The Best Places to Elope in Scotland: Our guide to the most romantic Scottish elopement locations
If you’re planning a Scottish elopement but have no idea where to elope in Scotland, we’ve got you covered! As Scotland elopement photographers, we’ve helped over 120 couples to plan their Scottish elopement adventure, so we have a pretty extensive list of all the best places! We have explored the length and breadth of this beautiful country, seeking-out hidden locations and secret spots, and we’ve put together a list of the Ten Best Places To Elope In Scotland, featuring our all-time favourite Scotland elopement locations for an outdoor wedding ceremony.
2. Isle of Skye
4. Isle of Mull
5. Torridon & Wester Ross
8. Scottish Borders
9. Central Scottish Highlands
For couples who want their wedding to be a bit of an adventure, those who want their day to embrace the beauty of nature and the great outdoors, this one’s for you!
The Most Popular Scotland Elopement Locations: Glencoe & The Isle of Skye
We’ll start with the two most popular Scottish elopement locations (the ones that you’ve probably seen on Instagram, if you’ve been doing your research) — Glencoe and the Isle of Skye. These are popular for a very good reason, they are breathtakingly beautiful! But their international reputation as an elopement destination does mean that you won’t have them all to yourselves, because they do get a very large volume of tourists each year.
If you have your hearts set on an elopement wedding in Glencoe or the Isle of Skye, then we’d suggest going for a date between October–April, if you want to experience these beautiful places at a quieter and more peaceful time of year. Alternatively, if you’re super-keen on a summer or early autumn elopement wedding in either of these locations, we would suggest going for a sunrise or sunset ceremony. This will offer a more serene and private experience. Keep in mind that sunrise and sunset times vary massively throughout the year, from around 04.30 (sunrise) / 22.30 (sunset) in mid-June, to 09.00 (sunrise) / 15.30 (sunset) in mid-December. Alternatively, if you (and any guests) are game for a one to two hour hike, then it’s possible to get to some secret locations for a peaceful and private elopement wedding ceremony. We’re always happy to advise couples who book with us on the most beautiful and secluded ceremony spots.
But if you’re the type of couple who don’t like to follow the crowds and are keen for somewhere that’s a little more off-the-beaten-track, you might like to skip Glencoe & Skye and head to numbers 3–9 on our list of the Best Places To Elope In Scotland, for some lesser-known (but equally beautiful) Scotland elopement location inspiration.
1. GLENCOE ELOPEMENT
Distance from Edinburgh: 2.5 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 2 hours
Best Months for a Glencoe Elopement: October-April
Glencoe is a stunningly beautiful steep-sided valley fringed with some of the most majestic mountains in Scotland. It probably epitomises what people think of if they close their eyes and imagine the Scottish Highlands. The moment you arrive there you feel like you’re stepping back in time. Despite the ease of travel to Glencoe, it is wonderfully remote. It’s a valley that’s steeped in history, and abounds with tales of clan battles, love, heroism and betrayal (rather like an episode of Game of Thrones!) Couples have been running away to get married amongst these mountains for centuries and your love story could become a part of that tradition.
Glencoe is a real hillwalkers and climbers paradise. There are some great hikes in the area to suit all ages and abilities, from Glencoe Lochan (super easy); to the Lost Valley/Coire Gabhail (moderate) or the Schoolhouse ridge (advanced).
It’s worth noting that Glencoe is a very popular location for hill-walkers, tourists and eloping couples alike! If you’ve set your hearts on eloping in Glencoe, we would recommend choosing a date that’s ‘off-season’ (October–April) and also mid-week, to make for the most peaceful and private elopement experience. When couples book us to capture their day, we can recommend a variety of spots that are absolutely stunning, but don’t require a strenuous all-day hike to get there, and will allow you to exchange your vows in seclusion. If you’re keen to work with us, feel free to contact us!
Glencoe is a sparsely populated area, so romantic elopement accommodation options in Glencoe Valley itself are quite scarce. But here are a few options that either in or within easy reach of Glencoe:
Dalness Estate – Set amidst stunning scenery in Glen Etive, which branches off Glencoe, this characterful shooting lodge sleeps 14. It’s the perfect setting for a weekend house party with your nearest and dearest. There’s also a cottage sleeping two, for couples eloping alone.
