Stretching from the Moray Firth to the Montrose Basin, the countryside of Aberdeenshire is home to castles and stately homes steeped in proud Scottish history, each with its own distinctive features. Valuable art collections, opulent family libraries, fairytale turrets, secluded aromatic gardens… these venues offer the perfect retreat for weddings, corporate events, private dining, family fun days – and more.
GH Event Catering has worked with the National Trust for a number of years and has delivered countless events within these impressive venues – and we know that every venue is unique and has its own charm. We balance your needs with the features of the venue, providing a seamless event with first class service as well as menus offering fresh, local and seasonal produce.
Furthermore, all National Trust for Scotland venues are Green Tourism certified which means their commitment to sustainability and resource efficiency is well proven.
A 16th century castle on the Moray Firth, Brodie Castle is a striking building with a rich history. Converted to the Scots Baronial style in 1824, it is renowned for its array of fine antiques, intricately painted ceilings and incredible art collection. It is set in 71 acres of parkland, and its landscaped gardens, woodland walk and nature trail, as well as its famous daffodils make it a unique proposition for a wedding or corporate event.
Marriage ceremonies can be held in the Drawing Room or the Brodies’ beautiful family library, and the castle can hold up to 100 for a drinks reception for any special occasion. The stable block is perfect for any kind of ceremony of 60 or less, and can also comfortably accommodate the same number for dinner and dancing. For larger affairs of up to 250, guests can stroll to a marquee through a covered walkway, allowing them to take in the scenery en route.
Brodie Castle offers the same versatility for other events, with several locations on the grounds providing attractive and sophisticated facilities for conferences, private functions or corporate entertaining.
With a tree-lined avenue up to the entrance and the secluded walled garden, this castle can offer the fairytale wedding you have always dreamed of, only 16 miles from Aberdeen.
The Great Hall, seating up to 100 people, benefits from beautiful natural lighting through its three large south-facing windows, and provides suitable grandeur for any occasion. The Regency-style library accommodates up to 70, and for intimate ceremonies of 10 or less, the Round Tower offers a unique location and stunning views of the local area. For larger parties, a marquee can be erected on the lawn, with the castle creating the perfect backdrop for photographs, whatever the occasion.
The Castle can host everything from fine dining with family to various team-building activities, and as Castle Fraser is uniquely able to accommodate up to 4,000 guests, it is the perfect spot for large corporate BBQs or family fun days.
If you’re looking for a venue that combines striking scenery with a family feel, Craigievar Castle may be the place for you. Considered by many to be the “most loved castle in Scotland”, this magical rose-pink building nestling in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains has been a National Trust property for over 50 years.
Whether for weddings, conferences or private family gatherings, Craigievar offers several options for your event. The Victorian kitchen garden and Scottish glen garden are available for outdoor events, and the lawn provides outdoor space for larger ceremonies of all kinds. The extensive parkland, attractive woodland and views to Bennachie make this a perfect venue for wedding celebrations, as well as a delightful spot for business delegates to unwind in between seminars.
This enchanting 16th century tower house, complete with turrets, towers and winding staircases, is surrounded by ancient sculpted yew trees and gardens rich in colours and fragrance.
The ancient Horn of Leys hangs above the stone fireplace in the Great Hall, itself a room testament to Scottish history, myth and legend. With its high vaulted ceilings, the Great Hall makes a first class location for intimate wedding ceremonies or drinks receptions of up to 60 guests. The castle also boasts a world famous walled garden comprising 8 individual gardens, each one uniquely beautiful. For alfresco events or celebrations, up to 60 guests can be accommodated in the lovely Golden Garden, and a marquee can be erected if drinks and dining are required for larger parties of up to 300 people.
With its custom-built business facilities, this versatile location also provides excellent amenities for corporate clients, including the Courtyard Conference Suite with high-speed WiFi. It is also home to the incredibly popular ‘Go Ape’, a treetop adventure perfect for family fun or team building.
Drum Castle, on the periphery of Royal Deeside, combines Jacobean and Victorian opulence with medieval history in a characterful and dramatic location. A former stronghold and hunting lodge, it is one of the oldest tower houses in Scotland, and was home to the Irvine family for over 650 years.
Civil, religious or humanist wedding ceremonies can be held in the Library, and you and up to 50 guests can enjoy a celebratory feast or sophisticated conference in the richly-appointed Dining Room. A 16th century chapel is also available in the grounds for religious wedding ceremonies of up to 45 people. There is whisky tasting and falconry available, adding to Drum Castle’s true Scottish feel, and its size makes it ideal for corporate events that require spacious and flexible surroundings. The castle is encircled by ancient oak woodland and has a garden of historic roses, which cast a delicate fragrance over the environs.
