Welcome to my Isle of Skye elopement planning guide! If you’re considering an elopement, let me tell you – the Isle of Skye is one of the most breathtaking locations to tie the knot. With its rugged landscapes, towering mountains, jagged cliffs, and rolling hills, it’s the perfect spot for an intimate and adventurous ceremony. Whether you’re looking for a wild and windswept backdrop or a tranquil, secluded spot to exchange vows, Skye has it all. In this guide, I’ll share my knowledge as an experienced elopement photographer and offer tips and insights to help you plan the perfect elopement on the Isle of Skye. So, let’s get started and make your dream elopement a reality!

One of the things that makes the Isle of Skye such a great spot for eloping is all the outdoor activities you can do here. Whether you’re into hiking, climbing or water sports, the island has something for everyone. And if you want to add a touch of history and tradition to your elopement, there are plenty of castles and ancient standing stones to explore.

But what really makes the Isle of Skye special is its ever-changing weather and diverse landscapes. It’s like a photographer’s dream come true! You’ll have the opportunity to capture beautiful photographs in different weather conditions, light and colors, It’s truly magical!

And let’s not forget about the luxury accommodations, restaurants, and bars on the island. Whether you’re looking for a self-catering cottage or a fancy hotel, you’ll find plenty of options to make your elopement truly special.

In short, the Isle of Skye is a fantastic spot for eloping. It’s got everything you could want – natural beauty, adventure, history, luxury and romance. It’s truly an unforgettable place that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

My step-by-step guide:

1) Choose your ideal date

Take into consideration the time of year, weather conditions and any events or holidays that may affect your elopement plans. Eloping on the Isle of Skye can be a beautiful experience at any time of year, each season has its own charm and appeal.

Here’s a breakdown of the different seasons and what you can expect:

  1. Spring (March-May): Spring is a great time to elope on the Isle of Skye as the weather starts to improve and the island comes to life with new growth and wildflowers. The days are longer, and the temperatures are mild, making it ideal for outdoor activities and exploring the island.
  1. Summer (June-August): Summer is the most popular season for eloping on the Isle of Skye, with the longest days and the best weather. The island is at its busiest during this time, so it’s essential to book accommodations and vendors well in advance. The island offers stunning landscapes, and the weather is perfect for outdoor wedding ceremonies, and photography.
  2. Autumn (September-November): Autumn is another great time to elope on the Isle of Skye as the island transforms into a canvas of orange, red, and yellow. The weather can be unpredictable, but the crowds have thinned out, and the island is quieter, making it an ideal time for a more intimate elopement.
  3. Winter (December-February): Winter can be a magical time to elope on the Isle of Skye, with the possibility of snow and frosty landscapes. The days are shorter, and the weather can be harsh, but with proper planning and preparation, a winter elopement can be a unique and memorable experience.

The Isle of Skye is a beautiful place with a lot to offer throughout the year, but the best time to elope would be during the spring or autumn as they provide the perfect balance of beauty and comfort. But whatever season you decide, it will be special and it’s worth noting that the Isle of Skye’s weather can be unpredictable and changeable, so it’s important to be prepared for all seasons.

2) Choose a location that takes your breath away

Choose a spot that makes your heart flutter and represents the love you share. The Isle of Skye offers a wide variety of beautiful locations to choose from, including rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, and ancient castles. Some popular options include the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, the Fairy Glen.


This is a popular spot for elopements because it offers panoramic views of the Trotternish Ridge. The Quiraing is a landslip of ancient basaltic rock on the northeastern part of the island, and it’s known for its unique and dramatic landscapes. The Quiraing is an absolutely stunning spot on the Isle of Skye, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular spot for eloping couples. The landscape is out-of-this-world beautiful, with jagged peaks, deep valleys, and rolling hills that make for a picturesque ceremony backdrop. Plus, it’s a bit more secluded and private, making it a great option for those wanting a more intimate ceremony. It’s located just 30 minutes drive from Portree, and is easily accessible via a well-maintained trail. The nearest villages, Staffin and Uig, are connected by a single-track road, and the car park is just a short walk away from the beautiful ridge. Eloping at the Quiraing during the spring or autumn, and particularly at sunrise, is just dreamy (photo below was taken in April). The soft light and those rich, red hues make for the most romantic and intimate setting. Plus, with fewer people around, it’ll feel like the place is all yours to share that special moment together. It’s truly magical and one of the best times to say your vows in this beautiful location.

