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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR COUPLES ELOPING TO THE ISLE OF SKYE
03 March 2021

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Isle of Skye Elopements:

This is the biggest adventure of your life and you get to share it with your best friend!

We know, even in challenging times, nothing will prevent your day being every bit as magical as you dreamed.

Scotland is coming back to life, after a period of lockdown, and this means the mountains and glens, lochs and rivers and wondrous scenery is all right here, just waiting for you.

Getting Married Legally:

If you're planning a romantic blessing ceremony, then you don't need to deal with any paperwork.  Both a celebrant or a Highland Council registrar will be able to take a non-legal ceremony for you.

However, for a legal wedding, you need to complete the Marriage Notice (M10) Form no later than 29 days before your intended wedding date (and no sooner than three months before).  The form can be downloaded from the National Records of Scotland website.

For a legal marriage, it is important to contact the registry office nearest your ceremony location.  Click on the links for the Portree and Raasay Service Point, Broadford Service Point and Kyle Service Point.  Registrars are also available to travel to Skye's outdoor locations and will personalise the ceremony to include details such as traditional Scottish hand-fasting, the Quaich ritual, readings and poems. 

You must have two witnesses at your wedding and, as there are always two of us at every shoot, we would be thrilled to help out!  

Elopements:

For couples eloping to the Isle of Skye in 2021, it can be such an exciting prospect to plan your secret elopement!  

As Isle of Skye wedding photographers, we have had the delight of photographing so many couples in love amid the beautiful Scottish landscape.  Is there a location that's special to you?  Let's go there!

 

Isle of Skye Outdoor Elopement Venues:

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Quiraing - an extraordinary landscape for an extraordinary occasion!  

You can find the Quiraing after around a 35-minute drive from the town of Portree.  At the top of a winding road, there is a car park, enabling you to walk just a few feet off the road and have the Quiraing as your background. If you wanted to have your ceremony up the Quiraing itself, the walk takes around two hours but is definitely worth the trek.

 

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Loch Coruisk - there's something romantic about a location that is only practically accessible by boat.  Surrounded by Skye's jagged mountain range, The Cuillins, the loch is often wreathed with atmospheric mist. There is a strong possibility that you will see seals and, occasionally, dolphins on the journey – making this wedding location a favourite for couples with children. 

Boat trips leave from Elgol, which is located approximately a 30-minute drive from the town of Broadford.  Once there, the terrain is fairly easy to walk, but sturdy boots are recommended as the path can be muddy.  Once on the shores of the loch, you can choose whether to hold your ceremony on a windswept cliff or by the loch itself.  Visit or Loch Coruisk Virtual Walkthrough for a more in-depth guide to the terrain.

To book your boat trip, you can contact Misty Isle Boat Trips or Bella Jane Boat Trips. Both lovely teams will be delighted to share all the details and information you need for your trip.

 

 Fairy Pools Wedding Elopement Photographer Photo

Fairy Pools - magical, intensely-coloured pools with a backdrop of jagged Cuillins add drama to your wedding day.  The name itself suggests something special – but the location exceeds your wildest dreams.  

Located close to the Talisker Distillery, the Fairy Pools are around a 35-minute drive from the town of Portree and can be found in Glenbrittle. Getting to the Fairy Pools will require a 20-minute walk both ways, so you might want to wear boots and carry your wedding shoes for this one!  The terrain is easy as there is a path to walk on, but there are large stepping stones and mud to navigate.  Visit our Fairy Pools Virtual Walkthrough guide to get a better idea of the terrain.

There are a number of different pools where you could have your ceremony, including by several waterfalls. 

The car park will be open and charges £5 per car.  Users are asked to bring exact change. 

 

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Elgol - if you do not want to take the boat trip to Loch Coruisk, or the weather is unfavourable, Elgol Harbour makes a gorgeous alternative.  

Head to Broadford and take the turning marked Elgol - located next to the Broadford Hotel.  After a journey of about half an hour, you will find yourself by Elgol Harbour. On a rainy day, the Honeycomb Rock forms a large, overhanging shelter - a perfect place for a ceremony in the rain!  In sunshine, the Honeycomb Rock becomes a warm, glowing sculpture - a magical backdrop for your ceremony and wedding photographs!

 

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The Old Man Of Storr - an intriguing rock, formed by part of the Trotternish landslip.  

