Culcreuch Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
Admittedly there is no shortage of castle wedding venues in Scotland, however Culcreuch Castle certainly has a lot to offer.
Nestled in its own parkland roughly 15 miles from Loch Lomond, it has a separate building called the Galbraith Hall where you can host ceremonies and receptions.
In addition to this there is space for up to 20 guests in the castle’s 10 luxury bedrooms.
And further accommodation in the estates range of lodges.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Culcreuch Castle wedding would be like.
Culcreuch Castle Location
A number of wedding venues in Stirling are situated in the beautiful countryside, with Culcreuch Castle less than a 30 minutes drive from Loch Lomond.
Stirling is the closest city at 15 miles away, and can be driven from in approximately 30 minutes.
Glasgow is only fractionally further too at 22 miles, with a journey time of around 45 minutes.
When you arrive you will find plenty of parking right outside the castle for your guests.
And should you wish to put on transportation, large vehicle access is not a problem.
Culcreuch Castle Setting
Culcreuch Castle is not an exclusive use wedding venue in the traditional sense.
However if your party book up the bedrooms, then all the overnight guests will be friends and family.
The dungeon restaurant will remain open, and as a result there may be other people temporarily onsite.
This is not likely to spoil your privacy though.
The setting is one of tranquility, with a half mile tree lined drive leading you through beautiful parkland.
There’s even a private loch, and the views are absolutely stunning.
If you are considering a winter wedding, then this place would be really enchanting in the snow.
Culcreuch Castle Hotel
Dating back to the 13th century, Culcreuch Castle is the ancestral home of the Galbraith Clan.
It remained a family home right up until 1985, when it was converted into the hotel you see today.
The elegant interiors are both historic and homely.
And in addition to the Drawing Room, Laird’s Hall, and Top Dungeon in the castle, you will also have the Galbraith Hall, which is a separate building less than 30 meters away.
Access can be gained the day before to start setting up, and a dedicated wedding coordinator will be on hand to make sure your day runs smoothly.
Culcreuch Castle Accommodation
There are 10 luxury bedrooms at Culcreuch Castle, which can sleep up to 20 guests.
Each bedroom is individually designed, and they all have ensuite bathrooms.
Most of them have fabulous views over the lawns, loch, and woodlands too.
There is a Honeymoon Suite which would make the perfect Bridal Suite.
It comes complete with four poster bed, lounge area, and large bathroom with corner bath.
Plus the rooms are not released to the public until two months in advance, so you will have the option to book them all up.
For further accommodation there is also the Culcreuch Estate Lodges, which can be booked separately.
Culcreuch Castle Ceremony
You will have the option of both an indoor and an outdoor ceremony at Culcreuch Castle.
Intimate ceremonies can be had in the Laird’s Hall, with its lovely French marble fireplace and seating for 32 people.
However most people go for the Galbraith Hall, with its atmospheric stone walls and seating for 110 people.
A last minute decision can be made on an alfresco wedding, if you are luck enough to enjoy some nice weather.
This can be had on the beautiful lawns, surrounded by spectacular views.
Culcreuch Castle Reception
Your drinks reception can be had either outside on the lawn, or in one of the castle’s elegant public rooms.
Followed by your dinner reception in the 300 year old Galbraith Hall.
This room can comfortably seat 110 guests, and can accommodate a further 40 guests for your evening reception.
For a more intimate wedding breakfast, the 700 year old Laird’s Hall can also be used.
This room has lovely south facing windows, and can seat up to 32 guests.
Included in your wedding package are tables, chairs, linen, crockery, and glassware.
Culcreuch Castle Catering
The catering is handled internally at Culcreuch Castle, by a team of expert chefs.
A large menu has been created from which you can choose specific courses depending on your tastes and budget.
And special dietary requirements, including vegetarians and children’s menus can all be accommodated.
With regards to the bar facilities, there is one in the castle and one in the Galbraith Hall.
Your guests will be able to pay by cash only.
If you would like to bring your own wine and champagne, this can be done for a corkage fee of £10 per bottle.
Culcreuch Castle Entertainment
After your dinner reception, the tables and chairs can be moved around to create a good sized dance floor.
There’s enough space for a band, and you could easily have a ceilidh.
You might have to be a little bit careful with the volume though, as there is a sound limiter in place.
Although strangely enough fireworks display are permitted.
The celebrations can go on right up until midnight too.
Culcreuch Castle Wedding Photos
The grounds at Culcreuch Castle are a wedding photographers dream.
You will quite literally be spoilt for choice, when you go looking for scenic backdrops.
With the private loch a favourite amongst couples in the past.
And although it lacks a little in natural light, the historic castle interiors really will give you something unique.
Just be sure to choose a wedding photographer who likes to work with a flash.
Culcreuch Castle Wedding Prices
For accurate Culcreuch 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 Culcreuch Castle wedding cost:
- Accommodation (sleeps 20), prices from £116 per room.
- Galbraith Hall (ceremony & reception), price £1,200 (includes Bridal Suite).
- Laird’s Hall (ceremony & reception), price £600 (includes Bridal Suite).
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £36 per person.
- Corkage, price £10 per bottle.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost 15% less.
Culcreuch Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Culcreuch Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for a castle dating back to the 13th century, conveniently located for Stirling and Glasgow, with a separate hall for your reception, and accommodation for 20 guests; then Culcreuch 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 Culcreuch Castle’s website here.