Forter Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
If you are looking for genuinely unique and intimate wedding venues in Scotland, then Forter Castle is certainly worth your consideration.
Situated at the gates to the Cairngorms National Park and surrounded by fabulous scenery, this newly refurbished tower house can host ceremonies and receptions for up to 24 people.
In addition to this there are 7 bedrooms which can sleep 16 guests, and you can take the entire property exclusively for the whole week.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Forter Castle wedding would be like.
Forter Castle Location
There are a number of beautiful country wedding venues in Angus, with Forter Castle located on the southern fringe of the Cairngorms National Park.
Both Dundee and Perth are approximately 30 miles away, and can be driven from in less than 1 hour.
And with the exception of Inverness, all of Scotlands cities are less than 2 hours away.
When you arrive you will find plenty of parking right next to the front door.
And large vehicle access is not a problem, if you want to provide a coach for your guests.
Forter Castle Setting
Forter Castle is an exclusive use wedding venue, and you can take the entire place for a full week.
In fact in the summer months this would be compulsory.
Privacy of course is guaranteed, as is the spectacular scenery that surrounds the tower.
Panoramic views can be enjoyed from virtually every window, making this a truly tranquil Highland retreat.
Add this to the excitement and romance of the historic castle, and you have a fabulous venue for an intimate wedding.
Forter Castle was originally built by the Ogilvys of Airlie as a fortified house in 1560.
However 80 years later it was destroyed by the Duke of Argyll.
In recent years the castle has been painstakingly restored, adding all 21st century comforts.
And today both the exterior and interior are fabulous.
In addition to the bedrooms you have the Great Hall and Kitchen with Breakfast Area.
And the minimum stay is 3 nights, so you’ll have plenty of time to settle in and get organised.
There won’t be a wedding coordinator present on the day, however you can get help with all prior arrangements including catering.
Forter Castle Accommodation
There are 6 double bedrooms at Forter Castle, which can sleep up to 12 guests.
Plus the Garret bedroom on the top floor which has 4 single beds.
This takes the total occupancy to 16 people.
All of the bedrooms are luxuriously decorated, combining historic features with modern conveniences.
And anyone lucky enough to stay here, will enjoy a real sense of occasion.
In terms of the Bridal Suite, you have the Laird’s bedroom.
It comes complete with four poster bed, free standing bath, and separate shower.
For hotels near Forter Castle, you should take a look at Dalmunzie Castle Hotel.
Forter Castle Ceremony
Forter Castle has some great options for your ceremony, assuming you are looking for something intimate.
It actually has its own beautiful little chapel, which can squeeze up to 12 people in.
However if you are looking for some more space the Great Hall can also be used, and it can seat up to 24 guests.
Most people choose to take advantage of the spectacular views and have an outdoor ceremony.
Assuming the weather is cooperating, this will give your guests fabulous panoramic vistas.
And if it does start to rain, you can quickly retreat to the castle for an indoor ceremony.
Forter Castle Reception
Your drinks reception can be had either outside on the lawn, or inside the castle.
Followed by your dinner reception in the Great Hall.
The Great Hall is the heart of Forter Castle, and spans its entire width.
It has a beautiful fireplace which acts as a great focal point, and an elaborate hand painted ceiling.
The dining table can seat up to 16 people; however if you want to take advantage of the rooms maximum capacity of 24 guests, you’ll need to hire extra tables.
Included in your wedding package are tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, and glassware.
Forter Castle Catering
Forter Castle is self catering, and as a result an external supplier will be needed for your wedding breakfast.
You are free to choose any caterer you wish, however recommendations can also be made at the time of booking.
A fully equipped state of the art kitchen is available, which your chosen supplier will be able to use.
And you can arrange to have food delivered from the local supermarket.
In terms of the booze, you’ll need to bring all your own drinks as there are no bar facilities.
But on the plus side, there is no corkage fee either.
Forter Castle Entertainment
Believe it or not, there’s actually enough space in the Great Hall to put on a small ceilidh.
A band can be squeezed in, and you can have some dancing.
The other option is to relax in front of the fire, and enjoy some champagne or a glass of whisky.
And because you have the castle to yourself, the celebrations can continue well into the early hours.
Forter Castle Wedding Photos
When it comes to your wedding photos, rest assured that the Highland scenery will provide the most spectacular backdrop.
Assuming the weather is pleasant, your wedding photographers job will be made easier by the fantastic surroundings.
The castle exterior is especially good for creating interesting pictures.
And if the weather is being typically Scottish, the castle interiors will also give you an opulent medieval look.
Just be sure to choose a wedding photographer who knows how to work with a flash, as the small windows don’t provide quite enough natural light.
Forter Castle Wedding Prices
For accurate Forter 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 Forter Castle wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Forter Castle (sleeps 16), price £7,500 for 7 nights.
- Corkage, price free.
The prices above are for summer.
Winter weddings could cost 50% less.
Forter Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Forter Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use castle, located in the Scottish Highlands, with accommodation for 16 people, and a lovely spot for outdoor ceremonies; then Forter 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 Forter Castle’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.