The Best Places to Elope in Scotland

Amazing Locations for Elopements in the Scottish Highlands

There are endless places around Scotland for eloping! Not only is the scenery beautiful, but it is one of the only countries in the world where you can legally get married anywhere - up a mountain, by a river, in a forest - you name it, you can probably have your ceremony there!

At Ella Mai Elopements, and we offer both all-inclusive Elopement Packages and DIY Elopement Planning Resources for couples who boldly choose to elope in Scotland. We plan up to 4 elopements each month, and we’ve recce’d every corner of the country to find the best elopement locations in Scotland. In this blog post, we’re going to go over the main aspects of choosing your elopement location and review some of the best areas in Scotland for eloping. But if you want a quick list, here it is…

Top 6 Places to Elope in Scotland

  1. Isle of Skye

  2. Glencoe

  3. Edinburgh

  4. Torridon and the Northern Highlands

  5. Cairngorms

  6. Central Scotland

Read on to find out some of our favourite ceremony spots and accommodation options for each!

Elopement Location Tips

First, we’re going to go over a few important aspects to researching and planning your elopement location. Our planning process always begins with a questionnaire for you to share your vision with us, and let us know what kind of location would give you the best experience.

Elopement Ceremony Spots

We have over 50 recommended spots that we share with you, and we also highlight our top picks just for you based on what kind of place you’re interested in (cliffs, ocean, mountains, castles, cityscape, etc.). Plus, we include a location-specific Travel Guide with nearly 100 pages (written by us!) featuring some amazing activities, food and drink, and accommodation options in your chosen location.

The most important thing about your ceremony location is that you check out the spot in advance, or have someone do it for you. You’ll need to know the EXACT location for your marriage paperwork. That’s why we always scope out our elopement locations for you ahead of time.

Elopement Seclusion, Transportation, and Accessibility

When choosing an elopement location, you should think about getting to the actual spot. Most locations require hours of driving to get to, and possibly some hiking too. Some of our locations are based around Scotland’s most incredible accommodation options, where you can plan a romantic escape for a few days. Here are some questions we suggest thinking about before deciding on your top choices:

  • How long are you willing to spend just getting to your ceremony spot?

  • Do you want to make that process part of the fun (i.e. hiking, 4x4, boating, etc.)?

  • Do you need to be able to walk there? Or drive there? Ride the train there?

  • Do you mind if there are folks passing by while you say your vows?

  • Or would you prefer to be completely alone?

Iconic spots are usually busy with other visitors, so if you’d prefer to be alone, we suggest choosing a lesser known spot. Alternatively, if you’d really like to visit those iconic spots, you can opt for an early morning ceremony - or just visit for photos after having an intimate ceremony at a more secluded spot.

Along with the iconic suggestions, we also send you a list of over 50 artful accommodation options across the Northern Highlands, Cairngorms, and the Isles. We find these options to be better suited for folks who want to have a completely unique, secluded elopement in the great outdoors of Scotland.

Elopement Itinerary, Accommodation, Restaurants, and Activities

Your elopement is more than just your ceremony! We love building couples a whole day of beautiful moments, so we take everything into consideration when helping you decide where to elope.

  • Where do you want to have your wedding meal?

  • Where do you want to stay?

  • Are there other things you want to do while you’re there?

During our elopement planning process, we send you an extensive travel guide featuring some amazing activities, food and drink, and accommodation options in your elopement location.

Top 6 Places to Elope in Scotland

We’re going to clue you into the 6 areas of Scotland where we find the most beautiful elopement locations - plus some iconic spots, hidden gems, and a few cool places to stay for each. If you love it, click through the elopement inspo blog posts too!

There are so many places we could feature here - but this is just the tip of the iceberg! Give us a shout if you have any questions, or would like some recommendations for where to stay, what to eat, and fun things to do!

Isle of Skye Elopements

The Isle of Skye is one of the more remote, rewarding locations to visit in Scotland. This Inner Hebridean Island is known for iconic scenery and landscapes, regular wildlife sightings, some of the best trails in the UK, world-class seafood, and slow island living. An unplugged trip to Skye will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to say goodbye to civilisation for good.

Isle of Skye Elopement Ideas

Iconic Spots: the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr.

Hidden Gem: Dunscaith Castle Ruins.

Places to Stay: Kinloch Lodge, Monkstadt 1754 (Luxury Lodge or Cottages), the Crofter’s House.

