Scotgun Weddings: The best places to get married during the pandemic revealed
Despite the easing of lockdown measures, unfortunately thousands of couples have had their wedding day cancelled or postponed as a result of the pandemic. The current uncertainty around travelling overseas also means that eloping abroad isn’t a feasible option either. So, with that in mind, we are excited to share a list of viable places that we think would make for a beautiful wedding location during these turbulent times.
Every location on the list is in Scotland, as unlike England and Wales, current Scottish laws are a lot more lenient, allowing couples to get married anywhere, as long as a minister or celebrant is present, whether that be outside in a field or inside of a pub, and during any time of day!
Despite the laws, currently the Scottish government is advising wedding ceremonies should be no more than 20 people and couples must give notice to the district registrar at least 28 days before their planned wedding date. However other than those stipulations, weddings can proceed in Scotland as normal*!
Another factor that really swings in the country’s favour is how easy it is to travel to Scotland, as the majority of us Brits can simply drive there, cutting out the need to travel via busy public transport (such as boarding an aeroplane), which many of us are understandably reluctant to do right now.
The final major bonus of saying ‘I do’ in Scotland, is that newlyweds can wrap their wedding ceremony and honeymoon all into one, with Scotland home to some of the most breathtaking scenery the world has to offer.
When compiling the list we’ve considered factors such as Government safety precautions and social distancing guidelines, the number of reported COVID-19 cases within the area, local COVID-19 enforcements in place, venue availability, travel methods and the aesthetic value of the location – all to ensure you can stay safe whilst celebrating one of the most important days of your life.
If you are keen to get married this year and have had your plans affected by COVID-19, check out our top ten best locations to get married in 2020 here:
1. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye
Situated at Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools, a waterfall oasis takes the top spot.
The series of rockpools creates a vibrant blue and green backdrop for a remote ceremony and ensures couples and guests can celebrate in private away from populated areas, with the nearest town over five miles away.
Hygge, pronounced ’her-ge’, means spending a calm, comfortable time with good friends or loved ones. Designed by an eco-friendly architect, Hygge is the perfect place to cocoon after getting married. Just a 30-minute drive from Fairy Pools, a romantic night in, chilling by the wood burner admiring the views over Loch Bracadale, is a perfect way to end the day.
2. Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven
Located upon the rocky north-eastern coast of Scotland and 2 miles from the heart of Stonehaven, Dunnottar Castle is a ruined medieval palace. The enchanting setting is a beautifully unique venue to exchange vows, with stunning views of the coast and the iconic castle ruins as your ceremony backdrop – not only will you have a memorable day but magical photographs to match.
Just a 30-minute drive from the castle grounds, this unique, romantic bolt hole sleeps just two, meaning that you and your newly betrothed can spend quality time together, escaping the craziness of the real world for at least one night. Situated in wonderful woodland, staying in The Saw Mill is an unforgettable experience.
3. The Kelpies, Falkirk
Standing at over 100ft tall, the magical art sculptures are the largest equine sculptures in the world and would be the perfect wedding location for any animal/Horse lover. Located between Falkirk and Grangemouth, the landmark has become world famous and most importantly you can visit free of charge any time of the day, 365 days of the year.
For the ultimate experience, head to the landmark at night. Not only will you avoid any crowds but will get to witness the vibrant light display – a truly picturesque position to share your vows.
The Eden Cottages are seven luxury, family friendly cottages in a lovely rural setting near the ancient town of Linlithgow. 20 minutes away from The Kelpies and surrounded by fields, the complex means you and your whole wedding party can stay close whilst also having your own space.
4. Outer Hebrides
A breath-taking island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland, the Outer Hebrides is home to paradise white beaches, rustic ruins, outdoor adventures, and a whole host of wildlife, just waiting to be explored. As such, a gorgeous wedding spot is around every corner, and wherever you wish to get married, we’re sure you'll be able to find the perfect place on these scenic Scottish isles.
