Vows with wows: Scottish venues with beautiful church or chapel ceremony spaces

A beautiful ceremony space only adds to the romance of your big day. Nicole Conner offers up ten enchanting churches and chapels where you can say ‘I do’ in style

Cluny Castle

The chapel at Cluny Castle decorated for a wedding ceremony
Photo: Glitter and Twigs

Set within 200 acres of verdant Aberdeenshire countryside, the on-site chapel at 16th-century Cluny Castle boasts vaulted ceilings, intricate stained-glass windows and seating for up to 120 guests, making it a magical place to tie the knot.

Dunglass Estate

An exterior shot of the chapel at Dunglass Estates

Looking to get hitched in a venue that is steeped in history? Dunglass Church should tick the box: the half-ruined kirk on this East Lothian estate makes for the most atmospheric of ceremonies and can cater to wedding parties of all sizes.

Harbour Chapel

The interior of the Harbour Chapel
Photo: Morris Jones Photography

The Harbour Chapel in Dunbar is a former Methodist church dating back to 1764 and has been lovingly restored to retain all its original features. The intimate venue can host 80 guests for the reception and dinner, with space for a further 40 for the evening reception.

Saint Luke’s

The interior of St Luke's in Glasgow decorated for a wedding reception

Right in the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant East End, Saint Luke’s blends a stunning church space with the convenience of a city location. Dating from 1836 and refurbished seven years ago, the venue has retained its impressive pipe organ display and stained-glass windows.

Mansfield Traquair

The interior of Mansfield Traquair
Photo: Malishka Photography

The grandeur of this Edinburgh venue will leave you and your guests speechless: the mural-clad interior, soaring ceilings and walls of fairylights make for a dreamy setting in which to tie the knot. Up to 300 can enjoy a day of celebrations here.

Rosebery House (below left)

Those marrying at this Midlothian venue have access to the private on-site Rosebery Chapel, which boasts far-reaching views over the Moorfoot hills. Both religious and secular ceremonies are possible, and there is room for 100 of your nearest and dearest to witness the exchange of vows.

Left: A couple stands in front of the exterior of Roseberry Chapel; Right: the interior of the chapel at Haddo Houe, with a bride and groom standing at the top of the aisle
Left: Mark Wild Photography; Right: Nicholas Frost Photography

Haddo House (above right)

Available for all Christian ceremonies, the chandelier-lit chapel in the grounds of Aberdeenshire’s Haddo House is an enchanted space in which to tie the knot. Just imagine saying ‘I do’ in front of those impressive stained-glass windows!

Glen Tanar

The interior of the Chapel of St Lesmo at Glen Tanar
Photo: Andrew Gransden Photography

The idyllic Chapel of St Lesmo could have been built for an intimate ceremony, with space for up to 70 guests. Its traditional wooden benches, candles and organ all ramp up the romance. It’s just a short walk from Glen Tanar’s Ballroom, so once the formalities are out of the way, your celebrations at this Aberdeenshire venue can get underway.

Òran Mór

The interior of Oran Mor
Photo: Mark Wild Photography

Established back in 1862, the former Kelvinside Parish Church has all the traditional religious features you’d expect, now enhanced with contemporary additions. The celestial ceiling mural of this much-loved venue in Glasgow’s West End, for instance, was painted by the great Alasdair Gray and will make your photographer giddy with possibilities. The venue can host up to 275 guests and has an enviably late licence.

Dalswinton Weddings and Events

A bridal party stands in front of the chapel at Dalswinton
Photo: Duncan Ireland Photography

This little red church, built in 1881, is a two-minute drive from the marquee on Dalswinton Estate in Dumfriesshire. Up to 150 guests can squeeze inside, and it is just as picturesque outside – your photographer will love the chance to use it as a gorgeous backdrop.