Booking a wedding venue in Scotland, or anywhere else for that matter, is quite a stressful task. This is normally always subject to long planning budget constraints, in what can be a very expensive day. Even more so when you factor in all the essential elements, such as dresses, flowers, reception drinks, cars, photographs &c.

Balbirnie House -"Scottish Wedding Hotel of The Year” at The 2016 Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards

Balbirnie House -“Scottish Wedding Hotel of The Year” at The 2016 Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards

Please find listed below my selection of the top wedding venues in Scotland for your perusal. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at gemmaloggie123@gmail.com

1.Balbirnie House, Markinch (balbirnie.co.uk)

Balbirnie House in Fife has won this year’s award for overall “Scottish Wedding Hotel of The Year” at The 2016 Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards, which are the equivalent of The Oscars for the hotel and tourism industry.

This follows on from Balbirnie House having won Scottish Wedding Hotel of The Year for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now again for 2016! That is now 10 times in the last 12  years that the delightful 18th century Georgian mansion set amidst 400 acres of rolling parkland in the heart of Fife, have been awarded one of the biggest wedding awards of the year.

This award-winning 4 red star small luxury hotel is a magnificent and leading Scottish wedding venue, which provides the ideal country house setting for your special day. It is recognised as one of the finest wedding venues in the United Kingdom, and is quickly accessible from Edinburgh and St. Andrews.

This top Fife wedding venue can accommodate up to 216 guests for a wedding banquet and 250 for an evening reception. Critical acclaim includes being voted one of Scotland’s five most romantic restaurants by The Scotsman newspaper and past recipient Scotland’s Hotel Restaurant of the Year.

This award-winning Scottish country house hotel combines fine food, lovely surroundings and above all a real sense of friendly Scottish hospitality, creating a quite unique setting for today’s house guests to enjoy, with the traditional values of hotel keeping and personal service.

With 31 bedrooms, a 3 bedroom Triplex apartment, 2 restaurants, 8 different private rooms seating from 4 to 250 guests and beautifully landscaped gardens, Balbirnie House in Fife offers a superb and memorable wedding experience.

Balbirnie’s kitchens have a choice of three dining options for guests (as well as several private dining rooms). The Orangery restaurant offers classic Scotland on a classic contemporary plate and service, and has become one of Fife’s top restaurants.  The Bistro offers casual dining, fantastic value, delicious and authentic Bistro cooking for up to 24 diners. The Chef’s Room is a totally unique private room for up to 6 diners, located directly alongside the main hot kitchen plating area with full length mirror to watch our Chefs at work.  The Tasting Room can be booked just like a normal restaurant table but certainly offers something a bit different.

2. The Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews (oldcoursehotel.co.uk)

Arguably my “Scotland’s Best Wedding Venue”, the 5-star Old Course Hotel in St Andrews know just how to create the fairytale and romantic setting wedding of your dreams. This does not only have to be a special day, but can include pre-wedding pampering days for the bride and bridesmaids at Kohler Waters Spa and world-class golfing experiences for the bride and groom party.

This award winning hotel has 144 guest rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of the UK’s and Europe’s leading 5-star resorts. The Old Course Hotel accommodations features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites.

For guests attending your wedding with small children, this leading St Andrews resort offers a range of specialised services for children of all ages, as well as a host of kids activities and babysitting services. Old Course Hotel staff are also on hand to organise customised tours of St Andrews and the surrounding area from visits to castles, whisky tasting, through to kite surfing.

If you decide to hold your wedding ceremony at the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, their wedding planner will be pleased to arrange the necessary details. Whether it’s a large family occasion, an intimate gathering or a civil partnership, the resort offers a diverse collection of romantic settings.

The Hall of Champions is the perfect location for a wedding entrance fit for royalty, while the classic Ballroom provides a stylish and sophisticated backdrop. Alternatively you may wish to host a celebratory cocktail party in the award-winning Road Hole Bar with its stunning views over the famous Old Course, West Sands beach, coastline and historic town of St Andrews.

This top St Andrews hotel has a superb choice of bars and restaurants from the chic informality of the Sands Grill to the fine dining in the 3 AA rosettes Road Hole Fine Dining Restaurant. In addition, the hotel’s traditional pub, The Jigger Inn, offers a wide selection of whisky, wines, real ale and fine home-cooked food. 

Kohler Waters Spa, provides a truly world-class spa experience, from the Highland Fling signature treatment to the new H2O Inspiration water treatment. It features a 20-metre pool, relaxation area and rooftop hot tub.

