We spend a lot of time chatting to recent brides, and one remark that comes up time and time again when discussing weddings is the common childhood dream of tying the knot in a castle. This fact is not exactly surprising: it’s hard to imagine a more fitting backdrop for your nuptials than one of these grand, imposing spaces.
Though it’s pretty difficult to come across a brand-new castle (a prior historical existence is a pretty basic requirement to qualify), one that’s definitely new to our venue radar is Dunans Castle, an awe-inspiring ruined stronghold nestled in the wild expanse of the Cowal peninsula in Argyll.
The site dates all the way back to the 16th century and is home to 25 acres of woodland, mountain and meadow – a number that we reckon will be music to the ears of your photographer.
Weddings at Dunans are organised on an exclusive-use basis, giving you free rein over this rugged, romantic setting. The best news? Though the locale is undeniably gorgeous, hosting your event at the venue couldn’t be more affordable.
A wee wedding (with up to six guests) at the weekend will set you back just £2,000, or if your party’s a little more substantial, you can invite up to 30 of your nearest and dearest for £3,000.
This fee includes use of the Laird’s Retreat for your day, glamping kitchen, canopy, fire-pits and fuel with overnight accommodation for you and your new spouse, so you’ll have a fair few bases already covered.
As for us, we’re already very excited by the prospect of w-day fireworks and a cosy evening spent by the campfire. A dram of whisky if you would, please. Sláinte!
For more information on weddings at the venue, visit its website and let your imagination run amok.