If you’re looking for a large wedding venue with a rustic feel, then Scotland has some incredible barn wedding venues. Some of these you can book as a dry hire venue, while others offer in-house catering. You can dress them up as much or as little as you want, to make your wedding unique to you. I love how relaxed Scottish barn weddings feel, the imperfections make it perfect. I thought I’d write about some of my favourite venues that I’ve photographed at across central Scotland.
If you’re planning on booking a Scottish barn for your wedding and looking for a photographer, please drop me a line! I get unashamedly excited when I get enquiries for barn weddings. I would love to hear from you.
Carrick Castle Estate – Argyll and Bute
Carrick Castle Estate is a beautiful barn venue in the West of Scotland. It offers a variety of options for weddings. You can book the lodge wedding for small and intimate ceremonies, or have a larger wedding using the barn. I’ve photographed several weddings there, and it’s a brilliant Scottish barn venue. You can have your wedding either in the barn itself or outside on the lawn overlooking the loch.
The lodge has lots of natural daylight making it ideal for hair and make-up stylists. It has seven bedrooms, a hot tub and a sauna – and there’s plenty of other local accommodation for other wedding guests.
There are lots of spots for photos on and off-site. Alternatively, why not have your photo taken with one of their resident alpacas? You can look at my blog post about my wedding photography at Carrick Castle Estate here.
Pratis Barn – Fife
Pratis Barn is a wedding barn venue in Fife. It has a variety of different spaces within the venue, making it ideal for all weather conditions. There are beautiful views across the Firth of Forth to East Lothian. I particularly love the windowed bar area. This can comfortably hold all your guests while they turn your room around for the evening reception.
Hire also includes the use of Pratis House, meaning you are only a short walk from your ceremony. Again, it is lovely and light for any hair or make up stylists tending to members of your wedding party.
There is a lot of space that you can use for photographs as well. You can use the barn space for some moody indoor photos, or head outside for some gorgeous golden hour portraits. This is a great Scottish barn wedding venue and I’d definitely recommend adding it to any shortlist.
Pratis Barn Wedding Venue
Dalduff Farm – Ayrshire
This is a wonderful barn wedding venue in Ayrshire which really has become a favourite. Dalduff Farm is nestled in the Ayrshire countryside surrounded by rolling fields. The farm house is a fantastic to get ready in the morning, with lots of rooms for people to stay in. Alternatively, you can use the lodge for prep.
All this means that everything can be held on-site without having to worry about additional travel. At the back of the farmhouse is a very pretty garden. This is ideal for photographers to get a group photo of all the guests from one of the windows.
The venue is split into different buildings, the main barn, the Dutch barns, and different locations for ceremonies. There’s an outdoor courtyard that is quite sheltered and ideal for guests to mingle. The rustic feel of this venue is perfect for beautiful wedding photographs. If you’re interested in seeing more, you can see Jenny and Danny’s wedding photos at Dalduff Farm on my blog.
Dalduff Farm Weddings
Boreland Tay – Perthshire
I fell in love with Boreland Tay, in Perthshire after working there at a wedding. It’s located on the North side of Loch Tay and it’s a fantastic barn wedding venue. It offers onsite accomodation, with a farm house for wedding prep, and onsite self catering lodges. Along one side of the barn, there are incredible large windows offering vistas across the valley. Inside, there’s plenty of space your guests to chill out and mingle, making it ideal for more inclement Scottish weather.
Alternatively, if the weather is good, why not have your wedding ceremony outside? There are plenty of opportunities for interesting barn inspired wedding photographs too which is a big hit for me. However, my favourite aspect of this venue is how much natural light it has inside the barn. Natural light is a big tick-in-the-box-yes for me,. This makes makes everyone look more gorgeous than poor light or spotlights or even festoon lighting can deliver.
Boreland Loch Tay Wedding Venue
Kincaple Farm – Fife
Back to Fife, for Kincaple Farm which is a wonderful Scottish wedding venue for a barn vibe. This barn offers break-out space for guests to prop up the bar before and after the meal. It also has an open covered area which is ideal shade on a hot summer day. Yes, we do have them sometimes. Kincaple Farm has a lovely farmhouse that is great for getting ready, so you’re barely a hop and a skip from saying your vows to your beloved.
The indoor area has lots of roof windows, producing gorgeous shafts of light and lighting up the room. If you’re looking for an outdoor ceremony, you can have your wedding in the garden next to the farmhouse. The surrounding views of farmland are gorgeous, particularly in the evening for those golden hour photos.
Kincaple Farm weddings
Wedderburn Castle and Barns – Scottish Borders
Wedderburn is in the Scottish Borders, near Duns. It’s a fantastic Scottish barn wedding venue location, with a lovely long drive to the castle itself and the barns are a short walk away. The barns constitute different spaces, the Cartshed and the Provender barn, sitting adjacent surrounding a very pretty courtyard for your guests.
The grounds incorporate a mix of grass and woodland, and the courtyard feels snug and cosy and sheltered while being outdoors.
Wedderburn Barns Weddings
Comrie Croft – Perthshire
Comrie Croft offers a beautiful barn venue for your wedding day. Again set with a courtyard and farmhouse, it has a variety of different spaces for you and your guests to utilise on the day. Your guests can stay on-site, booking into the lodges and huts.
This is definitely a venue to bring your good shoes for walking in though, as there’s a great long path up to a pretty pond and a view across Perthshire for your wedding photos. In the evening, the courtyard is decorated with festoon lighting so throw in a firepit and your guests can relax and chill out at dusk, or go indoors for dancing and partying.
At the time of writing, they also have a variety of options regarding pricing, so this is great if you’re on a budget.
Comrie Croft Wedding Venue
Guardswell Farm – Perthshire
Guardswell Farm is a spectacular wedding barn in Inchture, overlooking the River Tay halfway between Dundee and Perth. As well as the pretty countryside and rolling farmland, it also has some beautiful woodland on estate. All of this offers an absolute array of options for wedding photographs. Indoors, it has a split-level barn, and you can have your ceremony inside or outside. There is plenty of space to host your guests, without any of the shuffling around. In fact, it has 150 acres of land, so definitely plenty of space for your wedding. As well as the very pretty farmhouse, they can also accommodate up to 30 of your wedding party or guests onsite in their huts.
In the evening, you can keep your guests warm with an open wood-burning fire, because frankly, who doesn’t like a good fire? It’s an ideal venue to dress and decorate as you want and make it unique to you and your friends and family.
Guardswell Farm Weddings