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Essential Information For Your Isle Of Skye Elopement
23 September 2020

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Isle of Skye Elopements:

The term "Corona weddings" is being used now - and it rubs me up the wrong way.

Why should such a special day in your life be in any way defined by Covid-19?

This is the biggest adventure of your life and you get to share it with your best friend. 

While it's true that your plans may change (this has happened with some of our lovely clients-to-be), we know this won't prevent your day being every bit as magical as you dreamed.

Scotland is just starting to come back to life after a period of lockdown, and it means the mountains and glens, lochs and rivers and wondrous scenery is all right here, waiting for you.

Getting Married Legally:

If you're planning a romantic blessing ceremony, then you don't need to deal with any paperwork.  Both a celebrant or a Highland Council registrar will be able to take a non-legal ceremony for you.

However, for a legal wedding, you need to complete the Marriage Notice (M10) Form no later than 29 days before your intended wedding date (and no sooner than three months before).  The form can be downloaded from the National Records of Scotland website.

For a legal marriage, it is important to contact the registry office nearest your ceremony location.  Click on the links for the Portree and Raasay Service Point, Broadford Service Point and Kyle Service Point.  Registrars are also available to travel to Skye's outdoor locations.   We spoke to the lovely team of Highland Council registrars in Portree for the latest information on weddings right now, and you can read our Meet The Registrars blog here.

You must also have two witnesses at your wedding and, as there are always two of us at every shoot, we would be thrilled to help out!  

For information on eloping to Skye right now, we have published a blog outlining the current guidelines for weddings and elopements in Scotland during Phase Three Lockdown.  Check it out here and if you have any specific questions we haven't covered, we would love to hear from you.

In the meantime, we have updated our page to include the very latest information on planning your Isle of Skye elopement during Covid-19 restrictions.

Elopements:

For couples eloping to the Isle of Skye in 2020, it can be an exciting, but daunting, prospect to plan your elopement!  

As Isle of Skye wedding photographers, we have had the delight of photographing couples in love amid the beautiful Scottish landscape.  Is there a location that's special to you?  Let's go there!

Isle of Skye Outdoor Elopement Venues:

Quiraing Isle of Skye Elopement Wedding Photographer Photo

Quiraing - an extraordinary landscape for an extraordinary occasion!  

You can find the Quiraing after around a 35-minute drive from the town of Portree.  At the top of a winding road, there is a car park, enabling you to walk just a few feet off the road and have the Quiraing as your background.  If you wanted to have your ceremony up the Quiraing itself, the walk takes around two hours but is definitely worth the trek.

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Loch Coruisk - there's something romantic about a location that is only practically accessible by boat.  Surrounded by Skye's jagged mountain range, The Cuillins, the loch is often wreathed with atmospheric mist.  There is a strong possibility that you will see seals and, occasionally, dolphins on the journey – making this wedding location a favourite for couples with children. 

Boat trips leave from Elgol, which is located approximately a 30-minute drive from the town of Broadford.  Once there, the terrain is fairly easy to walk, but sturdy boots are recommended as the path can be muddy.  Once on the shores of the loch, you can choose whether to hold your ceremony on a windswept cliff or by the loch itself.  Visit or Loch Coruisk Virtual Walkthrough for a more in-depth guide to the terrain.

To book your boat trip, you can contact Misty Isle Boat Trips or Bella Jane Boat Trips.  Misty Isle Boat Trips have confirmed they will be available after July 15 2020.  The lovely team at Bella Jane Boat Trips are hoping to get back to work, but do check ahead to make sure they're available.  

Fairy Pools Wedding Elopement Photographer Photo

Fairy Pools - magical, intensely-coloured pools with a backdrop of jagged Cuillins add drama to your wedding day.  The name itself suggests something special – but the location exceeds your wildest dreams.  

