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17 Feb 2021

Top 6 garden party weddings

A bride and groom walk hand in hand along a path in a beautiful, colourful walled garden. Tall trees stand in the background, behind the walls.
Culzean Castle wedding © Ashley Coombes Photography
As spring approaches and we start to dream of longer, warmer days, our wedding teams are busy planning in our beautiful historic gardens.

Secret gardens hidden behind stone walls, sweeping staircases, colourful flower beds and even palm trees – our gardens offer the perfect backdrop for outdoor weddings. From ceremonies and drinks receptions to marquee and tipi receptions, we’ve got it covered. All you need to do is find the perfect spot!

What’s more, 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.

Here are a few of our favourite garden venues:

Threave Garden & Estate, Castle Douglas

Threave is a large and colourful garden, divided into a series of ‘garden rooms’. Each has their own style and design, including a rose garden, walled garden and rockery. Throughout spring, the lawns are carpeted with over 200 varieties of daffodil, and by summer the flowering shrubs are in full bloom, both offering a picturesque setting for your outdoor wedding.

A bride and groom gaze at each other, holding hands, in Threave Garden, with the baronial mansion house in the background. Tall trees are in the background. It is a lovely sunny day with a bright blue sky.
Threave Garden & Estate | © Duncan Ireland Photography

Greenbank Garden, Glasgow

Located in the bustling Southside of Glasgow, Greenbank Garden is a secret oasis of colour and tranquillity, surrounded by tall swaying beeches and wildflower meadows. Manicured lawns, sundials, sculptures and fountains create a romantic setting for outdoor weddings. Or why not create a ‘festival feel’ with tipis and food trucks, and host a wedding your guests won’t forget!

A wedding ceremony taking place at Greenbank Garden. The bride and groom stand at the front with the wedding party, with rows of guests watching on wooden benches. Tall trees stand in the background, behind the ceremony on the manicured lawn.
Greenbank Garden | © Emma Lawson Photography

Pollok House, Glasgow

Set at the heart of picturesque Pollok Country Park, Pollok House is a grand country house on the outskirts of Glasgow. A highlight for many couples is the private Parterre Garden, accessed directly from the Library. Sip champagne and take in the views to the river, whilst the grand piano plays gently in the background.

A bride and groom stand at the top of some stair steps, with the colourful and intricate parterre garden at Pollok House in the foreground. A piper plays the bagpipes to the left. An avenue of silver birch trees runs behind.
Pollok House | © Ashley Coombes Photography

Culzean Castle & Country Park, South Ayrshire

Perched on a clifftop looking across the Firth of Clyde to the Isle of Arran, Culzean Castle is surrounded by an extensive, wildlife-rich estate. With flamboyant formal gardens, fruit-filled glasshouses and fast flowing fountains, the opportunities for outdoor weddings are endless!

A bride and groom walk arm in hand through the Fountain Court garden at Culzean Castle. A large stone wall runs along the right of the image, and palm trees line the lawn to the left.
Culzean Castle | © Craig & Eva Saunders Photography

House of Dun, Montrose

House of Dun is a grand Georgian mansion set amid glorious Victorian gardens, expansive parkland and beautiful woodland, as well as enjoying wonderful views of the Montrose Basin Nature Reserve. From the Grand Saloon, with its ornate plasterwork, guests are led out to the beautiful walled garden, where herbaceous borders and an intricate pavilion structure create a natural outdoor wedding aisle and altar.

A wedding ceremony is set up in the walled garden at House of Dun. Rows of chairs stand on the grass between colourful flower beds. A red carpet runs down the stone stairs from the house into the garden.
House of Dun

Castle Fraser, Garden & Estate, Inverurie

Set between a beautiful walled garden and open woodland, Castle Fraser is an idyllic setting for outdoor weddings. The secluded walled garden has specimen trees, colourful herbaceous borders and organically grown fruit and vegetables, making it a romantic spot to exchange your vows. And of course, the towering castle provides a spectacular backdrop.

A bride stands in a colourful walled garden, with Castle Fraser in the background. It is a sunny day.
Castle Fraser | © Janie Barclay Photography

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

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