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    Why have an elopement in Scotland?

    Scotland is a beautiful, raw nature scenery country. If you are adventurous, an outdoor couple, you have many options to choose. The short answer would be, you can have an elopement ceremony pretty much everywhere. Elope to Scotland means you have freedom the get married anywhere you want. Choice of many lochs for, hills and mountains to hike can be overwhelmed for couples not familiar with wild Scottish outdoors. Here I narrow down to most popular, epic or scenic places in Scotland to elope.

    1. Glencoe and Glen Etive

    Glencoe is about 2.5 hours drive from Glasgow over very scenic A82 road. Or 3 hours drive from Edinburgh. Waterfalls, lochs, gorgeous viewpoints to stop and admire the landscape, breath in the fresh air. The route over Glencoe has it all, a popular w amongst tourist, been featured in such movies like Skyfall and Harry Potter series. In result, at the weekends or summer time, road and car parks can be quite busy.

    Once you get off the road, a little bit deeper into the wild, everything gets calm and remote. Glencoe well deserves to be one of the best places in Scotland to elope.

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    For hillwalkers and mountaineers, Aonach Eagach Ridge walk path is a real test. If you take that hassle, the views are rewarding.

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    To re-create Skyfall experience, turn left from A82 to Glen Etive after Glencoe Ski Resort. This place is truly magical. In winter could be covered with snow and over the summer, shades of hills and mountains are so green, is mesmerised. Autumn makes hills in golden shades colour.

    For more info visit Glencoe Scotland

    Accommodation suggestions:

    Ideas for elopement and hiking:

    • Loch Tulla Viewpoint
    • Glen Etive Cottage
    • Aonach Eagach Ridge
    • Three Sisters Viewpoint
    • Buachaille Etive Mor 
    2. Corrour elopement

    Anyone familiar with the famous Trainspotting movie should remember the remote train station scene. It is Corrour. You can get here by train to Fort William. it’s the most romantic way to get there. Road developed to Corrour Accommodation Site is the remotest train station in the UK. From the station, take a walking path to Loch Ossian.

    You’ll find Youth Hostel at the edge of Loch Ossian. Best place to book sleep over would be Corrour accommodation site with lodges and cosy cottages. Book in advance as places are limited.

    loch ossian youth hostel
    3. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond elopement

    It’s the area that contains the East shore of Loch Lomond across to west Stirling. Very scenic and romantic place pack with lochs hills and summits. Only about 1-hour drive from Glasgow could be an ideal choice from places in Scotland to elope.

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    One of very beautiful and not too hard to hike summits is Ben Ann. Walk patch up to the top is easy, stone or gravel surface, just under an hour walk. Just imagine eloping on the top with a breathtaking view over Loch Katrine. 

    If you feel like a forest is more your thing of nature, I could recommend Aberfoyle and Callander forestry. My favourite place is Bracklin Falls, located above the town of Callander. It’s an easy walk up to forestry and the scenic old bridge over the river and most spectacular waterfalls, especially after heavy rain. It’s a good, easy walk patch, definitely worth to visit if not for the elopement spot.

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    Tree Loch Forestry Drive just off Duke’s pass is another option. Although over the wintertime, forest drive is closed to the public.

    Access to Loch Lomond shore over The Trossachs is single file road from Aberfoyle to Inversnaid.  Easy access to a beautiful view of Loch Chon on the way to Inversnaid could be the best spot for a quiet, intimate wedding ceremony.

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    4. Isle of Skye

    Travel takes 6 hour drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh. To get there you could either drive over the Skye bridge or take a ferry from Malaig. I’d recommend latter, short ferry cruise just add little bit more to your epic elopement adventure. Plus on the way to Malaig you can stop by Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in several Harry Potter movies.

    Glenfinnan Viaduct

    The scenery on the Isle of Skye is just breathtaking. Skye is a perfect destination for elopements or small, intimate weddings. You can stop at any point, walk off the road and enjoy the gorgeous view. Most iconic is the Storr located on the north-east side of the island. The Storr, rocks composed of ancient lava are nothing you’ve seen before, The Storr is located just a few miles up north from largest town on Skye, Portree, where you can purchase supplies and petrol.

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    The Quiraing. Access to this place is by twisty, full of hairpins single file road. Once you start walking from the car park, you realise The Quiraing is unique and one of a kind with spectacular landscapes. It’s a touristy, most of the time busy walk path.

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    Once you get off mainly muddy walk path (good boots needed!) you should have a quiet, intimate moment for your elopement wedding ceremony and photography session. At summer time those places can be busy. Remote parts of the island are up for suggestion if you like more intimacy. 

    Places to stay ideas:

    Complex information about accommodation on Skye you can find on Hidden Scotland page.