Glencoe House Hotel – Historic Victorian shooting lodge set in a peaceful location with stunning views.
The Kings House Hotel – Set in the middle of Glencoe, newly refurbished and with spectacular views.
Mhor 84 – A cool boutique hotel that does amazing food. Simple, stylish rooms and a cool Scandie-vibe.
St Mary’s Sitooterie – Bohemian wooden cabin in an off-the-beaten track location. Perfect for nature-loving couples who want to get away from it all
If you’d like to see what a Glencoe elopement wedding day looks like, take a look at Ross and Sarah’s atmospheric autumnal Glencoe elopement.
If you are planning a Glencoe elopement wedding, do feel free to get in touch!
2. ISLE OF SKYE ELOPEMENT WEDDING
Distance from Edinburgh: 5.5 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 5.5 hours
Distance from Inverness: 2.5 hours
Best Months for a Skye elopement: October-April
The Isle of Skye has gained an international reputation for being one of the most wildly romantic destination elopement wedding locations in the world, and with good reason! The combination of unfailingly spectacular scenery, a wealth of super-cool accommodation options and award-winning restaurants makes for a winning formula! Accessible via a bridge and at 5.5 hours from Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye is definitely worth the journey! You can also fly into the smaller airport of Inverness, which cuts your journey time down to around 2.5 hours. Imagine exchanging your vows amidst scenery like this!
As with Glencoe, it’s worth noting that the Isle of Skye is now a very, very popular tourist location. We’ve been photographing elopement weddings on Skye since 2017. Over the past 5 years, we’ve seen the island become something of an internationally famous hot-spot for destination elopement weddings! Locations such as The Quiraing, The Fairy Glen, The Fairy Pools, The Storr and Brother’s Point all get very busy, particularly between May-September (think about 60+ elopements on Skye per month at this time of year). This means that there’s also quite a high probability of bumping into another elopement couple if you’re getting married in one of the above locations during these months.
If you are considering the Isle of Skye for your Scotland elopement wedding, we would recommend either opting for a date between October-April (when the island is a lot quieter), or a sunrise/sunset ceremony, when these popular locations will be less busy. Remember that sunrise and sunset times vary greatly throughout the year, so check what time this will be on the date that you are considering! Alternatively, if you and your partner (and any guests) are up for a bit of a hike, we can suggest some absolutely stunning Isle of Skye ceremony and shooting locations that will keep you away from the crowds.
TOP TIP: Skye has probably the greatest concentration of amazingly photogenic locations in Scotland. However, if you want to make the most of these, and really explore the island, it’s going to take time to get around. A lot of the roads are single-track and very narrow and winding, so it takes a while to get from A to B. With Isle of Skye elopements, especially, we strongly recommend booking your photographer for a full day to allow the time and space for this. It’s really worth going on a bit of a road trip around the island with your photographer and exploring a variety of different locations (and not just your ceremony spot). You’ll definitely want to take-in these amazing views!
If you are interested in seeing what a real life Isle of Skye elopement wedding looks like, check-out JJ & Tom’s incredibly atmospheric and romantic Skye elopement wedding.
Skye has so many awesome places to stay (and eat!) that it’s hard to know where to start. But here are a few of our favourites*:
The Bosville Hotel – Centrally located on Portree, The Bosville has fresh, bright, contemporary rooms with a funky bar downstairs and a top notch restaurant.
The Three Chimneys – Internationally renowned restaurant-with-rooms. The food here is out of this world and the setting is away from the crowds.
Coruisk House – A small, family run boutique hotel and restaurant, tucked-away in a quiet part of the island that sleeps up to eight. Amazing, locally-sourced food.
Stoirm – Contemporary Scandinavian designed self-catering property for 2-4 with amazing views.
Harlosh – Minimalist and super-cool accommodation for 2-6 in a quiet and very scenic corner of Skye.