There are 11 golf courses in close proximity to the hotel, including its own championship course, The Duke’s. The hotel’s Duke’s course is the only heath course in St Andrews and was voted a Top 100 Golf Course in the UK by Golf World.

3.The Marcliffe at Pitfodels, Aberdeen (marcliffe.com)

The Marcliffe at Pitfodels is an elegant, stylish and sophisticated five-star Scottish country hotel set in its own picturesque grounds on the outskirts of the city of Aberdeen in the North-east Scotland.

If you are looking for a romantic wedding, The Marcliffe at Pitfodels ticks all the right boxes, up to and including a kilted Scottish piper as part of the Aberdeen Wedding Packages on offer. This top Scottish hotel can cater up to 400 people.

The Marcliffe offers a comprehensive range of first class facilities, which has deservedly earned it membership of the coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World.  This is a family-friendly and intimate hotel run by owner Stewart Spence.

The Marcliffe has a choice of five suites and 37 bedrooms, all individually designed with 5-star guest comfort in mind. This top Aberdeen hotel has all the ancillary facilities you would expect of a five-star hotel, including 24-hour room service and very attentive staffs who will guarantee to make your stay at The Marcliffe a memorable experience.

The Marcliffe’s Conservatory Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch (outside in summer) and dinner. The team of chefs specialise in local Aberdeenshire produce, such as Aberdeen Angus beef, game, salmon fresh fish, crab, lobster and other shellfish from local rivers and ports.  The wine cellar stocks more than 400 wines from around the world, and the Drawing Room bar offers more than 100 choice malt whiskies.

At The Marcliffe Spa, fully qualified and experienced staff aim to relax, de-stress and indulge you. By using authentic ingredients we will renew and calm your mind, body and spirit.

There is extensive car parking facilities with more than 150 spaces in close proximity to the hotel and spa. This includes a valet parking service.

The hotel focal point of the tranquil drawing room which plays home to a baby grand, which contains photographs of some of the many VIPs and celebrities who have visited and stayed in this Aberdeen hotel since it opened in 1993.

There is a WI-FI system which provides a hook up to the Internet for hotel guests from anywhere within the hotel lobby. Furthermore this leading Aberdeen 5-star hotel provides facilities at its Business Centre on the ground floor to enable you to check your e-mail or browse the Web.

Some of the finest hunting, shooting and fishing in the world is available in Scotland. Staff at The Marcliffe can arrange to cater for your needs at short notice through their network of agents on Royal DeesideNorth-east Scotland offers a wide selection of top golf courses – including challenging traditional links courses at Cruden Bay, Murcar Links, Trump Scotland and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club Balgownie Links or inland courses such as Hazlehead and Newmachar Golf Club, and staff at The Marcliffe can arrange accessing these golf facilities at short notice.

4.Cameron House, Loch Lomond (cameronhouse.co.uk)

Majestically situated on the banks of Loch Lomond and within view of the gentle peaks of the Scottish Highlands in the distance, Cameron House resort is a fairytale setting  to celebrate the most important day of your life with family and friends.

Cameron House can cater from any number of guests up to 220 for a large wedding in the Lomond Suite, or a smaller affair in our Morning Room.

Cameron House’s romantic receptions, luxury rooms and attention to detail create the perfect backdrop to any Scottish wedding celebration.  The experienced and dedicated wedding team are ready and waiting to help plan and execute the most special day of your life.

Each guest bedroom and suite at Cameron House is beautifully and individually decorated. The classic bedroom features contemporary décor with a tailored look, yet elegant and timeless.  Superior double rooms have stunning views onto Loch Lomond and blend traditional Scottish influences with a contemporary design. Feature Superior bedrooms are beautifully designed to mirror the unique style of the original house and can feature your own private balcony.  Romantic feature rooms have exquisite personality and all have stunning views across Loch Lomond. Whisky Suites embody luxury living with irrepressible Highland charm, the feeling of glamour and VIP elegance. 

There are five exceptional dining options at Cameron House and hotel guests are spoilt for choice, which includes a wide selection of wines and whiskies to complement your chosen meal.Experience true Scottish hospitality and fresh, local ingredients at all of Cameron House’s restaurants including Cameron Grill, The Boathouse, The Claret Jug and Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond.

If your looking for peace and and tranquillity, you’ll find it at The Spa at Cameron House, an opportunity regenerate, refresh and reward yourself with some well-earned rest and relaxation. The Spa has 17 treatment rooms including mineral bath, steam room, Rasul mud chamber with steam room, rooftop infinity pool and a Relaxation Suite. All Cameron House spa therapists are trained to the highest standard and use ESPA and Carita products to further enhance your treatment experience at The Spa at Cameron House.

