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Why you’ll never forget lifting the veil on Argyll’s wedding venues

Why you’ll never forget lifting the veil on Argyll’s wedding venues
Weddings are special occasions. And a special occasion surely deserves a special location. Argyll and the Isles fits that particular bill to a tee. The unique landscape of Argyll provides a stunning backdrop to the big day, from dramatic mountains to breathtakingly beautiful beaches, romantic sunsets to shimmering seas. Everything is here for an unforgettable wedding day, with a wide choice of wonderful venues and accommodation, locally sourced food and warm Highland hospitality. Whether you’re looking for a laid-back Scottish beach wedding or a lavish Scottish castle wedding, Argyll and the Isles is an idyllic place to tie the knot. Here we ‘unveil’ some of Argyll’s top wedding venues.

Mansions and castles
Argyll is home to some truly spectacular castles and historic houses that make magnificent wedding venues. Mount Stuart on the island of Bute must be one of the most remarkable. Visit this beautiful mansion house and you’ll quickly understand why it’s no stranger to hosting ‘A’ List nuptials, including those of Stella MacCartney. Imagine saying ‘I do’ in the Marble Chapel. Commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute in 1896, it took no less than 102 years to complete. Lined with brilliant white Carrara marble shot through with veins of grey, turned pink by shafts of sunlight pouring through the ruby coloured glass of the Clerestory, the chapel’s beauty is said to be unrivalled in Scotland. You can hire out the entire mansion for your reception and guest accommodation.

Scottish castles are hugely romantic and none more so than Barcaldine Castle near Oban on Argyll’s west coast. It’s a splendid small luxury wedding venue. Ceremonies take place in the Great Hall, with its large open fireplace and breathtaking views across Loch Creran and up to Glencoe. Castle Lachlan on the banks of Loch Fyne is another fabulous Argyll wedding venue. Duart Castle on the island of Mull is perhaps the most striking castle wedding venue of all in Argyll. Limited dates are offered each year, so getting married at Duart Castle would certainly be a very exclusive event! Lunga House is a 16th century Argyll tower house that boasts magnificent views over to the isles of Scarba, Jura and the Gulf of Correyvreckan. Torrisdale Castle on the Kintyre peninsula is another special wedding venue, as is Balinakill Country House. Or how about Ardlamont Estate, which is set in stunning scenery right at the southern most tip of Argyll’s Secret Coast? The centrepiece of the estate, the Georgian Ardlamont House, is a truly wonderful setting for a wedding. Its ringing corridors, sumptuous public rooms with their blazing log fires, beautiful grounds and elegant bedrooms with four-poster beds make for a glorious wedding venue.

Imagine getting married at Iona Abbey, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Founded by St Columba and his Irish followers in AD 563, it’s one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. Venues include the Abbey Church, a breathtaking building with high ceilings and fine medieval features, Micheal Chapel and St Oran’s Chapel, an intimate, ornate building at the gateway to the Abbey. It’s also the oldest of all intact buildings on Iona. Iona itself is a gem of an island, renowned for its tranquility, natural beauty and spirituality.

Finlaggan on Islay is another of Scotland’s historical sites where you can marry. This island settlement in Loch Finlaggan played a hugely important role in Scotland during the 14th and 15th centuries. It formed the administrative centre of the Lordship of the Isles, which ruled the islands and part of the west coast of Scotland, from Kintyre to Lewis, virtually independent of royal control.

Argyll and the Isles has 3,175 miles of coastline and is renowned for its stunning beaches. What could be more memorable than getting married on one of Argyll’s beautiful sandy bays? Calgary Bay on the island of Mull is a stunner, with beautiful soft sand, clear seas and a lovely sheltered location. A registrar based at the Tobermory Council Offices is very happy to marry couples at any outdoor location on Mull, including Calgary Bay itself. Or how about a low-key wedding on a stunning beach on the spiritual island of Iona? Iona Hostel can arrange weddings on the beach at the north end of Iona, with the hostel itself as a wet weather back up.

Natural beauty
It’s not just the beaches that are beautiful in Argyll. Ancient woodlands, tranquil lochs and rugged hills all make for stunning natural wedding locations. Ardkinglas on the Cowal peninsula is a secluded and tranquil setting. The historic house is approached through woodland, with sweeping terraced lawns opening out onto the shores of Loch Fyne. You can also get married at Calgary in the lovely woods that are filled with art installations. Crear near Kilberry is another beautiful wedding venue. Crear Studio at the centre of the house has a 60-foot glass wall with views to the Paps of Jura, bringing the outside in whatever the weather.

Weddings with a view
If you want a wedding with a jaw-dropping view, you can’t beat Argyll. One of our favourites has to be The Treehouse at the Lodge on Loch Goil. This treehouse overlooking Loch Goil is an utterly enchanting hideaway. It’s the perfect place for a small wedding celebration. Another venue with a view is Taychreggan Hotel, which overlooks Loch Awe. For something super modern, try Portavadie. This stunning contemporary development sits right on the waterfront, with views over Loch Fyne and the marina. There's a whole range of accommodation for your guests, as well as the luxurious spa and leisure facilities. The view to Arran from the outdoor infinity pool is pretty unbeatable.

Which ever wedding venue you choose, your Argyll wedding is guaranteed to be an unforgettable one.

Header image: A wedding at Crear.
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