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The Perfect Morning for your Scottish highland elopement

February 9, 2023

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The Perfect Morning for your Scottish highland elopement

by The Sassenachs

Are you planning to elope in the Scottish Highlands and looking for unique and romantic ways to spend your morning before the wedding ceremony?

Whether you’re a thrill-seeking couple or prefer more relaxed activities, there are plenty of options to choose from in this stunning region of Scotland.

Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your wedding day and create memories that will last a lifetime. As your Scotland Elopement Photographers, we would LOVE to photograph you doing some of these activities – remember, we are here to tell the story of your day and we love the pre-ceremony stuff as much as the post ceremony.

We always say the pre-ceremony photos are the foundation of your wedding story. Oftentimes, clients believe that this has to be the traditional “getting ready” photos. But the absolute pleasure of an elopement is that you can make your own rules.

Go for a Hike in the Mountains

The Scottish Highlands are renowned for their rugged beauty and breathtaking scenery. One of the best ways to take in this natural wonder is by going for a hike in the mountains.

If you’re up for a challenge, tackle one of the many challenging mountain walks. If you prefer a leisurely stroll, there are plenty of gentler routes to follow.

Whether you choose a strenuous or easy walk, the views from the top are sure to take your breath away.

Just imagine standing hand in hand with your partner, taking in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. It’s the perfect way to start your wedding day, surrounded by nature and the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Have a Picnic in the Woods

Another way to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Scottish Highlands is by having a picnic in the woods. Find a quiet spot in the forest, spread out a blanket, and enjoy a simple breakfast surrounded by nature.

Pack some pastries (if you are eloping in Glencoe we thoroughly recommend Stiff Peaks – they are AMAZING!), and coffee, and spend a leisurely morning chatting and savouring the moment. Alternatively, if you are within walking distance of a nice spot, why not start the day of with a bottle of champagne and some canapés.

This intimate and romantic activity is a great way to start your wedding day and provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Why not bring along a notebook to write your vows as you bask in the beauty of your surroundings.

Go Kayaking on a Loch

If you’re looking for a more adventurous activity, why not go kayaking on a loch?

There are many beautiful lochs to explore in the Scottish Highlands, each offering a unique and serene landscape.

Rent a kayak and spend the morning paddling across the calm waters, taking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and forests. If you are eloping in Glencoe, why not kayak across Loch Leven to one of the islands and spend an hour to yourselves in complete isolation.

Kayaking is a great way to get active and bond with your partner before your wedding ceremony. You can even bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy on the shores of the loch.

Just imagine the two of you, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands, sharing a special moment together before you exchange your vows.

Visit a Distillery

The Scottish Highlands are famous for their whisky production, and there are many distilleries located throughout the region.

Take a tour of one of these historic distilleries and learn about the traditional whisky-making process. You’ll get the opportunity to sample some of the finest whiskies in the world, and learn about the unique flavors and aromas of each blend.

Visiting a distillery is a great way to spend the morning before your wedding ceremony, especially if you’re a fan of whisky. You can even purchase a bottle of your favourite to pour into your Quaich if you choose to incorporate one in your ceremony. Not sure what a quaich is? Head on over to our Scottish Wedding Traditions blog to find out more.

Go wild swimming

If you’re looking for a refreshing start to your wedding day, why not take a dip in at the open water?

The Scottish Highlands are home to many stunning pools and waterfalls, each offering its own unique features and breathtaking views. And don’t forget the coastlines – the West Coast is where you will find the absolute beast beaches in the UK – don’t believe me? Check out this one at Camusdarach.

Whether you prefer a quiet and serene swimming hole or a lively waterfall, you’re sure to find a spot that suits your style.

Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Scottish Highlands. This is a great way to start your wedding day, and will give you the energy and excitement you need to get through the rest of the day’s festivities.

Go Horse Riding

If you’re an animal lover, why not go horseback riding in the Scottish Highlands? There are many stables in the area that offer horseback riding tours, and you can choose from a range of routes that take in the stunning scenery of the region.

Whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner, you’re sure to enjoy this unique and exciting activity.

Riding horseback through the Scottish Highlands is a great way to bond with your partner before your wedding ceremony. You’ll have the opportunity to chat and enjoy each other’s company as you take in the breathtaking views of the region – just don’t fall off!

If you are in the Northern Highlands, check out Highlands Unbridled.

Have a Spa morning

If you’re looking for a more relaxed activity, why not have a spa day before your wedding ceremony?

The Scottish Highlands are home to many luxury spas, and you can choose from a range of treatments, including massages, facials, and body treatments. Take some time to unwind and pamper yourself before your wedding day, and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the spa.

Having a spa day is a great way to start your wedding day, and will help you feel refreshed and revitalized as you exchange your vows. Whether you prefer a relaxing massage or a revitalizing facial, you’re sure to find a treatment that suits your needs. Fonab Castle in the Perthshire Highlands is a great choice!

In conclusion, the Scottish Highlands are a stunning region of Scotland, and there are many unique and romantic activities to enjoy before your wedding ceremony.

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Pre-ceremony ideas for your elopement

by The Sassenachs

Whether you’re a thrill-seeking couple or prefer more relaxed activities, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful region. So why not make the most of your wedding day and create memories that will last a lifetime?

Thank you for reading! We hope you found some tips that got your excited for your wedding morning! If you need an elopement photographer in Scotland, please get in touch.

Jodie and Matt – The Sassenachs

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