The Georgian House of Dun is neighbour to some of the most picturesque and unspoilt beaches in Scotland, as well as offering stunning views of the Montrose Basin. Surrounded by Victorian gardens and woodlands, the design of the house was inspired by the Chateau d’Issy, near Paris, and exhibits an opulent European flavour.
Perfect for those who love art and beautiful interiors, the venue is home to the Hutchison and Stirling collections. Wedding ceremonies can be conducted in the Grand Saloon for up to 70 guests, or the Victorian walled garden for up to 150, Marquees can also be accommodated on the front lawn. The Dining Room, adorned with family portraits and elaborate, ornate plasterwork provides a wonderful setting for entertaining colleagues and clients in style.
Sitting in Aberdeenshire’s rolling countryside, Leith Hall combines the wonderfully lived-in feel and the historical treasures of a beloved family home, with spiral cut lawns and herbaceous borders that provide the perfect surroundings for the most special of occasions.
The Music Room, complete with working grand piano, can accommodate ceremonies of up to 40 guests and offers stunning panoramic views of the estate. The Drawing Room and Dining Room can seat between 12 and 15 guests each for an especially intimate post-ceremony celebration or business conference with a difference. Alternatively, a marquee can be erected outside for those who wish to invite up to 750 guests, with the Japanese-inspired scented gardens providing a tranquil spot for a stroll after dinner. Less than an hour from Aberdeen airport, Leith Hall can also accommodate up to 1,000 guests for large scale fun days or cultural gatherings.
Pitmedden Garden, perfect for garden parties, is home to some 40,000 colourful annual bedding plants, providing a delight for the eyes and the nose. You can find more information here.
Dating from the 13th century, Fyvie Castle is a breathtaking vision of towers and turrets set in beautifully designed parkland, within easy reach of Aberdeen. Steeped in history, myth and legend, the castle is renowned for its lavish interiors, intricate ceilings and world-famous art collections, making it a fairy-tale setting for civil, religious and humanist wedding ceremonies. The castle’s exquisite Gallery and interconnecting Drawing Room provide a glorious setting for drinks receptions, ceremonies and dinners.
Outside, a short stroll through the magnificent grounds leads to the Racquets Court, a glass-roofed pavilion with a sprung dance floor, perfect for ceilidhs and evening receptions. For larger wedding receptions, a weighted marquee can be erected on the South Lawn, with the castle providing a spectacular backdrop for photographs. Exclusive use of the castle may be possible on request.
The Castle can accommodate up to 120 guests for ceremonies, drinks receptions or dinner. The Racquets Court can accommodate up to 120 guests for receptions, ceilidhs and dances or 100 guests for dinner. The marquee can accommodate up to 800 guests.
Located less than 20 miles outside Aberdeen, Haddo House is the perfect setting for weddings, private parties or corporate events.
Haddo House was designed by William Adam in 1732 and built with entertaining in mind. Throughout its history it has welcomed royalty and other dignitaries and is widely recognised as one of Scotland’s grandest Palladian-style country mansions.
From the House, a short stroll through the grounds leads to the Canadian Hall, which was built in 1890 and inspired by Lord and Lady Aberdeen’s first trip to Canada. The Hall is an ideal setting for parties, dinners, receptions and business gatherings.
The extensive grounds provide a stunning backdrop for photographs, and are a splendid setting for marquees and outdoor activities. The estate provides a wide variety of intimate, yet impressive settings for various events – from ceilidhs to concerts, and from marriage ceremonies to Murder Mystery weekends.
Set in 29,000 hectares of magnificent Scottish countryside, in the Cairngorms National Park, Mar Lodge Estate is surrounded by ancient forests, wild rivers and rugged peaks.
Built as a Victorian hunting lodge for the Duke and Duchess of Fife in 1895, it is an idyllic setting for Highland weddings. Civil, religious and humanist ceremonies can be held in the Great Hall, on the impressive balcony of the grand staircase or in the bright, beautifully furnished and spacious Drawing Room.
The stylish interconnecting public rooms are ideal for drinks receptions, and allow guests to relax, mingle and enjoy their surroundings before dinner in the beautifully appointed Craggan Ballroom or elegant Dining Room. From the Lodge, a short stroll leads to the Stag Ballroom for ceilidhs and dancing. For larger weddings a marquee can be erected on the lawn. Meanwhile, Mar Lodge’s impressive array of outdoor pursuits – including ranger walks, stalking days and clay pigeon shooting – make this a natural choice for team-building activities.
The Lodge can accommodate up to 150 guests for drinks receptions, 130 guests for ceremonies or 70 guests for dinner. The Stag Ballroom can accommodate up to 200 guests for drinks receptions, ceilidhs and dances or 160 guests for dinner. Up to 1,000 guests can be accommodated in the marquee.