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Eloping to Dumfries and Galloway

February 16, 2023

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Why Dumfries and Galloway is the Ideal Destination for Eloping

by The Sassenachs

If you’re planning to tie the knot soon, you might be considering a romantic and intimate elopement rather than a big, traditional wedding. While there are many beautiful destinations to choose from, Scotland is a country that offers unique and breathtaking landscapes for a perfect elopement. And within Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway stands out as a hidden gem that offers everything you could wish for.


less touristy, more privacy

(that sort of rhymes)

One of the main reasons why Dumfries and Galloway is an excellent choice for eloping is that it’s not as crowded as other popular Scottish destinations. You can enjoy the stunning views and historic sites without being disturbed by the crowds, making for a more intimate and personalized experience. The fewer tourists also mean more privacy, which is ideal for couples who want to exchange vows in an intimate setting.

Oh and there is one other thing that Dumfries and Galloway has less of….. MIDGES!

Midges are tiny insects that can be very annoying, especially during the late summer months when they are at their peak. But with Dumfries and Galloway being further south and a little bit less humid the midges are nowhere near as prevalent! They may pop by to say hello but they won’t stay for dinner!
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Dumfries and Galloway is home to many castles such as this – perfect for an intimate first dance


Plenty of History and Culture

Abbeys, Castles, Standing Stones, Churches and more Castles

Dumfries and Galloway is a region steeped in history, with plenty of ancient castles, ruins, and historic sites to explore. From the impressive island fortress of Threave Castle to the stunningly opulent Drumlanrig Castle, there are plenty of sites that will provide a memorable backdrop for your elopement or intimate wedding. If it is the ecclesiastical buildings that take your fancy check out Sweetheart Abbey or Dundrennan Abbey.

Please note that as with all privately owned buildings there may be a charge to have your ceremony in the buildings or on their land and some tourists sites may not allow it during peak season.

If you’re interested in Scottish history and culture, you’ll find plenty to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway.
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Rolling hills are a staple of Dumfries and Galloway


Beautiful Landscapes

We live in The Highlands and even we are impressed!

The natural beauty of Dumfries and Galloway is simply breathtaking, with rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, and sparkling coastlines. The region is home to several picturesque forests, lakes, and rivers, offering a range of landscapes that will make for stunning wedding photographs. The Galloway Forest Park is not only a beautiful area of woodland it is also home to Scotland’s Dark Sky Park so maybe incorporate a Milky Way shoot in to your elopement.
Whether you’re looking for a panoramic view or a romantic secluded spot, you’ll find it in Dumfries and Galloway.
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D&G – The perfect Elopement backdrop?


Easily accessible

for Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway is located in the southwest of Scotland, making it easily accessible from major cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, and even England. You can reach the region via a short flight or a scenic train ride, which makes it a convenient and hassle-free destination for your elopement. Despite being easily accessible, Dumfries and Galloway still offers the feeling of being off the beaten track.
Dumfries and Galloway is surprisingly big though! To drive from one side of the county to the other can take 3 hours which is pretty big by UK standards!

So to sum it up; Despite all of these unique features, Dumfries and Galloway remains relatively undiscovered by tourists, making it the perfect location for an intimate and secluded elopement. The region’s remote location and lack of crowds allow for a more personal and private wedding experience, with plenty of space to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of the area.

If you’re looking for a romantic and intimate destination to elope, Dumfries and Galloway is a hidden gem that offers the perfect combination of privacy, natural beauty, history, and accessibility.

With fewer tourists, few midges, and plenty to see and do, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.


Q: Are there any unique or unusual venues for elopements in Dumfries and Galloway?
A: Yes, there are many interesting and unconventional venues in the region, such as historic ruins, secluded beaches, and even a converted railway carriage.

Q: What is the best time of year to elope in Dumfries and Galloway?
A: The best time of year to elope in Dumfries and Galloway depends on your personal preferences and priorities. Spring and early summer (April to June) are generally the best times for wildflowers, while late summer and autumn (August to October) are great for foliage. The winter months (November to February) can be very atmospheric, but also quite cold so be prepared to wrap up warm!

Q: Is it difficult to obtain a marriage license in Dumfries and Galloway?
A: No, obtaining a marriage license in Scotland is a relatively simple process, and can be done online. Just drop us a message if you need some help! However, it is important to plan ahead and allow enough time to obtain the necessary paperwork.

Q: Are there any local wedding planners or vendors who specialize in elopements in Dumfries and Galloway?
A: Yes, there are many talented and experienced wedding professionals in the region who can help you plan and execute a beautiful elopement. We can always offer some recommendations once you have booked with us!

Q: What kind of accommodations are available for eloping couples in Dumfries and Galloway?
A: There are many different types of accommodations available in the region, from cozy B&Bs to luxury hotels and self-catering cottages. Many venues, such as Drumlanrig Castle, also offer on-site accommodations for couples.

Q: Is there public transportation available in Dumfries and Galloway?
A: While the region is somewhat rural, there is still a good decent transportation network, including buses and trains that connect to cities in Scotland and England. Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle and Edinburgh all have airports and direct links to Dumfries which is the regions principal town. From Dumfries there is limited rail travel around the region but a decent, reliable bus service.

Q: Are there any outdoor activities or attractions to enjoy during a visit to Dumfries and Galloway?
A: Yes, there are many opportunities for outdoor recreation in the region, including hiking, cycling, fishing, and wildlife watching. Dumfries and Galloway is an outdoor enthusiasts heaven! There is also a very long zip-wire (longest in the country!) for the adrenaline seekers!
As we mentioned earlier, there are also many historical sites and cultural attractions to explore.

As always, thank you for reading our blog post. If Dumfries and Galloway sounds like your ideal location we would love to hear from you! Not totally sold? Why not read our Glencoe Elopement Guide to see if that is more your cup of tea!

Jodie and Matt – The Sassenachs: Scotland Elopement Photographers

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