Guthrie Castle: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
Guthrie Castle is without question one of the most unique wedding venues in Scotland.
In addition to the 15th century tower and expansive estate, you will also find the most spectacular walled garden and private 9 hole golf course.
There is a purpose built castle pavilion for hosting your dinner reception, and accommodation for 32 guests once the celebrations are over.
You also get all of this exclusively for 3 full days.
What more could you want?
Let’s take a closer look at what a Guthrie Castle wedding would be like.
Guthrie Castle Location
There are some fantastic wedding venues in Angus.
With Guthrie Castle located nicely between Aberdeen and Dundee.
Dundee is the closest city at 20 miles away, with a journey time of roughly 40 minutes.
Aberdeen is a little further at 50 miles, with a journey time of fractionally over an hour.
Transporting guests from both cities by coach would be manageable, and large buses can fit up at least one of the estates driveways.
On arrival you will find parking for plenty of cars.
Guthrie Castle Setting
First and foremost Guthrie Castle is an exclusive use wedding venue.
This means complete privacy for you and your guests, for the duration of your stay.
And that doesn’t just mean the castle, it also includes the grounds, the cottages, and even the golf course.
The estate is very picturesque, with beautiful gardens and manicured lawns.
Dense woodland surrounds the castle creating a very private atmosphere too.
It’s a wonderful place for some relaxation, and to spend quality time with family and friends.
The original Tower was built in 1468 by Sir David Guthrie.
He obtained a warrant from James II Scotland, after serving as his treasurer, to build the fortified structure; where generations of Guthrie’s would live until the 1980s.
The Guthrie name has in fact been attributed to a Scandinavian prince who settled in Scotland.
The walled garden was built in the 16th century, with extensions to the castle added in 1760 and in 1848.
Today it functions as a family home, as well as an exclusive use wedding venue, and it retains a very homely atmosphere.
A full renovation and restoration project has brought the bright and spacious castle up to date.
And you will find the reception rooms absolutely ideal for entertaining your guests.
Guthrie Castle Accommodation
You can make use of 7 bedrooms in Guthrie Castle, which can sleep up to 14 people.
There are two suites, one triple room, three double rooms, and one single room.
For further accommodation you also have 4 estate cottages:
- Gate Lodge, 1 bedroom, sleeps 2.
- Carrington Cottage, 1 bedroom, sleeps 2.
- Hay Cottage, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4.
- Chauffeurs Cottage, 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10.
That brings the total to 15 bedrooms, which can sleep up to 32 people.
All of the cottages are on the grounds, and within a few minutes walk of the castle.
Plus the accommodation both within the castle and the cottages is all really very nice.
My favourite is the Carrington Cottage, located next to the walled garden, which used to be the store for fruits and vegetables.
Guthrie Castle Ceremony
Both Guthrie Castle and the gardens are licensed for religious, civil, and humanist ceremonies.
The most popular wedding location is the Walled Garden, using the yew topiary hedge ‘bridal aisle’.
You and your guests will emerge from the stone entrance to reveal this enchanting kingdom.
Should the weather turn, the bright and spacious Castle Drawing Room is a great indoor option for up to 60 guests.
And if that’s not big enough, the Castle Pavilion can also be used.
For religious ceremonies, the estate has its own little 20 seat chapel.
Or the Guthrie Village Church can be used, with a capacity for 150+ guests.
Located two minutes from the castle, you can arrive in the back of the estates private Bentley.
Guthrie Castle Reception
For your drinks reception there is a lovely lawn area inside the walled garden, complete with wooden furniture.
It’s a beautiful spot for chatting and relaxing, especially if you have had an outdoor ceremony.
For your dinner reception the Dining Room in Guthrie Castle can be used, providing your guest numbers are 40 or less.
Most people go for the Castle Pavilion however, which was purpose built for wedding receptions.
It has a state of the art kitchen so food can be prepared on site, and can seat up to 250 guests comfortably.
You won’t even need to move the tables and chairs to create a dance floor.
Guthrie Castle Catering
The catering is handled internally at Guthrie Castle.
They have a number of menus for you to choose from, and you can mix and match if you’d like.
For something completely unique, it is also possible to have a menu created specially for you.
Dietary requirements are no problem, including gluten free and halal.
And when it comes to drinks, there are bar facilities in the castle, the gardens, and the Scottish Pub in the pavilion.
Guthrie Castle Grounds
From the walled garden to the private loch, there are 156 acres to explore at Guthrie Castle.
The manicured lawns extend beyond the gardens and onto the golf course, with numerous species of flowers to be found dotted around the estate.
Some of the yew hedges are 160 years old.
You can head out onto the Laird’s course for a quick round, or perhaps play lawn games inside the 2.2 acre walled garden.
There’s even Pike fishing on the loch.
This really is a wonderful place to enjoy the outdoors, with so many great spots for wedding photos.
You just need to pray for sunshine now.
Guthrie Castle Unique Feature
The Guthrie Suite, with its stunning views over the loch, makes the perfect Bridal Suite.
It’s a large room containing a king size bed, and has plenty of space for the all important preparation.
The ensuite bathroom has a free standing bath, and views over the walled garden.
Plus there is the Ladies Lounge, located beside the Bridal Suite, which can be used as a dressing area.
If you choose to stay at the castle the night before your wedding, this will be the perfect place to open your first bottle of champagne.
Guthrie Castle Wedding Prices
For accurate Guthrie 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 Guthrie Castle wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of Guthrie Castle (32 people b&b), price £14,000 for 2 nights.
- Wedding Breakfast, prices from £43 per person.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost 30% less.
Guthrie Castle Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider Guthrie Castle as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens and grounds, with accommodation for 32 people, and the most unique outdoor ceremony location; then Guthrie 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 Guthrie Castle’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.