Carrick Castle Estate are delighted to announce, to those who do not already know or who were not a part of it in some way, that we have successfully held our very first wedding here at the lodge. Saturday 21st April marked the first event we have held on the estate, a beautiful rustic marquee wedding on our newly turfed lawns. Susannah and David Howard, the newlywed couple, brought family and friends from all over the UK including Manchester and Ireland, to Carrick Castle for their big day. And their reward was immense – the weather was, by some stroke of incredible and improbable luck, absolutely fantastic. The warmest and driest day we have had this year. The guests were blown away by the beauty of Argyll’s rugged hills. The warm Scottish hospitality was appreciated by all. The welcoming locals and especially our understanding neighbours who put up with the increased traffic and amplified music on Saturday night all helped to make the event a seamless one.
A special thanks goes to Jean Murray who assisted the bride with the hiring of the community bus, and a huge thanks to David Fox who tirelessly drove our guests up and down between Carrick Castle and Lochgoilhead for three days straight. Thank you to everyone who accommodated the wedding guests in B&B’s and holiday rentals, especially Leonard Gow of Lochgoilheadholidays.com who arranged accommodation for the majority of the guests and Jai at Carrick Farm who apparently does a fantastic cooked breakfast. Although the caterers, contacts of the bride and groom, came up from England to cater for the event, much of the produce itself was local and guests were even treated to an open bar of Fyne Ales.
Thank you to our wedding suppliers from a little further afield including Tents and Events in Dunoon, Stuart at 1500 Photography and LeeAnne Fraser Make Up Artist in Cairndow. We also couldn’t have done it without Jackie and her fantastic team at Sunshine Cleaners who prepared the lodge to an immaculate standard – we were proud to open our doors to guests. We were also lucky enough to be filmed for a new program coming to TLC, details of which will be posted on our Facebook page later on in the year. We appreciated the support from the whole community – we hope this will be the first of many fantastic weddings and events to come to the shores of Loch Goil, at Carrick Castle Estate. – Hannah Mellet, Lodge Manager