The wedding venue does a lot of heavy lifting in your wedding planning – not only does it need to fit the right amount of people, be accessible for your nearest and dearest, and accommodating of your party plans, but it also needs to look the part, and have the right feel for your day.
The venue defnitely sets the tone for the wedding, which is why it can be such a monumental task to pick the perfect place! We’ve compiled our fave Scottish wedding venues for modern, creative couples below, whether you’re looking for a romantic elopement, a contemporary city shindig or a blank canvas barn venue for 150, we’ve got it all.
The Byre at Inchyra is a refurbished stone and wood cattle barn sitting prettily on the Inchyra Estate near Perth. It’s a gorgeous blank canvas venue for couples looking for a wedding venue that looks breathtaking but feels homely. It’s definitely the right side of rustic, with stone walls and wooden panels, but is kitted out with modern features from bathroom (it’s nicer than our ones at home) to boombox. (I know, that word hasn’t been used for about 2 decades, but it just fit nicely, ok?) Farrow & Ball even named one of their paints after it, the same colour that the iconic barn doors are painted in – Inchyra Blue.
Any wedding venue that invites you to turn your wedding into a house party is a-okay with us, but Comrie Croft truly is very special. The plot itself is a 200-year-old farmstead, meaning that alongside a total DIY wedding barn, there’s accommodation to fit 74 people (plus fields for glamping, if you so wish). The team at Comrie Croft positively welcome you to make this space your own for the weekend, making it a real home from home.
Guardswell Farm is a venue like no other. Their main steading is a modern take on a rustic blank canvas, perfect for a laidback, wedding for a modern, design-led couple; but they also have 150 hilltop acres to utilise too, as well as Huts and Houses on site. They’ve perfectly blended contemporary design with nature, getting the total best of both worlds. (It’s also an excellent mini-moon destination, so it really does have it all!)
Cambo Estate really is a lil’ slice of heaven on the Fife coast (and we literally mean on the coast, as it has its own private beach). It has the main Country house, a secret walled garden, a tattie shed and rustic outbuildings, all situated amongst beautiful grounds, magical woodland and aforementioned beach to make sure your day is truly unforgettable. Whether you’re wanting soft romance or dramatic, historic surroundings, Cambo has it in buckets.
We may have never promised you a rose garden, but we can guarantee you The Secret Herb Garden – and that’s much better, in our humble opinion. It’s the most incredible setting for a wedding ceremony or reception as you can get married within the actual Glasshouse itself, surrounded by hundreds of gorgeous plants and growing herbs. Not only does it look incredible, but it means your guests are swept up in a sensory whirlwind, with the most delicious smells too. You get the best of both worlds: being surrounded by nature, but served by the infrastructure of the very talented team there.
You know the idea of village halls you have in your head, of peeling, faded wallpaper and fuddy duddy interiors? Throw it right out, throw it right out right now, and instead marvel on the gorgeousness that is Killearn Village Hall. I mean – how many village halls have a glass extension and balcony out the back, with views across to Loch Lomond? Not very many, we’re willing to wager. Luckily for you, Killearn Village Hall has both. The inside is bright and airy, and the vibe is nice relaxed, with the wonderful Three Sisters Bake as the in-house caterers and wedding co-ordinators. Think grazing feasts, delicious desserts, and a laidback and lovely wedding day.
You may well think that the phrases ‘tranquil oasis’ and ‘Edinburgh’s Royal Mile’ don’t go together, but Riddle’s Court is here to prove you wrong. A hidden gem studded in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, its painted ceilings and original features mean it’s full of character, without being overbearing. This in turn makes it a gorgeous wedding venue, ready for couples looking for a city wedding imbued with the stories of those who’ve strolled the streets before them.
Forgans is modern city wedding style at its finest. With two locations – St Andrew’s and Broughty Ferry – Forgans have become renowned for their delicious Scottish produce-led food and drinks, as well as their warm and welcoming vibes (and their vast gin collection, lest we forget!) Add in their industrial-chic interiors, and you’re onto an absolute doozy for the wedding venue to answer all your prayers.
A Roulotte is a French Romany palace on wheels – a magnificently intricate, artistic palace. Now, imagine a circle of these, made from hand-carved oak, all around a lochan, which is in turn in a beautiful wildflower meadow – and you’re imagining Roulotte Retreat. Opulent yet intimate at the same time, Roulotte Retreat is the most romantic destination for a small wedding or elopement. The insides of the roulottes are as magical as the outsides, bedecked in silks and velvets, and featuring wood burning stoves (as well as of the normal bits, obviously.)
There’s something very intriguing about Aswanley, with its interconnected rooms, magical gardens and spacious Victorian barn. It’s a place where you can feel heart and soul through every brick and beam, making it the perfect wedding venue to mark your love story. Plus, Aswanley has in-house wedding co-ordinators who are dedicated to making your wedding day run as smoothly as possible – job’s a goodun!
It might sound weird to suggest a church as an alternative Scottish wedding venue, but Saint Luke’s isn’t any traditional church. It’s is a grade B listed church in Glasgow’s East End, featuring stunning vaulted ceilings, a bespoke pipe organ display, and 19th century stained glass windows. To complement all these impressive, awe-inspiring, historic features, it also has three fully licensed bars, because it can also be used as a music and events space for some of the best nights in Glasgow. This means it’s perfect for ceremony straight through to reception.
Harelaw is undeniably one of Scotland’s most gorgeous barn wedding venues, with two barns and extensive lawns as well as a modern house on-site that also features high ceilings and beautiful beams. It’s romantic, rustic brilliance, pure and simple.
The Barn at Harburn is a rustic home from home, a barn that’s been gracefully and lovingly renovated to become the ultimate wedding venue. We especially love its unique roundhouse space, with French windows that open onto rolling greenery and the Pentland Hills beyond. As well as the roundhouse, it has the granary space, a similarly beautiful piece of architecture with exposed stone and intricate beams.
If you’re looking for the grandeur of a country house wedding without the uncomfortable, stuffy atmosphere that some of them carry, Cardross Estate is the wedding venue for you. Inside it features magnificent hallways, sweeping staircases and jwa-dropping Georgian rooms; in the ancient oak parkland it’s set in, the River Forth runs through (as you do.) You’re also able to erect a marquee or tipi on the lawn for the ultimate summer garden party feel, with views for DAYS.