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Dundas Castle

The final love lock has been placed by newly-weds on the gates of the Auld Keep at Dundas Castle.

To celebrate the 600th birthday of its historic Auld Keep, luxury venue Dundas Castle gave couples the chance to set their love in stone by placing a lock on one of the Keep’s gated windows.

The Keep is one of Scotland’s oldest venues and in its lifetime has been a prison, a home, a fortress, an RAF base and is now a stunning exclusive use events venue. Couples married at Dundas Castle throughout its 600th year have been placing beautiful silver locks, engraved with their names and wedding date, made by bespoke Scottish jeweller, Highland Angel.

With the 600th year coming to a close, the last love lock was placed on 31st March by Hannah and Tom McGarry.

Dundas Castle

Louise Andrew, general manager at Dundas Castle comments: “We have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the Keep’s 600th year with our happy wedding couples. They have all commented on how special it is to leave a lock in the Keep, giving them their own piece of its amazing history. We’d managed to keep the token as a surprise for each couple, and they were all extremely touched by the gesture.

“At Dundas Castle we are so proud to offer our couples a truly unforgettable wedding celebration in our beautiful and ancient surroundings.”

Amongst the last to place a love lock in the Auld Keep was the daughter of Yvonne Carmichael who owns Highland Angel and made the stunning locks. Yvonne’s daughter Katy married Jamie Kennedy on 17th March, and they were thrilled to be able to leave one of their own locks on the gate. Katy comments:

“We didn’t know anything about the love locks when we first booked our wedding at Dundas Castle, so to have made it into the 600th anniversary celebrations and also to receive one of mum’s locks was a really special addition to our day. We’re so proud to be part of this lovely commemoration within the beautiful Keep.”

Dundas Castle is an 18th century home featuring turrets, impressive staircases, sumptuous bedrooms and roaring fires. Popular for weddings and corporate getaways, as well as family parties and group events, the Castle features its own romantic boat house, off road course, tennis and squash courts and glamping facilities on the shores of the private Dundas loch.

For more information about weddings at this venue, please visit the Dundas Castle website.