Sleeping 12, this coastal lodge is the perfect holiday home for an intimate wedding party. There are hundreds of places on the Isles where you will feel close to nature, however North Uist is undoubtedly one of them, with miles of spectacular white sandy beaches and turquoise seas on your doorstep.
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5. Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh
Lying in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Princess Street Gardens is two gorgeous lawns in the heart of the capital. Many monuments and sights are found throughout the large lawns from fountains to historic statues – all of which could be great backdrops to a cosy ceremony. Despite being a popular hotspot for locals the gardens are over 37 acres meaning a quiet space can be found around every corner… or tree.
If you’re looking for a stylist stay, Edinburgh Hill Penthouse is the place to go. Sleeping 10, the luxurious apartment is the ideal base for those wishing to explore the wonderful city of Edinburgh. Just 10 minutes from Princess Street Gardens and a short distance from the city centre, the modern apartment is a great place to celebrate your nuptials alongside your wedding guests, whilst surrounded by sleek interiors and elegant entertaining areas.
6. Glen Coe
If you and your partner are film lovers Glen Coe may be the best pick on our list for you. Glen Coe is picturesquely located in the highlands of Scotland known as the outdoor capital of the UK. From the heart of a volcano to rugged mountain peaks and glaciers – the village is one of the most beautiful places on earth. As such it has been home to some massive blockbuster hits over the years featuring in the likes of James Bond and the Harry Potter films.
In the heart of Glen Coe, this cosy lodge is the perfect place to head back to for a quiet night in after tying the knot. Visiting the Harry Potter steam train or sights of the inner Isles via the ferry are just a few of the other activities you can do whilst in the area.
7. Loch Ness
We’ve all heard of the legendary Loch Ness, however we bet you never even thought about getting married there! The freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is inundated with beautiful waterfront spots perfect for wedding ceremonies. Alternatively, if you fancy an inland ceremony remote castles and lighthouses are just a short walk away or for a one of a kind experience you could hop on a boat and exchange vows with Nessie potentially an unexpected guest!
In the heart of Fort Augustus, this beautiful cottage sleeps six and is within walking distance of Loch Ness. The charming home is also just 200 yards from the nearest village where you can find the local village shop, quaint cafes and rustic pubs – so whether you fancy a celebratory pint or prosecco, all is on your doorstep.
8. Orkney Islands
If you’re looking to explore stunning coastlines with white sandy beaches and turquoise seas, the Orkney Islands is the place to go. The area has inspired musicians, artists, and writers for centuries with it’s amazing views and vast wildlife. There are also many archaeological sites to see so having a ceremony in a prehistoric village is a great option if you fancy feeling like Indiana Jones on your wedding day.
This delightful cottage is the perfect holiday home for couples looking to tie the knot in the Orkney Islands - and just 1.5 miles away from the beach a potential spot for your ceremony is in walking distance.
9. Deans Village, Edinburgh
Deans Village is the place to go if you fancy having your wedding in a calm oasis whilst still being in the heart of the city. A truly hidden gem, the tranquil village’s cobbled streets line the water way and is only a five-minute walk from the city centre. A whole variety of classic buildings, old mills, Dean Bridge or the classic temple of St Bernard’s Well are just a few of the potential spots you could hold your ceremony, as a picture-perfect wedding is guaranteed.
There is so much to do whilst in the Scottish capital, therefore this charming apartment is a perfect place to stay in order to experience everything Edinburgh has to offer. In the heart of the centre the intimate apartment is just a 10-minute drive from the cobbled streets of Dean Village.
10. Loch Lomond
Whether you fancy putting on your hiking boots to explore the hills surrounding the loch, or decide to head down to the waterside, the mesmerising backdrop of Loch Lomond is like no other. Charming villages and a whole host of adventure activities from water sports to horse riding are just a short drive away from the waterfront, ensuring your wedding stay will be one to remember.
Loch Lomond Manor is a unique stay, transporting you and your wedding party back in time. The luxury manor sleeping 10 sits in the upper part of Helensburgh with beautiful views over the Clyde and beyond to Argyll, and most importantly it is no more than 5 minutes over the hill to all of Loch Lomond.
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