Fairy Glen

Oh, the Fairy Glen is a magical place! It’s no wonder it’s so popular among eloping couples. It’s known for its unique and otherworldly landscapes. The glen is a small, circular valley surrounded by lush green hills and a babbling stream running through it. Plus, it’s dotted with miniature hills and conical mounds that are said to be the homes of fairies – hence the name! The unique geology and the natural beauty of the area make it a perfect location for an elopement ceremony. This location is perfect for couples who want a ceremony in a mystical and enchanting setting. The best time to elope in the Fairy Glen is during the summer evening or spring and autumn early in the morning. During these times, the soft light and natural colors of the surroundings create a truly epic and romantic ambiance for your ceremony. The natural light is also perfect for photography, allowing for stunning and unique photographs of your special day. Additionally, during these times, the glen is less crowded, making it a perfect spot for an intimate ceremony.

Old Man of Storr

This iconic rocky peak is a popular spot for elopements, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. This is located on the Trotternish peninsula in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, which is why it is one of the busiest places to elope. The Old Man of Storr is a beautiful and unique location for an elopement ceremony, the hike to the Old Man of Storr is considered moderate to strenuous and it’s a great option for couples who love hiking and the great outdoors. The hike to the Old Man of Storr starts at the car park and takes about 2-3 hours round trip, depending on the pace. The trail is well-marked and follows a path through heather, grass and rock. As you hike, you will be treated to stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coastlines. The final ascent is steep, but the view from the top is worth the effort. The Old Man of Storr is a natural rock formation that stands at around 160 feet tall and is a stunning backdrop for an elopement ceremony.The stunning views and natural beauty make it a perfect place to exchange vows and create lasting memories. The best time to elope here is during the autumn or winter, at sunrise or sunset. The lighting during these times creates a truly captivating ambiance that highlights the beauty of the Old Man of Storr. You’ll be able to witness a beautiful show of colours and natural light that will make your ceremony even more special and memorable.


Are you thinking about eloping and looking for a truly breathtaking and secluded spot? Well, let me tell you, Elgol on the Isle of Skye is definitely worth considering! Located Southwest of Skye, Elgol is only accessible by a single track road from Broadford which takes about an hour. But trust me, the journey is worth it. One of the best things about Elgol is that it’s a small and remote village. This makes it an ideal spot for couples who want a more very intimate and private ceremony. You won’t have to worry about big tourist crowds or nosy onlookers, which means you’ll have more privacy and freedom to enjoy your special day. It’s truly a hidden gem and one of the most beautiful places on earth. Not only is Elgol a hidden gem, but it also offers some of the most incredible views you’ll ever see. On a clear day, you can see all the way out to the Outer Hebrides! It’s truly breathtaking. Elgol has a very large rock with a unique honeycomb texture. The rock’s unique honeycomb texture makes it a very photogenic spot, which is perfect for capturing those special moments on your big day. It is only 150 metres from the car park which makes it easily accessible and perfect for those who don’t want to hike for hours to reach the ceremony spot. With the beautiful views, the unique rock, and the accessibility, Elgol is truly a hidden gem and one of the most beautiful places on earth. The best time to elope here is Spring and summer at sunset.

