I'm writing to express our huge, huge gratitude for everything you have done for us over the past year to make our wedding so perfect. You have been so willing and reassuring and done everything to accommodate all I have asked for. Can you also pass on to the staff at Cambo our thanks, they were all so kind and helpful over the weekend and put up with our family taking over the house with all our plants and handmade everything! Our day was truly amazing, it was so us and that's thanks to you and everyone at Cambo. I'm going to attach a few of our photos that you are welcome to use on you're website. After seeing them it would make anyone fall in love with Cambo! Lots of love and best wishes for the future. Mhairi And Ross
Top 10 wedding venues in Scotland
written by Sophie Grabham January 8, 2017
Situated on the “bonnie bonnie banks of Loch Lomond”, this luxury 5-star hotel offers couples a truly breath-taking setting for their wedding. This stunning hotel and its vast beautiful grounds remains a popular choice for both local couples and those travelling from further afield. Across its many romantic reception rooms it offers a variety of choice, accommodating small and intimate weddings as well as larger parties of up to 220 guests. Plus, where else would you want to choose if your wedding transportation is going to be a helicopter or sea plane?
A truly magical venue nestled on the east coast of Scotland, about 10 miles from St Andrews. Fancy a fairy light lit wedding in a cobbled courtyard? No problem. Maybe you’d prefer to have a more bohemian woodland vibe to your celebrations… they’ve got that covered. Or perhaps you want to have a country house setting in keeping with Downton Abbey…they can do that too! Cambo Estate has such a wide variety of choice and can also be hired on an exclusive use basis You’ll never run out of ideas for your perfect day!
Head to camboestate.com now for more details.
Having been lovingly restored over five years, Crossbasket Castle opened its doors in early 2016 and wasted no time in making a big impression as a top 5-star luxury small hotel. Originally built in the early 15th century the castle has a long and interesting history. Nowadays it is the epitome of sumptuous luxury with its nine individually styled bedrooms overlooking the gorgeous grounds located next to the River Calder. This stunning venue can also be hired on an exclusive use basis, allowing you and your guests complete freedom to treat as your own for a night or two.
For more information visit crossbasketcastle.com.
Tucked away in the trendy Merchant City district of Glasgow, the Trades Hall is home to the Trades House of Glasgow and its 14 Incorporated Crafts. These trades included tailoring, masons and even bonnet making, which helped establish Glasgow’s rich industrial history and made it the prominent city it is today. This grand, opulent building offers a wide variety of choice when it comes to your special day. Plus, if you’re looking for a photo opportunity of royal proportions, why not head out on to the balcony to enjoy the view – and a kiss!
Find out more at tradeshallglasgow.co.uk.
Established in 1797, Sloan’s is one of Glasgow’s oldest venues and a real hidden gem if you’re not familiar with the city. Located in the midst of Argyll Arcade, where traditionally many couples still find their engagement ring, Sloans offers couples a unique, historical backdrop to their wedding day. Its decadent feel runs over two levels with a grand mahogany staircase and rich woodwork throughout. The Grand Ballroom is Sloans jewel in the crown, with its ornate stained glass windows, gold gilded corniced ceiling and parquet flooring harking back to a bygone era. Simply stunning.
Visit sloansglasgow.com for more details.
Formally a council office, Boclair House was rescued from obscurity after a three-million-pound investment. After much anticipation and excitement, the doors re-opened in Spring 2016 and it didn’t take long for the rave reviews to follow. Set in the affluent suburb of Bearsden near Glasgow, this stunning Tudor-gothic style building has landscaped gardens with a beautiful ornate Victorian marquee, an exquisite grand ballroom and 12 luxurious suites. It can be hired on an exclusive use basis leaving you with one headache. Do you have your truly romantic ceremony in the natural-light soaked grand ballroom or the garden marquee? Decisions, decisions…
Head to boclairhousehotel.co.uk for more information.
