How to plan a small wedding or elopement in Scotland?
It’s so easy to get married in Scotland and we hope this page will help you!
You can have your wedding ceremony anywhere, indoors or out, at a place of your choosing, at any time of day, week or year, at the discretion of your celebrant, who by law has to ensure your wedding ceremony is ‘safe and dignified’. This allows for so much choice, made easier by the fact that Argyll is one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of Scotland!

How to plan a small wedding or elopement in Scotland?
It’s so easy to get married in Scotland and we hope this page will help you!
You can have your wedding ceremony anywhere, indoors or out, at a place of your choosing, at any time of day, week or year, at the discretion of your celebrant, who by law has to ensure your wedding ceremony is ‘safe and dignified’. This allows for so much choice, made easier by the fact that Argyll is one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of Scotland!

beautiful wild locations

In Argyll you have the choice of so many fabulous locations, but here on Craignish peninsula we have to admit to our bias of loving where we live! We are tucked away on the west coast of Scotland in Argyll (map) , a scenic two and a half hour drive from Glasgow, and only a 40 minute drive from Oban, the travel hub for ferries to many of the Hebridean Islands.
Craignish peninsula has gorgeous secluded beaches, hills, freshwater lochs and lovely woodlands, so it would be hard to find a more breathtaking place to get married!
Also we are only a few miles from the rich history of Kilmartin’s neolithic standing stones, the Crinan Canal and so many other fabulous places.
Our local Humanist celebrant Annie has lived in Argyll for over 30 years and on Craignish for 16 of those years and she would be delighted to share her wealth of knowledge of the many quirky and unusual nooks and crannies this beautiful part of the world has to offer, from private beaches to stunning hilltop views.  (See ‘views’ on the ‘gallery‘ page).
Please feel free to get in touch with her to find out more, as she would love to help you create your wonderful intimate wedding ceremony!  T: 07919966444 annie.loughlin@humanism.scot

romantic hilltop wedding
spring bluebell woods wedding
Crinan wedding

recording your day

Of course you’ll want to record your magical wedding day, not only so you can look back and cherish every detail, but also share your memories with family and friends.

Bill Baillie is a local highly experienced photographer, with a wonderful eye for spotting beautiful moments and has a delightful easy going manner.

“I want to capture the feelings, the mood, the emotions, the calm and crazy moments and all the details that make your wedding unique, in a very natural, unobtrusive, documentary style of photography”. 
https://www.billbaillie.com/

Others include;

Eilidh Cameron.
https://www.eilidhcameronphotography.com/

Bart, videographer;
https://www.weddingsbybart.com/video

Dale, aerial photography & video
https://www.risingview.co.uk/

Stop frame photography ‘Mirrorbox’, Glasgow.
https://www.mirrorboxphotography.com/

married!
wedding at sea

“We chose to elope because we wanted a quiet, relaxing day without any pressure , any strict timetables or stressing over if everybody had had a good time.

The wedding wasn’t a secret we just didn’t tell anyone, so no one felt left out or hurt for not being invited.

It was impossible just to invite a few people so we had to decide between all or nothing and we do not regret our choice.

The ceremony was just perfect – we ended up going out on a boat with only us , our two witnesses, our celebrant Annie and the skipper on board.

We had a very unique personalised wedding that we enjoyed every minute of.”

Kriszti & Peter

all at sea

If you dream of having your wedding ceremony on the water, with maybe a wee pre or post nuptial wildlife tour, fishing trip, an exciting journey to Jura or an even wilder trip to Corryvrechan (the world’s third largest whirlpool) then you’ve come to the best place in Scotland and we have some great local options.
luxury boat trip wedding

Jenny Wren

A luxury personalised boat trip for 2-8 people, with a heated cabin, comfortable seats, a toilet, hot or cold drinks available, or of course fizz!
Contact Barry;

T: 07973450225

http://www.jennywrenboatcharter.com/

boat trip wedding

Farsain Cruises

Contact Tony and Julie; 07880 714165

https://farsain-cruises.business.site/

accommodation

There are so many gorgeous places to stay on Craignish peninsula to suit every budget!

If it’s ancient castles you dream of, then the gorgeous nearby Kilmartin Castle in the midst of neolithic atmospheric standing stones is a fabulous choice; https://www.kilmartincastle.com

Only a mile from Craignish is Arduaine and the wonderfully luxurious Loch Melfort Hotel. https://www.lochmelfort.co.uk

Ardfern’s local pub has accommodation, ‘The Galley of Lorne’. http://www.galleyoflorne.co.uk

If a yurt or roundhouse would be your perfect place ….. http://www.ardfernative.com

If you have your own motor home/camper van, then check out Ardfern Motor Home Park. https://www.ardfernmotorhomepark.com

And for a few more ideas ….. 

