Your wedding day is special and unique to you and your partner, but what if you want to go that extra step and get married in a wedding venue that’s quirky and unusual? We’ve picked out some of the best in Scotland.
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A Glasgow institution for over 50 years, the Ubiquitous Chip in the west end of the city is such a cool, unique venue to say your vows. With a glass roof covered in entwined greenery, guests can enjoy the feeling of an outdoor wedding, inside!
Not only is the venue stunning but the food is renowned too – with two AA Rosettes, this special wedding venue is one for a foodie couple.
Your wedding photographs will be amazing too, with Glasgow Botanic Gardens a few minutes walk from the venue, the Glasgow Uni buildings nearby and the famous Ashton Lane cobbles right outside.
CAMBO COUNTRY HOUSE & ESTATE
Cambo Country House & Estate is hidden between the North Sea coastline and East Neuk countryside. Arguably the ultimate wedding house party venue in Scotland, this unique venue has a range of amazing entertaining spaces, each with a distinctive character.
The indoor/outdoor Courtyard venue and party woodland, the Victorian formal rooms; there’s so many areas to utilise for your special day, you’ll be spoilt for choice. What’s more, your wedding isn’t just one day at Cambo – you get the whole venue for three days, meaning you can make a weekend of it!
Guests can stay in the opulent guest wing, cosy estate cottage or luxe off-grid cabin.
EDEN LEISURE VILLAGE
The team at Eden Leisure Village in Cumbernauld are dedicated to providing you with a unique wedding of your dreams. The outdoorsy, rustic venue is full of country charm, with lots of one-of-a-kind quirky features.
Offering a beautiful reception courtyard with The Livery connecting the marquee to the barn, all wedding spaces have been thoughtfully decorated including lots of twinkling fairylights, florals and a brilliant sound system at no extra cost.
You can also really make the space your own – the only limit is your imagination!
NEW LANARK MILL HOTEL
Choose New Lanark Mill Hotel as your wedding venue, and you’ll get married in the heart of a UNESCO world heritage site, surrounded by native woodlands and with the famous Falls of Clyde flowing nearby.
Owned and run by New Lanark Trust, the hotel has a variety of spaces to host different parts of your day, including the stunning Musician’s Room, and a rooftop garden that is the perfect backdrop for beautiful photographs.
From your wedding menu crafted by award-winning chefs to a team of passionate and accommodating wedding co-ordinators, every detail will be taken care of at this special and unique wedding venue.
THE ENGINE WORKS GLASGOW
Cool, blank canvas, industrial: if these are your Pinterest search words, then The Engine Works Glasgow is the one for you.
Exchange vows in the Outhouse (holds 160 guests), which is nestled in the private garden, then head to the industrially chic Engine Room (you can fit 250 people in here) for your reception.
You could dress the venue extravagantly, but low-key works too. It is an industrial blank canvas, where the only limit to its use is your imagination – your space, your vision.
Ballintaggart weddings are extraordinary. They believe that good food, shared generously, should be at the heart of any celebration.
Ballintaggart Farm is a magical, intimate setting for a celebration centred on outstanding Scottish food and drink. Nestled on a hillside overlooking the Tay Valley, the team use the best of the Scottish larder; seasonal produce to create a bespoke dining experience entirely inspired by you.
The farm and glorious grounds provide the stunning backdrop for your day, whilst the recently renovated Farmhouse provides luxurious accommodation for you and your wedding party.
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1599 AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE
Get ready to say I Do in the most breath-taking setting in Glasgow at 1599 at the Royal College. Hold your wedding ceremony in the stunning Princess Alexandra Room, have drinks and canapes in the Lower Library, or host up to 130 people in College Hall for your wedding breakfast; the choices are endless.
This 400-year-old Glasgow city centre wedding venue offers something unique to make sure your wedding goes down in history. The team can provide a complete wedding package, or just the reception, in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable.
Located in Methven, Perthshire, Bachilton Barn is the jewel in over 700 acres of rolling countryside, making it the perfect secluded location for your Scottish barn wedding.
The blank canvas space means it’s entirely up to the couple how the venue is styled.
40 of your nearest and dearest can stay, making use of the neighbouring five cottages and two cosy yurts – not to mention the onsite hot tubs which will be a treat to relax in after the celebrations.
Bachilton remains a working farm cultivating the likes of rapeseed, wheat and peas; the surroundings mean there’s a wealth of photo ops in the beautiful open space.
The Old Dr Bells Baths is a much-loved listed building located in the heart of Leith. Originally home to the old Leith Victoria swimming pool, the renovated site is open as a multi-purpose venue and integral part of the community.
A beautiful example of Victorian architecture, the venue is a blank canvas allowing you to step out of the norm and do something a little different. It has capacity for 120 for the ceremony and 150 for the evening reception.
Nestled in the centre of the picturesque Edinburgh Old Town, Riddle’s Court has captivating painted ceilings, romantic courtyards and grand rooms to create a beautiful and intimate wedding setting. The intriguing venue’s story is connected with that of the area, and there are a host of opportunities to capture your special day in a space as unique as you are.
