Dalhousie Castle wedding venue is one of the oldest and most historic wedding venues in Midlothian. Located near the village of Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH19 3JB, Dalhousie Castle is a 13th-century fortress which can boast the title of ‘Scotland’s oldest inhabited castle’.
Dalhousie Castle is only 8 miles from the city of Edinburgh, yet feels a million miles away due to its wooded parkland setting on the banks of the River Esk.
Dalhousie Castle wedding venue was once the seat of the Earls of Dalhousie, the chieftains of Clan Ramsay.
Dalhousie Castle Drone Video
We’ve photographed and filmed more weddings at Dalhousie Castle than any other wedding venue outside of Edinburgh. We love that every wedding at this exquisite location always feels unique.
Staircase and Landing
From the moment you enter the castle, you cannot fail to be impressed by the sense of the history of this fabulous old building. The staircase and landing offer an interesting backdrop for photos and also plenty of space for guests to gather and meet before and after your wedding ceremony.
Bedrooms and Suites
Many rooms are available for use during your wedding at Dalhousie Castle, with the bonus of various themed rooms and suites for you and your guests to retire to during your stay.
The Chapel at Dalhousie is a beautiful space for your wedding ceremony. Available for religious, civil and Humanist wedding ceremonies, this is where the most important part of your day will take place.
There are French doors which open directly from The Chapel onto the patio, where you can enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne with your guests. If the weather is favourable, the patio is our favourite place for shooting the family and friends ‘formal photos’.
Did you know that the Dalhousie wedding venue has its own falconry? A highlight of many wedding ceremonies is having your wedding rings delivered by a bird of prey. Your wedding rings are placed in a small bag hooked onto the bird’s claws. The Groom or Best Man usually has the role of wearing a heavy-duty falconer’s leather gauntlet, and the bird flies across the room, over the heads of your family and guests, and delivers the rings on cue. Quite a thrill to watch, and we’ve mastered the art of capturing a photo of the bird in flight!
The extensive gardens at Dalhousie Castle are a great space for newly-wed photos. From sweeping lawns to secluded woodland, there is also access to a field which offers a stunningly colourful backdrop for impressive newlywed photos.
The Sir Alexander Room
The Sir Alexander Room is where most of the evening celebrations take place. With beautiful views over the estate, Sir Alexander Room has a dance floor for you to party the night away.
The Dalwolsey Suite
The Dalwolsey Suite is like a comfortable living room, ideally suited to an intimate dinner or drinks reception. The Dalwolsey Suite has comfortable seating around a fireplace – the perfect room for a wee dram!
The Ramsay Suite
The Ramsay Suite is the largest function suite at Dalhousie Castle. Featuring vaulted arch windows, beautiful chandeliers, antique fireplaces and castle Thrones, it’s an excellent room for your wedding meal. While there, see if you can spot the secret staircase leading down to the dungeon!
The Dungeon Gateside
The Dungeon Gateside at Dalhousie is the perfect space for an intimate wedding dinner. Surely a castle isn’t complete if it doesn’t have a dungeon? With suits of armour and historical weapons adorning the walls, it’s hard not to feel the sense of history enveloping you in the dungeon! It’s also a great place for a few photos of the newly-weds!
The Library is the perfect place for relaxing. Order a drink from the bar, sit back on the comfortable seating and relax in front of the large open fire.
Your special day at Dalhousie Castle wedding venue is guaranteed to be memorable and unique, exactly like you! Make sure you contact us to enquire about our availability.
Dalhousie Castle – Real Weddings
A few of our favourite real weddings at Dalhousie Castle wedding venue. Click on the images below to view.