Scotland's Unusual Wedding Venues >> Advice by an Alternative Wedding Photographer
Unusual Wedding Venues of Scotland by Harper Scott Photo
You’re one-of-a-kind. Unconventional. An individualist. This definitive guide to alternative + unusual wedding venues in Scotland is exactly what you've been looking for. Finding your wedding should be an exciting part of the wedding planning process. If you're here, you want to source a wedding space that's inspiring; genuinely alternative. There are many design lead, unique venues around Scotland which will host your wedding. Scotland 's has an astonishing selections of unique wedding venues. Whether you want to get married in an industrial space, by the sea or hidden away in the Scottish wilderness, it's all possible here. There's no reason to settle for the mundane.
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>> Dovecot Studios | EH1 1LT >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
Dovecot Studios is an international tapestry studio in central Edinburgh. The whole space - and it’s really quite a beautiful space - is a landmark centre for contemporary art, craft and design. As you’d expect, there’s a whole lot of history surrounding the tapestry studio. It hasn’t always been located where it is today. In fact, the building it’s now in is the refurbished Infirmary Street Baths. A couple looking for a large, creative space will be struggling to look beyond here.
>> The Glue Factory | G4 9SE
The Glue Factory is becoming incredibly favoured amongst couple who're really seeking an authentic off-beat wedding venue experience. It is a great canvas on which to express yourself to the limits of your imagination and with the encouragement and help of their experienced venue manager. The building is a cavernous industrial warehouse containing a sprawling and diverse collection of spaces. From white walled galleries to decommissioned glue vats, the building has a rich history and raw beauty that make it an exciting venue for bold and ambitious weddings.
>> Barras Art and Design (BAaD) | G40 2SB >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
Barras Art and Design is a truly unique space in the heart of the East End of Glasgow just a stones throw from the City Centre. The space is a large atrium under which lives a large internal courtyard area. The Barras area is of hugely significant historical importance to the city of Glasgow and the idea of BAaD is to help celebrate this and encourage the people of Glasgow and Visitors to the city to spend time in the area. The Courtyard, The Backyard and shops are all available for hire. All of the spaces are modern and versatile and can be easily customised to fit your wedding.
>> Biscuit Factory | EH6 5NP
The Biscuit Factory is an arts & fashion hub housed in the former Crawford’s biscuit factory in Anderson Place, just off Bonnington Road. It's still got that gritty 'unheated warehouse' vibe about it and provides a blank canvas option for adventurous couples looking to create an alternative urban experience for their wedding day.
>> Drygate | G4 0UT
Drygate provides a raw and versatile space ideal for holding Weddings - an intimate blank canvas, ready for dressing and transforming by imaginative minds. Quickly becoming one of Glasgow’s most sought-after venues, Drygate is at the forefront of the alternative wedding experience. With a distinctive industrial vibe, from concrete floors to exposed brick walls dressed in eclectic local artwork, our events space boasts character and natural charm, offering a relaxed and creative atmosphere to host full day ceremonies and/or receptions.
>> Old Fruitmarket | G1 1NQ
The Old Fruitmarket is a venue with huge character with its lofty vaulted roof, listed cast iron columns, original signage and balcony. The Old Fruitmarket building has been extensively refurbished giving this iconic venue a new lease of life. It has since played an important role in hosting many of the city’s key cultural events and celebrations.
The Victorian architecture creates a visually dramatic setting for a wedding. You can't help but be caught under the spell of this hugely versatile and atmospheric venue as soon as you walk through its doors.
