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Glencoe Elopement GUIDE

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PLANNING a Glencoe Elopement

Hi, my name is Lukas, I am a wedding photographer, and I created this wedding guide to give you a jumpstart when planning your Glencoe elopement.

Glencoe is one of the top elopement locations in Scotland and is a highlight for every outdoor adventure seeker. This epic spot in Scotland is known for its countless venue locations, picturesque views, plenty of wildlife and all of the typical Scottish scenery features you’d love to see.

Glencoe features an abundance of mountains, glens, waterfalls, and winding roads. I can tell you that there are not many places that offer such various landscapes for your wedding photos.

Check out all the information you need to know before planning your wedding in Glencoe.

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO

GET MARRIED IN GLENCOE?

A wedding couple is holding hands and walking down a rolling hill in Glencoe, Scotland.

There are many reasons why Glencoe should be on the top of your list when it comes to wedding locations. The abundance of unique outdoor sites, like mentioned above, is only one of them.

If you are feeling more adventurous, you can ride a cable car, elope atop an epic mountain, and enjoy the breathtaking view over the Glencoe valley .

But what are the best locations for an epic Glencoe elopement?

THE BEST WEDDING VENUES IN glencoe

If you are planning a romantic runaway wedding that is hidden in the Highlands, then the Kingshouse Hotel might be your perfect wedding venue.

Enjoy jaw-dropping loch-side and mountainside views as well as locally sourced food. This location gives you panoramic views of the Glencoe valley and is a perfect starting point for an adventurous elopement hike to many lochs and mountain peaks.

You can get married at the Kingshouse hotel from October to March, which makes it a perfect winter wedding venue.

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KINGSHOUSE HOTEL

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The "Three Sisters" viewpoint can be accesses through a 10 minute walk from the car park and it leads you directly to the top of the mountain. The Three Sisters are also known as the Bidean nam Bian Mountain range in the Scottish Highlands .

This location of Scotland has numerous rolling hills and waterfalls. You can access this viewpoint all year long. You can enjoy green grass in the summer and in the late fall it turns into a beaitful yellow and brown color.

The viewpoint is surrounded by the entire Bidean nam Bian mountain range and gives you a beautiful backdrop for your wedding photos.

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Three Sisters

View Point

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The Glencoe Mountain Resort known for it’s scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes.

One of the best ways to get to the top of the mountains is by taking the chairlift, which runs throughout the whole year and gives you spectacular views of waterfalls, Ranoch Moor, and the Buchaille Etive Mor.

If you like to get to the top of the mountain, you can take a half an hour steep hike up there.

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Glencoe Mountain Resort

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If you are a James Bond fan, then this elopement spot should be on top of your location list for your Glencoe elopement.

You can drive to the Skyfall location by following the winding single track road that follows the River Etive. The exact spot sits between the two mountains Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag.

Getting married right at this exact location can be a bit unromantic as it is right next to a road. But you can always just go for a walk off the road and elope in the middle of nature with no traffic in sight.

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The James Bond Skyfall Location

Valley

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This remote location is perfect for intimate elopements surrounded by the wild countryside. You can probably spot some deer, seals, or even a golden eagle.

A 12 mile drive down the Etive Road takes you to a small car parking area and a tiny beach. the ride down the sinding single track road is definitifely worth the effort.

The breathtaking view of the calm water and the rough mountains are a perfect backdrop for your intimate elopment.

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Loch Etive

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Glencoe Lochan is a hidden gem and is located north of the village of Glencoe.

The forest was created in the 19th century by Lord Strathcona. A 15 minute walk from the carpark gets you to the picturesque and serene Glencoe Lochan, which sits right in the centre of the woods.

Get married at this beautiful location and enjoy being surrounded by majestic conifers and rugged mountains.

If you are feeling adventurous, then you can take one of the many trails through the ornamental woodland at the foot of Glen Coe.

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Glencoe Lochan

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What do you need for your glencoe Elopement?

Getting married in glencoe is pretty easy but there are some things you need to do

If you are from the U.S. you will need to look into getting a marriage visa.