* We keep a Little Black Book of our very favourite accommodation (and the places that we feel works best for really beautiful ‘morning preparation’ photographs) to share just with our elopement couples. If you are keen to work with us, feel free to contact us.
Do keep in mind that, due to its popularity, a lot of the nicest Isle of Skye elopement accommodation gets booked-up a good 6-12 months in advance. So don’t leave it too late! Also, check that the accommodation you are booking is not too far from your ceremony location; Skye is quite a big place and due to the narrow roads where you can only drive at around 30-40mph, journey times can be a bit longer than Google maps suggests!
3. ASSYNT ELOPEMENT WEDDING
Distance from Edinburgh: 4.5 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 5 hours
Distance from Inverness: 2 hours
Best Months for an Assynt elopement: awesome at any time of year!
Having covered the two most popular Scotland elopement locations, we’re continuing our list of Where To Elope In Scotland with some more off-the-beaten-track and quieter Scottish elopement locations. Assynt is a wild, rugged and remote area in the very north-west of the Scottish mainland. It’s THE place to go for epic drama and a Game of Thrones vibe. There are mountain vistas aplenty, epic road trips that will take your breath away, deserted beaches, waterfalls, sea views and remarkable geology. In our opinion, Assynt really has the perfect mixture of everything you need for an epic and adventurous elopement wedding in Scotland! At 4.5 hours from Edinburgh, 5 hours from Glasgow and 2 hours from Inverness, it takes a bit of getting to, but trust us, it will be so worth it!
Due to its remoteness, Assynt accommodation options are limited. This is one of the reasons that we love it; it naturally limits how many people can stay there! So, as ever, the trick is to book your elopement accommodation well-ahead! Below are a list of Assynt accommodation options*:
Kylesku Hotel – Boutique hotel in the heart of Assynt with amazing loch and mountain views. Watch as the fishermen bring in the day’s catch, which you will be eating for dinner that night (if you like fish, that is!)
Seafield House – Beautiful home-away-from-home with light and airy interior, sleeping 9.
The Bat Box – Very cool cabin with epic views, sleeping 2.
The Cowshed Glamping Cottage – Cute studio that’s simply but beautifully decorated and has everything you need for a peaceful, away-from-it-all stay. Sleeps 2.
* We have a couple of ‘hidden gem’ self-catering properties in Assynt that make for a super-romantic place for two people to stay, that we share exclusively with couples who book with us.
If you are planning an Assynt elopement wedding and are keen to know more, feel free to contact us!
Want to see what an Assynt elopement wedding looks like? Check-out Kat & Stuart’s awesome four-season Assynt elopement day.
4. ISLE OF MULL ELOPEMENT WEDDING
Distance from Edinburgh: 5 hours*
Distance from Glasgow: 4 hours*
Best Months for a Mull elopement: May-October
*The journey to Mull involves a 45 minute car ferry from Oban to Craignure. This is super-easy and the ferries are very large and very stable, so don’t worry about getting sea sick! You can check-out ferry timetables. There are only a limited number of ferries per day, and these do book-out during the summer months, so make sure you book well ahead.
The Isle of Mull has to feature on our list of The Best Places To Elope In Scotland if you prefer a softer, more gentle and verdant landscape. Think rolling hills, tranquil lochs, hidden waterfalls and ruined castles. The Isle of Mull and the neighbouring island of Iona have some really stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear azure water, ruined castles, cute villages and acres and acres of unspoilt, unpopulated landscape to explore. We really love the Isle of Mull—it’s got a peace and tranquility that’s very easy to surrender to. Every time we visit, it feels like we’re stepping back in time to a slower and more serene era. It’s definitely a good elopement location to choose if you want to switch-off and get away from it all. It’s also great if you are keen on a summer/autumn wedding (but don’t want to coincide with the crowds on the Isle of Skye). If all this sounds right up your street, then an Isle of Mull elopement wedding could be just the thing for you!
Like Skye, Mull has a wealth of gorgeous elopement accommodation options as well as amazing restaurants where you can sample locally sourced food. We love:
Pennygate Lodge – A beautiful guesthouse that does amazing food created with fresh local produce.
