Twenty-four miles south of Inveraray on the A83 is the town of Lochgilphead, home to Argyll and Bute Council headquarters based at Kilmory Castle.
Lochgilphead registration office covers the area of Cairndow, Inveraray, Minard, Ardrishaig, Tarbert, Portsonachan, Furnace, Lochgair, Auchindrain, Craobh Haven.
Address: 1A Manse Brae, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RD
Tel: 01546 605521 (Option 5)
Lorna Wilson – Registrar for Lochgilphead
Started in Registration – May 2010
Holds the Certificate of Proficiency in the Practice of Law and Registration
“I have been working in Local Authority since 1991 and moved to the registration service in 2010. I love coming to work; every day is a new day, it is a wonderful job and I feel very privileged.
Registration gives you the chance to work with people, friends, neighbours and colleagues, from helping couples create their ceremony to the day its self, and no two ceremonies are the same.
Argyll and Bute has some of the most beautiful scenery Scotland has to offer, we are fortunate to have amazing Registrars conducting ceremonies in our venues, beaches, castles, and outdoors which attracts couples from all over the world.
Working in registration is like working with your family but more fun!”
Melanie MacLean- Marriage Officer for Lochgilphead
Started in Registration – June 2021
‘I very recently (June 2021) started this job. I was at a stage in life where I thought ‘what do I want to do for the next 20 years’. To say it is the best move I ever made would be an understatement. It is the most rewarding job – every day! Helping people to make one of the most important days of their lives that bit more special. It also helps to live in one of the most scenic areas in Scotland and our venues are just amazing. ‘I do’ actually love my job.’
Lorna Wilson (Registrar) handled all the application requirements (We are from the USA) and officiated our ceremony. She was in regular and prompt communication with us throughout, even when we hit speedbumps on the process. In short, she was wonderful to work with and very prepared for the ceremony, including our choices of ceremony themes and areas for us to insert our own message and personal crafted vows. The special treat was the traditional Scottish handing binding part of the ceremony. We HIGHLY recommend Lorna for any ceremony you are contemplating in the Argyll-Bute region.
Dennis and Suzanne – May 2023 – Inveraray Castle
We were married on the most beautiful sunny day on 13th April 2023 by Melanie. The ceremony was relaxed and personal and Mel included readings that we’d personally chosen. Mel made us feel very calm on the day of the wedding and it was nice that the Crear team had all worked together before adding even more to the chilled vibes! Before the wedding, all the paperwork and formalities were very easy to organise via email. Lorna at the Lochgilphead registry office kept us right with all the bits and bobs we had to fill in which kept the run up to the day stress-free. We really wouldn’t hesitate in recommending a relaxed and personal civil ceremony to anyone, especially if it’s on the beach!
Hannah and Rob – April 2023 – Crear
Travelling to Lochgilphead
By Road – 88 miles from Glasgow to Lochgilphead
A scenic hour and a half drive from Glasgow past the shores of Loch Lomond and over the magnificent Rest and Be Thankful, down the western side of beautiful Loch Fyne, brings you to the gateway of this stunning and historic area of Argyll.
The Royal Burgh of Inveraray is the former capital of Argyll and is the home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. Neil Munro, author of the Para Handy tales, was born in the town in 1863.
A particularly picturesque town, Inveraray provides easy reach to many other tourist attractions. The town’s ceremony rooms are located on an upper floor within a property on Inveraray’s Front Street, with views overlooking the loch. The facilities can accommodate up to 30 people.
Twenty-four miles south of Inveraray on the A83 is the town of Lochgilphead, home to Argyll and Bute Council headquarters based at Kilmory Castle. The castle gardens, home to many rare rhododendrons and unusual trees and plants, offers a stunning backdrop for photographs, as do the nearby Crinan Canal and front green.
The Registrar’s office and ceremony rooms are at the top of Argyll Street within easy walking distance of the waterfront and car parking. The ceremony room can accommodate up to 30 people. Located on the ground floor with wheelchair access and toilets.
Arrangements of silk flowers are available but you can provide your own flowers if you wish. Music facilities and a limited choice of music is available and you are free to bring your own CDs.
There is parking available at the ceremony rooms and within easy walking distance. On weekdays, however, only two spaces can be reserved.