the perfect marriage of ancient & modern
Totally private and 500 years old, Aikwood Tower is steeped in history and romance. Bursting with character, it is a perfect marriage of ancient and modern – making it the ideal venue if you're looking for a unique, intimate Scottish castle wedding with five-star style. There's no better place to celebrate the first day of the rest of your lives together.
The first registered marriage at Aikwood Tower was in 1602 between Robert Scott of Aikwood and Elspeth Murray of Elibank, thus preserving the union of two influential families of the Scottish Borders. Their marriage stone, visible in the Laich Hall, presides over today's wedding ceremonies and celebrations.
Aikwood Tower provides the backdrop to a wedding with serious wow factor and a day that you and your guests will remember forever. Its magical charms, stunning woodland surroundings and contemporary accommodation, captivate everyone who visits.
Available on an exclusive hire basis (Friday to Monday for weekends, or two nights minimum during the week), it is perfect for religious, humanist or civil weddings with up to seventy guests.
Couples are able to use the building and grounds as they wish depending on guest numbers and wedding plans. The historic building, natural stonework and picturesque gardens really are a blank canvas that allows couples to create the wedding style and atmosphere that's just perfect for them.
Small, intimate wedding ceremonies are ideal in the Great Hall, while for larger guest numbers the Laich Hall situated within the main Aikwood Tower building is wonderful and can be decorated as you wish. For the wedding breakfast and dancing, our converted cart shed provides an impressive and versatile rustic space for you to celebrate your marriage in style.
The beautiful walled garden and orchard create a wonderful outdoor setting for drinks, photographs, games and socialising. Many couples also choose to have their ceremony outside on the lawn or terrace – Scottish weather permitting!
No two weddings are the same at Aikwood Tower and so central to the planning process, from the outset, is close collaboration with every couple to bring their ideas and dreams to life.
An experienced and friendly wedding team is on hand to provide specialist and creative advice on all aspects of the wedding day - from budget advice to venue styling, flowers to photographers, drinks to music.
Each couple that marries at Aikwood Tower has a very individual idea for how they want their day to look and feel. How our function spaces are used and styled are all designed around them. Find some of your own inspiration and ideas in our wedding gallery.
Thank you to all our lovely couples and their photographers for sharing their very special pictures and memories with us.
A PLACE Full of history
The Scottish Borders has some of the richest and most dramatic history in the whole of Scotland. Discover turbulent tales of the Border Reviers, journey through the ancient hunting grounds and houses of Scottish royalty, immerse yourself in the literature of Walter Scott and James Hogg and trace your own family connections to the area. Or just soak up the fantastic history of Aikwood Tower – the 500-year-old walls have many stories to tell!