Thanks to Outlander, Scotland is definitely having a moment. The adventures of time-travelling Claire and her Highlander love Jamie beautifully showcase the country, one of the most stunning and wildly romantic destinations in the world. We love the city of Glasgow as a base for your Scottish adventures. (We also have thoughts on where to plan a perfect destination wedding!)
Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and its most colourful. The port city located on the River Clyde is famous as the cultural hub of Scotland and the UK. Glasgow is home to stunning Victorian and art nouveau architecture, incredible galleries (Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an absolute must), and thriving theatre, dance, music and food scenes. It is a city that is easily walkable, which lends itself perfectly to romantic urban adventures.
A blissful stay for your honeymoon is the Principle Blythswood Square hotel, which is located on a quiet street in the heart of the city. The hotel’s Georgian townhomes date to the 1800s and have been converted into a super-chic, luxe boutique hotel that fuses modern design with historic details. It is also home to one of Glasgow’s top spas, which offers an amazing hydrotherapy pool, crystal steam room and extensive treatment menu for post-nuptial indulgence.
If you are thinking of a destination wedding in Scotland, perhaps in a centuries-old historic castle, there is a dream venue located an hour from Glasgow. Borthwick Castle (where we shot on location for our Fall & Winter 2016 issue,) is one of the finest surviving examples of medieval architecture, and has been lovingly and lavishly restored into an incredible bespoke event venue. The castle was built by Sir William de Borthwick and has a storied history, including playing host to Mary Queen of Scots and her husband, the Earl of Bothwell, during her reign in the 16th century.
What’s magical about Borthwick Castle is how the authenticity of the 600-year-old space has been preserved through thoughtful design— the vibe is pure luxury, with rich fabrics, colours, textures and incredible bespoke furnishings featured throughout. For weddings, Borthwick can accommodate up to 80 guests in the magnificent Great Hall. Located several winding staircases above on the castle’s top floor is the Garrison, a dramatic and cozy space to say ‘I do.’ And if you want to know what it’s like to sleep like a king and queen, Borthwick has got you covered. Trust us when we say a stay in one of the castle’s plush bedchambers will be a lifetime memory. All 10 sumptuous bedchambers are designed to showcase the historic castle’s details.—A.M.
The beautiful Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow is a serene and luxe honeymoon stay.
The Earl of Bothwell bedchamber at Borthwick Castle.
Weddingbells shot on location at Borthwick Castle for our Fall & Winter 2017 issue!
Rooms are chic and modern at Blythswood Squre hotel.
The Great Hall at Borthwick Castle.