Intern Takeover: Exploring Castle Fraser

 For those of you who don’t know me yet - Hi, my name is Yoli and I am currently having the time of my life as an intern here at Destination Weddings Scotland. 

Together with my friend Airlie, who is with our sister company - Timeless White, we decided to take you on a trip to one of the most exciting hidden Scottish gems - Castle Fraser.

Together we are about to explore exactly why this Scottish castle is the perfect charming place for a destination wedding.

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The Enchanting East of Scotland

Walking down the main road of the area, you can instantly see the tall towers of the Castle. We were lucky enough to visit on a mild and warm morning, so the sunlight was bouncing off of the traditional Scottish facade.
Situated only 16 miles from Aberdeen, Castle Fraser is positioned in a secluded setting, surrounded by 300 acres of magnificent woodlands and nature paths. Because of the size of the estate, you get the feeling of intimacy and tranquility, while the trip to the city is still short and sweet.
While having a seat outside and enjoying the exterior, Airlie and I noticed that there were many interesting spots around the castle perfect for nature spotting and generally enjoying the spring weather.

Castle Fraser Exterior

500 years of family history

Castle Fraser has been a home of a few generations of the Fraser Clan before it became part of The National Trust for Scotland in 1976. One of the most romantic stories is about Jane and Charles who raised fourteen children in the Castle and filled the walls with children's’ laughter, soirees and many precious memories.
In the late 18th century Elyza Fraser, the lady laird, modernised the castle in a classic high fashion for that time, inserting a new entrance and sash windows, as well as landscaping the grounds around the estate.

From Indulging Dining Rooms to the Hidden Trapdoors

Castle Fraser Dining Room

Once inside the castle, walking through the halls, there is a welcoming antique Scottish design leading to the amazing Great Hall. Right next to the gorgeous fireplace there is the piano that Charles gave to Jane as a present on their wedding day.With the sunlight shining through the big windows, the Great Hall is bright and spacious. As an all time favourite wedding venue, it has hosted ceremonies and receptions for wedding couples all over the world.
Leaving the Great Hall we were taken to the Library filled with the family’s book collection and portraits (one of them by Raeburn), which is also famous as the perfect intimate Scottish ceremony setting.Soon after spiralling up a secretive staircase led us at the top of the tower, an epic scenery was revealed, ideal for a wedding day backdrop. 

Visiting Castle Fraser really opened our eyes for the beauty of Scotland and how important positive vibes are for any wedding venue. Standing there, at the entrance of the Castle after the visit, I felt like I was brought so close to the family who lived there, their smiles and sorrows and how the Castle has now become a tourist monument and a stunning location to host parties and Weddings.

5 Reasons to Elope to Scotland

Throughout time, the dreamy notion of eloping has developed a variation of meanings. However, in its essence, it has always created the romantic idea to just run away from the big wedding hassle and tie the knot in an intimate setting with your closest family and friends.

It is no secret that some of the most romantic elopements have been right here in bonny Scotland! 

Whether you are planning to elope in Scotland, or this is the first time that you are giving it a thought, here are our top 5 reasons why you should start planning your Scottish elopement wedding right now…

1.    You can easily get married anywhere

 A great thing about eloping in Scotland is that you can do it literally anywhere. So, if you have chosen a clifftop with epic scenery, a castle or a place that has a deep and significant meaning to you - good news! All you need is an officiant and a few witnesses.

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Image by Craig George

“All Civil, Religious, Humanist and Same-Sex marriages conducted in Scotland by a person recognised as a legal officiant are legally recognised throughout the world, therefore making Scotland one of the most attractive locations for amazing destination and elopement weddings.” - Timeless White, Scotland

2.    History and Heritage

History here has certainly a lot to offer. A lot of couples now choose Scotland as their wedding destination to connect back to their Celtic heritage and family roots. With beautiful ancient castles with generations of happy family history and stories of love and epic battles, Scotland definitely has a spirit of legends and romance.

So, if you are planning your destination wedding in Scotland, you end up with a variety of venues and spots to elope. Here are a few examples of Wedding venues with fascinating history and ancient tales :

•   Dunnottar Castle: once a hiding spot for the Scottish Crown Jewels, now you can elope with your other half in a castle on a clifftop, as the sun dives in the horizon.

•   Castle Fraser: home of a few generations of the Clan Fraser, the rooms still carry the joy and laughter of the family that live there.

•   Culzean Castle: A grand and luxurious estate, with numerous hidden spots that you can claim as perfect for your elopement setting.

3.    Scenery

If Scotland’s rich history hasn’t won your heart just yet, then the epic scenery definitely will. No matter if you’d love to get married on a clifftop by the sea or you dream to elope in the heart of the highlands, you can find breathtaking backdrops all over the country. Mar Lodge and Forter Castle are both beautiful wedding venues in the Scottish Highlands complete with mesmerising landscapes.

4.    Thrill of the adventure

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Image by Ed and Aileen

What is the allure of a romantic elopement without the thrill of the adventure?! An elopement is not just about getting married, it is also about freedom, personal expression and most importantly - the love that grows between you two. You can transform your elopement experience in Scotland by doing a bunch of activities with your favourite person – many couples hike to the top of a Scottish mountain or munroe to say their “I do’s”! A great advantage of elopement destination weddings is the fact that you can discover new places with your future spouse, creating personal memories that nobody else will ever share.

