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5 reasons to get married on the Isle of Skye

Updated: Mar 21

1. Freedom to choose where you exchange your vows

The most wonderful thing about getting married in Scotland is that you have the freedom to get married absolutely anywhere! (Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977)

And here on Skye we have the most stunning locations for you to choose from; secluded white sandy beaches, rugged mountains, picturesque, clear-water lochs and dramatic coastlines providing the most incredible backdrop for your wedding. They are all equally jaw-dropping and wherever you go on Skye, the landscape offers something so different, it really is epic!

Whether you are looking for a romantic secluded spot where you can exchange your vows privately or a historic castle, offering a fairy-tale setting for your wedding, there is so much to choose from on Skye; from scenic beaches like Talisker Bay or The Point of Sleat, rugged mountains and hills offering breath-taking views in the Cuillin Mountains or the Quiraing, or beautiful venues like Dunvegan Castle, and Skeabost House Hotel. Skye has so much stunning natural beauty and its a must choice for saying "I do".

2. Local suppliers

We have a vast array of talented suppliers who will go above and beyond in creating a day that is truly magical for you. From adventurous photographers to sustainable local flower growers. We have it all here on Skye. Every aspect of your wedding can be locally sourced, from bespoke cake makers to creative catering companies such as Eòlach, inspired by wild flavours and communal eating.

Food photography: Frant Mart

There are great benefits to using suppliers that are local to the area as they have a deep understanding of the island's landscape, weather conditions, and logistics. They can provide valuable insights and recommendations to help you plan a successful and stress-free wedding on Skye. Using local suppliers ensures money keeps circulating within the community, keeping highly skilled and talented producers in employment and also reduces the carbon footprint of your wedding. Perfect for the eco-conscious couple.

3. Island culture

The island culture for Scottish weddings is rich in tradition and symbolism. Scottish weddings often incorporate elements such as bagpipes, kilts and tartan, and your ceremony may also include a "handfasting", which symbolises your union by the binding of your hands with your two family tartans or with beautiful handmade cords, from right here on the Isle of Skye. Another beautiful element to incorporate into your ceremony is drinking whisky from a quaich, symbolising trust, friendship and love.

There is another important aspect of a Scottish wedding and I would say is one of the most fun! The ceilidh...a traditional Scottish dance! Its lively and full of big energies, involving traditional Scottish music. It's such a fun way for your guests to celebrate you as newlyweds, while spinning one another around in a strip the willow.

4. Perfect for the adventurous couple

Skye is the perfect place for couples who seek adventure and are looking for that extra special memory of tying the knot, and no adventure is impossible! If you are feeling super adventurous, like experienced climbers Victoria Forbes and Mark Lyons, you can navigate your way to the Inaccessible Pinnacle (3,234ft-high), captured by the wonderful Becy at Belle Art Photography.

Skye also provides a sense of seclusion and intimacy, making it ideal for couples seeking a romantic and adventurous wedding experience. You can take a boat trip across to the tranquil Loch Coruisk or climb the Quiraing, which forms part of the Trotternish ridge; despite being a busy tourist attraction on Skye it is possible to trek up further and have an intimate ceremony, with one of Scotland's most spectacular landscapes as your backdrop.

Photographer: Belle Art Photography

If you are looking for a unique experience on Skye, Matt at Ace Target Sports is an off grid Target Sports range offering bespoke experiences focusing on Archery, Axe Throwing, Airgun Shooting and Clay Target Shooting. Or there's the lovely guys at Skye Adventure where you can climb mountains, follow ridges and rivers towards amazing coastlines and swim in the sea with friendly local guides who have the knowledge, qualifications and skills to give you the freedom to explore a different side of Skye.

We literally have it all here.

5. Creating unforgettable memories

Getting married on the Isle of Skye will be sure to create the most unforgettable memories for you and your partner to cherish. It really is the most magical place for your wedding celebration. I married my husband Graeme here and even though it rained aaaaallllllll day long in July, we had the most epic day. Our photographs were beautiful; where you could see the rain drops, I wore a pair of orange wellies (my favourite colour), and we partied in a marquee, attached to An Talla Mhòr at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (the Gaelic college), which made it feel like a fun festival wedding. We loved showing off everything that the island has to offer, to our friends and family who had travelled both near and very far! Getting married here is not just a one day celebration but you can make the most memorable trip exploring this beautiful island. It really is the perfect place to experience a special and stunning location for your wedding or elopement. One you will never forget.

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