Your guide to civil ceremonies in Argyll and Bute

Oban, Lorn and the Isles

Oban Oban is a vibrant town on the west coast of Scotland. With a population of around 9,000 this grows to host up to 25,000 visitors in the summer months. Oban, meaning little bay in Gaelic, has a busy port which carries passengers to the Inner and Outer Hebrides and its piers are home to many fishing boats which supply much of Scotland and Europe with their fresh catch, as well as the highly accredited local seafood restaurants. Oban Registration Office is situated in the town centre and has its own marriage room which can hold up to 25 guests. The room has neutral decor to which a couple can add their own touches if they wish. The building has wheelchair access, toilets and there is a car park to the rear. The area is rich in history with numerous historic sites to visit. These can provide dramatic back drops to your wedding photos or marriage ceremony, some of which allow couples to hold their wedding ceremony inside or in the grounds of the castle or monument. Oban has many activities for families and those interested in outdoor pursuits. Set on the coast there are various beaches. Popular for sailing, Oban has recently opened its own marina. The town also has its own whisky distillery.

Mull The Isle of Mull is a popular wedding destination on the west coast of Scotland due to the superb scenery, warm and welcoming island hospitality and not least because of its accessibility from the mainland and regular ferry service. An abundance of wildlife including otters, golden and white tailed eagles, minke whales and basking sharks, to name but a few, can be found on the island and around the coast Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides. Tobermory, (Gaelic Tobar Mhoire, meaning ‘Mary’s Well’), is the capital of the island with its famous brightly coloured houses along the Main Street and legend has it that the wreck of a Spanish galleon, laden with gold, lies somewhere in the mud at the bottom of Tobermory Bay. Our registrars are based in the old Court House and Prison, built in 1862, on Breadalbane Street, Tobermory. Couples can be married in the ceremony room here, which is in the Old Court Room and it still has lots of original features. The room can comfortably accommodate up to 44 people and has stunning panoramic views over Tobermory Bay and the Sound of Mull, with the hills of Morvern and Ardnamurchan in the background. As well as toilet facilities, an extra room is available for bridal

parties, for use prior to the ceremony. If the weather is fine, your ceremony can be held in the Registration Office grounds. Ample car parking is available within the grounds. The ceremony room is upstairs in an old building but please be aware that there are no lift access. For small ceremonies a room can be made available on the ground floor. Of course, there are plenty of other scenic locations to hold your ceremony on Mull – from hotels, castles, beaches, lochs and waterfalls. Previous ceremonies have included our registrars climbing Beinn Mhòr to conduct a ceremony and venturing out of Tobermory Bay on a boat for a ceremony on water. Our staff will be happy to provide information about different locations available for your ceremony to help make your day a very special occasion.


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