Isle of Skye Elopement Inspo: Hillary & Anthony.

Glencoe Elopements

The Glencoe National Nature Reserve is one of the most recognisable places in Scotland - and if you've ever wanted to visit the Highlands, this is the place to come. The iconic lochs and glens have been used as filming locations for Harry Potter, Outlaw King, Braveheart, James Bond's Skyfall, and so much more. With mountains everywhere you look, and tons of trails to explore, it's genuinely impossible to be bored. Once you're here, you'll know why they call it the "Heart of the Highlands."

Glencoe Elopement Ideas

Iconic Spots: Lagangarbh Hut and the Three Sisters.

Hidden Gem: Glencoe Lochan.

Places to Stay: Kingshouse Hotel, Glencoe Inn, RiverBeds.

Glencoe Elopement Inspo: Paula & Stuart, Ed & Jenny, Sam & Tanner.

Edinburgh Elopements

The ancient roads of this city are begging to be explored, iconic sites everywhere you look, and hidden gems down every alleyway. We even have a limited, thoughtfully curated package for elopements based in the magical city of Edinburgh. Wander the whimsical closes of the Old Town, say your vows on the ancient sites of Calton Hill, or pick from this city's endless list of fine dining and top-rated hospitality to celebrate your love.

Edinburgh Elopement Ideas

Iconic Spots: Calton Hill and Holyrood Park.

Hidden Gem: Timberyard.

Places to Stay: Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Rock House, Cheval Old Town Chambers.

Edinburgh Elopement Inspo: Hollie & Daniel, Stacie & David.

Torridon & Northern Highlands Elopements

Home to Scotland’s wildest landscapes, and the largest intact habitat for wildlife. There are no words that can describe how breathtaking this part of the country is - from the rugged mountains to sandy white beaches to castle ruins and lochs - the sheer wild beauty here is not to be missed. It is also one of the best places to stargaze, with some of the darkest skies in Europe. The Northern Highlands are like nowhere else on earth.

Northern Highlands Elopement Ideas

Iconic Spots: Loch Torridon and Loch Maree.

Hidden Gem: Eagle’s Crag in Alladale Wilderness.

Places to Stay: The Torridon, Torridon Estate, Shieldaig Lodge.

Northern Highland Elopement Inspo: Lisa & Joe, Bianca & Elmar.

Cairngorms Elopements

The UK’s largest National Park, and it has everything you could need: lochs, forests, mountains, beaches and amazing sweeping landscapes. The Cairngorms is an incredibly special place, with lots of great activities to do, and full of natural history. A truly magical experience will be had here.

Photo by Joanna Eliza Photography

Cairngorms Elopement Ideas

Iconic Spots: Loch an Eilean and Loch Garten.

Hidden Gem: An Lochan Uaine (Green Loch).

Places to Stay: Killiehuntly Farmhouse, the Woodland Cottages, or Railway Cottage.

Cairngorms Elopement Inspo: Catriona & Matt

Central Scotland Elopements

This category is a round up of some of the other spots around Scotland that aren't as far-flung, but still grant you fantastic elopement experiences - each and every one of these places offers something magical. From the wild hills of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to the gorgeous coast of Fife, there are loads of hidden gems here for magical elopements.

Central Scotland Elopement Ideas

Iconic Spots: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, St. Andrews.

Hidden Gem: Lady Janet Anstruther’s Tower.

Places to Stay: Old Course Hotel, Love Pittenweem, The Bothy.

Central Scotland Elopement Inspo: Natalie & Zach, Kelly & Pete

So, are you ready to elope with confidence?

We want you to make the absolute most of your time and money, without missing out on the best that Scotland has to offer. Check out our Dreamers Package for wild, highland elopements - or our Edinburgh Package for romantic, city elopements. We're here to help take the stress out of wedding planning, and add a whole lot of magic and meaning to your special day!

Or let us show you how to plan your own elopement so you don’t have to figure it all out from scratch! Our Runaways Guide is packed with over 100 pages of insider knowledge, tips, and resources from Scotland’s award-winning elopement planning professionals.

If you’re just looking for some ceremony ideas, or maybe a bit of accommodation inspiration, book a Virtual Planning Session with us for some one-on-one advice tailored to you and your elopement!

Either way, we'd love to be able to help you with your elopement adventure, however that may be. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free consultation call!