Located close to the Talisker Distillery, the Fairy Pools are around a 35-minute drive from the town of Portree and can be found in Glenbrittle.  Getting to the Fairy Pools will require a 20-minute walk both ways, so you might want to wear boots and carry your wedding shoes for this one!  The terrain is easy as there is a path to walk on, but there are large stepping stones and mud to navigate.  Visit our Fairy Pools Virtual Walkthrough guide to get a better idea of the terrain.

There are a number of different pools where you could have your ceremony, including by several waterfalls. 

The car park is back open again and charges £5 per car.  Users are asked to bring exact change. 

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Elgol - if you don't fancy the boat trip to Loch Coruisk, or the weather is unfavourable, Elgol Harbour makes a gorgeous alternative.  

Head to Broadford and take the turning marked Elgol - located next to the Broadford Hotel.  After a journey of about half an hour, you will find yourself by Elgol Harbour. On a rainy day, the Honeycomb Rock forms a large, overhanging shelter - a perfect place for a ceremony in the rain! 

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The Old Man Of Storr - an intriguing rock, formed by part of the Trotternish landslip.  

Having your wedding at the foot of the Old Man of Storr would take around a 45-minute long walk up hill, on fairly easy terrain.  It can get muddy and boggy in places, so sensible footwear is advised.  Alternatively, the Old Man could provide a backdrop to your wedding photographs.   

Staffin Bay Wedding Photo 

Staffin Bay - crashing waves and magical scenery combine to create a stretch of beautiful coastline.  

Staffin Bay is located near to the Quiraing, Duntulm Castle and the Old Man of Storr and is around 17 miles north of Portree.  

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Neist Point Lighthouse - iconic, delightful and surrounded by beautiful views, this is an unusual and dramatic wedding venue.  

Neist Point Lighthouse can be found near Glendale.  The walk directly to the lighthouse takes around 45 minutes down a concrete path.  However, if you opt to park in the car park and walk along the coastline, with the Lighthouse as a backdrop, this would save time and still result in impressive views.

Fairy Glen Wedding Photographer Photo

Fairy Glen - wind-sculpted green hills, still pools and abundant beauty makes this one of Euphoria's top elopement spots.  

It is located very close to Uig, where the ferry goes to the Outer Hebrides.  In winter, the terrain is slippery with ice.  During summer, however, it's an easy walk to the top.    

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Sligachan - stunning scenery and the option to have your wedding ceremony on the ancient bridge, makes Sligachan a terrific wedding location.  

It is located in the middle of Skye, an easy distance from Portree.   

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Talisker Bay - a gorgeous Skye beach with shining sands.  

Talisker Bay is close to Glenbrittle and the Fairy Pools, in the north of Skye.  The walk will take you along easy terrain on a road that fades into a dirt track.  It should take around 20 minutes each way.  

Coral Beach

Coral Beach - dazzling white and beautifully windswept, this "beach" is one of Skye's top beauty spots.  

The Coral Beach car park located at Waternish, around a 10 minute drive from Dunvegan Castle.  The walk is along easy terrain and takes around 25 minutes each way.    

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Brothers' Point - incredible land formations and an awesome view of Kilt Rock, this has fast become one of our favourite wedding locations.

Check out our Brothers' Point Virtual Walkthrough, where we guide you through the terrain involved.  

Isle of Skye Wedding Flowers:

Sconser Lodge Wedding

Flowers by Carole - Carole takes great pride in her work and the results are stunning.  Carole has confirmed she is taking orders for wedding flowers, so do get in touch with her.

Eilean Donan Castle Wedding Photographer

Loch Duich Plants - Donald creates gorgeous floral works of art.  He is located close to Eilean Donan Castle and has confirmed he is back to work, but warned that deliveries have not settled and prices have seen an upturn.

Isle of Skye Wedding Hair and Makeup:

Loch Coruisk Elopement Photographer Photo

Bee Bonnie - Heather Campbell usually does both hair and make-up.  She has told us she can do wedding hair from July 15, but hasn't been given a date when she is allowed to do make-up yet.  We will keep this blog post updated when we know more information.    