The Spa Café at Cameron House serves delicious seasonal menu of soups, sandwiches and main meals, and provides a stunning view of the golf course and fountains whilst enjoying your meal.

Golfers are truly spoilt for choice at Cameron House and can chose to play The Carrick championship golf course or the less testing Wee Demon nine hole course.  PGA instructors are available to offer lessons at the Golf Academy, while our state of the art practice facilities will help you improve your short game or allow you to perfect your swing.

A round of golf at Cameron House and The Carrick is about more than just the game of golf. The Carrick course, has a unique halfway house called The Highland Laddie to refuel before returning to the course to finish your round of golf.

5.Blythswood Square, Glasgow (townhousecompany.com)

Located opposite stunning gardens in the heart of the city of Glasgow, this award winning 5-star luxury hotel is a stylish and sophisticated Scottish wedding venue, which can calm those pre-wedding nerves with a range of Spa treatments and facilities. 

This top Scottish hotel offers 100 luxurious guest rooms including a number of suites and a spectacular penthouse in Glasgow. A luxury suite or a world-class penthouse will make a romantic bridal retreat whilst your guests enjoy stylish, relaxing bedrooms.

At this top Glasgow hotel & spa you can expect to find anything from four poster beds to hand crafted Spanish marble baths and showers, and access to the latest in-room state of the art technology.

The reception areas and stylish wedding suites will provide a superb wedding venue location in Glasgow mixing chandeliers, marble, wooden floors, rich wood panelling and luxurious fabrics to create a glamorous setting.

The chic restaurant and salon with garden views, private dining rooms and private film screening room provide an impressive backdrop to delicious food, the finest Champagne, cocktails and an unbeatable Afternoon Tea in Glasgow. The Restaurant at Blythswood Square, housed in a majestic former RSAC ballroom, is inspired by local Scottish favourites, classic dishes with a twist and European flavours.

The award-winning Spa at the Blythswood Square hotel through a number of spa experiences, treatments and world-class products is the ultimate in calming, relaxation and a greater sense of well-being. Situated in Glasgow’s city centre, the spa covers an area of 10,000 square feet and incorporates 9 luxury treatment rooms, a thermal suite with a range of experiences, two relaxation pools, a relaxing lounge and café area plus several additional relaxation areas.

6.Marr Hall Golf & Spa Resort, Bishopton (marhall.com)

Mar Hall is a luxury and award winning five star hotel, golf & spa resort located in Bishopton, approximately 10 minutes drive from Glasgow International Airport and 20 minutes from the city centre of Glasgow.

This Edwardian Scottish Mansion is located within a tranquil 240 acre woodland estate overlooking the River Clyde, Mar Hall, and is a stunning wedding location with views of the Kilpatrick Hills.

This leading Glasgow hotel includes individually designed bedrooms, a championship golf course, Decleor Spa, swimming pool and it’s spectacular banqueting rooms are some of the finest wedding venues in Scotland.

Banqueting rooms can cater for intimate or large lavish weddings in Glasgow. All banquet rooms are classically designed with original Victorian features, very high ceilings, extremely beautiful and delicate chandeliers, and a vast amount of natural daylight. Rooms can be decorated to suit your individual needs ensuring that your wedding photographs are both spectacular and memorable.

As one of the top luxury wedding hotels in Scotland, Mar Hall, can provide you with a dedicated wedding coordinator.  Marr Hall Hotel staff are available to discuss ideas including room set ups, wedding gazebo placement, seating plans, decorations, and food menus. In addition, they can recommend the best florists, photographers and entertainment to suit your specific needs.

The award winning Mar Hall Golf & Spa resort has  53 individually styled luxury hotel rooms, including Grand and Junior suites. Each of Mar Hall Resort’s accommodations, suites and mansions offer a unique experience, with features including four poster beds, the comfiest sofas and exquisite bathrooms.

Marr Hall guests can also enjoy fluffy bathrobes and slippers, in-room entertainment and fresh hospitality trays. Hotel facilities include on site dining options, bars, grand hall, leisure facilities and private rooms including the picturesque garden pavilion.

This Decléor Spa Resort in Glasgow have created bespoke signature treatments that are aimed at promoting guests’ health and wellbeing, whilst offering the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.

