Are you thinking of eloping to Scotland? Want to know what the best places are to elope in Scotland? 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
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.
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
We hope that this list of locations has given you some ideas for where to elope in Scotland. 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.