>> WEST on the Green | G40 1AW >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
Situated in the iconic Templeton Building on Glasgow Green, WEST On The Green is home to a beerhall-style bar and restaurant as well as an impressive events space overlooking WEST’s expanded working brewery. Depending on numbers, there are two fantastic event spaces available to hire. Both event spaces have flexible room layouts and catering options
>>Civic House | G4 9RH
Civic house is a unique, stylish and beautiful Glasgow city centre wedding venue. Set over two levels, the venue has a trendy New York loft vibe and offers that stripped back and simple, industrial feel combined with rustic elegance. The ground floor offers concrete floors and a styled kitchen and bar area, set against exposed brick, clean white walls and original features. The upper level features an incredible herringbone, parquet floor with a dramatic, exposed roof, displaying the original roof beams. The diverse collection of spaces are flooded in natural light and, along with their adaptable furnishing., Civic House provides couples with bags of flexibility.
>>The Old Dr Bells Baths | EH6 5JA
A beautiful example of Victorian architecture that’s recently been refurbished from a swimming pool to an events venue. A super clean, uncluttered space that will get send the minimalists into a frenzy of joy.
>> Jupiter Artland | EH27 8BB
Jupiter Artland is a magical award winning contemporary sculpture garden 20 minutes drive from the centre of Edinburgh. Secluded in the 100 acre estate of Bonnington House, Jupiter Artland is only a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh city centre. A versatile space where you'll be able to explore creative options within the confines of the estate to create an alternative wedding day.
>> Ubiquitous Chip | G12 8SJ
Regarded as one of finest restaurants in Glasgow's West End, The Ubiquitous Chip truly is located down the cobbled and quirky Ashton Lane. This beautiful restaurant is very spatially deceiving and has been likened to stepping into Mary Poppins’ famous handbag. The grandeur and sheer scale of the restaurant is only apparent upon entering the unassuming entrance. A highly adaptable space with great lighting, you can be certain of a truly unique experience.
>> Leith Theatre | EH6 4AE
A creative hub for both Leith and the city of Edinburgh, Leith Theatre offers plenty of scope for a couple looking to carve their own unique version of a wedding day. Many spaces make up the buildings of the 1930's Leith Theatre complex from the gorgeous Crush Foyer to the perfectly formed Thomas Morton Hall all of which are available for hire.
>> Secret Herb Garden | EH10 7EA
A specialist Herb Nursery nestled at the foot of the Pentland hills on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The Secret Herb Garden is a place to enjoy and be embraced by the surrounding herbs, plants and nature. It offers a haven to sit, enjoy and contemplate, or a place to get involved and learn how herbs and nature have an important place in our daily lives. The environment is a relaxed, a place where people can come and enjoy and just be, to enjoy the space inside and out.
>> Timberyard | EH3 9DS
An authentic brick warehouse in an urban setting – the perfect venue for a modern foodie couple. It's packed with natural character for you to decorate as you wish. The large, old factory building has been converted into a seasonal, high end restaurant with tasting menus to choose from. Right in the heart of Edinburgh its feels hidden, with a private courtyard where you can have an outdoor ceremony, or open up the doors for some fresh air straight into the reception area.
>> The Glasgow Art Club | G2 4HU IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
The Glasgow Art Club consists of two original town houses spread over five floors and contains some of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s earliest work in the form of feature fireplaces and decorative panels. In addition, it houses two bars and restaurants, a library specialising in Scottish Art and several exhibition spaces. This versatile Glasgow institution will suit couples looking to host a stylish affair.
>> Forgans | KY16 9PB
A cracking wee spot tucked away in St Andrews, Broughty Ferry depending on your preference of location. If you're looking for a fuss free day brimming with charm and cheer, it's a space worth considering. The compact space is the ideal choice for smaller weddings where you simply want to be surrounded by your closest friends and family.
>> Riddell's Court | EH1 2PG
Riddle's Court is the ideal venue for a wedding with a difference. Personal and intimate, colourful and historic, beautiful and stylish. Riddle's Court is an iconic venue that's truly unique making your wedding exceptional for both you and your guests. Only a short walk from the Royal Mile Registry Office and with abundant accommodation all around. Riddle's Court is the obvious choice for a stylish wedding.
