Nothing suggests fairytale romance quite like a castle – which fortress will let you be king and queen for the day? We’ve picked some of our favourite castle wedding venues in Scotland
1. Culzean Castle
Perched on a clifftop looking out to the Isle of Arran, Ayrshire’s Culzean Castle has earned itself iconic status. It was redesigned by Robert Adam in the 18th century, so you’ve got Scotland’s finest neoclassical architect to thank for the glorious venue that stands today. The ceremony-ready Round Room will take your breath away.
2. Duns Castle
There’s so much on offer at this Borders estate. It’s practically its own self-contained universe. Alongside impressive 14th-century Duns Castle, there’s a nature reserve, the historic Duns Law hill fort and 1,200 acres.
3. Blair Castle
This classic baronial pile has been the Perthshire seat of the Atholl family for 700 years. Blair Castle has survived battles and sieges and welcomed a motley crew of visitors, including Oliver Cromwell, Jacobite troops and Queen Victoria. Will you join their ranks?
4. Barcaldine Castle
Close to Oban and with fine views of Glencoe’s mountains, Barcaldine Castle is a cosy retreat for an intimate wedding – take over the Great Hall with 36 of your closest friends and family. There’s a treat for all who stay over too: a hamper of Arran Aromatics toiletries.
5. Cornhill Castle
A recent revamp has utterly revolutionised this Biggar venue. The new ballroom at Cornhill Castle has room for around 200 day guests, and the three-storey honeymoon turret has its own champagne bar and spa.
6. Drumtochty Castle
Right in the middle of a wild Aberdeen-shire glen lies Drumtochty Castle, a storybook venue that also has an on-site church. Photographers will be jumping for joy when they clock the tree-lined driveway and the scenic pond with its ornate bridge, not to mention the eye-popping, neo-gothic architecture of the castle itself.
7. Glenskirlie House & Castle
You’re spot on if you think Glenskirlie seems too fresh to be a historical property – this is a 21st-century castle and boutique wedding venue for up to 126 day and 150 evening guests. The Stirlingshire venue also has 15 individually styled bedrooms.
8. Tullibole Castle
Versatility is the name of the game at Tullibole in Kinross. Only a handful of loved ones on the list? Despite its name, the charming Great Hall won’t engulf you all. More in the mix? Set up camp with 100-odd chums in the newly refurbished Carriage House and terrace.
9. Wedderburn Castle
The very definition of grandeur, Berwickshire’s Wedderburn has accommodation for 26 guests, a dreamy double staircase, lawns stretching out for miles and an airy ballroom, where 80 people can dance the night away.
10. Winton Castle
Its links to Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie speak for themselves – East Lothian’s Winton Castle really is fit for royalty. Its three inter-connecting dining rooms can seat 130, and there’s plenty of space for a marquee.
11. Airth Castle
Talk about dramatic! Airth Castle near Stirling is connected to a hotel building, but some of its 125 bedrooms and function suites are based in the original fortress, which dates back to the 14th century.
12. Castle Menzies
The rugged stone exterior and Rapunzel-esque turrets are quintessential castle details, but there’s more to Aberfeldy’s Menzies Castle than fairytale fodder. Spread your day across the Dewar Room (the ballroom), the Georgian main hall, antechamber and the Old Kitchen, which can be used as a breakout area for guests to chat, gift storage and an atmospheric dining space.
13. Cluny Castle
A metamorphosis has been underway at this Highland mansion for some time, and the painstaking upgrades to its West Wing apartment and top floor are finally complete. Seven en-suite bedrooms have also been added, meaning Cluny Castle can now sleep 26. How fast can you pack?
14. Melville Castle
Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Victoria certainly got about, both popping into Melville Castle at various times during their respective reigns. What drew them here? Well, there’s 54 acres of landscaped gardens for a start. Got a reception to throw? The luxe state rooms have it covered.
15. Blairquhan Castle
Ayrshire’s five-star, Grade A-listed Blairquhan Castle is an exclusive-use pad with capacity for up to 120 guests. It famously doubled as Balmoral in the 2006 film The Queen. If it’s good enough for Helen Mirren, it’s good enough for us.
16. Murthly Castle
The chapel pictured left has not been mistakenly thrown into a feature on castles – it belongs to Murthly. Yup, this Perthshire venue has its own church. You can marry here and then enjoy three spacious Victorian rooms and a 17th-century garden.