For something completely different and unique Portavadie Marina is one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Nestled against Loch Fyne in Argyll with stunning views of Arran this modern resort and spa may be just the place for you. There are plenty of options when choosing where to say ‘I do’ ranging from its gorgeous marquee, which can hold up to 120 guests, the viewing deck, or perhaps on a yacht if you fancy it. A wide range of accommodation is available from cosy cottages to luxury apartments, as well as their secluded Couples Retreat set on a nearby beach. Where better to spend your first night as a married couple in pure wedded bliss?
Find out more at portavadie.com.
This 5-star luxury boutique hotel based in the vibrant West End of Glasgow is one of the city’s best known hotels for style and service. It contains 49 bedrooms across five townhouses that have been lovingly transformed into a truly iconic hotel. For couples who wish to hold their wedding here a multitude of options await, with the ultimate choice being to exclusively hire Townhouse No 5 for you and your guests. With opulent rich wood panelling and original fire places throughout, along with your own private patio area and ‘secret’ terraced garden, One Devonshire Gardens gives you a sophisticated setting for your big day.
For more details visit hotelduvin.com/locations/glasgow
This former church located in the East End of Glasgow is one of the finest classical churches in Britain. Its rich history dates back to 1754 and was in continuous use up until 1993. It is now Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture and holds many events throughout the year. St Andrew’s in the Square is renowned for its beautiful architecture. With its high ornate gilded ceiling, Corinthian inspired columns decorated with fairy lights and stunning chandeliers it offers both a romantic, yet traditional, setting for your wedding day.
Visit standrewsinthesquare.com for more information.
One of Argyll’s true hidden gems. Lying 20 miles south of Oban, near the small hamlet of Craobh Haven, Lunga House was historically the home of the Duchess of Argyll. Today’s Lunga House allows you the exclusive use of its 13 bedrooms plus cottages dotted around the estate nearby, for you and your guests to enjoy your celebrations. Which is the point of Lunga – your very own Scottish castle with beautiful gardens, its own pub, a pier and stunning views (at least for the weekend). Time slows down and you begin to appreciate what they refer to as ‘Lunga Time’. Finally, as a Lunga bride myself I cannot recommend this venue highly enough. It’s motto ‘Little Castle, Big Heart’ sums up everything that Lunga House is about.
Head to lungahouse.co.uk to find out more.
Inspirational! Gathered from the walled garden at Cambo. © Christin Geall
Some of these flowers (and the cabbage and brussels) came from the lovely Katherine at Wormistoune. Thank you.
Innes & Amelia's wedding was certainly a day I'll never forget, these guys really know how to throw a party! Split between two stunning venues - Magicwell House (Amelia's family home) and the incredible Cambo House, the day had a real sense of grandeur! Amelia looked absolutely stunning in her Sabina Motasem dress, and Innes and his band of merry man scrubbed up pretty well too! From the impromptu trumpet solo during the ceremony to the rather chaotic ceilidh dancing later in the evening, the day was full of fun and laughter! Here's Innes and Amelia's amazing wedding day...
I was lucky enough last week to be invited to Cambo Estate, near St. Andrew’s, home to Sir Peter & Lady Catherine Erskine, to a presentation of their beautiful new glasshouses. Their walled garden had beautiful Victorian timber framed glasshouses that had seen better days and were needing an upgrade.
They engaged Alitex, mastercraftsmen to undertake this project and I have to say I think the Alitex Glasshouses are simply stunning. Keeping the Victorian style which undoubtedly is the best for this beautiful walled garden, Alitex glasshouses combine the use of modern materials and technologies but retain the elegance of the Victorian style and the same growing experience as Victorian timber frames.
My clients will generally be looking to replace a timber greenhouse rather than a larger structure such as a glasshouse and I would have no hesitation in recommending they look at Alitex Greenhouses. They will always ensure that their Victorian Greenhouses will complement your garden and fulfil your growing needs as they have the engineering and structural expertise, especially when it comes to bespoke solutions and flexibility of design. Browse their website for yourself and see what they have to offer, you won’t be disappointed. I’m sure the Victorian pioneers of glasshouses would be as impressed as I was…..