>> Summerhall | EH9 1PL
Summerhall is known as a creative hub in Edinburgh for festivals and events, but it can also be used as a quirky wedding venue. This former veterinary college is a maze of corridors and unusual rooms, so it could be the ideal venue if you’re looking for something memorable and interesting.
>> Merchants House of Glasgow | G2 1BA
The Merchants House is a stunning Victorian designed building which offers the flexibility of space and use to rival any contemporary venue. From intimate celebrations to lavish affairs, With spectacular and versatile event spaces available, The Merchants House can be tailored to meet your needs and is available as an exclusive hire or in part.
>> Pollokshields Burgh Halls | G41 4LL
South of the river, Pollokshields Burgh Hall sits on the edge of Maxwell Park. It's a beautifully kept hall with plenty of scope for injecting your own unique personality into your wedding. Don't forget that it’s right on the park offering plenty of space for some photographs outdoors. Also, while the main room is turned around from service to dinner to party you can move around the full venue while the main room is turned around from service to dinner to party.
>> House for an Art Lover | G41 5BW
Set within the magnificent grounds of Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park and inspired by the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover is a ‘must consider’ venue for design orientate couples. It combines art gallery and exhibition space seamlessly. Being situated in Bellahouston Park, you’ll have plenty of outdoor options to head to for fun, relaxed photos with each other.
>> Saint Luke's + the Winged Ox | G40 2JZ >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
Located in Glasgow’s ultra-hip East End, Saint Luke’s + the Winged Ox is packed with personality. It’s high vaulted ceilings are complemented with a bespoke pipe organ display and beautiful stained glass windows dating back to the 1800’s. A venue of true juxtaposition, it’s also home to the winning dog friendly pub of the year.
>> St Andrews in the Square | G2 5PP
The iconic St Andre’s in the Square is an 18th-century A-listed building. A former church which was considered one of the finest classical churches in Scotland - the decor on the ceiling is especially impressive. It’s now Glasgow's Centre for Scottish culture, promoting Scottish music, song and dance. You have plenty of green space option with it being near Glasgow Green as well.
>> Cottiers | G11 5PU
A former church in Glasgow’s West End, now space containing a theatre, bar + restaurant. It's surrounded by a garden with stone terraces for teaching outside in the summer. Whether you are thinking of a more intimate affair in their upstairs restaurant for 30 people, a quiet BBQ in their beer garden, or a full scale knees up with 200 guests in their ambient theatre, Cottiers can accommodate. .
>> Sloans | G2 8BG
Claiming the title of Glasgow's oldest bar and restaurant, this traditional Scottish pub is set over 3 decadent floors – think warm cosy vibes and impressive woodwork in this charming venue filled with character and history. Nestled down a lane off Buchanan Street, Sloans is inviting from the outset. Inside, the three floors are lovingly maintained with antique features befitting the 200 year-old bar, old wooden pub decor in the snug bar, vintage light fittings in the restaurant and to parquet flooring in the ballroom.
>> The Signet Library | EH1 1RF
The Signet Library is one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian buildings. It can offer couples an exclusive and utterly unique setting. It is located at the top of The Royal Mile, right next to St. Giles Cathedral. Despite occupying this prime tourist location, once inside the building it is calm and peaceful. It’s such a cool place.
>>Mansfield Traquair | EH3 6BB
Mansfield Traquair is spectacular. Honestly. Walk inside and you’re swept away into the other worldly. This is the world of fairy lights and fantastic service. Mansfield Traquair is an exclusive use wedding venue, so you will have absolute privacy for the duration of your day.
>>Merchants’ Hall | EH2 2EP
The Merchants' Hall is a beautiful, A-listed building , owned by The Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh. The Merchants’ Hall can cater for up to 150 guests for ceremonies and evening receptions. It’s a solid city centre venue for couples looking for a space with pop and scope for DIY.
