This is truly a magical place and one of the most iconic venues in Scotland. Whichever way you look, you will be blown away by the stunning scenery and your proximity to nature.
The Boathouse at Dougarie is an exclusive use destination wedding venue on the Isle of Arran. Celebrate your wedding day surrounded by spectacular landscapes and your own beach in a beautiful historic building, built originally for the Dukes of Hamilton to entertain their guests.
This understated, affordable luxury, is a relaxed atmosphere and the perfect setting for a wedding. The location is remote and secluded enough to feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of real life but easily accessible for your guests given its proximity to Glasgow and all its associated transport links.
The Boathouse at Dougarie retains its stunning original features from when it was built in the middle of the 1800s with its curved roofs, exposed beams and incredible views across the Kilbrannan Sound to the Mull of Kintyre.
There are two main areas to hold your reception, giving you the flexibility to create the wedding of your choice. They have a number of floorplans being developed to assist you with helping to plan your day come rain or shine.
There are numerous outdoor locations which can be used for the ceremony (weather permitting) and a large lawn area where a marquee can be located should you require more capacity. In the winter months they are able to make the Boathouse into a warm, cosy and romantic place with plenty of candles and twinkly lights.
Although the Boathouse comfortably fits 70 for a sit-down wedding breakfast, it can fit 100 for a more informal style wedding or if you want more evening guests. Alternatively you could have many more with an additional marquee giving you the flexibility to plan your wedding your way.
Your rental starts at 11.00am, from which time the Boathouse is yours exclusively. However, you can access the building from 09.00am onwards or the evening before (subject to availability) to start decorating.
There are plenty of hotels in the vicinity, including the Kinloch Hotel (Best Western) in Blackwaterfoot. This is approx. 10 minutes drive away. We have accommodation on the estate which can sleep up to 35 people in total. Please refer to our supplier’s sheet for more options.
Yes, it is fully accessible and there is a disabled toilet. Please note that whilst we have tried our best to make the Boathouse disabled friendly we are limited by what we can do in a listed building of the Boathouse’s age. We highly recommend that you see the Boathouse and confirm it is going to work for you or your guests before you book.
The garden will fit a marquee if you need one. Marquees need to go up on the day of your wedding and be down by
10.30 the next day.
We provide 12x 6’ x 2’6” trestle tables and 70-80 chairs for use in the Boathouse.
Items that aren’t included at the Boathouse and would need to be hired separately in include tablecloths, napkins, cutlery, cake stands, cake knife, table number holders, an easel for seating plan and drinks jugs. The Boathouse does own and hire a range of traditional cutlery, crockery, tablecloths and napkins – please enquire for prices.
The Boathouse’s listed caterers can also supply these.