Bride and groom walk away from Eilean Donan Castle behind a bagpiper

Intimate Wedding At Eilean Donan Castle

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Eilean Donan Castle is a Scottish icon. It is one of the most photographed castles in the world and has also been featured in several movies including Highlander, Maid of Honour and James Bond ’The World Is Not Enough’. It’s position at the head of three sea lochs affords amazing views down towards Skye in one direction and towards the famous Five Sisters mountains of Kintail in the other. If you want an epic Scottish Castle elopement then Eilean Donan should definitely be on your list.

Alana and Rory travelled from Massachusetts, USA to the Scottish Highlands to marry in the iconic Eilean Donan Castle – one of the most photographed castles in the world. They brought with them their closes family and friends – just an intimate group of six guests – and they stayed at the famous Kinloch Lodge on Skye where they got ready and then had their wedding dinner after they were married.

Alana and Rory were a dream to work with and just so grateful to everyone who made their day happen. They are a close knit family and the ceremony was performed by Alana’s stepfather who did a great job and there were a lot of laughs and fun. 

Lynne Kennedy – Photographer

How To Have An Elopement Wedding At Eilean Donan Castle

Eilan Donan Castle offers a two hour wedding package, which in the months of April to end October is in the evening 6pm-8pm and in the winter months is two hours during the day as the castle is not open daily in winter. 

Tips for Planning Your Elopement at Eilean Donan Castle

  • Sunsets are best at the end August/beginning September or early-mid April.  In October the amount of daylight is low/zero between 6-8pm, so there are less opportunities for natural lit photographs outside the castle, so if you want lots of photographs with the castle in the background, it’s not the best time of year. However, if you are more keen in interior castle shots, then it’s not a problem.
  • The property is a historical venue, set in a stunning natural environment. To help keep the location beautiful, no confetti allowed on castle grounds.
  • If you choose to marry in Scotland you have to accept that there is a fairly high chance of rain and/or wind. Being able to just embrace that really helps. Alana and Rory went outside for photographs even though it had been raining and they got a little wet but they just went with it (which is what you have to do).

Vendor Credits

Photography – Lynne Kennedy Photography
Ceremony Location – Eilean Donan Castle
Flowers – Loch Duich Flowers
Hair & Makeup – Bee Bonnie
Hotel – Kinloch Lodge

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