Simply Elope!

When you hear “Scottish Elopement” you probably think straight away of Gretna Green, the spiritual home of the runaway wedding. 

With more relaxed wedding laws in Scotland versus England it was an ancient tradition to run away over the border to Scotland to exchange vows in secret. 

Whilst times have changed the tradition certainly still exists with many couples choosing to head north to Scotland when planning their elopement and it’s easy to understand why. 

With its natural beauty, Scotland can’t be beaten, our rugged mountains, secluded island getaways and legal outdoor ceremonies Scotland has a lot to offer for adventurous couples. 

Over the past 18 years I have arranged many elopements at The Lodge.

If you want to elope somewhere beautiful and completely breathtaking, then there is nowhere else in the world you could wish to do so than here….

You can use the beauty of nature as your venue. 

You really can’t beat the mountains that are overlooking the sea and when the fog rolls in it just makes everything so much more dramatic.

Is there anything more intoxicating than the idea of eloping? 

The act of stripping everything back to what truly matters…

You and your beloved, your promises, your passion is superbly simple but romantic, and these elopements will certainly leave you weak at the knees. 

Get ready to exhale as we share some incredibly stylish and utterly adorable couples who decided to elope to “Bonny Scotland”.

If you are deliberating over whether or not to elope?  or if you ever wondered what eloping actually involves…

When you only have eyes for each other, which is just as it should be, and look breathtaking against the beautiful backdrop of the Scottish Mountains… 

These stunning photos are intimate and exquisite…

Be Prepared!

First things first, Scotland is a land of mountains and lochs.

Many of the most beautiful locations in the world are here, but remember… 

The weather in this part of the country can be completely different to what you find in other parts of the UK and it’s not uncommon to have 4 seasons in one day.

But not to worry, that cosy log fire roaring in our Summerhouse, that is so much more inviting after your wedding meal served in our spectacular famous Treehouse…

Elopements are on the rise, that is why modern couples are running away from the large lavish weddings…

Eloping completely takes off the pressure of planning the perfect wedding.

There is a rising group of modern couples who want to get as far away as possible from the pressure and traditions of larger weddings.

That is why some couples love the idea of eloping…


Weddings in Scotland require two legal witnesses for the wedding ceremony, but don’t fear! We will be your witnesses.

Here at The Lodge on Loch Goil, we regard this as a great honour to be chosen to witness your ceremony. 

I have arranged over 1,200 weddings with many of them being elopements. 

The modern couple knows no boundaries, and if they want to get married in a Treehouse like ours, the wedding becomes less traditional and very unique.

Remember, elopements don’t always take the same form as a traditional wedding, but to get married without the knowledge of others, is still a very brave thing to do, but remember you can still elope in complete luxury.

If you are brave and want to escape from the large traditional weddings, then why not elope to the beautiful Lodge on Loch Goil, a little piece of heaven…

I feel marriage is not about the certificate, it’s about making a commitment to each other which is from the heart…

Getting married is a big decision to make in your life.  

Eloping provides the opportunity for the couple to just make it happen and follow their dreams…

Find out more about our Elopement Wedding Package

“You don’t always need a plan, sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens”

Follow your heart…

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on Loch Goil
Argyll, Scotland
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This is probably one of the most beautiful venues we’ve been to.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this stunning all inclusive venue for any wedding or event. If you’re looking for stunning scenery, accomodation and service, the lodge is the place!

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