The Cowshed Crail: 10 Reasons To Choose This Scottish Wedding Venue
The secrets out on the demand for barn wedding venues in Scotland, with more and more farmsteads being converted into function spaces.
The Cowshed Crail was transformed in early 2016, and now has a number of versatile reception areas including a very unique steading marquee.
In addition to this there are eight luxury cottages in the surrounding grounds, which can accommodate up to thirty three guests.
Let’s take a closer look at what a Cowshed Crail wedding would be like.
The Cowshed Crail Location
There are a number of wonderful wedding venues in Fife, with The Cowshed Crail located at the eastern tip.
Dundee is the closest city at 25 miles away, and can be driven from in approximately 45 minutes.
Both Perth and Edinburgh are also less than a 90 minute journey away.
When you arrive you will find a large parking area for your guests, and for a small fee the venue will provide a parking attendant.
Large vehicle access is also not a problem, if you are thinking about putting on coach transportation.
Also worth mentioning is that St Andrews is only 15 minutes away.
The Cowshed Crail Setting
Like with most barn wedding venues, The Cowshed Crail has a rustic charm about it.
Unlike most barn wedding venues though, it has the most fantastic sea views.
You’re right out in the countryside here, with the seclusion providing a very tranquil atmosphere.
And because it’s an exclusive use wedding venue, your privacy is guaranteed too.
You will have access the day before at 10am for setting up, and up until 3pm the day after for taking down.
An extension can be provided for an additional fee, as can a take down and clean up service.
The Cowshed Crail
The Cowshed Crail is very much a blank canvas, ideal for those who want to stamp their own personality on the venue.
Sections of the barn are in a state of ruin, which gives it a lot of character, with other areas converted into versatile receptions spaces.
You will have the Cowshed Barn which is most commonly used for ceremonies, and the Steading Marquee which is a unique open space for receptions.
In addition to this there’s the fabulous courtyard allowing you to make the most of the outdoors.
Toilets, heating, and lighting are included in the price, and there’s an L shaped Workshop Room which can be used as an indoor drinks reception space.
The Cowshed Crail Accommodation
In terms of accommodation, The Cow Shed Crail has a sister company called Kingask St Andrews.
It has a fantastic selection of cottages within 200 meters of the barn:
- Sypsies Cottage, sleeps 4, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.
- Cradle Cottage, sleeps 4, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.
- Meggie Allans, sleeps 4, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom.
There are also 5 other cottages, sleeping 21 guests, reasonably close by.
Further afield there are 2 townhouses in Crail which can sleep 17 guests, and 30 townhouses and apartments in St Andrews.
The Cowshed Crail Ceremony
There are no less than 5 locations in which you can have your ceremony at The Cowshed Crail.
The bright and spacious Cowshed Barn, with its vaulted ceiling and capacity for 150 seated guests is the most popular choice.
However the Steading Marquee can also be used if you need its 230 person capacity.
Moving outdoors you have the pretty little patio or the atmospheric courtyard, if you are keen to get married alfresco.
And finally for the really adventurous, there’s a fantastic spot in one of their fields which overlooks the sea.
Crail Church is also a possibility, if you would like to have your ceremony offsite.
The Cowshed Crail Reception
The Steading Marquee is the perfect space for your dinner reception at The Cowshed Crail.
It’s an interesting and atmospheric structure, with original exposed walls and a marquee roof.
And with a capacity for 230 seated guests, there’s the space to really get creative and put your own stamp on it.
More intimate receptions can be had in the Cowshed Barn, which can seat 60 guests for dinner.
Your drinks reception can be either outside in the courtyard, or inside in the Workshop Room.
The Cowshed Crail Catering
You are free to choose any caterer you wish at The Cowshed Crail.
Although it’s always wise to select someone who has worked at the venue before.
There is a recommended supplier list to help you with this decision.
A wooden bar is available to hire, from which your caterer can operate.
And there’s a convenient room called the Lean To, which can be used for food preparation.
The Cowshed Crail Wedding Photographs
Something which is often overlooked when choosing a wedding venue, is its suitability for great wedding photographs.
Ideally you want some great outdoor options with beautiful backdrops, plus some light and airy indoor alternatives in case it rains.
The Cowshed Crail ticks both these boxes as it’s surrounded by rolling Scottish countryside, and has some interesting rustic barn features such as the original cartshed arches.
In addition to this the barn is nice and light with large modern windows, if you are forced to stay inside.
The Cowshed Crail Unique Feature
The courtyard at The Cowshed Crail can be used for more than just outdoor ceremonies and drinks receptions.
You can also turn this space into a fun area, which is large enough to include a bouncy castle.
Perhaps bouncy castle’s aren’t your thing, but it could be a great way to add a really unique feature to your day.
I’m sure your younger guests would love it too.
The Cowshed Crail Wedding Prices
For accurate Cowshed Crail 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 Cowshed Crail wedding cost:
- Exclusive use of The Cowshed Crail, price £3,900.
- Cottage (sleeps 4), price £300 for 3 nights.
The prices above are for a summer weekend.
Winter and midweek weddings could cost 20% less.
The Cowshed Crail Conclusion
So those are my 10 reasons you should consider The Cowshed Crail as your wedding venue.
Of course everybody has different tastes and opinions.
However if you are looking for an exclusive use converted barn, located on the Scottish east coast, with a unique steading marquee, and cottage accommodation for thirty three guests; then The Cowshed Crail 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 The Cowshed Crail’s website here.
Good luck with your wedding planning.