Wedding Bells (East) - - Destinations -

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.

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