Benmore Estate – The main lodge sleeps 10, and there are an assortment of characterful cottages that sleep two.
Linndhu House – Beautiful bed & breakfast, 2 miles from Tobermory, that feels like a home-from-home.
Calgary Bay Cottages – A lovely assortment of self-catering cottages set around the island’s most beautiful beach.
Cnoc Deaghuinn – Beautiful light and airy self-catering cottage sleeping 6.
Due to the limited amount of accommodation on the Isle of Mull, places do book-out 6-12 months in advance, especially over the summer. So make sure you plan well-ahead! We have a handful of secret and special Isle of Mull elopement accommodation that we share exclusively with our elopement couples. If you would like to be one of them, feel free to get in touch.
A great way to experience the best of the Isle of Mull is by boat. Why not hire your own traditional sailing boat and skipper for an afternoon and experience Mull and its neighbouring island, Iona, from a different perspective. You could even pack some provisions for a romantic sunset picnic on a deserted beach, and watch the sun go down listening to the sound of the sea. Such a romantic way to finish your elopement wedding day!
We would say that the Isle of Mull comes into its own between May–October, when the landscape is lush and verdant and the trees are in leaf and the wild flowers scatter the hillsides. So we would highly recommend the Isle of Mull for a summer to autumn elopement wedding in Scotland.
To get a feel for a real life Isle of Mull elopement wedding, read the full story of Cristine & Alex’s Mull elopement day on the summer solstice.
If you are exploring the idea of an Isle of Mull elopement wedding, do get in touch.
5. TORRIDON & WESTER ROSS ELOPEMENT WEDDING
Distance from Edinburgh: 4.5 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 4.5 hours
Distance from Inverness: 1 hr 45mins
Best Months for a Torridon/ Wester Ross elopement: great for elopements all year round!
Number 5 on our list of Where To Elope In Scotland is Torridon and Wester Ross. Both are stunning mountainous locations in the north-west highlands of Scotland with great hiking, wild camping and wild swimming spots. We have family in this part of Scotland, so it has a special place in our hearts and every time we return here, it feels like coming home. This region is characterised by stunning scenery that never fails to take our breath away. In fact, it’s known as the North Coast 500: renowned as one of the most spectacular road trips in the UK. Check out the North Coast 500 route for details.
One of the reasons that we love Torridon and Wester Ross as a Scottish elopement location is that it’s a lot more off the beaten track and less popular with tourists than places like the Isle of Skye and Glencoe. So even during the busy summer months, you can drive or hike for miles and hardly meet a soul. We would definitely recommend Torridon and Wester Ross to couples who are drawn to the mountain splendour of Glencoe and Skye, but aren’t keen on sharing their wedding ceremony location with lots of other tourists!
With most parts of Scotland, we find that they are at their best at a particular time of year. Some locations lend themselves to an autumn/winter elopement wedding while others are best experienced in the summer. With Torridon and Wester Ross we feel that they are equally beautiful as elopement locations at any time of year. So whether you are planning a spring, summer, autumn or winter elopement in Scotland Torridon and Wester Ross would be the perfect place for you!
Being a little more off the well-trodden tourist trail, Torridon and Wester Ross have slightly less choice in terms of accommodation options and eateries. However, we’ve tracked down a few gems that we think you will love:
Shieldaig Hotel – Small, boutique hotel in a characterful old hunting lodge. You will be welcomed by roaring fires, fine whisky and delicious locally sourced food.
Luxury Cedar Cabin – Luxury cedar cabin overlooking Loch Shieldaig (Sleeps 4)
Sealgair & Iasgair Cottages – Light and airy self-catering cottage with views to the Torridon mountains. A real get-away-from-it-all retreat for families or couples. Two cottages sleeping 8 in total.
We also have a handful of awesome self-catering properties suitable both for couples and for larger groups that we can recommend exclusively to couples who book with us.
Want to see a real life Wester Ross elopement wedding? Take a look at Hannah & John’s intimate elopement wedding at Shieldaig Lodge.
