Who doesn’t love a castle? We’ve all heard of Camelot, Castle Dracula, Sleeping Beauty’s castle, Hogwarts, and other impressive buildings of fiction. It’s always nice to visit a real castle to recreate the mystical feeling that we often associate with our favourite stories. Plus, they can teach us something about our country’s history.
There are many good reasons to visit a castle on one of your trips – but why just visit a castle when you could own one for the day? With exclusive use, you can take full advantage of the scene and truly relish the castle-y experience.
From ancient gates, to grand towers and magnificent grounds, here are our favourite reasons/excuses to indulge in your castle fantasy and experience it all to yourself, just for a bit.
Perhaps the most obvious reason to rent a castle is for a wedding in the perfect setting. Since the royal wedding earlier this year, many engaged couples might be tempted with a royal wedding of their own, and the dream fairy-tale wedding is definitely a stylish way to tie the knot. Where better to do it than a place that was built to last?
Even for those who are already married, a party to celebrate a special anniversary would be just as romantic, if not more so, and we think it’s very deserving of such a beautiful setting. Even without a special anniversary coming up, there are still special birthdays to celebrate – and who could think of a cooler birthday party? Castles could suit a bunch of different types of parties … but personally, we’re thinking of a themed murder mystery!
Sometimes an office Christmas party isn’t a good enough thank-you for the team. And they might just need a change of scenery. So why not treat them like nobility? As well as having plenty to see and explore nearby, a castle is the ideal setting for some memorable team-building activities.
And we don’t just mean to take your usual pics for your post-holiday slideshow or your social media. We mean that any photographer, professional or amateur, with or without a model in regal fashion, deserves a historic scene for some artsy shots. Different castle interiors can offer all kinds of scenery, from grand and elegant to rugged and medieval, so they set the tone for an array of purposes.
From history documentaries to medieval dramas to fantasy films, we love to watch some drama in the great hall! Even an amateur filmmaker could set their stage and shoot a scene with a stunningly realistic background.
For filming in Barcaldine Castle, find out more here.
We hope at least one of these ideas has tickled your fancy, and we hope you’ll pick The Black Castle for all your castle needs. For more information about renting here, please visit our Exclusive Use page.
Everyone dreams of a fairy-tale setting, and what could make it more magical than having the perfect Scottish castle wedding?
From the breath-taking scenery of the West Coast of Scotland to the elegant rooms we have to offer, Barcaldine Castle makes the perfect venue for your wedding.
Travelling from a church or registry office to the reception can take up precious time on your big day, and most function rooms can’t offer both character and luxury. The convenience of having both your ceremony and reception in a historic castle gives you the best of both worlds. No time-consuming travelling and oodles of luxury and character to admire.
Castles were made for being private and secluded. What better way to celebrate your wedding day than to escape from the outside world and have the whole castle to yourself!
Can you think of a better backdrop for your wedding than to have a historic Scottish castle in the background of your photos?
All castles have some form of history. By marrying at one, you’re becoming a part of its history and adding to its centuries-old story of romance!
As it’s your wedding day you already are the centre of attention. Why not make it a day to remember by dressing like royalty, as well as feeling like it? You are in a castle after all…
Our ceremonies take place in the Great Hall in front of the large, open log fire. However, they can also take place by the sundial outside in the garden. Both options giving you fabulous views of the surrounding area. The tall ceilings and wooden beamed roofs give the castle an atmosphere of charm and character, but what more would you expect from a Scottish castle wedding?
As we currently don’t provide in-house catering or any services of this kind, we pride ourselves on having close relationships with highly recommended suppliers. From caterers to florists to bagpipers, we are more than happy to help you plan and organise everything for your big day, ensuring a perfect Scottish castle wedding with it being everything you hoped it would be and more!
Please note: the maximum number of guests that we can seat for your wedding ceremony is 36 and we can accommodate up to 14, so, if you’re looking for an idyllic dream venue to host your intimate Scottish castle wedding, we could be just what you’re looking for!
If you would like to take a look at what our previous happy couples had to say, see our guestbook. To see what’s included in our packages, go to our Castle Weddings page. Alternatively, you can contact us.