CHECK OUT ALITEX @ www.alitex.co.uk
The Cambo Woodland Retreat
When I was young, summer holidays consisted of family trips to Grandma's house. Grandma stayed in a cute little cottage in the middle of nowhere, about 20 minutes outside of St Andrews, on the outskirts of the Cambo Estate near Kingsbarns. Our summers were spent enjoying fish and chips in Anstruther, sharing warm donuts on the pier and eating copious amounts of Irn Bru sorbet that always dripped through the end of the cone before I could finish it. (Even my childhood memories are all food based...)
I've since introduced Gordon to the wonders of Luvians sorbet and we often detour through St Andrews on the way from Edinburgh. Usually we don't have time to do much else on our pitstops and vow to spend a whole weekend exploring more of the Home of Golf. So, as a little wedding present for my new husband, I planned us a surprise roadtrip! Hotels in the area turned out to cost an absolute bomb (£200 per night, no thanks) but then I remembered the Cambo Estate!
Browsing the website for room availability at the Cambo House, I stumbled across the Woodland Retreat. A hidden gem, the campsite is surrounded by trees in the grounds of the Estate. You can sleep in the newly opened CamBoat or cosy up in the Bell Tents. And so we found ourselves, on our third and fourth day as husband and wife, "glamping" in the woods in the Kingdom of Fife.
The Bell Tents
Two tents sit side by side on a wooden deck in the clearing, romantically lit with fairylights. Inside, our humble abode featured a double bed, coffee table and chairs atop a patterned rug, with extra blankets to warm us up in the evening. Outside we had our own little firepit and dining area. We were greeted with a bottle of wine and a welcoming letter from the owners, inviting us to make ourselves at home. A little booklet told us all the essential information, like where to find our own private bathroom. Our tent was even equipped with power - just enough to charge our phones and chill our drinks in the coolbox. All the essentials!
Unfortunately they were having electrical issues during our visit... which I found out the hard way when the power cut out mid hair drying! This didn't affect our stay in any way though. Extra battery powered lighting was provided in the bathrooms and we used tealights to atmospherically light the tent and kitchen area. I actually think the lack of power and phone service added to the experience. There's nothing like the loss of 3G to make you enjoy a conversation and appreciate each other's company!
The Cambo House & Gardens
The Estate has been owned by the Erskines since the 1670's and is still home to the family today. You can take a trip around the house itself, browse the gift shop or grab a bite to eat in the café. Guests have access to a pool table, foosball and table tennis, and there's even an actual tennis court for any budding Andy Murrays out there! For golfers, the Kingbarns Golf Links is only a stones throw away.
After hairdryer-gate, my only hope was that the hot summer sun would work it's magic and dry my fro. Taking advantage of the weather, we explored the grounds rather than the house itself. The Walled Garden is a must visit with its pathways lined by apple trees and colourful wild flowers. Our peaceful wonder through the woodland eventually lead to the golf course and a picturesque view of the sea.
Cambo Estate plays host to an eclectic array of events, from their Snowdrop festival and outdoor plays to the more unusual Batwalk or wild food foraging days. You can even host your wedding in one of their many venues. Imagine how pretty the pictures would be! The Christmas food and craft fair sounds like my cup of tea, and I hope to experience the Cambolicious craft beer festival later this year!
The Woodland Kitchen
Heading back to the campsite, the kitchen area was probably my favourite part. Surrounded by a ring of fairylights, with a parachute roof, it was the perfect shelter from the unpredictable Scottish weather. There's a wooden table with benches, and tree stumps to huddle around the fire. A tripod sits above it for warming the BBQ, which comes provided, as well as a gas cooker. Gordon was in his element building fires and searching for suitable marshmallow toasting sticks! On our first night we shared prosecco and beers and munched on homemade shortbread leftover from the wedding.
