Rothesay Castle

Unique among Scottish castles for its age and unusual circular plan, this moated fortress is a wedding venue like no other.

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Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle. Find out more about our conservation work.

Rothesay Castle is suitable for:

  • ceremonies
  • photography

Unique among Scottish castles for both its early date and unusual circular plan, Rothesay Castle offers you a wedding venue like no other. Built in the early 1200s, the castle had a long and close association with the Stewart kings of Scotland. Today, its splendid moat and impressive gatehouse lend wedding ceremonies and photography a suitably dramatic air.

Roman Catholic wedding ceremonies can’t be held at Rothesay Castle.

Great Hall

Capacity: 60 people seated or 100 standing (80 standing and 20 seated)

Cross the moat and climb the stairs to your wedding ceremony in the main chamber of the castle. Restored in 1900, the Great Hall boasts many original features. Its immensely thick stone walls are exposed, while a beamed wooden ceiling adds warmth to the room.

St Michael’s Chapel

Capacity: 40 people seated or 60 people all standing

Hold your small wedding in this intimate and romantic space. The chapel, which is in the castle’s courtyard, was added in the early 15th century, when James IV and James V made substantial changes. Wheelchair accessible.

Courtyard (open air)

Capacity: 60 people seated or 100 standing (60 standing and 40 seated)

Get married outside, right at the heart of Rothesay Castle. The courtyard is a stunning outdoor space to have your ceremony. Wheelchair accessible.


You can hire Rothesay Castle just for your wedding photographs, even if your ceremony will be held elsewhere.

Find out more about wedding photography or contact Rothesay Castle direct on 01700 502 691 for details.

Types of ceremony

Religious and humanist wedding ceremonies. Civil ceremonies by agreement with registrar.

Please note Catholic ceremonies can't be performed at Rothesay Castle.


Postcode: PA20 0DA

In Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, which is reached by ferry from Wemyss Bay (on the A78).

More information

Download the Rothesay Castle Wedding brochure [PDF, 1.9MB]

Find out more about Rothesay Castle


Weddings Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8973

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