10 WEDDING VENUES IN SCOTTISH ISLANDS.
TALA NA MARA.
ISLE OF HARRIS
There's nothing quite like the welcome you get by the local community on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. There's always someone who knows someone who can get something sorted for you, and it's never a hassle.
The same community spirit runs high at wedding venue Tala Na Mara, as their wedding co-ordinator will help you with any and everything.
Although they don't have on-site accommodation, don't you worry yourself about it, they've secured a partnership with local Hotel Hebrides which includes a bridal suite. Or they can put you in touch with local owners of extremely scenic self-catering cottages - see what I mean about the getting-something-sorted-for-you?
As for your ceremony, there's the option of an untouched beach over Caribbean blue seas or (for when it's blowing a hoolie) there's inside the venue with the same views, just a bit less windy.
Tala Na Mara has in-house caterers (The Machair Kitchen) that will create a bespoke wedding menu for you and includes a complimentary tasting with the head chef (so you'll have to take another trip to Harris before the wedding, oh noooo...). Full of the freshest Hebridean produce, if you are into seafood then expect you and your guests to be taken to seafood heaven.
Oh and I almost forgot the best thing of all - Harris Gin! Located down the road from the Harris Gin Distillery you can treat your lucky, lucky guests to a glass or two of one of Scotland's best loved gins.
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Drama. Drama. Drama. Every-which-way you turn at Mount Stuart House there are dramatic architectural features in droves! From the impressive external building itself to the grand & illustrious Marble Hall in the heart of the house; Mount Stuart is the ultimate wedding venue.
A "neo-gothic mansion" (Yes it really is described as that! 'Yeah, we got married in a neo-gothic mansion, yeah, it was no big deal...') Mount Stuart House was initially built in the 19th Century as a family home. Meaning it can accommodate up to 37 guests in the main house. and has "thoughtfully located preparation rooms for both the Bride and Groom" to make sure you can have a relaxing morning pre-wedding.
Let's get to the heart of why this island venue made our list - the Marble Chapel. With floor to ceiling Sicilian marble and architectural inspiration taken from The
Sistine Chapel, I don't think I've come across a more impressive ceremony location in Scotland (a bold statement I know!). It really is a wedding videographer's dream setting!
They really have thought of every little detail at Mount Stuart, to make you feel like they really value you, and they truly appreciate that you've chosen their venue for your big day; something that can be surprisingly lacking at other hotel wedding venues. Their dedicated team of event coordinators work with you to "transform your dreams into reality" so expect to feel like you're on cloud 9!
Couples travel from all over the world to get married at Mount Stuart House, we are fortunate enough to only require a short ferry trip over the water to Bute
ISLE OF BUTE
ISLE OF LEWIS
The Isle of Lewis has so much to offer, from turquoise blue seas and white sandy beaches to dramatic landscapes and STORNOWAY BLACK PUDDING! Being on the Outer Hebridean island feels like you are in a far off magical land, it's hard to believe that you're still in Scotland. It would be such a memorable place to have your wedding, so here's our next choice of island venue: Lews Castle.
Overlooking Stornoway harbour, the Gothic Lews Castle stands out proudly
against the landscape and surrounding picturesque woodlands. Built in the mid 1800's, it's had its fair share of purposes, from a hospital base, to an education centre, and now a magnificent wedding venue.
With a choice of three rooms available to hire for, the castle can accommodate all party sizes, from the wee to the not-so-wee, or for the mega party you can hire the entire castle!
They also have a "range of catering options to suit all tastes and budgets and are here to help with any additional requirements – from recommending local suppliers to our own top tips, your wish is our command!" *Our wish is for a couple to hire us to film their epic wedding here, please oh pretty please!*
Check out the Library with chandeliers and hand painted pastel ceiling, in a Wes Anderson styled wedding reception of dreams.
The intimate setting can accommodate up to 60 guests for your wedding breakfast. Or there's the Dining Room, which can seat up to 88 guests, where you can feel like King and Queen under the royal blue ceiling and view the expansive castle grounds through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Another big plus for this venue is the stylish on-site accommodation, which includes 1 - 3 bedroom apartments.
ISLE OF MULL
If you're a foodie (and a drink-ie?) then you're going to want to celebrate your wedding in Tobermory: from the Isle of Mull Cheddar to the Isle of Mull Ice Cream & the Tobermory Whisky Distillery, the local produce is truly a feast for the tastebuds!
There are a few different options available for catering and your reception, including the locally run village-style Aros Hall for the DIY bride and groom, or The Western Isles Hotel.
As for your ceremony, there is nowhere more idyllic than Calgary Beach, but another option is the venue: 'Calgary'. Situated just 300 metres from the beach, Calgary is a unique and peaceful venue for small weddings, with on-site accommodation to house from 2 to 40 people.
For those who love art and nature, it is the perfect setting.
