Places to Elope Scotland

Places to Elope in Scotland

So you’ve decided to elope? Congratulations. You have made an excellent choice. And you are thinking about eloping to Scotland? Again, another excellent choice. But you’re not sure where you want to elope to. Well let us go through some of our favourite places.

In no particular order, let us get cracking.

Glen Coe

This probably won’t be a surprise to anyone that knows us that this is the first place on our list. We wrote an in depth blog post about Glen Coe Elopements which you can find by clicking the link. Glen Coe is the most magical of all of Scotland’s Glens. Carved from ice and fire, the towering Three Sisters and the Aonach Eagach flank this deep glen. It is quite a small area but the elopement possibilities are pretty much endless. Glencoe Lochan, The Three Sisters Viewpoint, The Lost Valley or any of the various waterfalls – whichever you decide, you will be making a truly fantastic choice.

Distance from Edinburgh – 120 miles. 3 hours

Distance from Glasgow – 90 miles. 2.25 hours

Transport – A car is probably necessary. Alternatively, a bus ride is available from both cities. A direct train goes to the nearest town (Fort William) from Glasgow and London (Caledonian Sleeper)

Glen Coe Elopement Photography
Glen Coe is a great elopement location in Scotland

Isle of Skye

Home to the most dramatic scenery in the UK, the Isle of Skye is Scotland’s second largest island. The island has an incredibly diverse range of scenery. The Sleat peninsula in the South East is similar to Yorkshire with rolling countryside, moorland and unspoilt coastline. Moving further North, the Trotternish peninsula is home to some dramatic scenery which is more closely related to Middle-Earth than Mainland Britain. Location ideas include The Old Man of Storr, Elgol, The Quiraing and Loch Corsuik.

Distance from Edinburgh – 230 miles. 5 hours

Distance from Glasgow – 215 miles. 5 hours

Transport – A car is probably necessary. Alternatively, a long bus ride is available from both cities.

Edinburgh

The most beautiful city in Scotland, and probably the UK. Scores of old buildings built upon rolling hills, overlooked by The Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat (an extinct volcano). Get married in the quiet of Holyrood park, atop Arthur’s seat or in any of the unusual and quirky buildings in Edinburgh’s old town. Edinburgh is also home to many castles and Stately homes. Some, such as Winton House, also cater for micro weddings.

Distance from Glasgow – 45 miles. 1 hour

Transport – Excellent road, rail and air links from many cities and towns throughout the UK and Europe.

Edinburgh Elopement Photography
The Old Town of Edinburgh makes for great imagery

Perthshire

Perthshire is the heart of Scotland. A large, round county not too far North of the central belt and within easy striking distance of the mountainous Highlands. Some beautiful towns and the City of Perth can make for great locations but for me, the forestry areas of Perthshire are second to none. In Autumn, there can be no finer location than The Hermitage at Dunkeld. A small, stone built folly overhangs a raging waterfall on the River Braathy, surrounded by some of Scotland’s tallest trees. For an elopement or intimate wedding, you could do a lot worse.

Distance from Edinburgh – 40 miles/1 hour (to Perth)

Distance from Glasgow (to Perth) – 60 miles/1.25 hours

Transport – Excellent Road and Rail links to Scotland’s major towns and cities. For the rural, woodland areas, a car will be needed.

The Hermitage Dunkeld Wedding
The Perthshire Woodlands make the perfect location for an elopement

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen is perhaps the most striking of all the cities in Scotland – built mainly from Granite, this city sparkles after rain or in the sun. The Aberdeenshire coast is also probably the most beautiful in all of Scotland – towering cliffs, crashing waves and quaint villages. So it is perhaps no surprise that we find Aberdeenshire to be one of the most popular locations for our elopement photography. Our favourite place that we visited in 2021 was Slains Castle. Half an hour North of Aberdeen, this ruined castle is full of atmosphere and drama (it inspired Dracula) and is set high up above the sea. Be warned…. this place is wild in inclement weather!

Distance from Edinburgh – 125 miles/2.5 hours (to Perth)

Distance from Glasgow (to Perth) – 145miles/2.75 hours

Transport – Excellent Road links to Edinburgh and Glasgow. A direct train runs from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. Aberdeen is also served by an airport with links to the rest of the UK and Europe.

Aberdeenshire Elopement Photography, Slains Castle
A wild and wintery day at Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire

The Cairngorms

Home to some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Scotland, the Cairngorms is a national park just North of Perthshire and East of Fort William. Aviemore is the main winter sports location in Scotland. The Cairngorms are home to some of the most amazing loch-side elopement locations that mainland Scotland has to offer. The most dramatic, and probably our favourite, is Loch Garten. Stroll through woodland to the Lochside for an elopement full of photographic possibilities. Other locations include Loch Morlich and Aviemore itself.

Distance from Edinburgh – 130 miles. 2.5 hours

Distance from Glasgow – 140 miles. 2.5 hours

Transport – A car is probably necessary for this location. Inverness airport is just over 30 miles away.

Dumfries and Galloway

An area that is close to our hearts having lived there for about 5 years. Dumfries and Galloway is not particularly fashionable but that doesn’t mean it should be dismissed. The Galloway Forest Park is beautiful and pretty massive meaning you will always find somewhere quiet. The coastline around the mull of Galloway is as good as anywhere in the UK with turquoise waters, sandy beaches and high cliffs. But my favourite place is Morton Castle near Thornhill. This castle ruins is nestled on a loch and is towered over by the Nithsdale Hills. If there is more dramatic scenery south of Edinburgh, I am yet to see it!

Dumfries and Galloway Wedding Elopement, Morton Castle
Morton Castle, Dumfries and Galloway. A unique, dramatic elopement backdrop.

I am sure there are quite a few places I have missed off. Glasgow, Harris & Lewis, The Borders & The NC500 areas to name a few. Got a favourite that I didn’t mention? Let me know!

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Thanks for reading.

Matt

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