Castle Weddings in Scotland

As a passionate Scotland wedding photographer, I understand the allure of castle weddings, especially when it comes to small, intimate ceremonies or dreamy elopements.

In this comprehensive guide, I will unveil the best Scottish castles for a truly magical celebration, categorised by locations: Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands and Scottish Borders. Join me as we explore the unique charm of each castle and delve into the undeniable pros of choosing a castle for your intimate wedding.

And make sure you scroll all the way down, to see an example of what a gorgeous, atmospheric and moody small castle wedding in Scotland might look like.


Best Scotland Castle venues for small weddings and elopements

Step into the mystical world of Scotland, where history, romance, and medieval architectural splendour come together to create the perfect setting for your dream wedding or elopement.
Scotland's castle wedding venues offer couples a unique opportunity to exchange vows amidst centuries-old stones and breathtaking landscapes. Seeking a wedding experience like no other? Let's make it happen and explore the most beautiful small castle venues in different areas of the country.

Castle venues in Edinburgh area

  • Edinburgh Castle: Perched on Castle Rock, this iconic fortress in the heart of Edinburgh provides a majestic setting overlooking the city. Great option if you love the idea of marrying where Scottish kings and queens used to.
  • Dalhousie Castle: Embrace a fairytale atmosphere at Dalhousie Castle, surrounded by lush woodlands and a serene river. The Chapel at Dalhousie is an atmospheric setting for a wedding ceremony, with stained-glass windows and an option for an owl to act as a ring-bearer.
  • Carlowrie Castle: A hidden gem with stunning grounds, Carlowrie Castle offers a secluded escape for a romantic celebration. With its modern interiors and highland cows just outside the venue, it hosts both small and bigger affairs.

Best castle venues in the Scottish Highlands

  • Eilean Donan Castle: Nestled on a small island where three lochs meet - Loch Duich, Loch Long, and Loch Alsh, Eilean Donan Castle is a symbol of Highland romance. Located close to Isle of Skye, allows for the possibility of a wedding photoshoot at one of its iconic spots - in Quraing or Fairy Glen.
  • Ruins of Kilchurn Castle: The picturesque ruins of Kilchurn Castle stand on the shores of Loch Awe, creating a captivating scene for an intimate and outdoor gathering. Picture mountain setting, sheep grazing on the grounds, and sunset light.
  • Dunnottar Castle: Perched on rugged cliffs, Dunnottar Castle offers dramatic views of the North Sea. The castle has witnessed various historical events, including battles and sieges, making it a place steeped in rich heritage. The castle's ruins, surrounded by the natural beauty of the coastline, provide an unforgettable backdrop for ceremonies and celebrations.

Castle venues in the Scottish Borders - Secluded Elegance

  • Neidpath Castle: This historic castle, surrounded by lush greenery, provides a romantic and intimate setting in the Scottish Borders. It has witnessed centuries of Scottish history, including notable events such as Mary, Queen of Scots, visiting the castle in the 16th century. Also, the castle's limited accessibility and secluded location contribute to a sense of privacy
  • Spedlins Castle: Also known as Spedlins Tower, this hidden gem in the Scottish Borders boasts secluded elegance for a romantic celebration. Sleeps 14 and is just an hour drive from Glasgow!


Featured Micro-Wedding at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders

Step into the heart of the Scottish Borders with our featured photos from a micro-wedding at Spedlins Tower. The bride and groom embraced the gentle rain as they exchanged vows just outside the historic walls, surrounded only by their closest families.
My lens captured the raw beauty of the moment, with raindrops adding an extra layer of romance to the ceremony.

And if you desire a small, intimate elopement, I can't imagine a better castle venue than Spedlins Castle.

Firstly, you can rent the castle on Airbnb. Secondly, the scenery is absolutely gorgeous - especially soaked in autumnal colours of November. What is more, you can immerse yourself in castle's rich ambiance - medieval garden, oak doors, spiral staircase. And those seeking relaxation by the Great Hall's fireplace, why not grab a book from castle's extensive collection?


Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Grounds of Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Grounds of Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Grounds of Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Bride's wedding gown hanging in the Spedlins Tower
Wedding rings and wedding flowers
Spedlins Tower in the Scottish Borders
Interiors of Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Grounds of Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Grounds of Spedlins Castle in the Scottish Borders
Groom getting ready for the wedding ceremony - Scotland wedding photographer
Groom getting ready for the wedding ceremony - Scotland wedding photographer
Groom getting ready for the wedding ceremony - Scotland wedding photographer
Bride getting ready for the wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Bride getting ready for the wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Bride getting ready for the wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Bride getting ready for the wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Bride getting ready for the wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders
Autumn atmosphere at the castle in the Scottish Borders
Bride getting walking down the aisle at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Bride and groom's first look down the aisle
Sister of the bride helping the bride with adjusting of her wedding gown before the ceremony
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scotland wedding photographer
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Tower in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scottish wedding photographer
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Tower in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scottish wedding photographer
Groom looking at the bride during the vow exchange
Bride and groom being blessed by the members of their families
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Tower in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scottish wedding photographer
Wedding ceremony at Spedlins Tower in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scottish wedding photographer
Handfasting ceremony in the Scottish Borders
Handfasting ceremony in the Scottish Borders
Quaich ceremony in the Scottish Borders
Quaich ceremony in the Scottish Borders
Bride and groom sharing their first kiss at the wedding ceremony at a castle in the Scottish borders - Castle wedding venues in Scotland | Scottish wedding photographer
Guests clapping their hands for bride and groom following their first kiss
Bride and groom walking down the aisle at their castle wedding in Scotland
Bride and groom walking down the aisle at their castle wedding in Scotland
Bride and groom sharing an intimate moment after the end of their elopement ceremony
Family photos at the Scottish Borders castle venue
Family photos at the Scottish Borders castle venue - autumn Scottish castle wedding | Small castle venues in Scotland
Family photos at the Scottish Borders castle venue
Family photos at the Scottish Borders castle venue
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Wedding photoshoot at Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scotland castle venues for a small wedding
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Autumn leaves on the trees
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Couple photoshoot on the grounds of Spedlins Tower in Scotland - Scottish wedding photographer
Autumn Scottish castle wedding - small castle venues in Scotland
Fern leaf
Autumn Scottish castle wedding - small castle venues in Scotland
Autumn Scottish castle wedding - small castle venues in Scotland
Autumn Scottish castle wedding - small castle venues in Scotland
Autumn Scottish castle wedding - small castle venues in Scotland




The Pros of Intimate Ceremonies at a Scottish Castle

What are the best things about Scottish castle weddings and elopement? One of the undeniable advantages of a castle wedding is the historical grandeur that adds a sense of timeless romance to your ceremony. The architecture, rich in history, provides a unique and picturesque backdrop for your vows. I'm talking Outlander vibes, and I'm sure you know what I mean!

Secondly, exclusive atmosphere. Smaller weddings or elopements at a castle create an exclusive and intimate atmosphere, allowing you to focus on the essence of your commitment without distractions. The privacy and seclusion of a castle venue make for a truly personal experience. Every Scottish wedding photographer appreciates the possibility of taking photos not only in a beautiful historic castle, but also taking advantage of mysterious and autumnal scenery around it.

Finally, an abundance of photography opportunities. As Scotland wedding photographer I can attest to the versatility of castle venues for photography. From the historic beauty of stone halls to the serenity of lush gardens, the variety of backdrops allows for a diverse and visually stunning wedding album.


If you're looking for a Scottish wedding photographer for your castle wedding in Scotland - look no further. I'll be delighted to capture it, so please drop me a message here. And for more inspiration, explore my portfolio and recent work.

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