>> Balbegno Castle | AB30 1YD
A cosy castle available for exclusive hire. A luxurious romantically medieval 1560s venue, with stunning Georgian wing, perfect for a classic countryside in quintessentially Scottish surroundings. It is yours exclusively for your stay and features a well equipped kitchen, 6 beautifully styled and comfortable bedrooms, stunning drawing room and dining rooms, and the beautiful Great Hall with it's vaulted ceilings and chandelier.
>>Dundas Castle | EH30 9SP
Currently the home of Sir Jack and Lady Stewart-Clark, a super authentic Scottish Castle has been transformed into a luxury exclusive use venue. The Castle is made up of 3 main buildings. The Auld Keep was built in 1416 for the purpose of being both a home in times of peace and a fortress in times of war - it’s very cool. In 1818, the main house was built by the renowned architect William Burn. There’s a pavilion on the lawn which gives couples flexibility to increase numbers.
>> Drumtochty Castle | AB30 1TP >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
Nestled in a misty tree filled Glen in Aberdeenshire, Drumtochty is packed full of character. With it's stunning ballroom and sprawling evocative grounds, you'll find it a hugely versatile space for you to celebrate either with a small gathering or large group of nearest and dearest. Drumtochty suits summer or winter weddings equally well.
>> Lochnell Castle | PA37 1QT >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
A truly private place, Lochnell is situated on the stunning west coast of Scotland. The castle's beautiful and historic rooms and well maintained grounds allow you to enjoy the surrounding landscape from an impressive setting. It offers couple plenty of scope to inject their own personality in terms of styling and creative touches.
>> Rowallan Castle | KA3 2LP
At Rowallan, your wedding venue can be so much more than just one room. It starts with the drive in to the estate with little rivers and cobbled bridges all the way to the grand entrance. The magical “old castle” makes a stunning background for any wedding. Rowallan gives you exclusive use of the castle with access to three main function rooms – Dining Room, Ballroom and Library giving you space for up to 100 seated guests and the freedom to choose which room you would like to use for the ceremony, meal and dancing. A definite thumbs up.
>> Eilean Donan Castle | IV40 8DX
The iconic Eileen Donan is a fully restored castle on an island where 3 lochs meet, dating from the 13th century. It would accommodate those of you who are planning an elopement, a small gathering or a larger affair. It's not surprise that couples come from all around the world to marry here. As a location it is gloriously unique, but as a wedding venue, quite simply, spectacular; and although it's quite remote, everything you might need to hold your wedding can readily be sourced.
>> Tullibole Castle | KY13 0QN
A cracking spot tucked away in between Perthshire and Fife. Tullibole offers couples exclusive use of the castle and grounds allowing you the freedom to do exactly as you please. The impressive grounds of Tullibole can also be used for ceremonies, drink receptions and if necessary, a marquee to accommodate even larger numbers. The family home of Lord and Lady Moncreiff offers a private and very romantic setting for weddings where couples have the freedom of choice and flexibility of Tullibole and its magnificent grounds, to see craft a truly unique day.
>> Borthwick Castle | EH23 4QY
Borthwick Castle is a proper castle. Originally built in 1430 by nobleman Sir William de Borthwick. There's even a 600 year old tower house. On arrival, you are guided up the narrow drive to the ancient arched gateway. It's highly impressive stuff. If you are looking for something genuinely unique, combining luxury and history, with everything under one roof, and exclusively yours for as long as you want; then Borthwick Castle just might be the place for you.
>> Harvest Moon Holidays | EH42 1XP
With two beautiful wedding venues in East Lothian to choose from you can create your own unique celebration. This isn’t a one night affair but a weekend celebration where friends and family from far and wide can come together in their very own private site, set in one of the most beautiful venues in East Lothian, just 45 minutes from Edinburgh.You could get married on a stunning beach with white sand beneath your feet at our luxury safari tent or the beautiful Treehouse site in view of the Bass Rock.
