Duns Castle Estate

£4,750 - £11,000 for Venue Hire
Up to 60
26 Bedrooms
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
Duns Castle is a breathtaking venue on the Scottish borders that transports the bride and groom through history.
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Duns Castle Estate Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
No. of Bedrooms
Sleeps No. of People
Bridal Suite
Honeymoon Suite

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Fireworks Permitted
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Water View
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted
Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Alcohol Licence
Duns Castle Estate Full Description
Duns Castle, dating from the 14th Century, is an idyllic Scottish venue for a fairy-tale castle wedding, where every booking of the Castle is given exclusive use. The 1700-acre estate boasts its own nature reserve complemented by extensive forest trails, bespoke outdoor activities and cultural experiences. Family owned since 1696, the property has stunningly beautiful public rooms, 12 unique bedrooms and 5 holiday cottages (all within easy walking distance of the castle), providing on-site accommodation for up to 46 guests. The castle can comfortably seat 60 for dinner and welcome 100 for cocktails while the extensive lawns offer numerous possibilities for marquees and larger events. Your day is our priority and what is important to you is important to us. Here at Duns Castle, every wedding is unique and we are here to support and advise you along the way so that every aspect of the occasion meets with your vision, your needs and your expectations. As you will discover when you visit us for the first time, Duns Castle Estate is a haven of timeless beauty and tranquility, at one with nature and blessed with stunning backdrops for the ceremony, for the celebration and for the photographs that you will treasure throughout your lives. Furthermore, the ability to accommodate up to 56 guests on the estate creates almost a village atmosphere. It is perhaps not surprising the castle recently starred in a global campaign linked to Disney's Beauty and the Beast and has provided the location for numerous feature films. Duns is also a hugely symbolic wedding venue, for were it not for the Covenanters who amassed their Scottish forces here in 1639, Scotland may not have retained her freedom of worship. Here we welcome all faiths and are licensed for both civil and religious ceremonies. Some couples prefer to be married in the castle, overlooking the nature reserve, while others choose to be married on the lawn or by the water’s edge with the castle as the backdrop. The choice

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Name of Wedding Contact: Andrea
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Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Happy couple married in April
April 2023
We flew our closest friends and family in from the U
We flew our closest friends and family in from the U.S. and stayed at Duns Castle for a week with the wedding ceremony at the tail end of our stay. It was a fantastic adventure to bond our families together and show them everything there is to love about Scotland. My wife and I attended the University of Edinburgh for our MS degrees and fell in love with Scotland with all its serene castles and picturesque landscapes. Knowing we wanted to marry in Scotland we took several years to plan our perfect wedding at the most beautiful castle we could find. Duns was superb in every way providing excellent accommodation, handling all our requests and suggesting various services to help our wedding and entire stay to be magical.
Happy couple married in January
April 2023
I recently got married at Duns Castle and had a perfect wedding and a beautiful time
I recently got married at Duns Castle and had a perfect wedding and a beautiful time. I searched for awhile to find the right spot, because I wanted an exclusive location that wasn't too hard to get to, had some history, and would accommodate my crazy family and friends. And Duns is perfect!!! It is even more stunning than the photos in person, if you can believe it, and the décor is simply gorgeous. You really feel as if you're staying in a historic castle and everything is beautifully maintained. We rented out the castle for a Friday/Saturday night, booked all the cottages, and had some people stay at the inn at Duns. Friday night was Kilt & Casino night in the drawing room, the company that came to the castle did an amazing job. To do dinner easily, we picked up sandwiches and pastries from the bakery in town. I also used the local florist Scentiments and I cannot recommend them enough.. On the big day, we did skeet shooting with Stuart Elworthy. We got married in the drawing room by the Scottish Registrar, and Aline perfectly arranged the room so my mother could play the grand piano as my entrance. We had Regis Catering do our dinner and I was told my multiple people it was the best catered meal they've had at a wedding. Lorraine Ross, our photographer, got some beautiful shots of us atthe lake. I had a 2 person band setup outside the dining room next to the bar and Aline arranged speakers outside for everyone to enjoy. Alot of detail, but I arranged everything by email and phone and it went perfectly. Long story short, if you want to have a beautiful wedding in a Scottish Castle, I very much recommend this venue.
Mr&Mrs Ash
Happy couple married in July
November 2017
Not just a pretty picture
Perfect Wedding! The most beautiful setting you could imagine for your big day. We had to plan it long distance and Jonathan and Natalie were the best people to do so. They've organised everything for us, so we didn't have to worry about small things. They were very involved and helpful all the way through, even on our big day. We had a small party for 50 people and it was just perfect. All of our guests stayed with us in a Castle and cottages on the grounds. Jonathan helped us to organise all the activities for the day before, like archery and croquet. And as a surprise we were offered to plant our tree on the day. Which we did. And it was such a nice touch. Duns Castle is not just beautiful, but truly unique experience. We can't wait to go back there to celebrate our anniversary as it is a part of our family now, not just a remarkable venue.
Duns Castle Estate Location & Contact Details


Duns Castle Duns Berwickshire TD11 3NW, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3NW, Scotland

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Duns Castle Estate Press & Awards

Industry Awards (1)

Shortlisted for Romantic Venue of the Year at the 4th Scottish Weddings Awards

Accreditations (1)

Historic Houses Association (member)
Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Duns Castle Estate?

The most unusual one was the bride arriving up the aisle on a Harley Davidson driven by her father ( outside of course!)

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Let us take the burden of helping you draw all your details logistics and timing together!

Describe Duns Castle Estate in 5 adjectives

Timeless beautiful comfortable welcoming happy

Where’s the best photo spot at Duns Castle Estate?

At the lakeside looking over the water to the castle

What’s your favourite canapé?

Haggis bonbons

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Going to bed!

What is Duns Castle Estate most unique feature?

It's a REAL castle! Owned by the same family since 1696.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our 24 hour care