Exclusive hire of Borthwick Castle, near Edinburgh
Borthwick Castle, Scotland’s finest fifteenth century keep and an unmatched exclusive private hire location is carving a niche for wedding couples around the globe seeking to create an unforgettable wedding for themselves and their guests. To mark this year’s duet of Royal weddings, couples seeking a truly memorable occasion may enjoy two-day private hire of the 12-bedchamber Borthwick Castle from £54,000.
Borthwick Castle has hosted weddings since 1458 and is richly entwined with Scottish and British history having provided refuge for Mary, Queen of Scots, and canon balled by Oliver Cromwell of which the damage to the East wall can still be seen today. It is now a remarkable exclusive hire venue offering the highest standards of guest-centred service, exceptional hospitality and sumptuous privacy in proximity to the Scottish capital.
The specialist bridal team at Borthwick Castle can stage civil or religious ceremonies in the grandeur of The Garrison at the top of the castle keep, or in any of the enigmatic spots within the noble walls or the castle garden. Commanding breathtaking views of the Scottish landscape, the castle affords total privacy even for outdoor events. For a kirk and keep experience, neighbouring Borthwick parish church can be accompanied with the castle for the big day.
The high-vaulted Great Hall on the ground floor of the keep is ideal for a wedding banquet at any time of the year, adorned with antique armour and furnishings and enjoying its own bar. The bride and groom can easily slip away to enjoy the quiet Minstrel’s Gallery which overlooks the Great Hall whilst their guests celebrate below.
The sumptuous State Room is a charming and opulent space for a drinks reception before or after the ceremony, or as a more informal setting to receive guests.
Each keep bedchamber has retained its authenticity whilst careful thought was given to 21st century modern luxuries that the savvy traveller expects.
On hand from the very beginning is an expert wedding team to ensure every wish comes true, seamlessly and without fuss, whilst Executive Chef, Derek Johnston creates suitably indulgent wedding feasts from seasonal and locally-sourced providers. Vintage champagne and fine wines are served alongside cocktails, local craft beers, and whiskies from Scotland’s finest distillers.
A wedding at Borthwick Castle includes:*
- Two nights and two days exclusive use of Borthwick Castle
- 12 en-suite bedchambers to accommodate up to 26 guests
- Dedicated wedding coordinator to ensure all the finer details of the wedding work seamlessly on the day, from hair and beauty specialists, to registrar and the band
- A glass of Champagne upon arrival for the Bride and Groom and their guests
- A truly bespoke wedding banquet, designed by Executive Chef, Derek Johnston using seasonal ingredients, many showcasing Scotland’s rich larder
- Chauffeur transfers from and to Edinburgh Airport for all guests
- Cake stand and sword
Lovingly restored to a sumptuous level of contemporary comfort, the attention to detail at Borthwick Castle is incomparable. Quintessentially Scottish, the keep delivers the highest levels of luxury and style. Only 12 miles from Edinburgh city centre, guests may arrive from the local railway station, just 10 minutes away, or Edinburgh Airport, just 25 minutes’ drive, in a liveried six-seat Land Rover Discovery; private helicopter transfers can also be arranged, weather permitting.
Scottish touches, to ensure the big day is truly memorable, include kilted pipers to welcome the bridal couple, whisky toasts or tastings, falconry displays and the Saltire proudly flying atop the keep.
Prices for exclusive private hire of Borthwick Castle for a 2018 wedding for up to 26 guests start from £54,000 for two nights.
*Borthwick Castle can accommodate up to 85 day guests. Price is based on 26 guests.
For more information, visit Borthwick Castle’s page