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.