Dramatic mountain scenery and windswept moorland peppered with grand country houses and loch-side retreats makes Scotland an enviable event spot
Think luxe décor, acres of private grounds, swimming pools, cinema rooms and even golf courses. Take a look at these big and beautiful country houses for your next group celebration on location in Scotland.
Whether you’re looking for an intimate wedding venue, or a unique setting for a milestone birthday, anniversary or family party, the Big Domain offers an indulgent hand-picked selection of group accommodation in Scotland that is perfect for all occasions.
Edinburgh Golf Lodge | Edinburgh
Sleeps 14 guests
With its unique cylindrical tower and striking frontage, this large villa near Edinburgh is as impressive from the outside as it is inside. Offering plenty of room for conviviality, guests can meet for games in the spacious lounge which overlooks the internationally-renowned Gullane golf course, watch the latest blockbusters in the boutique cinema room, dive into the indoor heated swimming pool and party alfresco in the warmth of the fire pit. Plus, a private chef, butler and housekeeping can be arranged at an additional cost, so there’s no need for anyone to lift a finger!
Lochside Retreat | Loch Lomond, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Sleeps 19 guests and 2 dogs
The ultimate occasion venue, Lochside Retreat is a historic treasure that exudes grace and splendour. Gazing down upon the calm waters of Loch Lomond from within the heart of an ancient forest, this magnificent bolthole which dates back to the 1800s lacks nothing. Gather for a soirée in the elegant dining room, enjoy some competitive fun in the games room, kick back with a movie in the cinema room and chink glasses in the seven-seater hot tub as the sun dips below the hills. As the chatter lulls and the moon’s cool glow reflects off the surface of the loch, sleep deeply in one of the nine decadent bedrooms.
The Fairways and The Links | Near St. Andrews, Fife
Sleeps 20 guests and 2 dogs
The Fairways and The Links are two handsome houses situated side by side on an extraordinary country estate with its own professionally designed golf course. Booked together, these luxurious properties offer something very special for parties of 20. Get everyone together and make the most of two private short game golf areas, a 270-yard driving range and private hydro spa hot tubs to unwind in after teeing off in some of the most stunning scenery around. Plus, St Andrews, also known as ‘the home of golf’, is only 10 miles away, with a range of exceptional courses in and around the town.
Highland Baronial Castle | Royal Deeside, Scottish Highlands
Sleeps 24 guests
Highland Baronial Castle is the place to gather in a big and impressive way. Nestled within 18 acres of private woodland, manicured lawns and a glorious Victorian walled garden, this 17th-century Scottish mansion is a period escape that’s the height of indulgence. Dine beneath glittering chandeliers in the formal dining room framed by tartan décor, delight in a lively ceilidh band and a dance in the drawing room, enjoy a game of billiards in the games room, revel in a glass of single malt in the whisky library and recline in front of roaring open fires.
House on the Loch | Loch Tay, Perthshire
Sleeps 29 guests and 2 dogs
Imagine celebrating a momentous event with the dramatic backdrop of a Scottish loch. This large private country house is a harmonious escape located on the banks of Loch Tay and it oozes style and elegance. It’s also an entertainment haven with a games room, cinema room and library. Head outside to toast marshmallows on one of the fire pits or sink into relaxation in the bubbling seven-seater hot tub and drink in the far-reaching views of the surrounding mountains. If your party fancies some fun on the loch, there are a variety of water sports and sailing available.
Highland Country House | Near Inverness, Scottish Highlands
Sleeps 38 guests and 3 dogs
Enveloped by formal gardens, terraced lawns and wildlife, this early Georgian country house sits in a 33-acre (13-hectare) slice of the Scottish Highlands. The gardens reflect the grandeur of the house in which you can gather for movie nights in the cinema room, challenge each other to a game of snooker or table football in the games room, or light the wood burners and enjoy drinks on the sumptuously soft sofas in one of the drawing rooms. And it’s a great party venue, with a BBQ hut in the grounds and an exclusive party barn that can be hired for special occasions.
Scottish Country Estate | Dumfries and Galloway
Sleeps 41 guests and 3 dogs
For the ultimate in celebratory events, whether that be a wedding, a birthday party or a noteworthy anniversary, this grand Palladian mansion sets the scene for an indulgent stay where luxury living is high on the agenda. Dating back to the 1700s, Scottish Country Estate offers lavish interiors that have been decorated by the same designer who created the rooms at the Goring Hotel where the Duchess of Cambridge stayed the night before her wedding. Stroll the 11 acres of formal gardens before dinner, tackle the outdoor adventure course, sip a wee dram by the pool table and party in the marquee after an indulgent catered supper in the ballroom.
For more large country houses in Scotland that will provide a magical setting for a memorable group gathering, have a browse of the luxurious collection of group accommodation in Scotland available at the Big Domain