Loch Coruisk

Eloping at Loch Coruisk is an experience like no other! The best part of eloping at Loch Coruisk is that it’s a truly unique and special spot that can only be accessed by boat, making it feel like your own secret paradise. Plus, who doesn’t love a good boat adventure? From Elgol, the boat trip to get there is an adventure in itself, as you’ll be whisked past some of the most beautiful landscapes in the island. You’ll feel like you’re the only people in the world as you exchange your vows in front of the breathtaking views of the loch and surrounded by the Cuillin mountains. It’s important to keep in mind that the weather can be unpredictable on Skye, so it’s best to check the forecast and have backup plans in place. The boats typically run from March to October, but the trip may be called off if the weather is too severe. To make your elopement extra special, consider booking a private boat trip with Misty Isle Boat trips or Belle Jane boat trips. This allows you to have the entire loch to yourselves for your ceremony, making it a truly intimate and unforgettable experience. Summer and all times of the day are the best time to elope here, as the weather is typically good and the views are simply breathtaking.


Sligachan is a beautiful location for eloping because of its natural beauty and historical significance. The area is known for its picturesque landscapes, including the Sligachan Bridge, which is over 200 years old and is surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Cuillin Hills. The location is very close from Portree, and you can choose to have your ceremony either at the bridge or at one of the many nearby locations with beautiful views. The best time to elope in Sligachan is in the autumn or winter.

Fairy Pools

Eloping at the Fairy Pools is an enchanting experience. Located in the heart of the Isle of Skye, this natural wonder is home to crystal clear pools, waterfalls and breathtaking views of the Cuillin Mountains. Located just 35 minutes from Portree, the Fairy Pools are easily accessible via a well-maintained car park and restroom facilities. And the best part? The views just keep getting better and better the further you go, and for a ceremony, the top of the pools is highly recommended. The 30-minute trek to the top of the pools for your ceremony is in a well-made gravel track with a slight incline, so it’s not too strenuous. But trust me, it’s worth it for the views.

Duntulum Castle

Duntulm Castle is an iconic landmark located on the Northern coast of the Isle of Skye. It is a beautiful and historic location, with a rich history dating back to the 14th century. The castle ruins offer an enchanting setting for an elopement, with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and the sea. The ruins are surrounded by lush greenery and provide a sense of seclusion and privacy, making it the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony. Additionally, the castle’s rich history adds an extra layer of romance and significance to the occasion. The location is also accessible by car, making it easy to reach and plan for the elopement. The best time to elope here is in Spring and Summer, during the day, when the weather is mild and the views are stunning.

Neist Point

Neist Point is a popular spot for elopements because of its stunning coastal views.Located on the westernmost point of Skye, it offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Outer Hebrides. It is about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Portree, the main town on the island. The lighthouse at the point offers a picturesque backdrop for ceremonies, and the surrounding area is great for photography. The walk to the point is relatively easy from the car park. The best time to elope here is in the summer when the light is soft and the colours of the sky and water are particularly vibrant. It’s truly a magical and romantic location particularly at sunset, photos below were taken in April at around 9pm at night.

Here’s an additional locations to consider for eloping on the Isle of Skye: Brother’s Point, Talisker Bay, Dunscaith Castle, Coral Beach.

3) Decide who will conduct your ceremony

In Scotland, you have the option to have a religious or civil ceremony. It’s important to note that on the Isle of Skye, you can have your ceremony anywhere, as long as it’s approved by your celebrant or local registration authority.

For a humanist ceremony, The Humanist Society Scotland has a wide range of registered celebrants available.

4) Decide who will be your witnesses

It’s important to note that anyone over the age of 16 can act as a witness for your elopement ceremony. While it’s always nice to have family and friends present, it’s not necessary. However, if you are eloping with only the two of you, your photographer can also act as a witness, which is an honor for them and they will be happy to do it. My husband and I are happy to serve as witnesses for your ceremony. Additionally, your celebrant may be able to provide a second witness if needed.

5) Obtain your marriage license

Make sure you have all the necessary documents and meet the legal requirements for getting married in Scotland. To begin the process, both you and your partner will need to give notice to the district registrar for the area where you plan to marry. This is done by filling out an M10 form and submitting it along with your birth certificates to the registrar.

For eloping on the Isle of Skye, you will need to get in touch with the Portree & Raasay Office. It’s important to note that notices must be given to the district registrar no earlier than 3 months and no later than 29 days before the date of the marriage.

