Your guide to civil ceremonies in Argyll and Bute


Islay Islay (pronounced eye-la) lies on the West Coast of Scotland within the group of islands known as the Inner Hebrides. At 25 miles long and 15 miles wide Islay has approximately 3000 inhabitants and is known as ‘The Queen of the Hebrides’ It was once the seat of the Lord of the Isles and the ruins of their council buildings can still be seen today on an island in the middle of Loch Finlaggan. More famous now for its whisky distilling, there are currently 9 distilleries on the island. It is also home to two famous Gin Distilleries. A regular ferry service operates from Kennacraig which is about 110 miles from Glasgow by car. There are also short daily flights from Glasgow and Edinburgh and a twice-weekly flight from Oban. The ceremony room located in Bowmore, the island’s largest town, is tastefully decorated and can accommodate up to 10 guests. There is a disabled access and free on-street parking nearby. For larger wedding parties there are various venues on the island which are able to accommodate you, including many of Islay’s beaches.

Jura Jura is situated in the Southern Inner Hebrides, just off the west coast of Scotland. You can travel via Islay by taking the car ferry from Kennacraig or by flying from Glasgow Airport to Islay. You can also travel with Jura Passenger Ferry direct to Jura from Tayvallich in the summer season. Jura’s name comes from the Norse language meaning Deer Island. The island offers isolation, tranquil and peace for those who are looking to get away from it all. Jura is much more sparsely populated than neighbouring Islay, and is one of the least densely populated islands of Scotland. In a list of the Scottish Islands ranked by size, Jura comes eighth where as ranked by population it comes thirty-first. The local registrar is based in the Jura Service Point in Craighouse the main village on the Island. Colonsay You can travel to the Isle of Colonsay by ferry fromOban or by plane from Connel or Islay. There are many interesting walks and stunning sandy beaches on the island. Civil marriages can be

conducted in various locations including the community hall which can accommodate intimate parties of four or larger celebrations for up to a maximum of 100 people. Many couples choose to marry on the beach during the summer months. The local registrar is located at the council service point at Scalasaig, the main village on the island. Gigha The beautiful Isle of Gigha is breathtaking and the most southerly of the Hebridean Islands. The island is seven miles long and only a half a mile wide and can be reached via a short 20-minute crossing from Tayinloan on the A83. Gigha, known as God’s island, has been owned by its islanders since 2002. With its silver beaches, secluded bays and clear green seas, it will make you feel like you are at the other side of the world. With the variety of beaches, the locally owned hotel and amazing gardens you will have plenty of choice of where to hold your ceremony. For enquiries for Gigha contact the registrar in the Campbeltown office.

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