Skye Beauty

Skye Beauty - Lynn is a fully qualified beauty therapist and will ensure you look radiant on your wedding day.  Lynn has confirmed she will be back to work from the end of July 2020 onwards.  Like Heather, current guidelines only allow Lynn to do wedding hair, not make-up.

Isle of Skye Wedding Cakes:

Cake

Cakes by Fiona MacKinnon - Fiona produces delicious and gorgeous bespoke wedding cakes.  Fiona has confirmed that she is still available to create bespoke wedding cakes, so do get in touch with her for some yummy deliciousness!

Isle of Skye Registrars and Celebrants:

Some eloping couples opt to be married in the registry office by one of the experienced registrars there.  We've written a blog to help you get to know them and decide which registry office to get in contact with.  Registrars are also available to travel to Skye's outdoor locations and we are awaiting further information from them regarding Covid weddings.  

Dunscaith Castle Wedding Photographer Heart And Soul Ceremonies Celebrant Photo

Sonja Eckl-Riel - Sonja can conduct wedding ceremonies in both German and English, offering a ceremony that reflects the couple's beliefs and relationship.  Sonja is an interfaith minister and she will be back to work from August 18 2020 onwards.

Loch Coruisk Wedding Photographer

Penelope Hamilton - Humanist celebrant, Penelope, has confirmed she is available for Skye elopements, but will be retiring in 2021.  

Isle Of Skye Wedding Photographer

Davina McCluskie - We worked with Davina at a gorgeous Fiscavaig Beach Vow Renewal!  Davina is currently away and will give us more details when she returns.   

Isle of Skye Wedding Photographer Photo

Neil Lynch - Elgin-based humanist celebrant, Neil, regularly travels to Skye to conduct wedding ceremonies.  Neil has told us he will be back at work from 6 August 2020 onwards and has his first Skye bookings in September.

Isle of Skye Wedding Rings:

Wedding Rings Isle of Skye Love From Skye Jewellers Photo

Love From Skye - Bryony and Paul run a gorgeous jewellery shop in Broadford and make truly iconic wedding rings featuring Skye's Cuillin ridge.

Bryony gave us a wee update and confirmed that they are still at work and arranging collections and drop-offs. 

The shop is still closed, but they hope the next step will be to open by appointment.

The shop also stocks quaichs, for a truly Scottish touch to your wedding ceremony.  

Quaich Wedding Photographer Skye Photo

The quaich is used to share a sip of whisky together and is believed to be the origin of the phrase "the loving cup."  

Isle of Skye Musicians:

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Skye Piper Ally K - Ally is great to work with and a talented bagpipe player!  He is pictured above against the awesome background near the Quiraing.  Ally has confirmed he is willing to play at weddings this year.

Isle of Skye Wedding Musician Piper Photographer Photo

Alan Mackenzie is the Pipe Major of Skye's local pipe band and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him at a very wet Elgol wedding!  He confirmed that he is available for weddings this year.  Alan is based in Portree and his contact details are: 07785113771 or alanmackenzie1@hotmail.com.  

We know this is a very stressful time for everyone involved, so if we can do anything to make the planning process easier for you, please reach out.  We'd love to hear from you.

 

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We are available for assignments anywhere in the world, including Iceland, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Coruisk, Dunvegan Castle, The Quiraing, The Old Man Of Storr, The Fairy Pools, The Fairy Glen, Neist Point Lighthouse, Talisker Bay, Fiscavaig Bay, Glenbrittle Bay, Staffin Beach, Braes, Broadford, Elgol, Sligachan, Staffin, Dunscaith Castle, Duntulm Castle, Castle Moil, Glasgow, Birmingham, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris, Isle of North Uist, Isle of South Uist, Isle of Raasay, Isle of Eriskay, Flodigarry Country House Hotel, Duisdale Country House Hotel, Toravaig Hotel, Skeabost Country House Hotel, Cuillin Hills Hotel, Sconser Lodge Hotel,  Kilchurn Castle,  Armadale Castle, Luskentyre Beach, West Highland Hotel, Mallaig, Knoydart and Plockton.  

 


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