Gorgeous byres, barns and stables in Scotland where you can say ‘I do’

These rustic countryside venues have been hosed down, scrubbed up and reimagined as fantastic spots to tie the knot

Looking for a traditional setting that you can shape into your dream wedding venue? Whether you want pastoral charm, elegant period features or simply a fabulous blank canvas, we’ve compiled the definitive guide to the coolest barns, byres and stables in the country:

Comrie Croft

Comrie Croft is the perfect setting for a DIY wedding as we provide a 200-year-old farmstead, house and barn for you to transform into your very own magical space,” says co-ordinator Ellen. “We can cater for up to 200 and the venue lends itself to a relaxed house-party or festival atmosphere. You have complete freedom to choose your own suppliers, and we don’t charge corkage either. Plus, we offer a range of accommodation for your guests.”


Cambo Country House & Estate

“The Tattie Barn at Cambo Estate offers couples with imagination the ultimate barn venue,” claims owner Frances Erskine. “It’s only available in June and July, but can handle up to 500 guests and can be configured to give the layout you want by stacking rustic potato boxes to create dividing walls. Accommodation is included for the whole weekend – apartments, four-poster bedrooms, cosy cottages and our new Camboat, a wooden yacht in our woodland retreat.”


Bogbain Farm

Photo: Quinton – Steven Gallagher

Bogbain Farm offers bags of rural Highland charm and stunning views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle,” says venue manager Jo De Sylva. “Our collection of beautifully renovated farm buildings includes the Barn, with its timber beams and stone walls; the Bothy, with a cocktail bar and wine crate-style floor; the Bike Barn; and the Byre, the hub of the venue with its saloon bar, two peat-fired stoves, piano, brick floor and original cobbles.”


Errol Park

“Hidden behind ancient boundary walls, Errol Park is one of Scotland’s finest romantic estates and is an enchanting place to tie the knot,” says events manager Jamie Thewes. “With its panoramic views of the River Tay, walled gardens, extensive woodland walks and manicured lawns, it gives couples a choice of locations, inside and out, for their ceremony, while our amazing circular stable block provides a wonderful setting for the wedding meal.”


Kinkell Byre

Kinkell Byre offers stunning coastal views and the freedom to really put your own personal stamp on your wedding day,” says owner Sandy Fyfe. “The buildings date back to the 1700s and offer a series of separate but interlinked spaces for a ceremony, drinks reception, meal and dancing. We also invite you to select your own caterer, and we don’t charge corkage if you wish to supply your own wine and champagne.”


Wedderburn Castle & Barns

Wedderburn offers a stunning combination of venues, from our castle – where couples may choose to hold their ceremony or drinks reception – to our character-filled barns,” says owner Cat Macdonald-Home. “The Provender Barn can seat up to 150, while the adjacent Cart Shed has been designed to accommodate live bands, DJs and ceilidhs. The Cart Shed also has five glazed arches that open into the courtyard garden, which makes a lovely breakout area.”


Prestonfield House

“For magical weddings on a grand scale, Prestonfield’s historic circular Georgian stables are Edinburgh’s ultimate venue – its lavish gilt and red velvet décor would be worthy of a grand opera,” suggests general manager Alan McGuiggan. “Built in 1816, this regency building is one of just two circular stable buildings left in Scotland. It has been converted into the most sumptuous wedding venue, able to accommodate 120 guests in spectacular style.”


The Cow Shed Crail

The Cow Shed Crail is still a relatively fresh face, but it has a long and varied history. It was a working dairy farm until the 1980s and has belonged to owners Mike and Gill Logan’s family for over 70 years. It offers three areas for hosting your big day: The Old Cow Shed, which can cater for 150 guests for ceremonies and 60 for a sit-down meal; The Steading, designed to accommodate 150 guests and a dance floor; and The Courtyard, used primarily for photographs and outdoor ceremonies.


GG’s Yard

“Opening in late 2017, GG’s Yard will combine the rustic elegance of a converted 250-year-old steading – original walls, exposed wooden beams and flagstone floors – with contemporary glass walls, state-of-the-art lighting and an opulent interior to create the perfect blend of old and new,” enthuses the venue’s Avive Asbridge. “We also offer ten luxury woodland snugs, each sleeping two to three people, including the Love Nest, which is the ideal place to spend your wedding night.”


The Byre at Inchyra

“Built in 1877, The Byre at Inchyra is a beautifully restored rustic barn set in 150 acres of private parkland surrounding Perthshire’s Inchyra House,” explains the venue’s head honcho Caroline Inchyra. “You can choose where to say ‘I do’ (whether inside or out in our secret Walled Garden, at the woven willow Moon Gate or on the sweeping lawns of the main house) and decide whether to start the evening with a ceilidh or to turn 1,300 square feet of dancefloor into their own private nightclub.”


Tullibole Castle

“The Carriage House at Tullibole Castle oozes character,” says Mel Jarron, marketing manager of the Kinross venue. “Whether it’s dressed for a rustic ceremony, dining or dancing, it always takes the breath away. To make your day extra special, we offer exclusive use of the castle and its magnificent grounds for the entire weekend. If your guest list is longer, there is always the option of putting up a tipi or marquee on the lawn.”


Windmill Barn

“The renovation of Windmill Barn, on the banks of the River Forth, has been a labour of love, but we are now delighted to be able to offer this unique venue for intimate weddings,” says owner Clare Chambers. “The barn itself can seat 86 guests for a wedding breakfast or 120 guests in the evening. As well as providing wooden chairs, tables and benches, we also include heating, lighting (lots of fairylights!), a portable PA system and a vintage blackboard and barrels to set the scene.”


Aswanley

Aswanley, near Huntley in Aberdeenshire, has the space and flexibility to create a really individual wedding for up to 300 guests,” confirms co-ordinator Lauren Rodman. “The 16th-century fortified house and its grounds provide a magical backdrop for your day, as does our impressive Victorian barn. In summer we can open the French windows to the river terrace and arrange tables so that you and your guests can drink champagne in the sun.”


Carfraemill

“Our new On the Hill venue is an industrial barn at Carfraemill – think concrete floor, breezeblock walls, corrugated roof and huge metal sliding door,” explains owner Ruth Sutherland. “Set against the beautiful natural landscape, the industrial structure presents couples with huge design opportunities and limitless options. To complete the scene, we can provide a bar made of whisky barrels. You can also pitch a marquee, tipi or yurts in the field next door, while guests can stay in our cottage accommodation or at our country lodge.”


Woodend Barn

Woodend Barn is perched atop a hill with stunning views over Royal Deeside.  “As we are an arts centre, creativity is at the heart of everything we do and we love it when couples think outside the box,”explains director Lorraine Grant. “In fact, since we are a registered charity, all the money we earn from weddings goes straight back into the centre and our work in the community. And, with Buchanan’s bistro next door (with an emphasis on wholesome, locally sourced food), we can also organise fantastic catering.”


Harelaw Farm

Harelaw Farm is a relaxed, exclusive-use venue for those wishing for something a bit different,” says owner Donna Elliott. “We aim to provide everything you need in one location; from the lovely Wedding Byre for your ceremony, to the party-ready Hay Barn, adorned with a canopy of twinkling fairylights. We have also converted a former pigsty into the quirky, atmospheric Sow’s Ear bar. The 18th-century farmhouse is also available for exclusive hire, and includes seven bedrooms.”