>> Boat Houses | | PH15 2HU
For couples planning an elopement or a smaller, more intimate affair, the Boat Houses on Loch Tay should be on your list of strong contenders. The Boat Houses are beautifully designed and thoughtfully furnished with stunning views in every direction. Perched on the shores of Glen Lyon, you could have a waterfront ceremony before exploring the extensive Perthshire grounds. A highly adaptable option for folks seeking a quieter, design orientated wedding day.
>> Venachar Lochside | FK17 8HP
Found on the north shores of Loch Venachar in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park, Venachar offers lochside lawns as well as a mezzanine dance floors. With capacity of up to 90 guests, you can create a bespoke menu for a more intimate wedding.
>> The Treehouse at Lodge on Loch Goil | PA24 8AE
Just over an hour’s drive from Glasgow, this Victorian private country house was built in 1864. It's home to the Treehouse which is perched on the lochs' edge and is flanked by mountains. The Treehouse itself would suit an elopement or very small wedding. The Treehouse itself is beautiful inside and out.
>> Ravensheugh Log Cabin | EH42 1XW >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
The Log Cabin at Ravensheugh Beach, Tyninghame, East Lothian is a truly unique place in Scotland. The stunning clifftop location beside the woods, high above the beach, offers amazing panoramic views along the vast stretch of sand and waves to the Bass Rock. Couple can marry outdoors on a cliffside or in the log cabin itself. It's one of a kind.
>> Monachyle Mhor | FK19 8PQ >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
Monachyle Mhor is a luxury boutique lochside hotel at the foot of stunning Scottish mountains. Weddings look magical in their impressive big Dutch barn. Set in a former farmhouse and courtyard buildings, it emmanates character and style. There’s also Mhor 84 which is ideal for smaller, more intimate weddings.
>> Ardanaiseig | PA35 1HE
In a fairytale setting on the banks of Loch Awe near Taynuilt in Argyll, Ardanaiseig has often been voted Scotland’s most wildly romantic hotel. Renowned as a premier wedding venue, its bridal + honeymoon suite is the hotel’s Boatshed, lapped by the loch waters and gazing out to the hotel’s private island.
>> Altskeith House | FK8 3TL
An exclusive use waterfront and outdoor wedding venue in one of the most stunning locations in Scotland near Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park. There's accommodation for up to 22 people I the 10 bedrooms. It's set within the Trossachs National Park with a waterfront location, its own private beach overlooking Loch Ard and with the majestic views towards Ben Lomond. A cracking spot with plenty of choice for creative wedding photography.
>> Alexander House | PH3 1PW
Set high on the slopes of the Ochils, overlooking the Valley of Strathearn and beyond to the Highlands, Alexander House is a beautiful country house with immaculate grounds – yours for the length of your stay. Weddings are always exclusive as well as fun. It's highly adaptable and can offer intimate gatherings to much larger celebrations with the options of a marquee or a yurt.
>> Colstoun House | EH41 4PA
A secluded spot away from the city with both the house and beautiful grounds available for weddings. The Manor House at Colstoun is of great historical significance. It has been in the Broun Family for over 900 years and remains so to this day. The newly refurbished Coach House with stone walls and wooden beams is the ideal venue for couples looking for a stylish rural setting. The House still encapsulates the grandeur of ages gone by.
>> Inshriach House | PH22 1QP
Inshriach is a family home but retains much of its Edwardian atmosphere with dark panelling, open fires, period furniture and a big farmhouse kitchen. Weddings at Inshriach are a bespoke affair. You can choose from all manner of tents, from traditional marquees to tipis to giant yurts. There is no set formula, the end result depends entirely on your taste and your budget.
>> Glencorse House | EH26 0NZ
A country house on the outskirts of Edinburgh city centre. Surrounded by beautiful countryside which will give you a real sense of tranquility. Glencorse House is set in its own expansive private grounds at the foothills of the Pentlands. With its own lake, refurbished Kirk and high quality marquee holding 120 people, Glencorse is offered on a totally exclusive basis. This venue is ideal for those looking for a more intimate touch to their wedding.
