Isle of Skye Wedding

Isle of Skye Wedding GUIDE

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE PLANNING a wedding

in THE Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is one of the top locations in Scotland to get married at. „The Misty Isle“ is famous for its scenery and landscapes and will simply take your breath away.

This relatively small area features an abundance of mountains, lighthouses, castles, waterfalls, beaches, and iconic rock formations. As a wedding photographer, 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 the Isle of Skye.

Wedding Couple walking down a hill at the Isle of Skye

WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO

GET MARRIED IN THE ISLE OF SKYE?

There are many reasons why the Isle of Skye 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.

You also have lots of local talent available, as this place is a pretty big island. From local wedding planners to hair and makeup stylists, the Island has it all.

But what are the best locations for a wedding in the Isle of Skye?

THE BEST WEDDING VENUES IN the isle of sky

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is home to an abundance of wildlife, historical monuments, woodlands, and rural activity.

This stunning wedding location sits at the heart of the 42,000-acre MacLeod Estate on the Isle of Skye. It offers wedding couples a variety of indoor and outdoor areas.

You can book their Drawing Room, Main Entrance Hall, North Room, or Dining Room for your big day or enjoy your celebration at one of the estate's gardens.

This venue caters to up to 65 people, which makes it a perfect elopement location.

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Dunvegan Castle

CASTLE & GARDENS

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This unique highland getaway is situated on the Sleat peninsula at the South tip of Skye. The Duisdale hotel offers breathtaking views and picturesque gardens.

Built in 1865 as a hunting lodge, this place has been transformed into a stunning seaside hotel with gardens, woodlands, and built-in accommodations.

You can host a wedding inside with up to 60 guests or outside with up to 150 guests.

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Duisdale

House Hotel

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Suppose you love the Isle of Skye for its mountains, forests, and lochs. In that case, the Eilean Donan Castle might be your perfect wedding location.

This venue offers magnificent views as it is located at the point where three great sea lochs converge. You and your guests will get complete exclusive access to the interior areas of the castle as well as its inner courtyard.

This location also offers 12 apartments that are just a two-minute drive away. With up to 70 people, The Eilean Donan Castle is perfect for small to medium-sized weddings.

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Eilean Donan

Castle

13TH CENTURY CASTLE

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Fairy Glen is an epic outdoor wedding location that sits on the west side of Trotternish at Balnacnoc above Uig.

This Quirang-like landslip featured road winds around small round-topped grassy hills with ponds in between.

The magical place can be reached by a 30 minutes walk. You can park in Uig and start your walk from there.

WEDDING VENUE ISLE OF SKYE

Fairy Glen

Quirang-like landslip

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If you feel adventurous and love the outdoors, a hike to the Old Man of Storr might be just what you are looking for.

This hike is probably the most famous but also the busiest one on the Island. The “Old Man” is a large pinnacle of rock and is located on the north of Skye in “Trotternish.”

You can park at a parking lot located right by the main road 6.8 miles from Portree.

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Old Man of Storr

Hike to a large pinnacle of rock

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The Skeabost Hotel gives you the hotel wedding you have been dreaming of. Located near the main town of Portree, this venue is perfect for exploring the island.

It features 18 bedrooms, 23 acres of woodland, situated on the edge of a loch, and offers views to the sea and crofting hamlets.

You can host a micro wedding as well as a full-scale wedding with up to 120 guests there.

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Skeabost hotel

HOTEL AND FORMER HUNTING LODGE

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Talisker Beach is located on the West Coast of Skye near the village of Carbost. This unique wedding venue can be reached by a short walk.

Just park at the parking lot at the end of the public single-track road, 4.4 miles from Carbost village. From the parking lot, you will have to walk for about 20 minutes to your destination. The grey sandy beach is surrounded by impressive cliffs and offers your wedding a truly remarkable backdrop.

Make sure to arrive at low tide if you don´t want the sand to be covered by the sea. So, if you are feeling adventurous on your wedding day, this venue might be just the right one for you.

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Talisker beach

Hike to the beach

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Toravaig House is a small boutique hotel in an elevated position on the Sleat peninsula on the Isle of Skye.

You and your guests can enjoy views out across the Atlantic waters of the Sound of Sleat. This hotel is perfect for a small wedding or an elopement, as it can only accommodate up to 26 people.

The wild, breathtaking scenery is a perfect backdrop for your wedding.

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Toravaig

Small BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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What do you need to get married in the isle of skye?

Getting married in the isle of skye 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 Isle of Skye wedding.

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GET MARRIED IN the isle of skye?

Summer

The beauty of warmer temperatures

The Isle of Sky has absolutely stunning locations for outdoor weddings, but the weather is usually temperamental at best.

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 best to have a plan B if high winds and high rain will put a damper on your big day.

An outdoor location such as a garden next to a castle with indoor venues guarantees you a smooth wedding no matter what.

Winter

Couple Walking in the Icelandic Snow

THE BEAUTY OF piercing temperatures

The temperature during winter is almost close to zero, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds.

The chances of rainy or snowy days are pretty high during winter.

January´s average wind speed of around 17.8 knots feels like a fresh breeze. The wind speed is at its highest during early December.

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

Couple standing in front of two rainbows in Iceland

THE BEAUTY OF THE INBETWEEN

Tourism is relatively slow during these months due to cold and humid weather. If you would like to get married at these times, you will likely find them the least expensive months.

Spring usually feels moderately cold, and fall is quite chilly with lots of rain or snow.

If you plan on a cozy indoor wedding and looking for reasonably priced venues, then these seasons might be perfect for you.

4 Tips for a successful wedding on Skye

Wedding Couple walking down a shore at sunset

Have a Backup

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When you plan your wedding in the Isle of Skye, never be too set in your ideas. The weather conditions can change quite fast and can be unpredictable. If you plan on exchanging vows on the edge of Loch Coruisk and the winds are too high, the boats won´t be able to get you there. When something like this happens, you can easily book one of the village halls around the island as a second option. Or you simply book a venue with outdoor and indoor options, such as a Castle with beautiful gardens.

How much does it cost to get married in the isle of skye?

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

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

The right question should be how much you really want to spend to make your wedding unforgettable.

No matter what your answer is, the Isle of Skye will make your wedding truly magical.

Book your accommodation early

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Skye is a popular tourist location, especially during summer. Make sure to book your and your guest's accommodation as early as you can. Most wedding venues are pretty busy as well and also need to be reserved early.

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 Skye´s breathtaking scenery and the unique destination you chose to get married at.

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