ISLE OF ORKNEY
If you're looking for a venue with real heart and soul to host your traditional Catholic wedding, then The Italian Chapel on Orkney has to be on your list.
Created initially by Italian prisoners of war in 1943-44, using the limited materials that were available, the intricate interior was painted by Domenico Chiocchetti, who stayed on after the war had ended to finish the project. On his departure he wrote a letter to the people of Orkney in which said:
“The chapel is yours - for you to love and preserve. I take with me to Italy the remembrance of your kindness and wonderful hospitality. . . I thank all those who directly or indirectly have collaborated for the success of this work and for having given me the joy of seeing again the little chapel of Lambholm where I, in leaving, leave a part of my heart”
A limited number of weddings are permitted to take place each year - get in touch to secure your date.
ISLE OF COLL
Marvel at the stars on your wedding night on Scotland's only Dark Sky Island - The Isle of Coll. With no street lights, and being located out in the Atlantic Sea, Coll is one of the best places in the UK to star gaze - the ideal setting for a star themed wedding?
Host your ceremony, reception and guests at An Cridhe which means “the heart”, as this building was created to be "at the heart of life on Coll". With a capacity of 120, the hall is ideally set up for large celebrations as it comes complete with a catering kitchen and a fully operational bar.
Choose to have your ceremony either in the hall of An Cridhe or on the stunning beach nearby. The Coll Bunkhouse is also on hand to help you with catering, drinks and further accommodation for your guests.
Perhaps the best news is that weekend hire of An Cridhe (Fri - Sun) is only £1500! What a bargain, with plenty of time for setting up and take down too, the only limit really is your imagination!
ISLE OF IONA
If you're having a religious ceremony then name a place more sacred than the"the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland" to host your wedding. Founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563, Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and divine sites.
Whether your wedding party is intimate and small in numbers or your celebration requires more room for a larger party, there's a choice of venues to match your day. This includes the Abbey Church, with high ceilings and dramatic medieval features, or the more intimate Micheal Chapel or St Oran’s Chapel.
As the Abbey is still a thriving place of worship, weddings may be held by special arrangement - so get in touch to secure your date.
The island of Iona may be tiny (it is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long!) but it is a place that attracts people from all over the world because of its sense of tranquility, spirituality and beautiful white sandy beaches. You and your guests really will feel like you've been transported away to your own sacred island.
This wedding location isn't quite on an island, but it does have the same magical & remote feeling, as it is by the beautiful West coast and has spectacular views of Jura and Islay.
An ideal setting for the free-spirited, Crear is an amazing place to escape to for a couple of days with those closest to you.
If getting married at the weekend, then you'll have access from Friday until Monday, extending the celebrations. The options for an outdoor ceremony here are plentiful across their 200 acres, from the white sandy beaches to enchanting forest.
Your dinner reception will take place in the 18m x 10m Main Studio, which can seat up to 100 guests. Described as a "beautiful blank canvas" (which their in-house wedding co-ordinator can help you transform into your own piece of art) the room has an outdoors inside feel thanks to its 20m long glass wall. Views for absolute days, and, if you're lucky, just think of the sunsets!
You can sleep up to 12 people at Crear Weddings, another 6 at Caisealrag Cottage and there's Port Ban Holiday Park, which can accommodate up to 80 guests. Exclusive use of Crear Weddings (sleeps 12) is £4,450 for 3 nights
ISLE OF MULL
Practically only a hop, skip and a jump away from the mainland (by that I mean a 45 minute ferry from Oban) Duart Castle is a real fairy-tale wedding venue. Completely refurbished in 1911 by Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the Castle dates back to the 18th Century and overlooks the sound of Mull.
There are three options for your wedding ceremony at Duart: outside by the single cannon with spectacular views for miles, in the great Banqueting
Hall (with its walls adorned in historical artefacts & a grand piano), or in the intimate Sea Room with large south-facing windows - suitable for smaller wedding parties.
If you do decide to get married at Duart Castle then get your request in quickly, as only limited dates are offered to couples each year. It truly would be a unique wedding venue at the historic castle - plus you and your guests can explore the Island of Mull afterwards!
ISLE OF ISLAY
Whisky lovers, the Isle of Islay is where you want to be. It has eight working distilleries on the island, and is renowned for it's single malt. Of course, there's more to Islay than whisky, like its stunning landscapes and coastlines, it is The Queen of The Hebrides after all.
If you're less into the frills and more into your hills (?) then why not host your wedding at the quaint and idyllic Port Mor - a community facility in the beautiful conservation village of Port Charlotte
Marriages can take place in the grounds around the centre which includes an intimate beach. In the event of bad weather, this is Scotland, the centre hosts a beautiful glass fronted room with fantastic views across Lochindaal to the Mull of Oa.
It can accommodate 50 people on-site, and their cafe can provide catering for wedding parties. Bookings must be made directly with the centre, so get in touch below.