Apply for a marriage visitor visa, and follow these steps:

Check if you need a visa (see here)

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Prepare documents for evidence (see here)

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Apply for a visa and book an appointment (see here)

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Attend an appointment to prove your eligibility (see here)

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Travel to the U.K. (see here)

And the most important thing that you need, would be a photographer that captures the beauty of your Glencoe wedding.

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GET MARRIED IN Glencoe?

A groom is carrying his bride in a meadow in Glencoe, Scotland.

Summer

The beauty of warmer temperatures

In the beginning of summer all the colors of the landscapes in Glencoe change into a lush and fresh green. As temperatures rise, more tourists come to Glencoe, that is why some carparks might be quite full. Luckily, there is lots of space in nature, so it shouldn´t feel crowded when exchangings vows.

Though you will have mild weather during summer, with late July as the warmest time of the year, it can still change without warning, and it can even snow during summer. It is always a good idea to have an indoor option for your ceremony, just in case the weather changes.

But usually you will get some sunshine and in the evening beautiful golden light shining down on your wedding spot at one of the Lochs in Glencoe.

Winter

A couple is walking across a snowy patch of land in Glencoe, Scotland.

THE BEAUTY OF piercing temperatures

The temperature during winter is almost close to zero, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. But winter time gives Glencoes´landscape a magical feeling. The deer are usually quite friendly during winter, you might even get a view photos with them.

The sun can set as early as 3.30pm in winter, so make sure to have your outdoor ceremony and wedding photos planned before the sun goes down. All in all, these cold temperatures and freezing winds might not be ideal for an outdoor wedding but can make your indoor wedding next to a warm fireplace feel even more cozy.

SPRING & AUTUMN

A couple is standing in a field in Glencoe, Scotland.

THE BEAUTY OF THE INBETWEEN

Spring is the transition period from winter to summer and brings wild weather into the country. Sometimes you experience snow storms and some locations might be closed off. So it can be a bit tricky to get down those smaller single track roads. But you will for sure get a winter wonderland.

Autumn is known to have less rain showers, just like spring. During this time, make sure to stay away from deer, as it is rutting season. And bring a warm jacket to stay warm because the temperatures are starting to drop. The autumnal colors of autumn give your wedding photos an epic backdrop.

4 Tips for a successful wedding in glencoe

A couple is holding hands and walking along a path at sunset in Glencoe, Scotland.

Have a Backup

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When you plan your wedding in Glencoe, never be too set in your ideas. The weather conditions can change quite fast and can be unpredictable. Usually, you get ready at a place near your outdoor location. If you want to be prepared, you can always ask if your accommodation place also offers indoor facilities in case the weather changes. Some hotels even have halls with floor to ceiling windows that capture the beauty of Glencoe´s breathtaking landscape while still staying inside and enjoying your ceremony without freezing.

How much does it cost to get married in glencoe?

One of the most asked questions by couples that are planning their wedding in glencoe is the costs!

There really is no honest answer to that as it also depends on what your wedding should look like?

the average cost of A small elopement in glencoe starts at $4000, but can also go up to $20000.

No matter what your answer is, glencoe will make your wedding truly magical.

Leave no trace

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Make sure to park with care and move on if a car park is full. Also take your rubbish home if the bins are already full. Respect the beautiful nature in Scotland and leave no trace when you are visiting this beautiful place.

Respect the trespassing signs

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Scotland doesn´t have any trespassing laws, which basically means that you can get married where ever you like. While they are pretty easygoing with trespassing, there are still some in place, so if you see any signs, you should ask the landowner for permission to get married on their land. Usually, it will be totally fine, but it's best to double-check for a smooth ceremony.

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Have an amazing time

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This one seems obvious but has to be on our list. You are getting married abroad, there is lots of wedding organization and preparation for visas and documents. It is easy to get stressed and lose sight of the big picture. So, make sure to get some time for yourselves and enjoy Glencoe´s breathtaking scenery and explore its surroundings while you are there.

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