Eloping in Scotland

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Our passion is bound to our heritage; it flows through our mountains, amidst the glens.  It’s not a focus on a dress or precious metals; this passion stems from the honest bond shared by two. Rooted together by love, wonder and attraction, these are the moments that matter most.

Sewn into our country’s history are tales of passion, mystery and its spirit is captivated by the charm of its beautiful landscape. If you have considered eloping to this wonderful land you are no doubt aware of the multitude of potential locations for your consideration. It can be overwhelming, however, Cinemate would like to help. Below are our five top destinations to visit for the purpose of tying the knot with your significant other.

SKYE

There are a couple “given” locations on this list and the Isle of Skye would certainly be one of them. World-renowned for some of the most aggressive and dramatic crags and falls, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles within our country. The majority of places to visit you’ll no doubt have already heard of, these include The old man of Storr, Neist Point, Sligachan Old Bridge, the Quiraing, Fairy Glen and Talisker Bay to name but a few. 

Every single one of these locations is beautiful and warrants visiting on your travels however not all points make a place for the ceremony, Skye is, after all, world-renowned and therefore full of other travellers on their own discoveries. An early ceremony should be considered for a selection of these locations.

 

BEN NEVIS

This location is slightly more “out-there” than perhaps other locations. Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. The journey up the 1,345 metres above sea level jaunt takes approximately 3.5 to 5 hours and would be the perfect challenge to overcome at the beginning of a marriage.

At the foot of Ben Nevis lies the town of Fort William, colloquially referred to as the country’s outdoor capital. This quaint town stands as the gateway to Glen Nevis which runs towards the ridges of the Mamores and through the dramatic Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls. Glen Nevis is arguably one of the most beautiful Glens in all of Scotland and is a must hiked trail. It should also be noted that Fort William is a destination of importance for any Harry Potter fans as it is here you can board the Jacobite train and cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct on your way to Hogwarts 😉

GLEN COE

The highlands of Scotland is the quintessential destination for visitors and as a plus, a stone’s throw away from Loch Lomand. Glen Coe hosts some of Scotland’s most dramatic landscapes including the Falls of Coe, Three Sisters, Achnambeithach, Signal Rock, An Torr to name a few. An Torr also famous to Harry Potter fans as the location of Hagrid’s Hut.

If eloping in the greater Glen Coe area it would be remiss of us not to mention Glen Etive and Buachaille Etive Mòr. Known as just “the Buachaille”, this mountainous giant separates the Glen’s of Coe and Etive and is one of our favourite locations for elopements due to the stunning views but also its proximity to the city of Glasgow.

THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

Robert the Bruce, the great 14th-century Scottish warrior- king’s body may be buried in Dunfermline but his heart lies in the borders, Melrose Abbey to be specific. Much like Robert we too have a powerful affinity towards this beautiful land, perhaps there’s a slight bias towards the lower end of Scotland due to a childhood spent surrounded by green hills and heather. The Scottish Borders is an area of the country that is full of history and beauty and has mused many a tale, poem and even song! There could be no more a perfect place to elope.

The borders make up a large area of Scotland and there are many parts to discover from the rocky promontory of St Abbs, a national nature reserve to Scott’s view, the famous locations known as Sir Walter Scotts favourite place of reflection which overlooks the River Tweed and Eildon Hills. There are an abundant array of abbeys and castles ready to explore and towns to visit, each with there own personality or why not walk along the old Hadrian’s wall and discover the ancient Roman Empires Northern limits. Whatever it is you decide, make time to immerse yourself in the culture, the music and the people!

ISLAY

Perfect escapism is a promise Scotland makes too many and to us, Islay keeps that promise. Also called Queen of the Hebrides Islay is surrounded by fast currents, dangerous Skerries, wildlife winds and Atlantic swells. Famous for their distilling of Scotland national drink, whisky. It’s a fertile land and because of this houses eight working distilleries, so if you’re a whisky couple, your elopement destination has been already destined.

Apart from Islay’s traditional spirited history, the island has a love for the arts and handcraft businesses but also captivates the soul with its breathtaking coastlines of golden beaches, wildlife, and some say the most beautiful light in Scotland which is offered at Machir and Saligo Bay. It really is a beautiful island.

It should also be noted that Islay is the Southernmost island of the inner Hebrides making it the perfect starting point for an adventure Northbound.

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