The Balgove Night Market set us up with a few treats for our second evening. We sipped Eden Mill cocktails and beers from St Andrews Brewing Co and watched our marshmallows turn golden brown over the hot flames. You can hire extra cooking equipment when booking and our neighbours from the CamBoat talked of delicious fish curries they'd enjoyed on previous nights. It sounds like they cooked up a storm! We weren't quite so adventurous and our culinary skills stretched as far as barbecuing sausages for breakfast. Balgove's pork and thyme sausages, smothered in Angus and Oink rampant angus hot sauce... breakfast of champions.
Take that, Bear Grylls!
The Cambo Woodland Retreat was the perfect getaway for us newlyweds and an ideal base for exploring St Andrews and the East Neuk. A casual, relaxed escape where we watched the sunset and toasted our marriage beneath a blanket of stars. Even a little power cut and downpour of rain couldn't dampen our spirits!
If glamping isn't your thing, you can stay in the Cambo House itself - more info on their website!
What a glorious Spring Day it was today and we were out and about enjoying our "Monday Meander" courtesy of a lovely recommendation from The World According to Harris =)
We visited the Cambo Estate and Grounds in Fife. Although their official Snowdrop Walk is over there were still lots of them around to appreciate and we had a walk through the Walled Garden (dogs allowed on leads) which are no doubt gorgeous in the Summer months. The pups then had a blast on a beautiful sheltered sandy cove which the estate leads down to. These are the best types of days off
Vanity Fair Double Edition - We are in both!
Katrina her family and bridesmaids were staying in the house and got ready in one of the beautiful bedrooms with a four poster bed.
Plenty of beautiful windows and rooms to catch some really special pictures. Katrina looked absolutely gorgeous
The bridemaids were in the right blue for the drawing room – couldnt have been better!!
Ready to go to church – Robbies grandfather gave Katrina away. Just love this b/w shot
Arriving at Crail church, in the East Neuk of Fife
And the first look
Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs Stewart
Back to the beautiful walled garden at Cambo for the bride and groom photos
Happy guests – telling the story of the day
A quiet moment before going into the marquee
The cake cutting
And the dancing
Feature in The Citizen for the shoot we did for Reveal Magazine.
A gorgeous event full of fairy lights .....
The Lumsden Club
The Lumsden Club is a proud supporter of women’s, children’s and neighbourhood charities. Currently, we have a handful of local and international charities which we support financially and through hands-on volunteering.
All members of the club participate in weekly volunteering to help our community and those in need. The Lumsden Club has a longstanding relationship with a number of local charity shops including Save The Children and Barnardo’s and we are excited to have recently expanded our volunteering to the British Heart Foundation charity shop. In keeping with our aim to promote the arts, a number of members also volunteer at the Byre. The club looks forward to increase our support network for Families First, who are committed to assisting and encouraging local family units..
The Lumsden Club directs all the proceeds from our events to the projects we support financially. A crucial factor when discerning the recipients of our financial contributions is a clear insight into how the funds will be spent. Hence, all of the organizations we support monetarily is either based locally or is relatively small. To that end we have established a close collaboration with Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia (TCCL), located in Fife.
In the recent past, we have contributed to charities such as orphanages and HIV centres across the globe from Guatemala to Kenya
Cambo cartshed forms one side of a traditional pan tiled farm courtyard tucked away in the East Neuk of Fife. It is adjacent to Cambo farmhouse which forms another side of this courtyard. Both these houses were completely modernised and first occupied early in 2015. The heating is underfloor on the ground floor and with radiators on the first floor driven by a ground source heat pump which is powered by our wind turbine.
The cartshed consists of an open plan ground floor with two beds adjacent to a wet shower room and Loo with a sitting area and 42 inch colour TV at the other end. The sitting area can be shut off from the bedroom area by a sliding doors across the room.
Upstairs is another twin bedroom (or the beds can be zipped together to form a king-size bed), shower and loo and fully equipped kitchen.
The accommodation was designed for my mother and her carer and as such works extremely well. The ground floor is entirely wheelchair accessible but as all the cooking facilities are on the first floor it is not suitable for a disabled person on their own.