Having your wedding at the foot of the Old Man of Storr would take around a 45-minute long walk up hill, on fairly easy terrain.  It can get muddy and boggy in places, so sensible footwear is advised. Alternatively, the Old Man could provide a backdrop to your wedding photographs and is easy to reach. 

 

Staffin Bay Wedding Photo 

Staffin Bay - crashing waves and magical scenery combine to create a stretch of beautiful coastline.  

Staffin Bay is located near to the Quiraing, Duntulm Castle and the Old Man of Storr and is around 17 miles north of Portree.  

 

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Neist Point Lighthouse - iconic, delightful and surrounded by beautiful views, this is an unusual and dramatic wedding venue.  (Please check ceremony options with your Celebrant.)

Neist Point Lighthouse can be found near Glendale.  The walk directly to the lighthouse takes around 45 minutes down a concrete path.  However, if you opt to park in the car park and walk along the coastline, with the Lighthouse as a backdrop, this would save time and still result in impressive views.

 

Fairy Glen Wedding Photographer Photo

Fairy Glen - wind-sculpted green hills, still pools and abundant beauty makes this one of Euphoria's top elopement spots.  

It is located very close to Uig, where the ferry goes to the Outer Hebrides. It is an easy walk to the top of the hill, where a narrow path leads to the famous 'Castle' Ewen. 

  

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Sligachan - stunning scenery and the option to have your wedding ceremony on the ancient bridge, makes Sligachan a terrific wedding location.  

It is located in the middle of Skye, an easy distance from Portree.

  

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Talisker Bay - a gorgeous Skye beach with shining sands.  

Talisker Bay is close to Glenbrittle and the Fairy Pools, in the north of Skye. The walk will take you along easy terrain on a road that fades into a dirt track.  It should take around 20 minutes each way.

 

Coral Beach

Coral Beach - dazzling white and beautifully windswept, this "beach" is one of Skye's top beauty spots.  

The Coral Beach car park located at Waternish, around a 10 minute drive from Dunvegan Castle.  The walk is along easy terrain and takes around 25 minutes each way.

   

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Brothers' Point - incredible land formations and an awesome view of Kilt Rock, this has fast become one of our favourite wedding locations.

Check out our Brothers' Point Virtual Walkthrough, where we guide you through the terrain involved.

 

Dunscaith Castle, in south Skye, is a ruined castle, which stands on top of a cliff-side with stunning views all around.  You can check out more of the location in our Virtual Walkthrough.

 

Duntulm Castle is on the north coast of the Isle of Skye and makes a romantic backdrop, perched on its cliff by the sea.  The castle is around 25 miles north of Portree, via either Uig or Staffin.

 

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the seat of the Clan MacLeod, is just outside the village of Dunvegan.  The interior facilities can be hired for weddings, in the evening.  Arrangements can be made to use the grounds during the day.  Please check with the castle staff directly.  Recently, the castle held its first family wedding in decades.  The Clan Chief recommended Euphoria Photography.

Castle Moil is a small ruined castle by the village of Kyleakin, near the Skye bridge, and is accessed by a short, easy walk, though waterproof footwear would be advised!

Some couples may prefer to elope to a more secret Isle of Skye location.  If this is an option you would like, please discuss this with us at the time of booking.

Most outdoor locations, weather-permitting, are perfect for creating a breathtaking, aerial record from your dream wedding.  Euphoria's official Isle of Skye drone pilot, Sean, is available for spectacular drone footage.

 

Isle of Skye Wedding Flowers:

Sconser Lodge Wedding

Flowers by Carole - Carole takes great pride in her work and the results are stunning.  Carole will create original, floral designs tailor-made for you.  She is based in Portree but runs a delivery service.

 

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Loch Duich Plants - Donald creates gorgeous floral works of art.  He is located close to Eilean Donan Castle and will be delighted to work with you.

 

Isle of Skye Wedding Hair and Makeup:

Loch Coruisk Elopement Photographer Photo

Bee Bonnie - Heather Campbell is a talented hair and make-up artist, who will make certain you are absolutely gorgeous for your special day. 

 

Skye Beauty

Skye Beauty - Lynn is a fully qualified beauty therapist and will ensure you look radiant on your wedding day. 

 

Isle of Skye Wedding Cakes:

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Cakes by Fiona MacKinnon - Fiona produces gorgeous, bespoke wedding cakes.  So, do get in touch with her for some yummy deliciousness!

