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16 Dec 2020

Top 6 fairytale castle weddings

A black and white photograph of a bride and groom standing on a lawn, with Castle Fraser in the background. Tall woodland trees frame the shot. The bride wears a veil and her long white train is arranged around her. The groom wears a kilt. Both hold a bouquet of flowers between them.
Castle Fraser wedding | © Janie Barclay Photography
If you’ve always dreamed of being a prince or princess for the day, then the National Trust for Scotland’s collection of castles provide the ultimate fairytale setting.

What could be more romantic than an idyllic Scottish castle with winding staircases, turrets and towers, set in manicured grounds with enchanting gardens?

To help kick-start your wedding planning, we’ve listed our top six most popular fairytale castle venues to inspire you. The hard bit will be choosing which one!

Brodie Castle, Moray

Brodie Castle is an iconic Scottish tower house set in beautiful parkland. Renowned for its elegant interiors and a world-famous art collection, the castle offers a romantic location for intimate weddings. Or, for added flexibility, the converted Stable Block can be used for receptions and dances.

Castle Fraser, Inverurie

Castle Fraser is set in open woodland and boasts a colourful and secluded walled garden. The Great Hall, with its high vaulted ceiling, grand open fireplace and large south-facing windows, offers a bright and flexible space for ceremonies, receptions and dances. Venture to the top of the round tower for spectacular views of the estate!

Crathes Castle, Royal Deeside

Crathes Castle, just 15 miles from Aberdeen, is steeped in history, with strong ties to Robert the Bruce. Exchange your vows in the Great Hall or world-famous walled garden, before dining and dancing in the refurbished Horsemill.

Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire

Perched on a clifftop with spectacular views of Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran, Culzean Castle offers a romantic coastal setting for weddings. Once the holiday home of President Eisenhower, you can now ‘live like a laird’ as our team cater for your every need in the six bedrooms located on the top floor of the castle. We also have five beautiful self-catering cottages on the estate.

Drum Castle, near Banchory

One of the oldest castles in Scotland, Drum’s medieval tower, Jacobean mansion house and opulent Victorian interiors combine to offer a dramatic setting. The 16th-century chapel, nestled in the grounds amongst a copse of yew and holly trees, can hold religious ceremonies for up to 45. For civil or humanist ceremonies the castle’s Library or spectacular rose garden are perfect in the summer months.

Fyvie Castle, Turriff

Steeped in history, myth and legend, Fyvie Castle is renowned for its lavish interiors; in fact, it’s considered one of the National Trust for Scotland’s most opulent venues – so no need to use up budget on flowers or decorations! The Preston Tower Apartment offers luxury self-catering accommodation within the castle.

By choosing a Trust venue for your wedding, you’ll be supporting our vital conservation work to help us protect Scotland’s heritage for current and future generations to enjoy.

To discuss your wedding plans in more detail and help plan your perfect day, please contact us.

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