Lunga Estate have a wide selection of accommodation, from camping to cabins to cottages.
Accomodation on Lunga Estate

Or try adding ‘Craobh Haven’ , ‘Lunga’ or ‘Ardfern’ on Airbnb and zoom in to see the variety on offer. https://www.airbnb.co.uk

And Craignish info page has lots of ideas; https://www.craignish.info/self-catering.html

 

romantic cottage wedding

food

Craignish peninsula has a wide selection of eating options and here are a few of our favourites, but please ask if you have any questions!

There are two pubs on each side of the peninsula, both with stunning sea views, great food and real ales;
The Lord of the Isles, in Craobh Haven. http://lordoftheisles.co.uk/
The galley of Lorne, in Ardfern. http://www.galleyoflorne.co.uk/

There is also a wonderful cafe in the heart of Ardfern village, ‘Lucy’s’, where you will be welcomed by the delicious smell of home made brunch, lunch and gorgeous fresh baking. Tel; 01852 500781 http://www.lucys-ardfern.co.uk/

Craobh Watersports cafe in Craobh Haven village has a sea view and good home-cooked food with nourishing soups, local produce and delicious baking. www.craobhwatersports.co.uk

Ardfern village shop has everything you need, as well as delicious homemade sandwiches, soups, stews, pies and sweet treats to take away.

Only a mile away in Arduaine is The Loch Melfort Hotel, which has delicious menus for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. https://www.lochmelfort.co.uk/food/

Janine Calder will cook you a delicious vegan feast;
01852 500734 / 07906 818230 janinecalder@hotmail.co.uk https://www.facebook.com/veganfoodargyll

Dawn caters for veggies and meat eaters alike, T; 01852 500610 M: 07717 500722

Jonathan from ‘Argyll Hog Roasts’ will cook you roasts, bbq, paella, tapas & buffet food. http://www.hogroastargyll.co.uk/

Oban has a local produce shop, in Combie St, ‘Taste of Argyll’, where you can stock up on a wide range of delicious local produce and can provide local produce hampers.
https://www.facebook.com/Taste-of-Argyll-local-producers-1666726946806691/

And on Argyll St in Lochgilphead, be sure to call in to the wonderful ‘Marmalade Deli’, to sample their wares. www.marmaladedeli.com

things to do

Craignish has a wealth of wonderful activities to indulge the senses during your stay and here are some ideas to start with;

Horse riding; Lunga Stables

Boat trips/fishing/wildlife;  Jenny Wren Boat Charters

Massage; Lizzie Rose; 07717583965 or email lizzieionarose@yahoo.co.uk

1:1 & 1:2 Yoga; Di Oliver

Wildlife photography workshops; Loch Visions

Art Gallery & workshops; Colin Woolf Fine Art

Neolithic standing stones and Kilmartin Museum

Arduaine Gardens

Whiskey tasting tours, Jura, Islay, Mull & Oban.

Craobh watersports for boat hire, paddleboards, open kayaks.

flowers

Flowers add so much to a wedding day, so here are a couple of wonderful local florists to investigate;

 

Flowers from Lunga.
Locally grown seasonal blooms.
Val; 07523672937
vee2may@gmail.com
Flowersfromlunga Instagram & FB
https://www.flowersfromthefarm.co.uk/members/lunga-gardens-fresh-cut-flowers/

Love Dove Flowers;
Gill; 01546 510453/07741484543.
http://www.lovedovecottage.com/gallery.html

 

what couples say

“We decided to elope because we didn’t really want the big white wedding and wanted something that was personal to us. We literally just rocked up on a beautiful beach in Argyll with a few close family members (including Dave the dog) and picked the perfect spot to get married – the pictures were amazing! We kept the Scottish theme by having a big Ceilidh with all our friends and family when we got back home so had the best of both worlds. Annie was great – she reassured us that everything would go smoothly (which it did) and was on hand for any help we needed in choosing how the ceremony went. We wouldn’t change a thing.”

Fi & Jen

“My husband and I eloped during lockdown in April 2021. We’d talked about having a big wedding, but it just wasn’t something we wanted, as neither of us like being the center of attention, and the thought of walking down the aisle with everyone staring at me always filled me with fear, which I didn’t want to feel on my wedding day! So we decided to elope, planning everything with Annie our celebrant, in a little over a month. Apart from our parents, we didn’t tell anyone what we were doing. There was something so exciting and so romantic about it – the thought of running away to get married. We didn’t need to follow tradition, or meet people’s expectations, or have a big flashy wedding. We were just two people in love who wanted to commit to each other forever. All we needed was each other, and it was the best day of our lives. If we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you Annie!”

Nicola & Alan

“Loving and being loved brings a warmth and richness to life that nothing else can bring.”

Oscar Wilde.

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