No more declarations of love at landmark

LOCAL couples can no longer say ‘I do’ at Arbroath’s most famous attraction.

Wedding ceremonies have been scrapped at Arbroath Abbey by property owners Historic Scotland despite the venue seeming to be popular with those wanting to tie the knot.

The agency says it is an operational decision so they can focus on the other 22 sites in their care, where couples can get married.

Local MSP Graeme Dey is a member of the Arbroath Abbey Action Group, which is aiming to raise the profile of the historic building.

And he says he intends to contact Historic Scotland to ask why weddings can no longer take place there.

He explained: “I would be concerned if it is indeed the case weddings are no longer permitted within the Abbey grounds and I have written to Historic Scotland seeking clarification.

“The Abbey, aside from being a national treasure and international attraction, has a special place in the hearts and minds of people across Angus.

“And if folk want it to provide the backdrop to their special day then I would hope that could be accommodated.”

Meanwhile a spokesman for Historic Scotland confirmed that Abbey weddings are no longer taking place.

He said: “Historic Scotland has taken an operational decision to focus its wedding offer on 22 sites across Scotland, to ensure a memorable and quality experience for both wedding parties and visitors.

“Historic Scotland sites are primarily visitor attractions, and it was important to find a balance between looking after visitors and the capabilities to deliver events such as weddings.

“Sites on the new list range from castles and abbeys to a 17th century town house, and provide prospective clients with a wide choice in urban and rural settings.

“Historic Scotland is making a significant investment in wedding facilities at these 22 sites, and aims to improve the provision of equipment and service delivery.

“Arbroath Abbey is no longer on Historic Scotland’s list of wedding sites, but we are happy for couples to have their wedding photos taken at the Abbey, provided they contact us for permission.”