The Spa at Marr Hall includes 7 luxury treatments rooms, Asian inspired relaxation room, Rasul Mud chamber, relaxing café, swimming pool, saunas and steam rooms. There is a large reception area where you can buy the products used in treatments and take your spa memory back home.

Marr Hall’s head therapist was awarded Spa Therapist of the year 2014-15 at the Scottish Hotel Awards. This leading Glasgow hotel offers a variety of treatments to cater for all your personal requirements from holistic therapies such as reflexology, Ayurveda influences such as Shiodara, hot stone massages, aromatherapy massages, hydro therapies, head massages and our vast list of luxurious facial treatments.

7.Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, Glasgow (sherbrookecastlehotel.com)

This magnificent, baronial building at Sherbrooke Castle Hotel, located on the south side of Glasgow, offers luxury bedrooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities that cater for up to 200 people, and makes a stunning wedding venue.

Sherbrooke Castle Hotel has its own private gardens to offers a romantic touch to your very special day. The wedding ceremony itself can take place in the Brooke Suite, on the terrace or in one of the hotel’s private rooms.

With suites and wedding packages to suit various budgets and number of guests, The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel is unique and romantic for your special day.

Hotel staff can organise every aspect of your Wedding Celebration at The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel. They can provide you with other wedding services for your special day including piper, master of ceremonies, wide selection of chair covers and wedding cars among others.

This top Glasgow hotel have a variety of facilities available – lounge bar, restaurant, in room dining, newspapers, laundry & ironing service, and terrace. There is also complementary wifi throughout the hotel and free onsite parking.

The Restaurant at Sherbrooke Castle offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & evening dining. Sherbrooke Castle source the highest quality local produce to create a truly special dining experience with a contemporary twist and can cater to special dietary requirements.

8.Seamill Hydro Hotel & Resort, West Kilbride (seamillhydro.co.uk)

The Sweeney family owned Seamill Hydro Hotel & Resort in Ayrshire has stunning views over the firth of Clyde to the isles of Arran and Ailsa Craig.

The Seamill Hydro team are passionate about delivering a wedding day which will deliver happy memories for years to come for the happy couple and wedding guests.

Renowned for their attention to detail, wide selection of beverages, quality of food and a stunning location, Seamill Hydro has long been known as a wedding venue of distinction.

Hotel accommodation includes a selection of double rooms, family rooms, twin rooms, single rooms and suites. Seamill offers a variety of styles available from stately Victorian rooms with high ceilings and bay windows to contemporary city rooms. Each room comes with modern amenities such as 32” LCD TVs, tea and coffee making facilities &c. Many of the hotel accommodations enjoy the magnificent views which the hotel was built to enjoy.

The Orangery Restaurant with a wide selection of culinary delights features glass frontage to take full advantage of it’s location on the Ayrshire coast. The restaurant over looks the landscaped grounds of the Seamill hotel and looks out over the Firth of Clyde and the islands of Arran, and, in the distance Ailsa Craig.

The bright and spacious Leisure Club offers a superb selection of indoor facilities. It includes a large swimming pool with aqua lounger, mixed sauna and mixed steam room.

The air-conditioned gym caters for all types of workouts, offering a wide range in the latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment.

Opening in early 2017 the Firth Pavilion will be one of Scotland’s finest purpose built wedding venues.

9.Castle Fraser, Inverurie (nts.org.uk)

The stunning Castle Fraser, Inverurie, set amidst 120 hectares of beautiful gardens and open woodland, is situated approximately 16 miles west of Aberdeen. This is one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses dating back to the 15th century.

The ancestral home of the Fraser family with unmistakable influence of the French châteaux, was completed around 1636. The Aberdeenshire castle has panoramic views of the gardens and estate beyond. You get a sense of life from the medieval to the Victorian period and it retains the atmosphere of the family home with furniture, portraits and historical memorabilia.

Highlights include the wonderful turrets, balustrades, gables, Great Hall, and two trails taking you through a mixture of parkland, farmland and woodland, opening out to give views of Bennachie.

There is a library filled with Fraser family books, and the grand Worked Room features 18th-century embroideries.

This is a perfect venue for fairytale weddings. For larger wedding receptions, the castle’s extensive grounds offer endless opportunities for marquees and outdoor activities, and fairytale photographic memories of your special occasion.

10.Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (sheratonedinburgh.co.uk)

A stay at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, overlooking the iconic Edinburgh Castle and short walking distance from Princes Street, is always something special.

From the genuine warmth of the welcome to the spacious and stylish guest rooms, this is a perfect wedding location in the heart of Edinburgh.