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Weddings at The Highland Club and Getting Married in a Historical Abbey

Updated: May 6, 2023

Your wedding day is often the best day of your life. And who hasn’t thought about their own? Whether the groom or bride, the setting is key: a beach wedding, a backyard wedding, a wedding in a chapel, in a hotel, in a castle? The Highland Club is a new and spectacular Highlands wedding location. Voted the Best Honeymoon and Romantic Getaways by Lux in 2017, we aim to provide everything you need for a perfect day.

Place of History

There is nothing quite as enchanting as an abbey in the Highlands, marked by hundreds of years of Scottish history. Albeit it, The Highland Club is not quite a castle now but it once was. The history of The Highland Club starts around 1350 when the Old Castle of Kiliwhinan is said to have existed. The site of the Old Castle was built into an English fort to combat the Jacobite Uprising in 1716. The Scottish history that has taken place at the old Fort was not insubstantial. After being taken over by the said Jacobite forces it became a Benedictine Monastery and Abbey. The venerable history of The Highland Club is one of the most appealing aspects of this site as a wedding venue.

Fort Augustus Abbey on the shores of Loch Ness
Get Married at The Highland Club Scotland

Location, location, location

The shores of Loch Ness are one of the most beautiful landscapes you will find in the world. And they are a unique and beautiful place to get married. We have four different gardens/lawns each of which are each stunning in their own right. Our child friendly grounds include a croquet pitch that looks out on to Loch Ness, a lawn with tennis courts and a children’s playground and a large field with a cricket pitch. Most importantly: there are plenty of striking places both inside and outside in which to take photographs.


Roll out the purple carpet for your wedding in The Abbey at The Highland Club
Abbey Church wedding preparation

The Highland Club can accommodate a small or large ceremony. The Abbey Church Atrium is a stunning hall with tall ceilings and arching wooden beams. Grand and yet serene, a wedding in the Atrium can seat up to 80 guests to witness a beautiful and memorable day. Alternatively, The Club Lounge (previously the Benedictine Abbey’s Refectory) can be used for a wedding that seats a maximum of 20 people. With the three long Gothic stained glass windows that characterise the room, this enclosed setting is perfect for a small and intimate wedding.

Chairs arranged for wedding at The Highland Club Scotland
Intimate marquee wedding setting in The Highland Club cloister Garden

On the other hand, if you’ve always dreamed of an outdoor wedding, The Highland Club can offer the Badminton Lawn. Guests can easily wander the grounds to quickly find wonderful views our surroundings stretching across the horizon. And whether in the open air or set out under a giant kata tipi or gazebo, you can enjoy the Highland air and the striking views of Loch Ness as you say your vows.

Dancing, Eating and Drinking

A Highlands wedding reception at The Highland Club is ready to blow you and your guests away. Move easily from your ceremony whether outside or inside the Abbey to your reception on the grounds of The Highland Club. As The Highland Club does not have catering facilities, you have the option to hire catering from a range of local restaurants, such as The Boathouse, The Lovat or The Inch to name a few. This allows you to truly cater to your own needs and choose your menu with complete freedom. In your reception space, create and decorate it to completely to your own tastes, be it flowers, feather or glitter. Enjoy your first dance on the shores of Loch Ness under the Scottish sky and stars for a night you’ll never forget.

When the dancing ends…

Not only do the grounds have an infamous history but our apartments are also perfectly suited for weddings guests or a wedding night. Our exclusive wedding package offers you and your guests our luxury apartments with a 15% discount and a complimentary bottle of champagne per apartment booked through us. After partying the night away, enjoy a space of your own to relax in. Our apartments are spectacular and comfortable, so you can kick back in true Highlands style.

Key information for when you get married at The Highland Club:

  1. You can get married anywhere you want in Scotland! As long as your officiant is happy to perform the ceremony. This means that our entire site and grounds are open to you. From the shores of Loch Ness and The Badminton Lawn to the Abbey Church Atrium itself, it is completely your choice to tailor your wedding location to your wildest dreams.

  2. The weather is unpredictable and unreliable. As a result, it is good to have a back up plan especially if you’re planning to have your ceremony outside.

To find out more about getting married or having your reception at The Highland Club, please read more information here or contact A wedding is your day. It would be an honour and privilege to host you on this special day sharing an exceptional and memorable wedding with you, your family and friends.

Purple and white wedding  flower arrangement at The Highland Club Loch Ness
Wedding Flowers
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