A true adventure: rock-climbing to your elopement location…
Called the Devil’s Pulpit because of the deep red sandstone and ethereal feel, Finnich Glen is quite a special place to explore. Poorly signposted and without any real parking whatsoever, this hidden gem really does feel off-the-beaten path. Getting down to the beathtaking gorge takes a fair bit of nerve and a damn good pair of boots. But all of this is what makes the Devil’s Pulpit feel like a special (and adventurous!) place to elope.
Unfamiliar with the sights of Scotland, Elle and Drago wanted to be in a location that would as unique as they are as a couple. We headed out to Finnich Glen around midday on a beautiful autumn day which kept threatening to rain – my favourite kind of autumn day. Stormy skies and rich autumn colours are an awe-inspiring combination for an elopement day in Scotland.
Their first adventure was trying to get into the glen… you have to walk along the main road and hop into the glen at a spot that’s not easily seen. It feels a little like a secret. Once inside the forested area, we had to carefully route-plan our way through the muddy forest paths. It had been raining for a week before this day and the glen had turned into an assault course of boggy land. We laughed, giggled and helped each other as we tried (and sometimes failed) to find our way through!
When we arrived at the top of gorge, we rolled up our sleeves (and tied up a certain white dress!) as we scaled down the narrow gorge entrance using the hanging ropes and jaunty rocks. It was a true testament to Elle’s rock climbing skills that she managed to keep her dress entirely clean!
Rock’n’roll pagan-inspired elopement ceremony
Adjusting the finishing touches to their outfits whilst taking in the sights of the Devil’s Pulpit… Elle and Drago were ready for their pagan and celtic inspired elopement ceremony. Drago had found his home here in Scotland a few years ago and recently Elle had found love here in Drago. They were all too happy to embrace ancient Scottish and pagan traditions in their ceremony.
Together, first they burned sage (smudging) to cleanse the space for the ritual. Then they drank whisky from a quaich (Scotland’s friendship cup – symbolising love and trust) before saying their vows and exchanging rings. They completed their ceremony with a handfasting ritual – binding their hand together with a ribbon to symbolise the joining of two families.
Read more about celtic ceremonies here
Hiking through the Devil’s Pulpit, Finnich Glen
After the ceremony we steadily made our way back up through the narrow gorge entrance and through the boggy glen. We were blessed with a light sprinkle of Autumn rain whilst the sun streamed in through the trees – it was an incredible sight!
First dance, champagne popping and muddy dresses at sunset
Finally emerging from the glen we laughed at the state of our attire, muddy dress, muddy boots, muddy hands but hearts SO full.
Elle and Drago lapped up the Autumn sunset. They paid no heed to the rain clouds which threatened to once again open up as they danced in the fields and quiet roads around the area. A bottle of bubbly was even popped as a wee celebration!
Such a gorgeously simple and intimate day which was no less adventurous in it’s simplicity!
Your own Devil’s Pulpit elopement…
Does a Devil’s Pulpit elopement tickle your imagination? Or maybe you’d like to find an elopement location which is equally unusual and unique to you? I’m here to help you find a location which really speaks to you as a couple. Get the ball rolling by organising an initial call with me to chat through your thoughts!