Stunning places to elope in Scotland that are not Gretna Green

When people think of eloping to Scotland, they can be forgiven for automatically thinking of the world famous location of Gretna Green,

While Gretna really is a beautiful runaway wedding setting with incredible scenery and traditional heritage as well as competitive pricing, there are so many stunning locations in Scotland that are perfect for your Scottish elopement.

From traditional Scottish castles to the top of Arthurs Seat with endless views of the famous capital city. Scotland really can cater to all when it comes to places to elope in Scotland.

Outdoor Edinburgh Elopement

Picture the two of you on top of the world with a view of the beautiful city of Edinburgh all to yourself. The never ending views of Scottish countryside and city life stretching to see the ancient buildings and famous Edinburgh Castle in sight. Your vows to one another will be taken by a historic ruin of an ancient chapel in the grounds of Holyrood park. With the city within a short distance (even manageable by foot!), you can then go on to have your Wedding portraits taken around the cityscape, including on the famous Royal Mile.

Image by Craig George Photography

Image by Craig George Photography

Image by Craig George Photography

Image by Craig George Photography

Image by Craig Groge photography

Image by Craig Groge photography

After your Ceremony and images are complete, why not then consider booking a beautiful and special dinner at one of the Cities most prestigious restaurants such as the Popmadour by Glavin within the Caledonian hotel. Or if it really is just the two of you, why not ask about the intimiate dining space for two at the sumptuous and cosy Prestonfield Hotel.

Romantic Clifftop Scottish Castle ruins wedding outdoors

The spectacular view from the castle spreads out across the North Sea and historical ruins creating a picture perfect setting for all your wedding photography. Dunnottar Castle has the most wildly romantic and breathtaking setting with stunning clifftop views at the iconic ruined Scottish castle while also holding many rich secrets of Scotlands colourful past.

Take your vows by the curved archway of the smithy or the charming historic chapel - Dunnottar castle can conduct wedding ceremonies in any of the beautiful locations within the castle grounds. Enjoy breathtaking backdrops for your Wedding photography before heading back to a warm setting for your Wedding meal, we love the Whisky room at Ardoe House hotel with its quirky décor and private use option.

An elopement wedding package offer for couples being married at Dunnottar Castle and staying at Ardoe House is available at this blog post.

Luxury Elopement on a private island on the West Coast of Scotland

Isle of Eriska is a Scottish Wedding destination that people can only dream of. Imagine having your very own private island for your special day with endless views looking over the Movern Mountains. Not only is this island one of the most picturesque venues you will ever see - it also has its very own 9 hole golf and luxury spa for you and your guests to enjoy during your stay.

With a gorgeous indoor drawing room for your Ceremony, complete with its own grand piano, you have the option of a beautiful indoor Ceremony or indeed an outdoor Wedding on the front lawn.

The impressive fine dining experience at the Hotels restaurant as well as extensive Whisky selection and hugely accommodating in-house team will be sure to satisfy your every wish for a luxury

If you really want to treat yourself, why not consider taking a Spa suite for your stay and making the most of your very own private hot tub?!

Luxurious and elegant highland five star Castle wedding

Inverlochy Castle is the epitome of Scottish luxury in the stunning old town of Fort William in the Western Scottish Highlands. Inverlochy Castle is a 19th century castle known as Scotlands finest country hotel which is surrounded by the luscious green of the evergreen trees and the sparkling blue from the nearby loch - this being the perfect backdrop for your special Scottish elopement wedding.

The Queens suite at Inverlochy castle

The Queens suite at Inverlochy castle

The beautiful drawing room at Inverlochy Castle

The beautiful drawing room at Inverlochy Castle

Take your vows in the beautiful Castle drawing room followed by an amazing culinary experience to be enjoyed by you and your guests in the stunning and famous Michael Roux restaurant.

Do you want to make this a trip you will really never forget? Consider upgrading to the stunning Queens suite (named so, for a good reason!) and consider a private hire of the castles very own Rolls Royce for a day trip around the gorgeous scenery and famous places to visit in the Scottish highlands such as Glenfinnan Railway and the Isle of Skye.

Ancient Chapel Wedding at historic castle in Scotland

With a history spanning hundreds upon hundreds of years and associations with famous Scottish hero, Robert the Bruce, Drum Castle is the perfect, authentic castle for a gorgeous Wedding. Your religious Scottish Wedding can take place within the quaint chapel on the estate grounds and you could even dine within the castle itself. Enjoy the gorgeous castle exterior and courtyard for photographs, as well as the possibility of photographs in the stunning garden of roses.