If either you or your partner is not from the UK, it’s important to also apply for a marriage visa in order to get married in Scotland. The earliest you can apply for this type of visa is no earlier than 3 months before your travel date. It’s important to note that this type of visa has a cost of £100. It’s recommended to check the specific requirements of your country and the UK immigration website for more information. Also, you can check if you need a visa here.

6) Hire your vendors (such as photographers, florist, etc)

A professional photographer can capture the beauty and emotion of your elopement and provide you with lasting memories. Look for a photographer who has experience shooting elopements and who has a style that you like. I am deeply passionate about capturing the unique love story of each and every one of my clients. I would love the opportunity to capture the memories of your special day and create beautiful and lasting images that tell your love story. If you have any questions or would like to book me for your elopement, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I would be more than happy to assist you in any way that I can. If you want to enquire, fill in my contact form and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

I’d be happy to provide you supplier recommendations if you ever need it.

7) Plan your transportation

When planning a visit to the highlands of Scotland, it is highly recommended to drive a car as it is the most convenient and flexible way to explore the area as the locations on the Isle of Skye can be remote and may not be easily accessible by public transportation.

The drive from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye is about 230 miles and takes around 5 hours, while from Glasgow it’s 204 miles and takes about 4.5 hours. This is an opportunity to enjoy the nature and beauty of the highlands at your own pace and make the most of your trip.

8) Plan your attire

Decide what you and your partner will wear for your elopement and make sure it is appropriate for the weather and location. Keep in mind that some of the locations on the Isle of Skye can be rugged and may require more sturdy footwear.

9) Research for accommodation and other services

It is important to book in advance as the best options might be fully booked during peak season.

Romantic & Unique places to stay on the Isle of Skye for your elopement

Skye Red Fox Retreat

It’s the perfect place to unplug, relax and enjoy nature while being surrounded by luxury. The Skye Red Fox Retreat is a fantastic option for a luxurious glamping experience in North Skye. The cabin is situated close to the Quiraing and Old Man of Storr, making it an ideal location for eloping couples and have a comfortable and unique accommodation experience, where they can relax and unwind in style. To book, see it on Airbnb.

Monkstadt 1745

Monkstadt 1745 is a luxurious lodge that offers all the amenities you need to make your elopement in the Isle of Skye truly special. It offers a variety of options to suit different needs and preferences, whether it’s a self-contained cottage for just the couple or a larger space to accommodate guests as well. The main lodge has 5 4-poster luxury bedrooms perfect for couples who are looking for a place to stay that offers both privacy and luxury.

One of the unique features of this property is that it has its own restaurant and bar. Additionally, the house is dog-friendly, so you can bring along your furry companion to make the occasion even more special.

Located on the north coast of the Isle of Skye, the property is just 40 minutes drive from Portree and has easy access to popular destinations such as the Quiraing. With its secluded location and breathtaking views, it’s the perfect spot for couples who want to elope in a peaceful and private setting. The Quiraing is one of the most popular and picturesque places in Isle of Skye for elopements, and with Monkstadt 1745, you’ll have the perfect place to call home while you explore this beautiful location.

Other unique accomodation

North Skye – Black H, Harlosh

Central Skye – Blackhouses

South Skye – The Tin Sheds

West Skye – Eagle rock – applecross

North West Skye – The Tin House

Other accommodations

North Skye – The Three Chimneys

Central Skye – Skeabost House Hotel Cuillin Hills Hotel, Sligachan Hotel

South Skye – Duisdale House Hotel, Kinloch Lodge, Coruisk House

10) Collect your Marriage Schedule

It is important to note that your Marriage Schedule, which is a legal document required for your wedding ceremony, must be collected in person by either you or your partner no less than 7 days before the ceremony, from the registrar office that is local to your ceremony location.

11) Hand in your Marriage Schedule after your elopement

It is important to note that in order for your wedding ceremony to be legally registered, you must ensure that the Marriage Schedule, is submitted to the local registrar no later than 3 days after your ceremony. This is a mandatory step to make your wedding legally binding.

