Your guide to civil ceremonies in Argyll and Bute


Dunoon Dunoon is the second largest town in Argyll and Bute and came to prominence in the 19 th century when paddle steamers offered easy access to visitors from Glasgow. The world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer, the PS Waverley, still operates during the summer season. The journey down the M8 from Glasgow takes as little as an hour and a half, including a ferry crossing. For those who prefer to travel by road via Loch Lomond, this can be done in less than two hours. The town is also home to the Cowal Highland Gathering, a world-renowned Highland games which also includes the Scottish and World Highland Dancing Championships, held annually in August, the event attracts around 23,000 visitors and competitors from all over the world. The Victorian-era wooden Dunoon Pier which was built in 1867 has undergone extensive repair and refurbishment and is now being used for many different events. Several other buildings within the central area of Dunoon have been refurbished in the last year and have brought many people to the town for various events. In 2018 Dunoon hosted The World Championship Water Skiing competitions and also the Royal National Mod.

The marriage ceremony rooms in Dunoon are based on the ground floor of Castle House, an imposing building in its own grounds and enjoying panoramic views over the Firth of Clyde. Built in the 1820s as a holiday home for Lord Provost Ewing of Glasgow, it was originally more modestly named Marine Villa before it was renamed Castle House reflecting its splendour. bequeathed by a local councillor, and is now home to Castle House Museum, a rich store of Victorian memorabilia on the top floor of the building. The Castle House grounds are In later years it housed the Tulloch Library, a collection also home to a statue of Highland Mary, looking towards Ayrshire where her true love Robert Burns lived. The beautiful grounds are an ideal location for outdoor civil ceremonies and there are numerous spots particularly well suited for you to take spectacular photographs. One particular spot is at the top of Castle Hill where you will discover a stunning view over the river Clyde. Dunoon’s ceremony rooms include private waiting facilities for the wedding party and are furnished in keeping with the character of the building. The larger of the two ceremony rooms can accommodate a wedding party of four and up to 56 guests, while the smaller

room accommodates the wedding party of four with a maximum of 10 guests. Castle House has a disabled access and a small number of parking bays available, however, public parking is within easy walking distance. Bute At the heart of the Firth of the Clyde lies the beautiful Island of Bute, which has long welcomed visitors to its shores. The island’s ceremony rooms can be found in Eaglesham House, which is situated in Mount Pleasant Road overlooking Rothesay Bay. The building is set on a hillside and stands alone in well- maintained grounds. These are also available for outside ceremonies and are planted with mature trees. The grounds also provide a striking background for photographs. Eaglesham House has two ceremony rooms. The larger can accommodate a maximum of 68 guests, while the smaller can accommodate a maximum of 10 guests. There is ample car parking space within the grounds, and a disabled access and toilets are also available.


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