If you are in love with the idea of an elopement wedding in Torridon or Wester Ross, do get in touch!
6. CAIRNGORMS ELOPEMENT WEDDING
Distance from Edinburgh: 2.5-3 hours (depending on which part of the Cairngorms you’re in – it’s a big place!)
Distance from Glasgow: 2.5-3 hours
Distance from Inverness: 1.5-2 hours
Best Months for a Cairngorms elopement: a great location all year round, but we especially love it for autumn & winter elopements as it gets amazing autumn colours and is magical in winter when there’s snow on the hills.
The Cairngorms National Park has to be up there with the absolute Best Places To Elope In Scotland. It’s one of our favourite parts of the country, so much so, that we’re looking to move there ourselves! The Cairngorms has a slightly quieter and more contemplative landscape than the Isle of Skye or Glencoe, but in our opinion, it’s just as beautiful! This area is characterised by ancient Caledonian pine forests that are lush and verdant and fringe peaceful lochs. There are some beautiful secluded spots, surrounded by trees and overlooking the mountains where you can exchange your vows, accompanied by just the sound of the birds, wind in the trees and running water. There are also some great hikes, if you have a mountain wedding in mind and are up for donning your walking boots!
We feel that the Cairngorms are beautiful at any time of year. But if we were to pick our favourite seasons here, it would be winter (when you often get snow covering the hills and making for a really magical atmosphere) or autumn (October and early November) because the forests come alive with amazing autumns colours, and there are often atmospheric mists hanging over the lochs, which makes for amazing photos!
The Cairngorms is up there with Skye for being very well-served with amenities: loads of great accommodation options, world-class restaurants as well as cute deli’s and cafes. Like Skye, it’s quite a large area, so check travel times to your intended ceremony location before booking your accommodation!
If your planning a Cairngorms elopement wedding, our top places to stay would be:
The Boat Inn – Characterful inn just outside the northern edge of the Cairngorms National Park.
Dell of Abernethy – Lovely farmhouse and cottages set amongst the forest. Sleeps 30 in total in a variety of cottages clustered around a courtyard, each sleeping between 2–8. The perfect setting for a relaxed weekend house party.
Springfield House – Beautiful self-catering property with a Scandie vibe that sleeps 6.
Railway Cottage – Cute, cosy stone cottage that’s been beautifully restored that sleeps 4.
We keep a small selection of our very favourite accommodation options to share exclusively with our couples. If you’re keen to work with us, get in touch.
Want to see a real life Cairngorms Elopement Wedding? Check out Louise and Nathan’s Cairngorms elopement at Loch an Eilean.
7. Perthshire Elopement Wedding
Distance from Edinburgh: 1.5 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 1.5 hours
Best Month for an Intimate Wedding or Elopement in Perthshire: April–November
Next-up on our list of Where To Elope In Scotland, we’re including somewhere that’s often overlooked: Perthshire. Perthshire is an absolutely beautiful part of Scotland: think rolling hills, still lochs, sleepy villages with delicious deli’s, quaint market towns, a wealth of awesome accommodation options from boutique hotels to super-cute airbnb’s. It’s a place where, even at busy times of year, you can drive through deserted valleys and hardly see another tourist. It’s definitely a good choice for couples who hate crowds, especially if you are planning a summer wedding!
If you are planning a Perthshire elopement wedding, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to amazing places to stay and eat! Our personal favourites include:
Monachyle Mhor – A beautiful farm steading hotel in a stunning, secluded location with luxurious rooms, amazing food and super-friendly service.
Ballintaggart Farm & The Grandtully Hotel – Beautiful rooms in a lovely rural setting and serving some of the best food that we’ve eaten in Scotland – ever!
Dalnaglar Castle – Spectacular castle set amidst rolling forest and moorland. One for those who love a sense of history.
If you like the idea of an intimate wedding or elopement in Perthshire and would like some further info and advice, do feel free to contact us.
A few of our favourite Perthshire eateries include:
Inn on the Tay – A cosy riverside pub in Strathtay, close to the market town of Aberfeldy.
