Castle Lachlan: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
As the name probably suggests, Castle Lachlan joins the long list of castle wedding venues in Scotland.
It’s located in a beautifully secluded part of the west coast, and enjoys fabulous views out over Loch Fyne.
In addition to providing overnight accommodation for 10 guests, the castle can also play host to ceremonies and receptions for up to 50 people.
And if you are looking for more space, there is plenty of room on the front lawn for a marquee.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Castle Lachlan wedding would be like.
Castle Lachlan Location
Wedding Venues in Argyll and Bute are renowned for their fantastic scenery, with Castle Lachlan occupying a prime location in Strathlachlan.
Glasgow is the closest city at 70 miles away, and although the journey time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, it’s a drive filled with spectacular views.
Stirling is fractionally further at 75 miles away, and can be driven from in a little under 2 hours.
On arrival you will find reasonable onsite parking for your guests.
And although the drive is very narrow, large vehicle access is possible if you’d like to put on a coach.
Castle Lachlan Setting
Castle Lachlan is still a family home, however it has been cleverly divided into two properties.
You will get the entire Southwest facing section all to yourself, which in essence makes this an exclusive use wedding venue.
In addition to the magnificent property, you will also have all 1,500 acres of the Castle Lachlan Estate to enjoy.
As you can imagine this gives you a unique level of privacy, and a wonderfully tranquil place to spend time with family and friends.
It’s a lovely setting for a wedding.
Originally built in the late 18th century, Castle Lachlan is a Scottish Baronial mansion.
The Maclachlan family still live in the rear section of the property, with the front section available for hire.
In addition to the bedrooms, you will also have the Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, and Billiard Room.
Plus the minimum hire period is 3 days, so you will have plenty of time to settle in and get organised.
In terms of wedding coordination, they don’t really have anyone to play this role currently.
So think of it very much as a do it yourself wedding venue.
Castle Lachlan Accommodation
There are 5 bedrooms available at Castle Lachlan, which can sleep up to 10 people.
All of the rooms are nicely decorated and furnished, with the Rose Room making the perfect Bridal Suite.
For further accommodation the Castle Lachlan Estate has a beautiful little cottage called Drimdarroch.
It can sleep up to 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms.
Plus there are some good quality hotels near Castle Lachlan:
- Creggans Inn.
- Whistlefield Inn.
- Kilfinan Hotel.
- George Hotel.
- Thistle House.
- Loch Fyne Hotel.
Castle Lachlan Ceremony
You will have the option of both an indoor and an outdoor ceremony at Castle Lachlan.
The Drawing Room is a bright and spacious indoor choice, which can seat up to 50 guests.
However most people choose to get married outside on the front lawn, where 200 people can easily be accommodated.
For the really adventurous the Old Castle Ruin, which is situated right on the loch a ten minute walk away, could be a really unique option for up to 70 guests.
And finally there is a local church at the end or the drive, which can seat 100 people.
Castle Lachlan Reception
When it comes to your dinner reception you can either use the Dining Room inside the castle, or put up a Marquee on the front lawn.
The Dining Room is a lovely historic space, with wooden floors and a capacity for 50 guests.
It also has the Billiard Room adjacent, which is an excellent place to relax after dinner.
For maximum space a marquee for 200 people is not a problem.
There are provisions for both electricity and water, however you will need to hire toilets.
Your wedding package also does not include tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, and glassware, so you will need to source them separately too.
Castle Lachlan Catering
Unusually for this type of wedding venue, you are completely free to choose any caterer you wish.
However it’s probably worth considering someone who has worked there before, so that they have some experience of the venue.
For dinner receptions inside the castle, there is a fully equipped kitchen which can be used.
And because there are no bar facilities, you will need to bring your own drinks.
If you are having your dinner reception inside the marquee, it’s probably worth hiring a third party company to provide a licensed bar.
Castle Lachlan Entertainment
Space is fairly limited inside Castle Lachlan, so if you want to put on a band and have some dancing, then best go for the Marquee.
The front lawn has plenty of room, so marquee’s of all shapes and sizes can be put up.
Which in turn will give you more than enough space for a proper ceilidh.
There is no sound limiter in operation to spoil the celebrations, and the party can continue right up until 12:30 am.
Castle Lachlan Wedding Photos
Wedding venues like Castle Lachlan are genuinely a wedding photographers dream.
Everywhere you look there is spectacular scenery, which can act as a fabulous backdrop to your wedding photos.
All you need is a little bit of luck when it comes to the weather.
Should it start to rain then the Drawing Room in the castle can act as a bad weather backup.
It’s a nicely decorated room, and more importantly it has plenty of natural light from its large windows.
Castle Lachlan Wedding Prices
For accurate Castle Lachlan 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 Castle Lachlan wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Castle Lachlan (sleeps 10), price £2,150 for 3 nights.
- Wedding facility fee, price £20 per guest.
- Marquee (seats 150+), price £3,800.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost less.
Castle Lachlan Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Castle Lachlan as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use baronial castle, right on the shores of Loch Fyne, with a beautiful spot for a marquee, and accommodation for 10 guests; then Castle Lachlan 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 Castle Lachlan’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.