Helen & Paul

Achnagairn Estate
near Inverness

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th
October, 2021

Welcome!

we’ve created this website as a convenient way to share all of the important details with you in the lead up to our wedding. here you'll find specifics like where to be, when to be there and how to get there. hopefully you'll find it helpful. if there's anything we've missed then please just give us a call or send us an email.

we're so excited to share this special day with you all!

Thankfully, it looks like the wedding will be able to go ahead as planned without too much compromise. However, COVID is still very much a concern and something that we ask you all to consider throughout the weekend.

The venue's team and suppliers are taking all the necessary precautions, and considerations have been made to keep the event as safe as possible.

As the rules can change so quickly, we will send another email with the up to date guidelines and restrictions nearer the time. Regardless of that, we kindly ask that everyone brings a mask.

We also encourage everyone to take a test no earlier than 48 hours before your arrival at Achnagairn Estate, and to please only attend the wedding if your test is negative.

RSVP

please RSVP using this form. if you have any questions or special requests, please just give us a call or send us an email.

RSVP Form Email us

Venue

Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill,
Inverness-shire, IV5 7PD

accommodation

We have exclusive use of the estate for the nights of Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October. There are two primary forms of accommodation:

The castle

Achnagairn castle will be the focal point for the celebration, hosting the wedding, meals and providing plenty space for relaxing and socialising.

Castle guests can check in at the Castle reception from 4pm on Friday.

Castle guests will have breakfast in the castle both mornings.

The Manors

Within 4 minutes walking distance of the castle we have access to 7 manors which provide the majority of the available accommodation.

There is a self check system for manor guests, who can check in at their manor from 4pm on Friday. Details will be sent shortly before your arrival.

Breakfast will be provided at the manors for Saturday. We will all eat breakfast together in the castle on Sunday.

Travel

Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill,
Inverness-shire, IV5 7PD

Check in at Achnagairn is from 4pm.
Unfortunately, earlier arrivals are not possible.

if you will arrive after 8pm, please let us know in advance so we can make check-in arrangements.

Arrival by Car

Head for Kirkhill, using the estate postcode in your satnav, if needed. the main entrance is a turn off from the b9164.

Your satnav might try to take you up a back road from the A862. Avoid this.

the main entrance to the achnagairn estate is well signed on the b9164; you can't miss it!

Arrival by Train

The nearest mainline train station is in Inverness. From here we have arranged for you to be collected in a mini coach.

Please let us know your expected arrival time soon and a schedule of collection times will be shared later.

Arrival by Plane

The nearest airport is Inverness. From here we have arranged for you to be collected in a mini coach.. Please let us know your expected arrival time soon and a schedule of collection times will be shared later.

There are daily flights from several UK cities as well as Amsterdam. Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Berlin; we recommend booking a connecting flight via London or Amsterdam or flying direct to Glasgow or Edinburgh and heading north by hire car or train.

If you would like some help planning the best route, please just get in touch with us! We may even be able to help arrange car sharing if there are others traveling from the same area.

Schedule

Friday, 8th October

friday is all about settling in, catching up and relaxing in front of the fire after your journey to the highlands.

a food truck will be serving dinner outside the castle from around 6pm to 9pm, and there will be a small bar serving sparkling wine, beer, gin-tonic, whisky and soft drinks from 6pm until 10:30pm.

hopefully you can join us for a relaxed evening to kick off the weekend!

Saturday, 9th October

the morning will be all yours: time for a leisurely breakfast, and an explore of the grounds perhaps.

the ceremony will begin at 1pm, and will be followed by drinks, dinner and a ceilidh.

don’t forget your dancing shoes!

Sunday, 10th October

what better way to recover from a long day of celebrations, than with brunch?! we’ll all come together again in the ballroom for a leisurely morning, before saying our goodbyes.

if you need transport back to the airport or train station, let us know and we will book you onto the mini coach.

Gifts

we are beyond grateful that you are joining us to celebrate our wedding, and that's the best gift we could hope for.

we are not expecting gifts in addition to your presence at our wedding, so please don’t feel that you need to get us anything.

for those of you who'd still like to give us something, we have created a gift list of things that we either need, or that would bring us some extra joy in day to day life.

Gift List

Things You Need To Know

We will update this section with questions, as they come in. We hope this will already provide answers to the most common questions.

what will the weather be like?
the highlands in autumn can be a mixed bag: low sun or, rain a-plenty. either way, don't expect it to get too hot. the average temperature in October is about 9c.
can we bring our kids?
we've made the difficult decision to not invite children to the wedding. hopefully this advance notice allows you to still join us.
do i need to get a covid-19 test before arriving at achnagairn?
we highly encourage everyone to only travel to achnagairn if they have had a negative covid-19 test in the previous 2 days.
Do I need to bring anything, other than my packing essentials and party frock?
Not really!

All meals have been arranged, and the self-catering kitchens will be stocked with some snacks, tea and coffee. Feel free to bring anything specific if you wish though! You are very welcome to bring your own drinks with you, should you want a tipple after (or before!) bar hours. However, you are only allowed to consume your own drinks at the castle while the bars are closed. Licensing laws in Scotland are strict, and fines can be steep for breaking the rules! Oh, and wet and cold weather appropriate clothing is always a good idea in Scotland, just in case!

Will I need to spend any money?
Once you've arrived at the venue, the only money you may need to spend is at the bar on Saturday. They accept cash and card. All meals are covered, as well as Friday night drinks.
where should I park?
each manor has its own parking and there is a dedicated car park for castle guests.
what should I wear?
the wedding day will be semi-formal, and kilts and traditional dress are encouraged, but we’re sure anything you want to wear will be just great. dress up in something you love!

the ceremony, meal and dancing will take place indoors, but if the weather allows we’d love to make use of the beautiful garden so it’s probably a good idea to bring something to keep warm and shoes suitable for grass.

manor guests should also be mindful of the short walk to/from the castle via a gravel path. if it rains this path may get a little muddy, so you might want to change into your fancy shoes once you get to the castle.

should I have lunch before the ceremony?
the ceremony starts at 1.00pm, and our afternoon meal will begin around 4.00pm, so we suggest that you have a big breakfast or a light lunch beforehand. We’ll provide some pre-ceremony snacks in both the castle and the manors.
what's the bar situation?
On friday night there will be a small bar serving sparkling wine, beer, gin-tonic, whisky and soft drinks from 6pm until 10:30pm. on saturday achnagairn's main bar will be open from 2pm until 1am and accepts both cash and card payment. please be aware: it is not permitted to consume your own alcohol on the premises while either of these bars is open.
what if I’ve never been to a ceilidh before?
then you’re in for a treat! there will be plenty of well seasoned dancers around to show you the ropes, but the band’s ‘caller’ will also go through the steps before each dance. wear shoes you can skip and spin in, or just kick them off!
Will there be drinks served with brunch?
The bar will not be open, but feel free to bring the makings of a mimosa or a bloody mary and knock one up yourself!
will mòrag be there?
mòrag will join us for the drinks reception after the ceremony on saturday. feel free to pet her; she is hypoallergenic and very cute and friendly. she answers to "fuzzy face" or "toerag", if you're lucky.

if your question isn’t answered here, please give us a call or send us an email!