16 Scottish venues with picture-perfect balconies

Want to inject some royal-wedding magic into the big day? Enjoy your own William and Kate moment courtesy of the venues we’ve found in Scotland with a beaut balcony

Royal College of Physicians Of Edinburgh

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Photo: Duke Studios

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh’s New Library was designed to resemble a woodland clearing, with the balcony’s handrail intended to evoke images of tree trunks and leaves. Regardless of whether you host your ceremony, meal or reception in this space, you’ll want to ensure you get papped enjoying a sweet smooch here. Looks like these two have the right idea.


Carrick Castle Estate

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Photo: Dan McCourt

Carrick might be one of the hottest new venues out west, but the modern design of its lodge is nothing short of timeless. We’re impressed with the way that this bride has managed to incorporate the sleek balcony into her aisle walk – now that’s what we call strolling into married life in style. Kudos.


House for an Art Lover

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Photo: Susanna Ruttnig

They call Glasgow the ‘dear green place’, an accolade that the balcony at southside venue House for an Art Lover is keen to live up to: it looks out onto picturesque, leafy Bellahouston Park. Fabulous photo ops await.


Kilmardinny House and Trades Hall

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Photo on right: Andrew Rae 

Recently renovated, Bearsden’s Kilmardinny House is a favourite with cool couples the country over. That might be in large part thanks to its ornate light well and balustrade, a stunning feature that will shine in your w-day album. This one’s going up in the world.

Escape the chaos of the day by climbing up to the Trades Hall’s balcony and raising a glass to the start of married life as you gaze down at the streets of Glasgow’s Merchant City. Just make sure your photographer’s perfectly placed to capture the moment – AKA a ‘plandid’ for those not in the know.


Killearn Village Hall

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Photo: George Lammie Photography

This charmer is also home to the legendary Three Sisters Bake, so why not take full advantage of the cafe and utilise the balcony as a break-out space post-dinner? Fabulous views of the surrounding countryside are guaranteed at Killearn Village Hall.


Peebles Hydro

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Photo: Karol Makula

This mammoth leisure resort might seem intimidating at first (it sleeps a mighty 260), but it’s the small things that really make the Peebles Hydro sing. For example, for a bride in a tower crown and boho-chic dress, this sweet green pavilion wouldn’t look out of place at a rustic retreat.


The Merchants’ Hall and Riddle’s Court

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Photos from left: Vanilla Moon Photography; Colin McPherson

As much as we love a rip-roaring ceilidh, we’d recommend taking a breather from the action on the dancefloor at The Merchants’ Hall (left) and retiring to this pretty platform to watch from above at this Edinburgh stalwart. You’ll get a whole new perspective on the celebrations.

The unusual external stair on this Edinburgh hidden gem is a replica of the original, but that doesn’t make it any less mesmerising. Drape yourself over the vintage balcony at Riddle’s Court (right) and you’ll be a blushing bride to rival Juliet herself – with your own Romeo down below, it’ll make a fantastic photo.


Boclair House

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Photo: Carlo Paloni

Tudor or not Tudor? If it’s beaut Boclair we’re talking about then we’ll happily go with the former. The good vibes start with the imposing red-sandstone exterior, from which you can perch and watch the whole of Bearsden go by. We’ll race you to say ‘I do’.


Barnbougle Castle

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Hankering after a castle wedding? Go all out with the sheer opulence of Barnbougle. It has six libraries, access to private beaches and serves up scrumptious food from exclusive caterer Honeycomb & Co, all from its location on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The jewel in the castle’s (rather dazzling) crown, however, has to be the barrel-vaulted dining room, where you can announce a toast from the Minstrels’ Gallery. Now tuck in.


Dovecot Studios

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Photo: Shannon Tofts

Before its current incarnation as Edinburgh’s premier tapestry studio, this artsy venue was a Victorian bath-house, and Dovecot Studio’s elegant viewing balcony is testament to its evolution. It makes a wonderfully spacious spot from which to look down on the celebrations below.


The Corinthian

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Photo: 1500 Photography

Glasgow’s party animals will be well acquainted with this iconic spot in the city centre, but they might not have considered The Corinthian as an option for their big day. The stunning Flying Scotsman room can host up to 190 for a knees-up, with the vaulted auditorium providing ample space for dinner and dancing. The pièce de résistance, however, is the mezzanine, complete with its own bar – because climbing stairs is thirsty work.


Ingliston Country Club and Òran Mór

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Photos from left: SM Photography; Dearly Photography

Ingliston (left) was already a lust-worthy venue to begin with (1920s decor and sumptuous suites, with cracking cuisine to boot), but then they just had to take it to the next level by giving us this platform with views over the Kilpatrick hills. We’ll be here all week.

The gallery at west-end institution Òran Mór (right) is usually hired in conjunction with the auditorium for big bashes, but more intimate weddings can make use of this space for ceremonies if they so wish. You can find us camping out here to take in Alasdair Gray’s awe-inspiring ceiling murals.


Lochside Hotel, Lodges and Spa

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Think you know hotel weddings? It’s time to raise your expectations with the glass viewing platform at this Ayrshire venue. Soak up the Lochside’s breathtaking vistas with loved ones during your drinks reception, or watch the sun set on the best day of your life later in the evening.

 

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