5.    Traditions

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Image by James Kelly

Old Scottish wedding traditions is our all-time favourite reason why Scotland is the ultimate eloping destination. There are many Scottish wedding rituals that can truly bring in romance on your special day. Except for the obvious and essential - bearded bagpipers and hand-crafted kilts - in Scotland there are other traditions that you can build in to a perfect little elopement, such as:

  •  A sixpence in your shoe – A time told tradition that is said to bring good luck!

  • Thistles – The symbolic flower is a time-tested emblem of Scotland

  • Traditional Handfasting Ceremony – An ancient way of making a commitment to one another that used to mean you were married for one year and a day.

  • Cut your cake with a Sword – Oh yes, this can be done!

 If you want to learn even more about Scottish Wedding Traditions, click on the button below, which will take you to “7 Scottish Wedding Traditions”.

Exclusive use destination wedding packages in Scotland for twenty people

Your wedding day should be all about the good vibes. Imagine the build up of anticipation while getting ready on your Wedding morning in one of Scotland’s finest properties, all leading to meeting your favourite person at the end of the aisle.

That is why it’s so important to go for a venue that can make you and your partner feel how special this day really is. Having a small intimate wedding really opens up the opportunity to explore amazing venues that your group can have all to yourselves. From breathtaking architecture, beautiful lounges and spacious master bedrooms to the mesmerising estates and little hidden treasures, you can plan your special Wedding day in Scotland to be unique and unforgettable. Here are our top picks of exclusive use wedding venues in Scotland for weddings of 20 people.


CLUNY CASTLE: MAGIC OF THE SEACOAST

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On a 20 minute drive from Aberdeen you turn to the tree lined driveway to discover a 14th century architecture masterpiece surrounded by wooded parkland. Cluny Castle, a historical treasure and home of the Gordons of Cluny for centuries, is a symbol of blooming love and a perfect place to put a start of your new life as a married couple. The Castles own private Chapel is available for any type of wedding ceremony, creating the feel of divine tranquility through the stained glass windows. Gather your guests onthe outstanding sweeping lawns on a bright sunny day or the within the regal Drawing Room.

Cluny Castle also features up to 13 bedrooms, allowing up to 26 guests to immerse themselves in this stunning, grand Scottish castle for a number of nights to celebrate your Scottish wedding.

BRODIE CASTLE: A FAIRYTALE AMONGST THE DAFFODILS

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With a rich history of the land given by Robert the Bruce, Brodie Castle was a home of the Brodie Clan for 400 years. Pleasantly isolated, however, only a short distance from Inverness, this ancient Scottish castle venue is an ideal opportunity to make your wedding an exclusive experience with an intimate atmosphere. With a fabulous art collection, a 6,000 volume library and a great location for afternoon walks and nature spotting, the entertainment opportunities never end. The interconnected public rooms will allow your guests to relax and mingle while enjoying art pieces dating from the old masters up to the modernistic artists. Enjoy your weddingportraitssurrounded by the traditional interiors or even outside with the rose stone facade in the background. If you are planning a spring wedding, the experience will be definitely unique amongst the 100 varieties of daffodil. The wedding ceremony is usually held in the Drawing room, followed by the reception in the Stable Block or the Dining Room, or even in a marquise. In any way, this place can allow you to get creative and plan the wedding you always wanted.

Brodie Castle also offers on-site self-catering accommodation within the Castle and cottages for up to 24 guests.

TURIN CASTLE: ROMANCE WITH A TOUCH OF LUXURY

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Dating from the 17th century, this 5 star luxurious mansion for Scottish weddings is an embodiment of stylish design and modernistic comfort. Located between bonny Aberdeen and majestic Edinburgh, Turin estate offers an adventurous wedding journey filled with special moments, fun and romance. The Games room, Private bar and whisky tasting are just part of the experience for your guests to enjoy. Adding to the exclusive experience, why not consider arriving to the properties helipad or sending the enthusiastic golfers out on the nine hole private golf course, or further afield to world famous courses such as the old course in St Andrews, Royal Aberdeen and Trump International. For a small and intimate wedding we suggest the beautiful glass conservatory that can hold up to 40 guests.


Complete with all things to make you feel at home as well as fabulous Clive Christian furniture throughout, Turin castle can host up to 20 guests in 10 en-suite rooms, creating the feeling of being in a boutique hotel that is entirely yours.

MAR LODGE: WHERE LOVE AND NATURE BECOME ONE

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If you are aiming for an intimate destination wedding in Scotland with a naturalistic theme, Mar Lodge is an ideal place to escape the rest of the world. Located in the very heart of the scottish highlands, this wedding venue is part of the biggest National Nature Reserve on the British Isles. A wildlife wonderland, the property provides epic scenery and chance to explore a number of outdoor activities. Host your Wedding ceremony in the bright and spacious Drawing Room or in the Great Hall, dating back to the Victorian era. The stunning dining room of the property is the perfect place to host a traditional Scottish wedding meal, followed by a wee dram and some ceilidh dancing in the Stag ballroom!

Mar Lodge can accommodate up to 49 people on the estate but can be taken in blocks to better suit 20 guests.