At last! A blog for all the cool couples planning a Loch Lomond wedding! Yip – this post is for you if you want a memorable, kick-ass sort-of-a-day in this iconic Scottish setting… Now, I’m guessing you’ll be seeking out a place that looks awesome, where the service is slick and in which you can feel as chilled as a couple tying the knot can be, right? Great stuff.
Well, when it comes to planning your nuptials in this wonderful part of the world I can help because: I am a Loch Lomond wedding photographer and have shot hundreds of weddings here; I also live here; and I got married here too! Infact, it’s my specialist subject.
Anyway, back on track – here’s my rundown of the best wedding venues in Loch Lomond:
One of the most popular venues, The Cruin is situated on the shores of Loch Lomond and has great outdoor space, including its own pier, with panoramic views of Ben Lomond and Inchmurrin Island. You can even get married lochside if the weather is kind, so in terms of wedding photography this means you have a to-die-for backdrop plus great mingling space for you and your guests.
I’d say this hotel is one of the most up-and-coming venues in the area. Based in the village of Luss and also sitting on the banks of Loch Lomond, the Arms used to be a traditional coaching inn and is now very elegant indeed. You can host your ceremony at the hotel but the location is also great if you want to marry in the village’s ancient church. There are other options too, such as a marquee on the lawns or elsewhere on the extensive land owned by Luss Estates. They can even arrange for your nuptials to take place on one of the private boats!
This boutique hotel is based on the banks and has those world-famous views from the Loch Lomond suite and from its private terrace. The hotel has two new cottages to hire if you’d like to stay as a bigger group and it also has a private jetty, from which newlyweds can depart their nuptials by – get this – a sea plane or speed boat!
If it’s charm you are after, the Lodge has it! It’s a family-run venue which is also set lochside, so has those stunning views. The location options for the ceremony are varied and you can marry on the jetty, the private beach or in the hotel itself.The lodge runs two weddings per day but the occasions are kept entirely separate. This venue is also only 5 minutes’ walk from Luss.
I got married in this secluded and quirky venue which also sits on Loch Lomond and affords wedding parties an amazing panorama of the waters and the surrounding countryside. The gothic architecture of the house and the spectacular gardens amaze me as much now as they did then – and I left that day with two loves: my new wife and wedding photography, so all in all, it was pretty worthwhile!
Boturich is the only private castle on Loch Lomond and is situated at the top of the loch, giving amazing views. Weddings can take place in the glass pavilion or in the grounds of this fairytale property and when you book Boturich, you also have exclusive use of the castle and its grounds for the day which is pretty groovy.
A world-class and five-star luxurious venue set on those majestic banks, Cameron House offers another amazing place to tie the knot. The hotel has its own marina and you can even exchange your vows on the water in a cruiser called the Celtic Warrior. Quite amazing!
Now, I did promise you seven awesome venues but here’s a wee freebie:
Rossleahall Hotel is also lovely. It’s set in a very picturesque village called Rhu and the venue itself has beautiful architecture, stunning gardens and offers views of Gare Loch and the Firth of Clyde. Oh – and it also has a great conservatory and the customer service is outstanding.
So, there you have it – Fairytales Photography’s list of the best venues in Loch Lomond for your wedding. Wherever you choose it’ll be great – have a brilliant day!
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