Of all the wedding destinations in Europe, Scotland, with its dramatic scenery, stunning coastline and fairytale castles, provides the perfect romantic backdrop, not just for the ceremony, but for the honeymoon, too! When it comes to luxurious resorts, Scotland has plenty to choose from, of which CLC World’s Duchally Country Estate, near Gleneagles, Perthshire, is one of the finest. If you’re unfamiliar with the company, you may like to read CLC World Resorts Reviews.
A History of Weddings
Of all the historic wedding locations, Scotland’s Gretna Green is the most famous, thanks to the 1754 Marriage Act, which prevented couples under 21 from marrying in England or Wales without parental consent. This resulted in young lovers crossing the border to Gretna Green to marry legally, and the town still offers an ‘Elopement Package’ at a choice of historic venues.
Edinburgh – Scotland’s Romantic Capital
Scotland’s capital is one of the top wedding destinations in Europe, thanks to its beautiful setting and architecture, cosy pubs and fine dining. It’s also a city made for walking, particularly to Arthur’s Seat, at the top of an extinct volcano. Its panoramic city views make it ideal for romantic picnicking, and it’s a popular place for marriage proposals!
Fairytale Castles with Breathtaking Views
Another key ingredient in making Scotland one of the most romantic wedding locations in Scotland is its fairytale castles, of which there are plenty. Stand-outs include Dunrobin Castle, the largest in the northern Highlands; Kilchurn Castle, on a rocky strip of land by Loch Awe, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles; and Eilean Donan Castle, built where three lochs meet on the approach to the Isle of Skye.
A Steam Train Ride
What more fun could a wedding party have than sipping Champagne on an historic steam train, with stunning views of Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, and over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, recognisable from the Harry Potter films?
The Stunning West Coast
With spectacular white sandy beaches, soaring mountains and beautiful islands, Scotland’s west coast is one of the most romantic and unspoilt wedding destinations in Europe.
Best beaches include the Silver Sands of Morar, between Arisaig and Morar; Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull; and Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris, which is fringed with white sands and crystal clear turquoise waters.
If you’re considering a winter wedding, the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, makes Scotland one of the most dramatic wedding locations in Scotland, when radiant streaks of green, purple, pink and red light up the night sky. The best places to see them are the Caithness coast, the Orkney Isles and the Outer Hebrides.
The Quintessential Wedding Venue
For a quintessentially Scottish wedding venue, CLC Duchally Country Estate is set in scenic countryside, with lovingly manicured garden and grounds, sophisticated interiors and an amazing restaurant. They offer bespoke wedding packages, guaranteed to sweep you up in everything that makes Scotland one of the best wedding destinations in Europe.