The venue is a gorgeous option for elopements (priced from £800 plus VAT) but if you’ve a bigger guestlist, 80 is the maximum number.
Broxmouth Courtyard offers couples a chance to wed in a venue full of character. This purpose-built East Lothian venue combines elegant finishes with rustic charm.
Developed from an historic stable block and courtyard, the courtyard features its own ceremony hall which includes original stable features. A wedding gallery, relaxed lounge area and bar with original fireplace, dining hall, separate bridal suite and groom’s dressing room, and on-site catering with a private chef team are all included with wedding bookings.
The courtyard’s converted cottages sleep 22, but there’s room for a further 28 overnight guests on the wider estate (for two-night wedding stays).
THE NATIONAL PIPING CENTRE
The National Piping Centre, part of the national and international centre for excellence in bagpiping, brings Highland charm and musical heritage to the heart of Glasgow.
MANSION HOUSE AT EDINBURGH ZOO
MackmackThe 200-year-old Mansion House at Edinburgh Zoo is such a unique place to get married. Your guests are granted entry to the zoo too so they can go and visit the enclosures at their leisure.
MACKINTOSH AT THE WILLOW
Mackintosh at the Willow on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street could be the the iconic venue for you: the last surviving tearooms designed by the legendary Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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Host your wedding at Jupiter Artland, an expansive outdoor space between Edinburgh and Livingston populated by pieces of thought-provoking modern artwork.
Take a walk on the wild side at Edinburgh’s Dynamic Earth: your guests can marvel at a real iceberg, stroll through a yellow submarine or even enjoy drinks in a tropical rainforest.
Fingal Edinburgh is a unique exclusive-use ship, permanently berthed in the Port of Leith since 2019. Guests can even stay on-board in luxurious cabins.
GRETNA GREEN FAMOUS BLACKSMITHS SHOP
Gretna Green might just be Scotland’s most romantic spot. Its Famous Blacksmiths Shop has seen any number of elopements since 1754, when the local blacksmith would conduct marriages over his famous anvil.
Fancy a little taste of the Spanish life in Glasgow city centre? The surroundings of Arta will take you there, with three floors and seven rooms to choose from.
THE GLASGOW ART CLUB
Established in 1867, The Glasgow Art Club is a private members club steeped in culture and heritage, with a very bespoke approach to your wedding celebrations.
THE WEAVING SHED
Weddings at The Weaving Shed in Dundee are unique and memorable; the industrial space is a blank canvas, ready for you to make your own.
HARVEST MOON WEDDINGS
Lovers of the beautiful outdoors in Scotland will be in heaven at Harvest Moon Weddings in East Lothian. You can choose a beach or woodland wedding, and guests can camp on-site.
Located by Tarbet in Argyll, Crear is a romantic, exclusive use wedding venue with its own sandy beach and award-winning food offering.
Fall in love with The Rhynd, a flexible events space that was a former farmhouse and steading in the picturesque St Andrews countryside.
ST MARY’S SPACE
A converted church in Appin, Argyll, St Mary’s Space is a truly quirky wedding venue, perfect for a unique intimate wedding celebration.
It doesn’t get much more quintessentially Scottish than a bunkhouse in Glencoe! Kingshouse Hotel specialises in Highland celebrations in unrivalled surroundings.
Nestled in the Perthshire countryside is Monachyle Mhor. Have a relaxed day in the beautiful private dining room, or a big knees-up in the venue’s Dutch Barn.
A secluded Highland wedding venue with views across the loch, Shieldaig Lodge is the perfect elopement venue, with 12 bedrooms for guests staying over.
ROSSIE ON THE EARN
A converted byre is the blank canvas for your day at Rossie on the Earn; have a garden wedding by the pond or on the main lawn.
THE SAVINGS BANK
A spectacular Victorian building and a former bank for Glasgow’s working class, The Savings Bank truly is one of Glasgow’s hidden gems.
Near Loch Lomond, family-owned Fruin Farm gives couples the chance to celebrate on the farm, with a glass-fronted steading for celebrations and some friendly llamas as extra guests!
WOODSIDE LODGE ON LOCH GOIL
Specialising in elopements, micro and intimate weddings, Woodside Lodge on Loch Goil is a 150-year-old lodge and has an award-winning restaurant, too.
UNUSUAL VENUES EDINBURGH
This trio of venues really are very unique, quirky and unusual wedding venues within Edinburgh. The Caves (above, yes, an underground cave wedding venue!), Marlin’s Wynd (a former surgeon’s operating theatre) and The Rowantree (a historic tavern visited by Robert Burns and Deacon Brodie).
THE BOTHY GLASGOW
The Bothy Glasgow is a bolthole tucked away on Ruthven Lane, offering couples a real foodie experience with Scottish food and drinks.
THE TALL SHIP GLENLEE
The Tall Ship Glenlee is Glasgow’s most unique venue for weddings. The ship was built in 1896 on the River Clyde, and is now the only large Clyde-built sailing ship still afloat in the UK.