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The Best places to elope in Scotland

Are you thinking of eloping in Scotland? Want to know the best places to elope in Scotland are? We’ve compiled a list of our top four elopement locations in Scotland, to give you some ideas for your perfect Scottish elopement. 

Why elope in Scotland? 

Scotland is a magical place- remote, wild, beautiful, with varied landscapes, rugged mountains, stunning beaches, and peaceful lochs. This is why we believe Scotland is one of the best places in the world to elope. If you elope in Scotland you’ll have an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world.

Where can you get married in Scotland? 

Unlike in the rest of the UK you can get married anywhere in Scotland– on a beach, up a mountain, anywhere you wish. All you need is a registered celebrant and you are good to go. 

How to elope in Scotland

Planning your elopement can be an overwhelming process and you might not know where to start. Let us take the stress out of it with our comprehensive 13-step guide to planning your elopement in Scotland , whether you are local, or if you are getting married in Scotland as a foreigner. 

Now let us help you answer the question- Where to elope in Scotland? 

Below we detail a few of our favourite Scottish elopement locations, but there are many more. Get in touch for an informal chat about your options in more detail. 

The best places to elope in Scotland

Bride and groom embrace by lake and mountains

1. Isle of Skye elopement locations 

The Isle of Skye is undoubtedly one of the best elopement locations in the world. Its magical scenery will make you feel like you’re an extra in the Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. 

The Isle of Skye is around a 5-hour drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, and around 2 hours from Inverness. There is so much to see on the island so book a few days here to explore and take it all in. The Isle of Skye has plenty of spots perfect for a wedding ceremony including;

Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye 

For the more adventurous couples the Old Man of Storr is a perfect option for your elopement ceremony. It’s a 45-minute hike up the hill, but the views from the top are totally worth it. Get married below the huge stone monoliths (the Old Man) created in an ancient landslide, with views out to sea of the Islands of Raasay and Rona. Top tip: have a sunrise or sunset ceremony to avoid crowds, as this is the most popular walk on the Isle of Skye. 

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Just five minutes’ walk from the Quiraing car park and you’re in an otherworldly landscape of high cliffs, and unusual rock formations. The Quiraing is another of Skye’s iconic locations, perfect for an epic elopement. 

Although you can get to a great ceremony spot in a few minutes we recommend planning on spending longer and hiking out to discover everything the Quiraing has to offer. Follow the 4 mile loop walk that is one of our favourite hikes in Scotland.  

Wedding couple embrace during ceremony at the Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Fairy Glen, near Uig

The Fairy Glen (or Faerie Glen) is a mountain landscape in miniature – made up of small, curiously rounded hills. For us it feels like you might see a hobbit at any minute. Yet another magical elopement location on the Isle of Skye. 

Just a 10-15 minute walk from the road, the Fairy Glen is close to the village of Uig, and is in our top three elopement locations on Skye

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye

One of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland, Neist Point lies at the westerly tip of the Isle of Skye. You can walk down the steps to the lighthouse or admire it from a distance – it makes a dramatic backdrop for any elopement ceremony. 

2. Glencoe elopement

Driving from Glasgow to the Scottish Highlands takes you through the valley of Glencoe, one of the most beautiful drives in Scotland. Glencoe was created by the explosion of a supervolcano 420 million years ago, and was further shaped by a glacier in the Ice Age 10,000 years ago. What is left are huge peaks towering over the valley floor, waterfalls cascading down the hillsides, and the perfect environment for exploring. 

Glencoe is just 1.5 hours’ drive from Glasgow and 2.5 hours from Edinburgh. It can get busy but there are plenty of spots just off the beaten track, including a secret waterfall we discovered away from the tourist spots. 

3. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs elopement 

Loch Lomond is the biggest inland water body in the UK and at 24 miles long there are plenty of spots to stop off at when you elope to Scotland. The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park covers 720 square miles and beyond the famous Loch Lomond there are numerous other beautiful lochs to consider for your elopement. Our favourites include the secluded Loch Arklet, the beautiful Loch Voil and Loch Katrine. 

The park is also home to 21 Munros (mountains over 3000ft) giving plenty of options for a hiking elopement with great views. 

Lying just to the north of Glasgow, Loch Lomond is the most easily accessible Scottish elopement location on our list. 

4. Cairngorms elopement

The Cairngorms National Park, in the Scottish Highlands, is the largest national park in the UK, and is twice the size of Luxembourg! The Cairngorms are home to 4 of the 5 largest mountains in the UK, and over a quarter of Scotland’s forest. There are a huge number of location options for your elopement in the Cairngorms and this is our top recommendation for outdoors loving couples

Find out more about the best places to elope in Scotland   

We hope that this list of locations has given you some ideas for where the best places to elope in Scotland are. For more information check out our full 13-step guide to eloping in Scotland and our UK elopement package page


We’re Oli and Steph Photography and we are Scotland wedding and elopement photographers and we love nothing more than adventuring with like-minded couples in the mountains, and the forests and the beaches and… you get the idea! If you’re ready to talk more about eloping then get in touch and we can chat about your perfect elopement experience.

10 Comments

  1. Samantha Genido

    Wow! This blog was so incredibly helpful! If I ever travel to Scotland I need to check out these spots. Your photos are so so beautiful as well!

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    • OliSteph

      Thank you so much Samantha! You should definitely put Scotland on your list of ‘must visit’ places. It is beautiful.

      Reply
  2. Amber

    What amazing advice! I really love your photos and makes me want to get married all over again in Scotland! I definitely need to check out all of these locations!! I might need to get my 5 year anniversary photos here!

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  3. Ttaci

    All of these are goal elopement locations!

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  4. sara Whittaker

    oh Scotland what a dream. Everything about this is perfect. Im dreaming of going there. And all these tips are super great.

    Reply
  5. Lauren Han

    Oh my gosh. These are so incredible. Suddenly I feel like I’m ready for marriage, and it will absolutely be in Scotland lol!! Absolutely gorgeous job!

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  6. Kat

    Old Man of Storr is so iconic. But I loved the other green areas too! I wonder what it all looks like in winter?

    Reply
  7. Justyna

    Ah! Scotland is just one of my favorites! Such a dreamy place to elope! Beautiful

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  8. Kat

    I just LOVE the Old Man of Storr. What a dream location to shoot in!

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  9. Molly

    Wow! This guide is so comprehensive! And now I just have to make my way over to Scotland for a vow renewal one day 🙂

    Reply

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