Close your eyes and picture this is your mind. You are standing with the love of your life in a secluded Scottish medieval castle, ancient grey ruins with decayed ivy clad walls letting the wind in. High on a hilltop, highland air filling your lungs as you make your vows in front of your loved ones with the ghosts of previous tenants listening in and breathtaking views through the cracks and gaps to the wild rugged winter terrain outside.
What about a stately castle with a grand ballroom. Luxurious deep red walls and thick curtains, a mighty log fire in the far wall keeping the guests warm and relaxed. A long solid wood table laid out with magnificent food, fit for royalty, so your nearest and dearest can enjoy the wedding dinner together like the kings and queens before them. Everybody can then drink whisky from silver plated goblets into the wee hours before retiring to a four poster bed in the grand bedrooms.
The good thing about getting married in Scotland is you can do it anywhere! As long as the ceremony is conducted by an official you can choose to have your special day anywhere you wish. You can also have it anytime! So if you fancy a sunset wedding on a beach or a midnight wedding with fireworks you can. With no restrictions you can let your imagination run wild and dream up your perfect day with no limitations.
This all makes it quite easy to organise your very own Outlander themed wedding. Unfortunatly I can’t promise Jamie in his kilt (although I hear he is still single…) but what you can have is a wedding day in one of many Scottish venues used by Outlander in filming or talked about in the books. Such as …
Outlander’s Castle Leoch was filmed in the 14th century Doune Castle in Stirlingshire. Every Outlander fan will have a soft spot for this atmospheric and pretty spectacular castle so how fantastic would it be to actually get married here? It is indeed possible. Bringing up to 120 guests you can marry in the grand, cathedral-like hall with it’s stone walls and fire basket, the Lord’s Hall with it’s 19th century panelling or the intimate, romantic Kitchen. The exterior will guarantee some memorable photos and you can even chuck on some wellies and visit the steam where Laoghaire tried her luck with Mr Fraser. After your fairytale ceremony and photo session you can head less than 5 miles down the road to the Dunblane Hydro Doubletree and enjoy a menu by celebrity chef Nick Nairn before dancing the night in the Strathallan suite and laying your head down in one of their luxurious suites. Find out more at Historic Scotland
Not one for everybody but you can actually marry on Culloden Moor, where in 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobean army were defeated. This eerie and thought-provoking expanse of land now has a nearby the 5 star Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre that can be hired out for private events.
The village of Falkland was used to film the 1940’s scenes in Inverness and is a stunning little historical village. You can marry your sweetheart in the Palace which was once a country retreat for the Stuart Kings and Queens, before dancing the night away in a marquee in the Orchard. You can also use the beautiful walled gardens and Oak Lawn. Falkland Palace is situated on East Port where the famous fountain is, you know the one, where ghost Jamie (?) looks up to Claire in the bedroom. Here is also the Covenanter Hotel, used as Mrs Baird’s B+B.
For an experience your unlikely to experience anywhere else, and to be properly submerged in 16th and 17th century life you can have your wedding day in the historic and extremely pretty village of Culross. Used as the fictional village of Cranesmuir, Culross is like a time capsule, cobbled streets, traditional buildings and winding lanes. You and your hubby-to-be can marry in the unique mustard – coloured Culross Palace, where you will say your vows in the intimate High Room, which looks as though it hasn’t been touched since the 1600’s. You can then have your photos taken in the herb garden outside (Claire’s herb garden!) before enjoying your meal in Bessie’s Bar Tearoom. This village is made even more special as it’s located on the banks of the Firth of Forth, imagine the photos!
Highland Folk Museum
This would make an ideal rural location for a outdoors wedding. Spread out over 80 acres of Cairngorms National Park the museum, in particular the 1700’s Township, has been used more than once in the filming of Outlander. I personally can’t think of anywhere better to get married as an Outlander fan. The views from the township over the mountains of the Cairngorms are awe-inspiring and the traditional brochs and surroundings make you feel like Jamie and his crew could walk around the corner at any moment. Marquees can be set up and you can get married in any part so if you want somewhere inside for the meal or the ceremony itself there is plenty buildings from plenty centuries to choose from, such as the Leanach Church or the old School room. Find out more here.
The Hermitage, Perthshire
If you want to experience some of that stunning Scottish scenery you see on the TV, a wedding in amougst nature at the Hermitage could be exactly the way to go. Imagine declaring your love underneath mature Douglas Firs, beside a river or beneath a spectacular waterfall! A favourite place by Wordsworth and Queen Victoria this breathtaking, romantic and mysterious landscape is elegantly covered by a canopy of some of the tallest trees in Scotland. The newly refurbished Ossian’s Hall can accommodate 20 people if you don’t want to risk the weather turning.
Remember when Frank waved off Claire on the train? This was filmed at Bo’ness Railway and you can now charter your own steam train for your wedding. Bring your family and friends and have the whole train to yourselves. Find out more here.
This magnificent large and impressive ruin was once home to several Stuarts and was the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Outlander filmed Jamie’s jail scenes here and the surrounding park and loch makes this an ideal location to marry. Foreboding grey stone walls, spiral staircases and the intricatelly detailed fountain, the vaulted rooms and spectacular views from the top means this Palace will seriously impress your guests. Have your ceremony and photographs here before heading down the hill to the iconic Burgh halls for a grand reception. Find out more at Historic Scotland
This 700 year old medieval Castle was used in filming for season one and is just a little bit special. Still lived in by the current owners when you book this castle for your ceremony and reception it will be exclusively yours. Quirky and unique, this colourful characterful castle contains artwork, paintings and carvings all handmade by the 80 year old owner who himself is colourful and charming. Your ceremony will take place in the ancient, candlelit chapel before drinks in the Lundie Hall and a 3 course Scottish meal in the original Grand Hall. Find out more on their website.
Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis
Because in Scotland it is the celebrant who is licensed and not the venue, as long as your celebrant is willing to conduct the ceremony where you choose you can literally have your special day anywhere, including on the Isle of Lewis where you can marry in the midst of what is perhaps Scotland’s most famous standing stones. Just don’t lean too close…Find out more at Hebridean Hopscotch.
For more information about getting married at Culross Palace, Falkland Palace, The Hermitage or Culloden visit the National Trust Scotland Website.
Have you married somewhere unique/quirky/a bit special?