Your Isle of Skye wedding or elopement
More couples are choosing an Isle of Skye wedding or elopement for the area’s romantic, atmospheric and stunning locations. Perhaps this is you? You could be living in Scotland or planning your Isle of Skye wedding from overseas.
Below are some of the main things you’ll need to know for your plans: ceremony locations, places to stay and other details and tips for the Skye wedding of your dreams.
Loch Coruisk – romantic, misty views and craggy mountains
Loch Coruisk is the most spectacular of Scotland’s freshwater lochs, in the midst of the Cuillin Hills and surrounded by craggy mountains. The romantic atmosphere is often intensified by the enveloping mist which lends itself to breathtaking wedding imagery.
Loch Coruisk is home to seals and other sea life, making it one of Scotland’s truly wild places. (Remember to wear sturdy footwear as the paths can be muddy!) Misty Isles boat trips can take you over on private charter and from there it is a short but rocky walk over to the Loch. Loch Coruisk is one of my favourite wedding locations on the Isle of Skye.
Seaflower Skye & the Isle of Rona
If you are looking for a quiet and unusual location for your wedding, Seaflower Skye have come up with an incredible new option. A trip on their boat from Portree over to the Isle of Rona. With only two residents, your ceremony would be only watched by deer, the resident seal colony and sea eagles flying overhead!
Fairy Glen – mystical, magical, miniature landscape
The Fairy Glen is often chosen as a wedding ceremony location by eloping couples. The cone-shaped, pyramid hills and natural rock formation, scattered with waterfalls and ponds is enchanting. This beautiful and peaceful terrain is off the beaten track – just waiting to be enjoyed!
Location: Parking is very limited. It’s about 30 mins walk from Uig
If you like dramatic scenery, the route to The Quiraing passes through some of the most spectacular landscape in Scotland and can be the background for truly dramatic wedding photography.
Location: The car park (can be busy in summer) is 5.5 miles from Uig, 2.5 miles from Staffin and 21 miles from Portree. The walk itself is a four-mile circuit from the car park and takes about two hours – well worth the effort for stunning images!
Sligachan old bridge area – enchanted waters
This wonderful old bridge, steeped in history, is a beautiful, mythical setting for many couples who are looking for a romantic wedding ceremony. Its central location and easy accessibility is a huge attraction.
Location: Sligachan Bridge is 9.4 miles from Portree
Old Man of Storr
It doesn’t get more dramatic and iconic than the Old Man of Storr. As one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, it is a wonderful setting and creates dramatic and exciting wedding photography. It is particularly popular with couples who love the outdoors and walking.
Location: The Storr walk uses the same path up and down, starting and returning at the same point (the carpark) and is approx 2.5 miles. The carpark is located right by the main road, 6.8miles from Portree which will take about 10 minutes to drive.
Elgol – idyllic elopement setting
The small hamlet of Elgol is a little fishing and crofting village which has spectacular mountain and seascape scenery. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and perfect for an intimate elopement wedding! If the weather is really extreme Honeycomb Cliff Rock proves an ideal cover for the ceremony.
Location: Elgol is approximately 40 miles from Portree.
Staffin Bay – beautiful secluded beach
The peaceful, secluded Staffin Bay is ever popular with couples looking for an intimate elopement or beach wedding. The soft volcanic sandy beach interspersed with rounded and sparkling boulders creates beautiful images (and is perfect for paddling, if wished!).
Location: The bay is located about 17 miles north of Portree.
Eilean Donan Castle – unique wedding venue
Eilean Donan Castle is unique as a spectacular and remote wedding venue. If the weather is kind, the ceremony can be held in the Courtyard looking out to mountains of Skye, otherwise it can be held in the Banqueting Hall. The fabulous setting and wonderful scenery ensures couples have a day to remember.
Location: Eilean Donan Castle is 8.6 miles from Kyle of Lochalsh.
Dunscaith Castle – romantic ruined castle
What is more romantic than an elopement wedding ceremony in the dramatic ruins of Dunscaith Castle? It is a short, easy walk from the road at Tokavaig. The surrounding cliffs and sensational seascapes provide the perfect canvas for truly spectacular photographs!
Location: The Castle is approximately 18 miles from Broadford.
The short, easy walk from the road to the beautiful Talisker Beach is a favourite for elopement and beach weddings! It’s in a spectacular setting at the foot of Glen Oraid. With the impressive cliffs and distinctive grey sandy beaches, memories to last a lifetime are captured.
Location: Talisker Bay is 4.4 miles from Carbost.
Fairy Pools – mystical, crystal clear blue pools
As the name suggests these pools, set at the foot of the Black Cuillins, are the ideal location for magical, dramatic wedding photographs! There are numerous pools and waterfalls to choose from as a backdrop. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended as muddy paths, stepping stones and river crossings are encountered along the way. The return trip to the first main waterfall and pool is approx 1.5 miles but the chances are you will feel compelled to explore further!
Location: Parking is in the Forestry Commission gravel carpark (Glumagan Na Sithichean – Fairy Pools) on the single track road from Carbrittle to Carbost. From Carbost it is 5.5 miles and from Portree 20.5 miles.
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I adore photographing weddings on the Isle of Skye because I have a love of the outdoors, a passion for the Scottish Islands and often click instantly with couples who choose to marry in the outdoors. I am very happy to walk or hike and don’t mind a bit of rain if you don’t! Please get in touch with me if you need any help planning your Isle of Skye elopement and we can talk things through.
Below are a selection of Isle of Skye wedding photos – is this the way you would like to remember your wedding day?
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Isle of Skye wedding stories
I met Jessica and Brad at the Duisdale Hotel on the Isle of Skye getting ready for their wedding with Jessica's best friend and her dad. After a short drive down to the stunning Dunscaith Castle we met with Davina, the humanist celebrant, during a downpour! The day...
Michaela and Iain had a wedding day to remember on the Isle of Skye in August this year. As a photographer herself, Michaela's photographs meant at lot to her and she wanted to have wedding photos taken in various locations on the beautiful Isle of Skye. I have to say...
I had the pleasure of meeting with Chloe and Caleb from Meridian Photography on the Isle of Skye for a portrait shoot this summer. They were on their way to Switzerland to photograph a wedding and had a few days in Scotland. I suggested that we visit Loch Coruisk so...
Lou and Sophia eloped to Scotland in June, all the way from Texas. Staying at the Sligachan Hotel in their new Pinnacle Suite was a fabulous treat for the couple, who wanted to be surrounded by the wonderful scenery of the Isle of Skye. Their choice was perfect as it...
Julie & Brent came over from America to the beautiful Isle of Skye for some post wedding photos on the island. We took a few hours out to visit some of the places that Julie wanted to see and to have her photos taken in. From Sligachan to Quirang to the Fairy...
Vicki & Sarah eloped to the Isle of Skye this February. A gorgeous couple whose love of the landscape led them to the Isle of Skye to be married on a small beach by their cottage, overlooked by a curious seal! We took some time out in the afternoon to travel round...