Aldourie Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
Rumoured to have been bought by a Danish billionaire in 2014 for a staggering £15,000,000, Aldourie Castle is now one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Scotland.
The 15 bedroom fairytale manor is situated right on the banks of Loch Ness, and is the only habitable castle to stand on the shores of this world renowned expanse of water.
So what would this highland estate be like to host your celebration?
Well after some careful research, and a memorable visit, I have the answer to that question.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Aldourie Castle wedding would be like.
Aldourie Castle Location
Scotland without question has a number of wedding venues, located in picturesque spots.
However surely there is none more iconic, than the beautiful banks of Loch Ness.
The Aldourie Castle Estate will have you and your guests absolutely captivated, from the moment you arrive.
Just allow yourself to get lost in the history and folklore of this highland location.
It truly is a magical setting.
And there are no compromises either, as the convenience of Inverness is only 4 miles away.
As far as wedding venues in the Highlands go, this one is as unique as it gets.
Aldourie Castle Setting
Of course you choose a location such as this, not just for its beauty, but also for its privacy.
Fortunately Aldourie Castle and its grounds, can be taken over exclusively for as long as you want.
You are encouraged to treat the place as if it were your own home.
Living like a true Lady and Laird, on your own private Scottish estate.
The property is only ever hired out for private bookings, it is not a hotel, and therefore the experience is very unique.
Like something out of a storybook.
The origins of Aldourie Castle go back as far as 1626, when the original mansion was built.
The castle you see today, complete with balcony, turrets, and medieval facade, is from the 19th century.
It has a warm and welcoming ambience, which is evident with both small and large celebrations.
And is best seen after sundown, where its rich colours complement the candlelight beautifully.
Be sure to enjoy an evening drink in the Red Drawing Room, right in front of the roaring fireplace.
It’s just a brilliant property for exploring, and finding new and exciting things.
Aldourie Castle Accommodation
So how many friends and family can you bring with you?
Well the castle itself has 13 double bedrooms, and 2 single bedrooms.
This allows 28 guests to sleep in the individually designed, luxury accommodation.
Prices are £20,000 for a two night minimum stay.
If you require more space, there are 4 cottages on the estate, which can accommodate a further 22 guests.
This will add an extra £5000 to the bill.
Aldourie Castle will also let you ‘move in’ as early as you want.
Aldourie Castle Ceremony
The estate is licensed for civil ceremonies, however religious and humanist are also welcome.
If you want to get married inside the castle, the Main Hall, Drawing Room, and Library can all be used.
Maximum capacity would be 50 guests.
Your other option, should you require something larger, is a marquee on the lawn.
This can be located right against the castle, or down on the banks of Loch Ness.
Either way, your guests will treated to spectacular views as you tie the knot.
Aldourie Castle Reception
For your reception, the castle can also be used, providing your numbers are small.
50 guests is the maximum for a sit down meal, and those numbers will need to be even less, if you want to use the actual Dining Room.
For larger celebrations, the marquee is your best option.
Especially in the summertime, when your guests can enjoy the panoramic views across the highlands.
It can seat up to 180 people, and costs an additional £5,000 to put up.
Aldourie Castle Catering
Aldourie Castle has called its own catering ‘second to none’.
An in house chef will work closely with you, to create a bespoke menu for you and your guests.
All of the ingredients are sourced locally, and complemented with a selection of fine wines.
Of course if you are staying all weekend, then you will need more than just one meal.
Thankfully this will all be taken care of, including breakfasts out on the terrace, or in the Laird’s room in front of the fire.
Aldourie Castle Grounds
The Aldourie Estate includes no less than 500 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside.
You have trees, you have mountains, you have the loch, and thanks to the Scottish climate, everything is lush and green.
Take a stroll through the enchanting woodland, and admire the beautiful gardens.
You will find yourself lost in this stunning and romantic landscape.
It is a striking setting just to go and see, and a truly magical place to host a wedding.
And when it comes to your wedding photographs, this place is absolutely superb.
The photo opportunities at Aldourie Castle are quite simply limitless.
The formal gardens and grounds are just perfect for wedding pictures.
Or how about the castle balcony, overlooking the highland backdrop.
Even the spiral staircase can be used to create a unique and lasting memory.
Your wedding photographer will be thanking you.
Aldourie Castle Unique Feature
Loch Ness is one of the most famous bodies of water in the world for good reason.
The romance and the mystery of this part of Scotland, has been the subject of many books, films, and even scientific investigations.
In fact the areas extraordinary beauty has mesmerised visitors for years.
But it’s what lurks beneath the water’s surface that intrigues so many.
Perhaps one of your guests can spot the Loch Ness Monster.
I’m sure at the very least they will enjoy trying.
Aldourie Castle Wedding Prices
For accurate Aldourie Castle wedding prices, you should contact the venue directly.
Their wedding packages can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
However to give you an approximate Aldourie Castle wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Aldourie Castle (sleeps 28), price £20,000 for 2 nights.
- Marquee (seats 150+), price £5,000 (minimum 3 night stay required).
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Aldourie Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Aldourie Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use, highland castle, with up to 50 bedrooms, and the possibility of a Loch Ness Monster sighting; then Aldourie Castle just might be the place for you.
Whilst you are here, you should take a look at some of the other wedding venues in Scotland, featured on White Rose.
You can also find Aldourie Castle’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.