Let’s try something new or simply do something you love
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Now, you’re adventurous and you want to elope. Well, why don’t you have a little adventure or two on your wedding day? Here are a couple of ideas for activities which you can actually include in your day. Do something you love or try something new. Get that wedding dress a little dirty.
In the last 6 years I’ve hiked and explored all across Scotland so I am always happy to throw in an idea for the activities you could do. Because eloping doesn’t have to be just about the getting married stuff, it can be about you two doing the stuff you love. And I’ll help you plan and capture it.
Scotland is made for hiking. With wide variety of paths from wheelchair accessible to the pathless bog or occasional scramble, there is something for everyone and the views are spectacular all the way. If you’d like to include some hiking in your day just let me know what you’d like the route to be like and what kind of difficulty and I’ll give you some ideas. Great website to have a look at for planning hikes is Walk Highlands and I also wrote a bit more about hiking in Scotland and my favourite hills on the blog.
The weather in Scotland can be a bit temperamental, but we’ll always have plan B in case of downpour – or we’ll just embrace the elements. Whatever suits you the best.
Take hiking and take it up one level. Pack all your stuff plus a wedding dress and hike somewhere far far away to wake up into glorious sunrise to get ready and share your vows. Another alternative instead of a tiny tent is to stay in one of the remote hikers bothies (A donation to Mountain Bothy Association is very welcome!), or even more luxurious simply book one of the beautifully made up bothies on Airbnb – such as Inverlonan (near Oban).
Well, mountain biking is something I am yet to try, but there is quite a bit of buzz about it in Scotland.
Cable Car Ride
Who said you can’t have the summit views when you don’t really fancy walking that much. You can hitch a cable car ride in Nevis Range or Glencoe Mountain (both not far from Fort William). And if the weather is too bad, there are still many easy low level walks you can do.
4×4 Car Rental
Who wouldn’t like a white Landy to cruise in on your wedding day. There are many adventure car rentals in Scotland, many equipped with roof tents – so you can camp anywhere. For example: Stray Scotland.
Skinny dipping on your wedding day? Sounds great to me! There is real abundance of beautiful crystal clear rivers and lochs, so just pick a spot near you and jump in (obviously with all the needed care ). Amazing places for a wild swim are Glen Etive and of course all those sandy beaches on Hebrides, if you’ll brave the cold.
There are plenty of companies specialising in seakayaking day trips or expeditions and will provide you with a guide and the gear. Great places for seakyaking in Scotland are Arisaig (not far from Fort William) or Shieldaig and Loch Torridon.
Loch & River Kayaking
Just as with sea kayaking, there are plenty of companies offering boat rental – be it kayak or canoe. You can kayak on Loch Morlich in Cairngorms, Loch Maree or in remote places such as Assynt.
If you fancy something a wee bit bigger – boat trips are great way to get to remote places and spot some wildlife on the way. You can even take your full wedding party over there. Great boat trips are from Elgol to Loch Coruisk on Isle of Skye (perfect place for a ceremony), Steamship Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katerine in Loch Lomond, Isle of Staffa tour form Oban (with puffins) or a full day boat trip to St Kilda (from Isle of Skye or Hebrides) – the remotest of the Scottish Isles with scenic cliffs and remains of a village.
If you’re up for a little scramble, Scotland is here to serve. There are so many climbing opportunities all across Scotland – from Dunkeld all the way to Isle of Skye. Aonach Eagach or An Teallach is a fun scramble, might not be possible in wedding dress. But who says you have to spend the whole day in a long gown. Get on your wedding harness!
Something for extreme lovers. You can Bungee jump in Scotland over Garry River in Killicrankie.
Surprisingly enough, paragliding is not really a thing in Scotland, as much as in Europe. Some popular locations include Nevis Range or Isle of Arran. If you both paraglide you can do hike & fly from Ben Nevis with a scenic ceremony on the summit.
Located conveniently just a hour from Glasgow or hour and half from Edinburgh, Loch Lomond Seaplanes can take you for a tour of nearby area or even as far as Isle of Skye. You can land and have your ceremony on an island or remote shore of your choice.
Snowboarding & skiing
The best places for snowboarding and skiing are Aviemore, Ben Nevis Range or Glencoe.
Scotland Adventurous Elopement Photographer
Hi, I’m Anna, I am adventurous elopement photographer based in Scotland.
I split my time between Scotland (spring & autumn) and Europe (winter & summer). My biggest adventure so far was hiking the Haute Route Pyrenees in 2019 (500 miles trek from the Atlantic to Mediterranean). I help like-minded couples to have the most amazing wedding day outdoors.
Get in touch and let’s plan your adventure!