>>Newhall Estate | EH26 9LY
Newhall Estate centres around Newhall House, a Scottish Baronial house 12 miles south of Edinburgh, close to the Scottish Borders and with good access to the rest of Scotland, including Edinburgh airport.
>> Fortingall Town Hall | PH15 2LT
Fortingall is a unique Highland village, which was designed by architect James McLaren. In its beautiful rural setting, it would be an excellent option for couples looking for a Perthshire based DIY wedding.
>> Cambo Estate | KY16 8QD: IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
If you are looking for choice, then Cambo Estate has to be one of the most versatile wedding venues in Scotland. You will have the option of getting married on the beach, in the woods, in the walled garden, in the courtyard, in the barn, in a marquee on the lawn, and in the mansion. In addition to this Cambo House can also accommodate up to 35 overnight guests, and this doesn’t include the cottages and camping facilities.
>> Coo Cathedral | AB34 5JP
Well with space for up to 400 guests, this beautiful blank canvas is a unique blend of barn and chapel. One of things that makes Coo Cathedral so popular, is the level of flexibility couples receive. In fact providing you do not damage the building, you can virtually decorated it as you wish.
>> Glen Tanar | AB34 5EU
Glen Tanar is set in Scotland's spectacular Cairngorms National Park in Royal Deeside. The Victorian ballroom is nothing short of spectacular with its vaulted ceiling covered with over 700 antlers, to its original oak floors. It's airy, atmospheric and spacious. When it comes to the outdoors, you have stunning backdrops virtually everywhere you look on the 25, 000 acred of stunning Highland landscape.
>> Achnagairn House | IV5 7PD
If you're looking for an exclusive use, highland castle, with up to 60 bedrooms, and a ballroom without equal, Achnagairn Castle is well worth considering. Achnagairn is tucked away in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. The food is outstanding.
>> Errol Park | PH2 7RA >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
A stunning venue in the heart of Perthshire, Errol park is one of Scotland’s finest estates. With a wide choice of event spaces throughout the grounds and house, Errol Park is a wonderful place to host your wedding. From the grand hallway, spacious public rooms and a unique circular stable block, to the garden and ancient folly, Errol Park is a highly adaptable option.
>> Lunga House | PA31 8UU
Lunga is a fine old Scottish Country House wedding venue, originally a 16th century Tower House, set on green lawns amidst tangled woodland. The house benefits from stunning views of the sea, stretching from the Corryvreckan to Loch Melford, encompassing the islands of Jura, Scarba, Luing, Shuna and on to the mountains of Mull. Part of the charm of this little house is its castle party feel. You'll be made very welcome leaving well-fed, well-watered and wobbly-kneed from dancing the night away.
>> Killearn Village Hall | G63 9NL
A smashing spot not to be overlooked! The original stone village hall building has recently undergone a multi million pound renovation, incorporating a stunning, architect designed glass extension. The venue now houses multiple function spaces under one roof; the ‘Garden Room’ reception lounge which opens on to the grassy Glebe; the Three Sisters Bake café bar and balcony with views across to Loch Lomond which hosts your evening bar and break out area, and the main hall itself, where your ceremony, dinner and, of course, dancing and merriment will take place.
>> Kirknewton Stables | EH27 8DA
Refurbished former stables with exposed stone walls, stripped wood floors and garden, Kirknewton Stables is a tasteful option for couples looking for a venue with a difference. The hire of the stables ensures complete privacy for the wedding party since the stables, kitchen area and the beautiful walled garden, which is ideal for wedding photographs, are given over entirely to the wedding party.
>> The Cow Shed, Crail | KY10 3XA >> IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
A traditional farm steading sitting on the outskirts of the beautiful fishing village of Crail and only a 15 minutes drive from the historic town of St Andrews. The Cow Shed team has worked hard to retain as many original features as possible but also added some great modern features giving you a “blank canvas” venue full of charm, character and allowing you to let your creative juices flow to create your own unique day.
