Since the days of eloping to Gretna Green, Scotland has been known for its romance. While you no longer need to head across the Border to make your nuptials legal, many people still consider Scotland because of its wild landscapes, the romance of the tartan, heather and hills, plus the true sense of getting away from it all.
Portavadie on the West Coast of Scotland has a unique combination of state-of-the-art facilities set within the most stunning wild landscapes. Its floor to ceiling windows open from your bedroom, your wedding space or even your pre-ceremony sauna, onto a beautiful loch surrounded by fields and mountains. Nature bursts into every room bringing the light and sounds of the sea and sky.
Brides and grooms love Scottish weddings. Many couples choose Scotland because of the sheer range of beautiful photography backdrops, the lovely warm Scottish welcome and the fine local, seasonal produce.
Getting away from it all in Scotland is not difficult and is more accessible than you might think. A location such as Portavadie is under two hours from Glasgow Airport by ferry and country roads. What could be more romantic than taking your entire wedding to this remote and beautiful place? Your guests will be wowed by the glass fronted luxury apartments, the new state of the art Spa and Leisure Experience and the superb loch-side wedding spaces which can cater for up to 200 people.
Pre-wedding nerves can be calmed with a Hebridean ishga massage or a full facial and beauty treatment in the new Spa. And what could be more calming than a swim in Scotland’s largest outdoor infinity pool where the water almost falls into loch?
Once the ceremony is over, you have sipped your last glass champagne and reeled the night away to the sound of a local ceilidh band, why not steal away to Portavadie’s couple’s retreat, Tighnamara? A tiny eco cottage on the shores of the Loch, set apart from the rest of the complex, Tighnamara has a woodburning stove, cosy rugs and Scottish views to die for. While you enjoy romantic seclusion, your guests can benefit from the comfort of their luxury apartments, studio rooms or cosy cottages, all set around the stunning Portavadie Marina.
When the new Spa and Leisure Experience was opened this year, Portavadie unveiled two unique wedding spaces, ideal for weddings and celebrations. With floor to ceiling windows, a separate bar, state of the art lighting which can match the wedding theme and a superb sound system, the wedding spaces are flexible for a range of needs. Portavadie also has a permanent loch-side marquee which caters for up to 200 for a reception and 120 for drinks and dinner. The venue can even set up an outdoor waterside wedding with beautiful views to the mountains of Arran.
So why not escape to Scotland for your wedding? See more about Portavadie right here!