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Balbirnie House

An award-winning luxury country house hotel, superbly located between Edinburgh and St Andrews.

Balbirnie House is an award-winning luxury country house hotel nestled within 400 acres of beautiful parkland in the heart of Fife. Their Grade A listed Georgian mansion, voted Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards, and Haute Grandeur Global Best Destination Wedding Retreat, was built in 1777 and is near the village of Markinch, between Edinburgh and St Andrews. They combine fine food, beautiful surroundings and friendly Scottish hospitality to create a wonderful experience for their guests, whatever the occasion. From weddings to conferences, mini-breaks to exclusive hire, they have the perfect setting for you.

We were delighted to visit Balbirnie to write a feature on them as a luxury Scottish Wedding venue. Their award-winning, four-star hotel is recognised as one of the finest wedding venues in Britain. Upon our arrival we drove through their magnificent green gardens towards the breath-taking house. Walking up the stairs we felt very much like celebrities and were immediately greeted by a friendly member of staff. We were given the Bridal Suite which was “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed with the traditional blue. The Suite was spacious, modern but with the traditional touches still there including an incredible four poster bed. The room had everything we needed, even Tunnocks tea cakes with our morning cuppa!

We headed down to the main bar for a few drinks before dinner and were impressed with the selection of Scottish gins available. There was a small wedding taking place, so we got a sneak peek. A member of staff also took us on a tour of the different rooms where guests can have their ceremonies: the Ballroom, The Orangery and a peeat the outside area! We were extremely impressed at the beauty of all three spaces. We dined in the Orangery that evening; the Scottish Fayre was nothing short of delicious. The staff were also very knowledgeable about the wines and never missed a beat! After our three courses and full to the brim we sat back in the bar area for a nightcap. The hotel had a really comfortable atmosphere and we both felt at home. 

In the morning, we headed back down to the Orangery for a full Scottish breakfast. The Orangery has a beautiful big window and tall ceilings, perfect for a smaller, intimate ceremony. We sat chatting and couldn’t think of one single thing we didn’t like about the place and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a wedding venue in Scotland. Their flexible venue can accommodate up to 216 guests for a wedding banquet and 250 for an evening reception. Whether you’re looking for a bespoke service or an inclusive package with guaranteed affordability, you can be sure of the best service from your first contact with them through to your happy day. Each and every wedding is quite individual and as such, the Wedding team discuss every wedding on a onetoone basis with prospective Balbirnie brides, grooms and parents. They have a range of delightful rooms that may or may not be utilised for the various elements involved in making up your successful special day and at the time of initial discussion they will outline the various areas within the hotel which are available, and the best ones appropriate to the size of your special event.

Whatever the scope and size of your wedding, the team will be absolutely delighted to meet you and show you around beautiful Balbirnie. 

Get in touch to book your visit. If you would simply like more information, or a personalised specific quote then please email gaynor@balbirnie.co.uk, or call the team on 01592 610066. If you’re looking to tie the knot soon, they still have availability for a handful of dates this year.

Balbirnie Park, Markinch Village, by Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland KY7 6NE