Creatures of Habit Cakery - Laura lovingly and proudly handcrafts a variety of amazingly-designed, mouth-watering cakes, including plant-free and gluten-free options too. 

 

Isle of Skye Registrars and Celebrants:

Some eloping couples opt to be married in the registry office by one of the experienced registrars there.  We've written a blog to help you get to know them and decide which registry office to get in contact with.  Registrars also travel to outdoor locations. They can include personalised details in your ceremony, such as traditional, Scottish hand-fasting, the Quaich ritual, poems and readings.

Dunscaith Castle Wedding Photographer Heart And Soul Ceremonies Celebrant Photo

Sonja Eckl-Riel - Sonja can conduct wedding ceremonies in both German and English, offering a ceremony that reflects the couple's beliefs and relationship.  Sonja is an interfaith minister.

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Davina McCluskie - We worked with Davina at a gorgeous Fiscavaig Beach Vow Renewal and at numerous elopement ceremonies, where we have witnessed her enthusiasm and warmth.

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Neil Lynch - Elgin-based humanist celebrant, Neil, regularly travels to Skye to conduct wedding ceremonies usually accompanied by his super-friendly dog, Tanni!

Two of the newer celebrants in the area are Francesca Leigh and Rona Burstow.  Francesca has a kindly, caring personality which translates well into wedding ceremonies, and Rona is located on the mainland.

 

Isle of Skye Wedding Dresses and Kilts:

Bridal boutiques in the Highlands can be found here. For exclusive, original wedding gowns, Scottish couturier, Sandra Murray, designs with a heartfelt passion and love of Scottish textiles. Joyce Young, who trained at Glasgow School of Art, offers a distinctive collection of dresses, including a tartan-wedding range. Gorgeous Harris Tweed jackets for men plus kilt-making and kilt-hire, in various tartans, are offered by Kathleen of Celtic Clothing. We have personally worked with both Sandra and Kathleen and would highly recommend their outstanding services. (You may want to ask your kilt provider about the Isle of Skye's own tartan, which perfectly echoes the colours of Skye's landscape.)

 

Isle of Skye Wedding Rings:

Wedding Rings Isle of Skye Love From Skye Jewellers Photo

Love From Skye - Bryony and Paul run a gorgeous jewellery shop in Broadford and make truly iconic wedding rings featuring Skye's Cuillin ridge.  They will design and make your rings according to your specifications.

Their shop also stocks quaichs, for a uniquely Scottish touch to your wedding ceremony.  

Quaich Wedding Photographer Skye Photo

The quaich is used to share a sip of whisky together and is believed to be the origin of the phrase "the loving cup."  

 

Isle of Skye Musicians:

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Skye Piper Ally K - Ally is great to work with and a talented bagpipe player!  He is pictured above against the awesome background near the Quiraing.  

 

Isle of Skye Wedding Musician Piper Photographer Photo

Alan Mackenzie is the Pipe Major of Skye's local pipe band and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him at an Elgol wedding, where he bravely played while everyone sheltered from the cloudburst!  Alan is based in Portree and his contact details are: 07785113771 or alanmackenzie1@hotmail.com.

 

Isle of Skye Indoor Locations, Wedding Accommodation & Celebration Dining:

Our Let's Elope page gives information on indoor venues, most of which offer luxurious accommodation and fine dining.   Details about nearby accommodation and excellent food are provided with the suggested outdoor locations on the same page.

 

If there is anything more we can do to make your wedding planning even easier, please reach out.  We'd love to hear from you and learn all about your elopement plans!

 

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We are available for assignments anywhere in the world, including Iceland, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Coruisk, Dunvegan Castle, The Quiraing, The Old Man Of Storr, The Fairy Pools, The Fairy Glen, Neist Point Lighthouse, Talisker Bay, Fiscavaig Bay, Glenbrittle Bay, Staffin Beach, Braes, Broadford, Elgol, Sligachan, Staffin, Dunscaith Castle, Duntulm Castle, Castle Moil, Glasgow, Birmingham, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris, Isle of North Uist, Isle of South Uist, Isle of Raasay, Isle of Eriskay, Flodigarry Country House Hotel, Duisdale Country House Hotel, Toravaig Hotel, Skeabost Country House Hotel, Cuillin Hills Hotel, Sconser Lodge Hotel,  Kilchurn Castle,  Armadale Castle, Luskentyre Beach, West Highland Hotel, Mallaig, Knoydart and Plockton.  

 


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