Anyone else feeling a little bit proud today? With the news that Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers, the rise of elopements and destination weddings on our fair shores is set to continue. So whether you’re planning your Scottish wedding from near or far, here’s our guide to the most breathtaking places to tie the knot in Scotland.
If you’re longing for an island getaway, then Harris (in the Outer Hebrides) is the perfect place. This island is remote, wild and beautiful, and has a feeling of being a real hideaway. The beaches look like some far off islands in the Caribbean when the sun shines, with their white sands and turquoise seas. And you’ll receive a friendly welcome from the islanders, who love seeing weddings on the island.
Longing for an island wedding? Here’s a handy guide to beach weddings in Scotland.
Photo by Margaret Soraya.
2. Glen Coe
Nothing quite prepares you for the first time you drive through Glen Coe. From the boggy wilderness of Rannoch Moor to the brooding mountains of the glen, it carries its dark history in its very core. And the moody weather tends to add to the atmosphere, although to see it in sunshine is also a treat.
For more inspiration, take a look at this spectacular shoot in Glen Coe and Glen Etive.
Photo by The Gibsons.
3. Loch Goil
An hour or so north of Glasgow lies a romantic hideaway, complete with a treehouse overlooking the loch. With the sound of water lapping and the smell of wood burning, it’s a wonderful setting for an intimate wedding.
We fell in love with this Lodge at Loch Goil wedding, and something tells us you will too.
Photo by Craig and Eva Sanders.
There aren’t too many places in the world where you can get married on top of an ancient volcano, with panoramic views overlooking a beautiful, historic city below. From the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town to the impressive Neoclassical architecture of the New Town, it’s a city with a unique character, and we couldn’t love it more.
If you’re feeling inspired to get your hiking boots on and hit the hills around the city on your wedding day, then Bronwyn & Christian’s winter Edinburgh elopement is sure to inspire.
Photo by Elemental Photography.
5. Isle of Skye
There is something so incredibly romantic about the Isle of Skye. Its rugged beauty and weather (typically misty and a little wet) gives it a bit of a mystical air too. If you love the idea of being surrounded by mountains and lochs, and feeling the wind in your hair as you say I do, then it could be the one.
Got your heart set on Skye? There are some great tips in this eloping to Skye post.
Photo by Lynne Kennedy Photography.
So, we’d love to know… Where in Scotland would you most like to go with the one you love?
Top image by Lynne Kennedy Photography