>> Comrie Croft | PH7 4JZ
How about an awesome outdoor or DIY wedding? At Comrie Croft you can tie the knot in their rustic barn or outside in their 231 acres of fields and woods. The barn is a bit of a blank canvas, but pop on your creative thinking cap, grab some funky lighting (tea lights and fairy lights work well) and maybe even some bales of straw for seats and you are good to go. I love the DIY possibilities with this unique wedding venue. They provide you with the basics (including a really cool BBQ and log fire pit) and then it’s up to you to make it your own.
>> Killiehuntly Farmhouse + Cottage | PH21 1NZ >>
IN DEPTH REVIEW: HERE
This place is incredible. It's one of my favourite locations, ever. A sensory tale of a weathered, Highland stone farmhouse dating back to 1603 and the delicate, cool aesthetic of Nordic design. Killiehuntly has fused simple beauty and wilderness in a creative guesthouse, a den wrapped in the solitude of the Cairngorms National Park.
>> Knockraich Farm | G63 0LN
The Tin Shed is a truly relaxed, unique venue option. A fabulous re-purposed tin shed overlooking the beautiful Orchard and Kitchen Gardens of Knockraich Farm. Full of natural character and charm, this venue offers a unique event space where the only limitation is your imagination. It's a space that will allow you make your wedding your own. Comfortably seating 100 guests for dining and a maximum of 140 guests for dancing, there is a licenced bar and ample space for live music.
>> Kinkell Byre | KY16 8PN
This place screams alternative; Kinkell Byre offers you exclusive hire of a converted barn which is full of character and rustic charm with plenty of room inside and out. Weddings at Kinkell Byre aim to give you the chance to create your own event with as much freedom as possible; the venue is literally a blank canvas.
>> Dalduff | KA19 7PU
Loved by photographers and couples alike, the folks at Dalduff will take care of all the basics bits and bobs (tables, chairs, crockery etc) and leave you to work your magic and transform the barn into almost anything you could possibly imagine. This is perfect if you are having a themed wedding as you can pretty much start from scratch with a beautiful barn as your base. The barn is surrounded by the stunning landscape so the options for nature based photographs are endless.
>> Wedderburn Barns | TD11 3LT
Wedderburn can accommodate up to 150 people. The rustic and romantic party barns can be found in the Georgian stables at Wedderburn Castle in the Scottish Borders and can be used as a stand-alone venue or to combine a castle wedding and barn party. The stable block surrounds a courtyard where marriage ceremonies can be held in good weather. The barns are set around a pretty courtyard with the original rustic stone walls still in place, along with an ancient apple tree, a bower with roses and large teak benches for relaxing and enjoying the surroundings. They are located in the magnificent grounds of Wedderburn Castle, just an hour from Edinburgh.
>> The Barn at Barra Castle | AB51 0BB
Situated in the private grounds of the 16th century tower house, Barra Castle, the unspoilt countryside is incredibly impressive. The tone of this venue is informal and stylish, a blend of contemporary and traditional features including underfloor heating, exposed stone walls, timber beams and a wood burning stove. The full height glazed wall on the west facing side of The Barn bathes the space with natural light, creating an open vista to enjoy unrivalled views of Bennachie, Aberdeenshire and Strathdon.
Barefoot dancing in the grass, festoon lit lawns, firepits for toasting marshmallows, stargazing windows: weddings at Guardswell are relaxed, crazy fun and totally unforgettable. The Guardswell Steading is a unique space for a big farm wedding- whether it's an all singing, all dancing sit down affair, or a relaxed, boho bash - bend and shape Guardswell into the venue you want it to be. With multiple different spaces (The Cattle Court, Granary, Bull Pen and Workshop) as well as 150 outdoor acres to play on, there's plenty of options.
>> The Rhynd | KY16 0DR
A relatively new creative space to the alternative wedding scene. I have a wedding there this coming October and am excited seeing it first hand. It's another blank canvas space which can be moulded to suit your stylistic preferences. Located near St Andrews, it's near the stunning Tentsmuir forest and beach.