How to make your elopement extra special

Writing and reading your vows

Writing and reading your own vows can be a special and meaningful part of a wedding ceremony for several reasons:

  1. Personalization: Writing your own vows allows you to express your love and commitment in a way that is unique and personal to you and your partner. It can be a way to reflect on your relationship and express the things that are most important to you.
  2. Emotion: Writing and reading your own vows can be a powerful and emotional experience. It can bring a deeper level of meaning to the ceremony and make it more personal and intimate.
  3. Memory: The vows that you write and read on your wedding day will be a lasting reminder of the promises you made to each other. You can look back on them in the future and remember the emotions and feelings of that day.
  4. Symbolism: Vows are a symbolic way to express the commitment that you are making to each other. It is a way to show that you are willing to make a lifetime commitment to your partner.
  5. Showing authenticity: Writing your own vows allows you to express your true feelings for your partner and show how authentic your love is. It creates a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of your partner.

Overall, writing and reading your own vows can make your wedding ceremony more meaningful, emotional, and personal, and allow you to express your love for your partner in a unique and authentic way. The vows do not have to be long, a few heartfelt sentences will be enough. Take some time to think about why you are choosing to spend the rest of your life with this person. Keep in mind that eloping gives you the freedom to write your vows on the spot, reflecting the emotions and feelings of that exact moment. Imagine reading them back on your anniversary and reliving the memories of your intimate elopement on the Isle of Skye.


Hand-fasting is an ancient Celtic tradition that has recently gained popularity as a way to add a personal and symbolic touch to a wedding ceremony. The ritual involves binding the hands of the couple together using a cord or ribbon, symbolizing their unity and commitment to each other. The phrase “tying the knot” comes from this tradition.

Hand-fasting ceremonies are special because they allow couples to personalize their wedding ceremony in a meaningful way. They can be incorporated into a traditional wedding ceremony or used as the primary ritual in a more alternative ceremony. The couple can choose the colors and materials used in the hand-fasting cord or ribbon, as well as the words spoken during the binding. Some couples choose to add personal elements such as charms or beads to the cord to represent different aspects of their relationship.

Hand-fasting ceremonies are also special because they are rooted in ancient Celtic tradition, which gives them a sense of history and spirituality. In the past, hand-fasting was considered a legal binding and was considered a “trial marriage” for a year and a day. This added a level of commitment and seriousness to the ceremony.

Overall, hand-fasting ceremonies are special because they are a unique and personal way for couples to express their love and commitment to each other. It’s a beautiful ritual that brings together tradition, symbolism and personalization.

Inviting close family members

If you’re thinking about inviting some close family members to your elopement, there are a few things to consider.

  1. Support: Having family members present at your elopement can provide emotional support and a sense of comfort, especially if you’re feeling nervous or anxious.
  2. Memory-making: Having family members present at your elopement can create special memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. They can be a part of the special day and share in the joy and excitement of your elopement.
  3. Keeping traditions: If you come from a culture that places a high value on family and tradition, it may be important to have family members present at your elopement to honor those traditions and show respect for your family.
  4. Sharing the experience: Eloping can be an intimate and personal experience, but it can also be nice to share the day with a few close family members who will understand and appreciate the significance of the occasion.
  5. Photography and videography: Having family members present at your elopement can add more people to the photographs and videos of your special day, making them more meaningful and memorable.

Just make sure to consider the type of relationship you have with your family members, and whether they would be comfortable and supportive of your decision to elope. Communicate with them and make sure they understand the nature of your elopement and are comfortable with your decision to keep it small.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to invite close family members is a personal one and should be based on what you and your partner feel is best for your special day. So, weigh the pros and cons and make a decision that feels right for you and your loved ones.

Capturing the unique love story of my clients is my greatest passion. Allow me to preserve the memories of your special day by creating stunning and enduring images that tell your love story. For inquiries or bookings for your elopement, please feel free to contact me. I am more than willing to assist you in any way I can. If you’re interested, kindly fill out my contact form and I will respond to you promptly.

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