The 7 Best Wedding Castles And Venues In Gretna Green

The romanticism behind Scotland is not only common but totally understandable. The picturesque landscapes and rich culture have climbed into the heart of any romantic worth their salt.

So it does not come as a surprise that wanting to get married in a Scottish castle or a scenic venue in or around Scotland has become quite popular.

Thanks to shows like Outlander and Reign have given people a deep look into the dreamlike possibilities behind a Scotland wedding.

Here we focus on and discuss the 10 best wedding venues/castles to get married in Gretna Green, Scotland. 

7. Bonshaw Tower

This historic structure might not feel like a wedding venue upon first glance. But, upon deeper inspection, it’s actually perfect. There are so many rooms to pick from and each has their own stories to tell.

Although it was first a prison, you won’t believe the romantic feeling the right decor and fairy lights can create. In fact, Bonshaw Tower has become one of the most desired wedding venues during the past few years. The venue allows you to choose your own package instead of a preplanned one.

They offer their wedding calculator. It will help you decide what you want and what it will cost you to create your perfect fairytale wedding. The views from the tower itself are so beautiful and the atmosphere could not be warmer.

Contact details: +44 1461 336001

6. Caerlaverock Castle

This incredibly romantic venue is built in the shape of a triangle with large towers on each side of the corners. It even has a moat! A MOAT! It is one of the most sought after wedding venues in Scotland. The venue is a 20 min drive from Gretna Green.

This venue is rich with historical significance during the many long years of war between Scotland and England. It has been said that the walls vibrate with history. It is very romantic and due to the sheer size of the property couples have their pick of what wedding they want.

And of course, the pictures will be incredible too. The only thing to keep in mind is the Caerlaverock Castle is a heritage site, which means it is open to the public. So there is a chance of running into some tourists during your wedding.

Contact details: +44 1387 770244

Venue Packages Includes: Gretna Runaway Package, Complete Package, Luxury Package, 10 Guest (Mid Week) Package All Inclusive, 20 Guest All-Inclusive, 40 Guest All Inclusive. 

5. Auchen Castle

Welcome to the Jewel of the Scottish Borders. This location is one of the most coveted wedding venues in the whole of Scotland. Located in the heart of Robert Burns country and a short drive from Gretna Green.

Having your wedding at this historic castle with be a once in a lifetime experience. The castle was converted into a hotel/wedding venue and has 25 rooms available and can host a wedding of up to 150 guests. The vibe at this wedding location is beyond romantic.

It will have your engaged friends green with envy. It is an all-inclusive venue due to the fact that the ceremony, reception, and accommodation is available on the same premises.

A minimum of 10 bedrooms must be booked for the castle to be able to host the wedding reception as well as the accommodation. But, there is a basic (only the castle wedding) is available. See the venue packages for more information.

Contact details: +44 1683 300407

Venue Packages Includes: Ceremony Only Package, Gretna Runaway Package, Complete Package, Luxury Package, 10 Guest (Mid Week) Package All Inclusive, 20 Guest All-Inclusive, 

4. The Cottage at Gretna Hall

The historic marriage house on Gretna Green’s is the perfect place for a small and intimate wedding. Couples are still able to marry over the historic anvil in front of an open coal fire.

Reception is held in the famous cobbled courtyard or in a private garden. Photographs can be taken in front of the ornamental water feature, the Gazebo, Kissing Gate, and the Gretna Green sign.

This venue is the perfect intimate location for those who wish to celebrate their love in private with a select few guests.

Contact details: +44 1461 338257

3. Gretna Green, Famous Blacksmiths

This historic building is the reason Gretna Green became famous in the first place. Specificity for its legend of the anvil wedding, young couples running away to elope and being married by the Blacksmith Priest.

It has been the heart of Gretna Green’s heritage since before the 1700s. this has made this building iconic and widely sought after for fairytale weddings. Couples are able to marry in the Original Marriage Room inside the Famous Blacksmith Shop.

The room can hold up to 45 guests comfortably. The area in which it is located is stunning and will make your wedding photos look like something out of a fairytale. Truly a wonderful location for amazing memories.

Contact details: +44 1461 338441

Venue Packages Includes: Gretna Runaway Package, Complete Package, Luxury Package, 10 Guest (Mid Week) Package All Inclusive, 20 Guest All-Inclusive, 40 Guest All Inclusive. 

2. The Courtyard at Gretna Hall

Set inside a 300-year-old historic courtyard at Gretna Hall. The room is large enough for 80 people and is the ideal location for a wedding. The hall shares the gardens and the woodlands of the venue.

The location provides an opportunity for stunning photos that will take your breath away. This idyllic location is perfect for those wanting a traditional yet elegant walk down the aisle.

Contact details: +44 1461 338257

Venue Packages Includes: Gretna Runaway Package, Complete Package, Luxury Package, 10 Guest (Mid Week) Package All Inclusive, 20 Guest All-Inclusive, 40 Guest All Inclusive. 

1.The Anvil Hall

This venue first opened its doors for weddings in 2006. From then on it’s become one of the most popular venues for weddings. The hall paints a beautiful background for pictures.

The structure was a church originally but it was converted into a wedding hall specifically for large weddings. It has a capacity of 180 (120 seated & 60 standing) so it is perfect for large weddings.

There is a “Kissing Gate”  that was made with the idea of having the new couple and the entire background of the property in the shot. It makes for stunning photography. Memories that can be kept for many years to come.

Contact details: +44 1461 337071

Venue Packages Includes: Gretna Runaway Package, Complete Package, Luxury Package, 10 Guest (Mid Week) Package All Inclusive, 20 Guest All-Inclusive, 40 Guest All Inclusive.