>> GG's Yard | DG7 2ES
If you're looking for first class barn wedding venues in Scotland, the new (2017) GG’s Yard is definitely worth your consideration. Located on the stunning west coast just south of Galloway Forest Park, this converted farmstead has been purpose built for ceremonies and receptions. In addition to having multiple entertaining spaces and a wonderful spot for outdoor weddings, it also has 10 luxury Seaview Snugs which are ideal for overnight accommodation.
>> Aswanley | AB54 4XJ
Aswanley is spacious, adaptable and yours for the day. The barn has a series of interconnecting rooms with its fireplace room at the centre. Your ceremony can be held indoors, or outdoors, to suit the style of your day, in the garden, under the 16th century stone arch or next to the baronial fireplace. Aswanley can be styled as much or as little as you want. It can be personalised with the tiniest of touches or completely re-styled.
>> The Barn at Harburn | EH55 8RN
The Barn is a blank canvas venue for you to style your own wedding around. Set amongst a traditional farm steading, the venue comprises of a roundhouse and granary that have been gracefully renovated to provide the ultimate entertaining space.
>> Roulette Retreat | TD6 0SU
The super quirky and unique Roulette Retreat is the only place in the UK where you can find gorgeous hand carved French Roulottes around a lochan and wow, it really is something special. You and your guests can stay in their amazing Roulottes that sit in a beautiful three-acre meadow and are complete with retro BBQs and a communal firepit where you can relax and watch the stars. For your reception, you can relaxin their 1950’s studio. Inside they have a cozy wood burning stove, but when you wander outside you will discover the most enchanting fairytale wonderland decorated with Moroccan lanterns.
>> Harelaw Farm | KA3 6ES
The barns at Harelaw Farm are flexible spaces. Being only 15 minutes from Glasgow city centre, the Farm provides a countryside setting whilst enjoying the convenience of easy access from the M77, as well as generous parking facilities. Two barns are available for hire, as well as the use of the large lawn for a marquee if desired. The Wedding Byre is set up to host the wedding ceremony which seats approximately 160, with room for more to stand at the back if required. This former milking byre enjoys a rustic feel, with exposed stone walls and original wooden beams. For smaller weddings, the Byre can be used for both the ceremony and reception. With extensive lawns Harelaw Farm can host an outdoor ceremony surrounded by the stunning Ayrshire countryside.
>>GGs Yard | DG7 2ES
An impressive rural venue that’s perched on the hills overlooking Scotland's southern coast. With breathtaking views, it’s set within a 250-year-old converted steading. In addition to having multiple entertaining spaces and a wonderful spot for outdoor weddings, it also has 10 luxury Seaview Snugs which are ideal for overnight accommodation. Food takes priority here - the catering is handled internally at GG’s Yard by their team of expert chefs, with a professional kitchen having been installed in the farmstead.
>> The Mountain Bothy at Schiehallion
Set in an exclusive location 2500ft high in the hills above Loch Rannoch and Loch Tummel with dramatic views towards Ben Nevis 50 miles to the west, this mountain hideaway is incredible for those planning to elope or a smaller wedding. There's space inside the bothie for up to 18 guests. The bothy is run by Highland Safaris and is only accessible by Land Rover.
>> Cairngorm Mountain | PH22 1RB
The selling point of opting to have your wedding here are the stunning. In the heart of the Scottish Highlands, this venue is surrounded by stunning wildlife and an ever-changing landscape, keeping your guests occupied throughout the day.
>> Husky Lodge, Kinveachy Boat of Garten | PH24 3BU
For couples looking to arrange a smaller, more intimate the Big Husky Lodge should be on your 'must consider' list. As an aside, you can cater for up to 75 guests so there's flexibility with numbers. It lends itself to ceremonies with stunning views, spacious internal rooms, and glorious surroundings.