The Taybank – An atmospheric riverside bar and restaurant in the pretty town of Dunkeld.
The Grandtully Hotel – Incredibly hip and stylish place with great food, friendly staff and an all-round cool vibe. One of our own favourite weekend retreats.
Aran Bakery – Cute hipster bakery in Dunkeld. Great coffee, pastries, artisanal bread, cakes, sandwiches and salads (they have their own cook book too).
8. Scottish Borders Elopement Wedding
Distance from Edinburgh: 1-1.5 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 1.5-2 hours
Best Month for a Scottish Borders Elopement: a great elopement wedding destination all year round!
Number eight on our list of the Best Places To Elope In Scotland is the Scottish Borders (situated to the south of Glasgow and Edinburgh). The Borders are often overlooked as a location for an intimate wedding or elopement in Scotland. But we feel that this is unfair! The Borders are incredibly beautiful in all seasons and in all weather! Although the Borders are a lusher, more gentle agricultural landscape than the wild and rugged Scottish Highlands, they are incredibly varied; you will also find remote rolling hills, castles and ancient ruins, moors, lochs and forest. The Borders also has many wonderful and ancient market towns. Whatever your ‘happy place’, you will be sure to find it here!
Unlike places such as Glencoe and Skye, which are extremely busy during the summer months, in the Borders it’s easy to get away from the crowds and have the landscape all to yourselves. So, while we would recommend the Scottish Borders for weddings and elopements all year round, we feel it’s a particularly good summer wedding destination. We also feel that it’s great for history-lovers because of the large number of castles and historic sites. It’s a landscape with a lot of stories to tell!
The Scottish Borders has some great castles, which really lend themselves to intimate elopement weddings. You can hire-out the whole place, invite a gang of your nearest and dearest and settle-in for a week or weekend-long house party! They have beautiful, mature gardens, which lend themselves to a completely private ceremony location (where you don’t have to worry about inquisitive tourists!) and then there’s a wealth of beautiful landscape on your doorstep to explore afterwards and take some epic photos!
The Scottish Borders is definitely a landscape that lends itself to lovers of historical fiction! If you’re a fan of 18th century romance novels and love Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, we think that the Scottish Borders might be just the place for you! Every time we go there, we feel like we are stepping into the pages of a novel! Imagine recreating your very own Kathy & Heathcliff moment on the moors!
Best Places To Stay in the Scottish Borders:
The Scottish Borders has so much to offer couples who want to elope in Scotland: beautiful landscape, super-cute villages and lots and lots of awesome places for you and your guests (if you’re inviting your nearest and dearest) to stay. We’ve listed some of our top picks below, but the possibilities are endless!
Aikwood Tower – Aikwood Tower abounds with 500 years of history and medieval castle charm. It has been sensitively restored to offer luxury self-catering holidays for ten guests in five luxury ensuite bedrooms.
Dalhousie Castle – Characterful hotel in an 800 year old castle, just 8 miles from Edinburgh.
Windlestraw – A small boutique hotel/restaurant with rooms overlooking the picturesque Tweed Valley. Sleeps 12.
The Mill at Lewinshope – A well-converted old mill with a private garden on a large Borders estate surrounded by fields and woods. Sleeps 8.
Dodd Mill – A collection of rustic holiday cottages and tree house cabins.
The Potting Shed – A cute and cosy hideaway for 2 in a peaceful rural location set amidst rolling countryside.
We keep a small selection of our favourite wedding and elopement accommodation in the Scottish Borders to share with couples who book us to capture their day. If you’re interested in creating an awesome Scottish Borders elopement wedding experience with us, just get in touch.
9. Scottish Highlands Elopement Wedding
Distance from Edinburgh: 4 hours
Distance from Glasgow: 4 hours
Distance from Inverness: 1hr 30mins
Best Months for a Scottish Highlands elopement: are beautiful all year round!