    5. Applecross, Torridon and Eilean Donan Castle 

    Few miles before the junction to Applecross and Torridon, you can stop by Eilean Donan Castle. Located at three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. The famous, 13th-century castle is a popular place for wedding venues. 

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    Applecross and twisty, dramatic road over Bealach Na Ba viewpoint drive along the coast to Loch Shieldaig is a hidden gem of Scotland. Plenty of places to stay and spend the night. 

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    Torridon, usually less touristy place is packed with stunning places to have an elopement. Adventurous couples can hike over 5 Munros found in that area. If you make an effort to go as far as to have an elopement experience, you should not regret that decision. 

    Applecross and Torridon accommodation ideas:

    6. Glen Roy National Nature Reserve
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    To get there turn in to A86 when travelling from Fort William to Roybridge. Then take Braeroy Rd up to Glen Roy Nature Reserve. If travelling by car, you can park a vehicle at Glen Roy National Nature Reserve Car Park and take a walk up to Luib Chonnal BOTHY direction. Walking up Glen Roy there are noticeable, mysterious parallel lines horizontally. That distinctive line has been created by the last glacial at the end of the ice age.

    The route goes right beside River Roy and offers plenty of scenery to be amazed and waterfalls. Real into the wild Scottish highland experience.

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    7. Isle of Mull Elopement

    How to get there: Ferry from Oban to Craignure or shorter, cheaper ferry option from Lochaline to Fishnish. Mull is rich in clean, beautiful beaches, which is unique in the whole UK. Remote, looking like French Riviera beaches are on far south of the island. Temperatures like in South France are highly unlikely. On a positive note, most of the beaches are empty. Imagine a romantic, quiet elopement ceremony by the sea. How nice that would be. Paces worth consider MacKinnon’s Cave, Treshnish Walk. Tobermory is the capital of Mull with scenic walks around the town area. For more information visit isle-of-mull.net

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    8. Isle of Arran

    How to get there: Ardrossan (1-hour drive from Glasgow) to Brodick by ferry services. The cruise takes 1 hour. Ferry to Arran and back departs five times a day. Number one place to have an elopement would be Machrie Moor Standing Stones. Neolithic stone circles dated for 3500 BC creates that unique atmosphere of pre-historic religions and beliefs. Machrie Moor Standing Stones are part of Arran Coastal Way, 60 miles walk with diverse landscapes from sandy beaches to rocky cliffs. If you a fan of Scottish whiskey would be a good idea to stop at Lochranza and have a taste of traditional whiskey from Arran.

    Places to stay are located mostly along island coastal line. Here’s few of my favourite picks:

    • Blackwaterfoot LodgeTraditional B&B and cottage by the harbour on the south west coast of the Isle of Arran
    • Castlekirk ArthouseConverted 19th century Free Church of Scotland in Lochranza village
    • Darven CottageInexpensive B&B on the shores of Sannox Bay
    9. Glen Cova and Glen Doll
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    Breathtaking views, peaceful place closer to the east coast, at the south of Cairngorms National Park. A little bit over 2 hours drive from Edinburgh if you travel from the capital of Scotland. It’s well worth the effort. You can stay overnight in Glen Clova Luxury Lodges and have a ceremony and hiking the next day. Take walk path from Clova by trail up to Loch Brandy and have an elopement there.

    Another option I recommend – drive shortly down over local single file country road down to large Glen Doll car park. From Ranger Base take forestry walk by the White River up to Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve.

    10. Edinburgh Elopement
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    The capital of Scotland has to offer great old architecture, many good hotels and b&b’s to stay and cultural places to go. For the couples who enjoy infrastructure over wild nature wandering and facing so unpredictable rain showers. 

    A popular place for elopement in Edinburgh is Arthur’s seat. The walk takes about 2 hours from Holyrood Park with the view of the great city panorama. Another great place to have an elopement combined with couple photoshoot would is Carlton Hill located just little over a mile from Arthur’s seat.

    Edinburgh has too many pubs and places to go to mention them all. A short list of my recommended hotels and restaurants.

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    Places in Scotland to elope – summary

    Scotland is a large country with a small population. That leaves many more remote or great locations I did not include on the list. I hope this little read was somewhat helpful. But at the end of the day, it’s your elopement day, that’s how the tables turned. You planned. This definition is what I believe elopement is all about. Look in to like at the open, unwritten book you are about to write a page. Elopement can be super fancy, with a beautiful wedding dress. You get the hassle to climb at some viewpoint, epic place in Scotland. That’s great if this is what YOU want. That’s the beauty of elopement, doesn’t matter where is, it’s all about how you like to celebrate your beautiful love. Elopement can be in the back of your garden, Glasgow or centre of Edinburgh and be the same beautiful like a day on the Isle of Skye. It’s your connection, is what makes it special.