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10 Reasons to Elope in Scotland

February 2, 2023

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10 Reasons to elope in scotland

by The Sassenachs

Scotland is one of the most enchanting, haunted, mysterious and magical places in the world.

It is the perfect destination for romantic couples looking to elope or have a micro wedding. From its towering mountains, peaceful lochs and stunning coastline to its unique culture, history and folklore.

There are so many reasons why Scotland should be at the top of your list of places to go if you’re considering eloping.

Here are 10 reasons to elope in Scotland – start your adventure of a lifetime!

10 Reasons to Elope to Scotland


1. Natural Beauty

Scotland boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Europe, with sweeping vistas that will take your breath away. Whether you crave the peace and tranquility of a secluded bay or want to seek out an adrenaline rush as you climb towering mountains, Scotland has it all!

2. Incredible Wildlife

Wildlife lovers rejoice – Scotland’s rural landscapes teem with native mammals such as red deer and birds such as golden eagles, puffins and peregrine falcons. Its seas and lochs are home to seals, otters, dolphins and killer whales. If you love wildlife, Scotland may well be the place for you

3. History and Culture

From ancient stone circles and craggy castles to whisky distilleries dating back centuries – Scotland is teeming with history and culture. Many of these castles and historic sites are also available to have as your backdrop to your elopement. Want to see what a Scottish Castle Wedding looks like? Hit the link!

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Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire provides the ultimate backdrop for your elopement
4. Legendary Cuisine

Scottish food isn’t all about deep fried mars bars! Traditional Scottish fare has been influenced by both French and British influences over time, particularly around seafood dishes such as the Arbroath smokie (smoked haddock) or Cullen skink (a creamy, fishy soup – this one smells a bit!). Don’t forget to try Scotland’s national dish – haggis! Oh, and don’t forget to wash it down with a wee dram of whisky

5. Plenty Of Outdoor Adventures

Your elopement isn’t all about the vows – it’s also a time to have some fun! From hiking along glens that leave you spellbound to skiing down icy slopes at the Glencoe Ski Centre – whatever thrills you seek can be found in Scotland’s great outdoors. And don’t forget paddleboarding, kayaking, white water rafting, archery, Segway, mountain biking. Oh, and apparently there’s also a few golf courses dotted about – including one or two famous ones!

6. Dramatic Coastline & Beaches

The west coast is particularly special with miles of dramatic coastline waiting to be explored – from empty white-sand beaches backed by cliffs with incredible views out across the sea, to hidden coves surrounded by rugged rocks where wild seals bob about in crystal-clear waters below. Or why not head on over to the North-East coast to find high cliffs and wild seas pounding the cliff daces.

The Aberdeenshire coast is famous for its rugged coast line, big waves and high cliffs.
7. Unique Accommodation Options

Whether you want something truly unique like a stay in a private castle or prefer something more traditional like a romantic cottage overlooking lochs or a wee both hidden down a deep glen – accommodation options when eloping in Scotland are almost limitless! And for the really adventurous – why not wild camp under the stars? Wild camping is perfectly legal practically anywhere in Scotland – a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

8. Luxury Experiences You’ll Never Forget

Scotland is famous for many things but perhaps luxury is not one of them! But you’d be wrong to think that. Scotland has some of the best spa facilities in the world! Or why not relax amidst luxury surroundings while sipping champagne or enjoy country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting – whatever type of luxury experience you desire can be arranged when planning your trip to elope in Scotland!
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9. Warm Hospitality & Welcoming Locals

Just like our Celtic cousins in Ireland, one thing is certain when visiting any part of Scotland. Wherever you go the locals will always offer a friendly welcome to those visiting. Take time to chat with locals during your stay – they love nothing more than hearing unfamiliar accents undertaking their adventures throughout this special land! Please be aware that some accents are VERY hard to understand – especially those from the North West and the Islands.

10. Fairytale Castles & Ancient Ruins To Explore

Who doesn’t love exploring a castle – be that a ruin or a Castle that inspired Walt Disney? With plenty of castles and ruins steeped in legends scattered around including the world famous Eilean Donan Castle near The Isle of Skye or the magnificence or Edinburgh or Stirling Castle.

We hope that this page has given you some inspiration for your Scottish Elopement! So if you’ve been dreaming about escaping reality for an unforgettable couple’s getaway then look no further than eloping in Scotland – start planning yours today!!!

So if you have decided to elope to Scotland but now need a location, head on over to our 20 Places to Elope in Scotland guide.

And if you need a Scotland Elopement Photographer, please get in touch with us today using the form below. Thank you so much for reading!

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