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Historic Scotland venues

Unlike other parts of the UK, Scottish marriage laws allow for ceremonies to take place anywhere. With the wealth of possible locations on offer there really isn't a better place to get married. Historic Scotland offers a huge range of spectacular settings to make even the most selective bride's fairytale wedding dream come true; from the lavish splendour of the Great Hall at Stirling Castle, to ceremonies in ruinous locations like the magnificent Elgin Cathedral.

Or for the perfect fairytale wedding why not have your ceremony at Caerlaverock Castle? With its moat and twin towered gatehouse, this medieval site will ensure yours will be a wedding like no other.

For a truly unique entrance to a wedding, Urquhart Castle is unrivalled. Accessible by boat from Inverness, this 13th century fortress is situated on the banks of Loch Ness making this one of the most stunning locations to exchange your vows.

Views don't come much better than the one at Aberdour Castle and Gardens, which overlooks the Firth of Forth across to Edinburgh.  Surrounded by a 17th century walled garden and terrace, wedding ceremonies can take place in the Castle's traditionally furnished Long Gallery.

Perhaps unsurprisingly a hugely popular venue for couples to the knot is the spectacular Edinburgh Castle.  Three separate sites within the castle are available for hire, giving the option of arranging a ceremony and reception for up to 120 in the Queen Anne Building, to a more intimate ceremony for 25 guests in the 12th century St Margaret's Chapel - the oldest building in the castle and in the whole of Edinburgh.

So, if you are planning, an historic setting might be just what you are looking for to ensure memories that will last a lifetime.

Historic Scotland has its own Wedding department which can provide a 'one stop shop' for all your needs.  For more information contact Historic Scotland on 0131 668 8686, email hs.weddings@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/weddings.