful venue for wedding celebrations. 

Culzean Castle, Maybole, Ayrshire

Rising majestically from the clifftops, and with breathtaking views over to the Isle of Arran, Culzean is an iconic Scottish castle set in a wonderful country park. Magnificent grounds, woodland, beaches and secret follies provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.

One option is the Camellia House – a delightful Victorian folly built of stone and glass. With sunshine glinting through the ornate windows and the lingering scent of the gardens in full bloom, there’s no better place for an intimate ceremony with up to 60 guests.

Still seeking inspiration? Why not take your vows in the light-filled Orangery, which once supplied the castle with an abundance of exotic fruit and flowers and now welcomes up to 75 guests. Or for something completely different, check out the rustic and charming Stone Barn, a wonderful space for ceremonies, dining and dancing for up to 60 guests.

There are incredible places and spaces in all shapes and sizes in the National Trust for Scotland’s care. By choosing a Trust venue for your wedding you’ll be supporting our vital conservation work to ensure that Scotland’s heritage is protected for current and future generations to enjoy.

Find out more about getting married at a National Trust for Scotland venue.

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