If you are nature-lovers looking for a tranquil setting for your elopement wedding day, then we would 100% recommend the central Scottish Highlands: the penultimate entry in our Best Places To Elope In Scotland list. There are so many hidden gems surrounded by spectacular scenery: mountains, waterfalls, lochs, woods and many hidden glens – the Scottish Highlands really have it all! This loch-side location has been a particular favourite of ours ever since we captured Emily and Alba’s beautiful summer elopement there. It’s a location that has a special place in their hearts after they stumbled across it on a wild swimming expedition the previous year.
We’re very committed to keeping wild places unspoilt and beautiful, so we’re going to keep this particular spot a secret! But if you’re keen to have us capture your elopement wedding in the Scottish Highlands, we will let you in on the location of this hidden gem! It would be an amazing setting for your special day!
Do you love the idea of a Scottish Highlands elopement wedding?
One of the many things that Emily and Alba have in common is their love of wild swimming and the sense of freedom and exhilaration that it gives. When they asked if they might include a quick dip as part of their elopement wedding day, we were like: absolutely, that would be awesome! We’d thought that, with it being May the water would be freezing and the swim would be a super-quick dip! But in fact, the water in this particular loch was surprisingly warm and they were able to enjoy quite a lengthy swim. This loch is a great spot for kayaking and paddle-boarding, too. Definitely one for all the ‘water-lovers’ out there!
There are some absolutely stunning accommodation options to stay for your Scottish Highlands elopement wedding, for couples and groups:
Foyers Lodge – A stunning boutique hotel in a Victorian lodge in the heart of the Scottish Highlands overlooking Loch Ness; Scotland’s most famous loch and one of the world’s most famous lakes.
Ardverikie Gate Lodge – A fairy-tale gatehouse in a stunning, wild and remote setting. Sleeps 2. Be your own kings and queens of the castle for a night.
Eagle Brae – Luxury log cabins in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.
We keep a small selection of our very favourite places exclusively for our elopement couples. If you would like to plan an intimate wedding or elopement in the Scottish Highlands with us, do get in touch!
10. Edinburgh Elopement Wedding
The final entry on our list of the Best Places To Elope In Scotland has to be Scotland’s capital city: Edinburgh.
If you love to be surrounded by history, culture and amazing architecture, the city of Edinburgh is hard to beat. Scotland’s capital city offers a super-romantic backdrop for a Scottish city elopement—an alternative for couples who might not want to spend their wedding day tramping through wet heather!
In Edinburgh, your wedding day can be combined with some urban exploration—exploring the city’s characterful backstreets, dropping into cosy coffee shops, and perhaps whiling away an hour in one of the city’s internationally famous art galleries. Carlton Hill offers epic views across the city and Dean Village is one of the quaintest corners of town.
Arthur’s Seat is a popular spot to watch sunset over the city. Pack some drinks and nibbles, bring a rug to sit on and watch the sun go down behind the city before you head to one of Edinburgh’s many award-winning restaurants to celebrate your wedding night in style. Then, if you’re in the mood, there are jazz bars and a host of clubs catering for all musical tastes, ideal for any party animals who want to end their wedding night with a swing.
Some of our favourite Edinburgh haunts are:
The Witchery – an Edinburgh institution: a Gothic/ Baroque interior that feels like you’ve stepped straight into a fairy tale.
The Dunstane – a classy, boutique hotel in a leafy area.
London Street Georgian Home – a Characterful airbnb in a beautiful part of town.
The Kitchin – set in nearby Leith in a stylish waterfront location, Kitchin uses French techniques on Scottish produce in super-cool converted whisky warehouse.
Timberyard – offers contemporary Scottish cuisine at its best in a beautiful, bright and airy warehouse setting. Our go-to place for a romantic meal in Edinburgh.
The Jazz Bar is exactly what its name suggests—where it’s at for sultry nights on the town.
So there you have it, our list of the Top 10 Best Places To Elope In Scotland! If you’re thinking of eloping in Scotland, or are in the process of planning a Scottish elopement wedding, we hope that you’ve found this information on where to elope in Scotland helpful! Whatever stage you’re at with your elopement planning journey, we’re always happy to speak with couples. If you’d like to arrange a time to chat, do feel free to reach out by filling in our contact form and we can get the ball rolling!