Image by Emma Lawson Photography

Image by Emma Lawson Photography

Many couples opt to stay at nearby and beautiful local hotel, Ardoe House Hotel where they can enjoy a private dinner within their room or in the Whisky room.

An elopement Wedding package offer for couples being married at Drum Castle and staying at Ardoe House is available at this blog post.

Amazing Dunnottar castle wedding all-inclusive package - Your perfect destination Scottish Castle Wedding

If you are hoping to plan your Wedding at a truly incredible castle location in Scotland, with an overwhelmingly magical backdrop and a beautiful setting for your accommodation and Wedding breakfast, then look no further!

Whether you are planning a destination elopement wedding for 2, an intimate Scottish Wedding for your closest friends and family or a larger Wedding for up to 60 persons – We have the perfect combination that will blow both you and your guests away.

Together with the iconic Dunnottar Castle and the luxury Wedding venue that is Ardoe House Hotel, we have devised an all-inclusive destination Wedding package that will be a perfect fit whether you are eloping to Scotland or booking an intimate and luxury destination Wedding.

This wonderful Scottish castle Wedding package includes;

  • Your Ceremony at the iconic location of Dunnottar castle
  • Your Wedding reception and accommodation at a beautiful, luxury hotel in Aberdeenshire
  • Assistance from our destination wedding specialists to help you with the paperwork process and to source 5 incredible suppliers on your behalf. They will even put together a wedding file and timeline for you – so that you can be assured everything is under control.

You perfect destination wedding in Scotland could be right here, read on to find out more.

Your Ceremony at Dunnottar Castle

Video by Aberdeen Wedding films

Arrive to the clifftop ruined castle, with the sound of the ocean in the backround and a Bagpiper* playing for your arrival. Make your way to the castle, with the Bagpiper leading the way, covering over 200 steps weaving up to the medieval castle atop an enchantingly beautiful cliff. Once you reach the castle, you can take shelter in the beautifully refurbished Drawing room for your Ceremony or choose an outdoor location that you wish. With space for up to 60 people at the castle itself, you can be sure that everyone will be bemused by the beauty and magic of this amazing place.

Be amazed by the castles magical setting and surroundings and the incredible, ancient Scottish history that took place here. You and your guests will gasp in awe at the sight of such an incredible place in the world – A stunning setting for even the most eager of Outlander fans looking for an amazing Scottish castle as their Wedding venue.

After your Ceremony, enjoy a glass of fizz** on the lawn and let your guests take their incredible surroundings in as your Photographer takes you to the many beautiful, natural locations around the castle for photographs that you will treasure forever.

*Piper is not included in the package, though we highly recommend having one.**Bridal couple must provide own drinks and glassware.

Your Reception and Accommodation at Ardoe House Hotel

Arrive to the beautiful and luxurious four star Ardoe House Hotel the day before your Wedding and enjoy the comforts of your standard bedroom and access to the on site spa the day before your Wedding, before enjoying having your accommodation upgraded to a luxury Bridal suite for your Wedding night.



On returning to Ardoe House from your Ceremony, yourselves and your guests will be greeted with an arrival drink to enjoy before being called for dinner. First up, the speeches by your close friends and family (washed down with a glass of fizz of course), followed by a delicious 3 course Wedding breakfast with wines to enjoy throughout dinner. Tea and Coffee will follow and later in the evening a buffet of bacon rolls or traditional Scottish stovies will ensure nobody goes hungry as the nights fun begins!

Your guests will benefit from flexible bedroom bookings and 10% discount on rack rates at the time of booking your wedding – So everyone can enjoy the change to stay at this beautiful luxury hotel in the gorgeous Scottish countryside, just 15 minutes from the city of Aberdeen.

Scottish Wedding package pricing examples:

Elopement for 2 people - £2325


Wedding for 10 people - £2925


Wedding for 20 people - £3425


Wedding for 30 people - £4175


Wedding for 40 people - £4925


Wedding for 50 people - £5675


Wedding for 60 people - £6425

What are you waiting for? Get in touch today to find out if your preferred date is available!

Terms: Offer Valid Dec 2017 through to Dec 2019 Thursday – Sunday Weddings only. Off-peak Fridays and Saturdays at special request only. All offers are subject to availability.

 To obtain this special package you must book your Wedding through Timeless White Scotland.

 Notes on Reception venue terms:

Weddings of 12 persons or less will be privately accommodated for the Wedding meal in the Whisky Bar or Fraser Suite at Ardoe House Hotel.

 Weddings of 13 persons or more will be privately accommodated for the Wedding meal in the Fraser suite at Ardoe House Hotel.

Up to a maximum of 25 bedrooms can be reserved for your Wedding guests at the discounted rate, subject to availability.