The geography of Scotland can be divided up into regions, each with its own character, history and tradition. Each is full of perfect wedding locations. We have even created a Why Marry in Scotland article!. Please find a short overview of some of the different Scottish regions below to help orientate you to Scotland before we go on to discuss some of our favourite wedding castles and places to get married
Highlands and Islands
The Scottish Highlands have so much to offer - spectacular mountains, majestic glens and mirror-like lochs form the perfect backdrop to idyllic towns, isolated crofts, towering castles and pagoda-topped distilleries.
Inverness is the highland capital and it is a picturesque city that hosts many chic hotels, restaurants and shops. The River Ness runs through Inverness from Loch Ness, which is a very popular attraction that remains relatively untouched. For the more active, Aviemore and the Cairngorm mountain range, Ben Nevis or Glen Coe allows you to partake in skiing, climbing and hill walking.
Venturing further afield, the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides share a rugged natural beauty, with unspoilt beaches, plentiful wildlife and a unique culture and traditions. The northern archipelagos of Orkney and Shetland share many of these qualities and in addition, are considered by many, to be one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Europe, due to their burial mounds, stones circles and settlements of the earliest people.
History, legend, romance and the great outdoors combine seamlessly here to guarantee visitors a warm Highland welcome and a truly memorable holiday. Whether you are looking for an action-packed adventure, a taste of the local culture and history, or just complete peace and quiet, the Highlands is the place to come
This region of Scotland is blessed with outstanding scenery - the majestic Grampian Mountains dominate the skyline to the West whilst miles of unspoiled and often dramatic coastline frame the area in the East.
Castles and whisky are what this area is most famous for, housing eight distilleries and the world's only Malt Whisky trail. In contrast, the coast has vast empty beaches, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages and dramatic cliff top scenery waiting to be explored. Visit in the summer and experience the Braemar Gathering, the most famous Highland Games and an unforgettable day out
Perthshire, Tayside and Fife
From the red-roofed villages of East Fife to the vast green glens of Perthshire and Angus, this area displays many of the contrasts of Scotland: a superb coastline, lochs, mountains and, set in the rolling country only a short drive from many of Scotland's most attractive towns and cities.
St Andrews is very popular with visitors taking advantage of its world class golf courses and also visiting the University where Prince William studied.
Argyll, Loch Lomond, Stirling and the Trossachs
This is the birthplace of Scotland, the cradle of its Christianity and nationhood and the focal point of much of its dramatic history. This region encompasses some of Scotland's most famous areas of natural beauty, namely Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Calm stretches of water, lush woodland and small towns nestled in picture perfect landscapes, provide tranquillity and peace for any ceremony, with added luxury, if desired! You also have the opportunity to trace the footsteps of heroes like St Columba, Sir William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. Wildlife is also in abundance, whether it be an eagle, osprey or a fine antlered stag.
Edinburgh and Lothians
Scotland Capital city's magnificent architecture is second to none, sprawling from the medieval Old Town, down the spine of the Royal Mile, to the grace and geometric precision of the Georgian New Town. Above it all, in its towering splendour, stands the Castle.
The romantic air and elegance lies inter-twinned in a compact and bustling city. During August, Edinburghis at its busiest and attracts visitors from all over the world with it’s international fringe festival, featuring the very best of opera, theatre, comedy, music and dance. Similarly large numbers of visitors choose to visit during the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which also takes place in August.
Beyond the city, the Lothian countryside provides a beautiful backdrop for an area steeped in history, filled with castles, country houses and battle sites. It's the ancient home of the game of golf and you can find some of the great links and parkland courses of the world here.
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Valley
Glasgow was named the UK's City of Architecture and Design in 1999 and its architecture is an attraction in itself. As well as impressive Victorian buildings, the Art Nouveau 'Glasgow Style' is a major attraction and the main reason the city has become famous. Visitors flock to see architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work. Glasgow is also renowned for it's love of sport and as well as hosting the Commonwealth games in 2014, it regularly attracts full capacity crowds at the Rangers and Celtic football/soccer clubs. Surrounding the city is some of the best of Scotland's scenery, from the rolling hills of the Clyde Valley to the beautiful walking country of East Dunbartonshire that borders the south-west Highlands.
The Borders and Dumfries and Galloway
This area has long attracted some of Scotland's best writers and artists, Robert Burns, the legendary poet, perhaps being the most well known. Deserted beaches, majestic woodland and small villages each with their own distinct character, as well as the aptly named Sweetheart Abbey, permit a wedding with a touch of proper old-fashioned romance.
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