By Karen Peattie

IN THE centre of one of Scotland’s great gardens, Fingask Castle and pavilion have amazing views over the Tay, making this Perthshire venue a magical setting for a wedding.

With the advantage of the flexible, modern pavilion, Fingask can host weddings of any size, from five people (in the castle) to 300 people in the pavilion.

It’s a wonderful rural location yet just 25 minutes’ drive from Perth and Dundee, 80 minutes from Aberdeen, and an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Fingask Castle’s Pavilion is a flexible space for weddings

Fingask Castle’s Pavilion is a flexible space for weddings

 

“One of the things that people appreciate about Fingask is that we can accommodate up to 70 people in modestly priced self-catering accommodation,” says owner Andrew Threipland. “We are a family house – it may not be as tidy as those smart hotels but here our brides and grooms are dealing with my wife Helen and myself.”

In pre-Covid times, Fingask hosted weddings for up to 300 guests with receptions held either inside the historic castle or the pavilion, or both.

“As well as our beautiful gardens, which make Fingask very special and have lots of great places to take those all-important photographs, we also have our Long Gallery which has been called the prettiest room in Scotland,” says Andrew.

The historic gardens at Fingask Castle make a beautiful backdrop for your wedding

The historic gardens at Fingask Castle make a beautiful backdrop for your wedding

 

“It’s a good room for weddings and also for the Fingask follies, the musical that we have been creating and putting on here for 25 years. The acoustics are wonderful and we have heard some of Britain’s great young voices here.

“Even in these Covid times we’re seeing that people still want to get married and rather than cancel or postpone, they’re going ahead with a small wedding as restrictions allow, then they come back for a big knees-up and celebrate with all their friends and family, for no extra cost.”

Most of the accommodation at Fingask, a 350-acre estate, is in self-catering cottages but there is a new addition of nine “potting sheds”. “They are what the young call ‘pods’,” says Andrew. “Comfortable twin-bedded rooms with luxury wet rooms and a kettle – luxurious but cheap.”

Fingask Castle stages both civil and religious ceremonies within its extensive grounds. “There are no hidden costs because it’s made very clear what is included and what is not,” says Andrew. “Our team at Fingask works with you to ensure that everything is perfect on your big day.”

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