Sound like a dream? Well, for the daughter of one of Achnagairn’s previous owners, it was, in fact, reality. In 1912 this lucky young lady celebrated her 21st birthday in the fairytale setting of our ballroom, which had been (believe it or not) custom-built for the occasion.
Even without any decoration, the ballroom couldn’t fail to impress.Stephanie, One of our Blushing Brides
The family who owned the estate at the time were tobacco millionaires from the United States who had decided to make the Highlands their home. Their darling daughter didn’t have anywhere to celebrate her birthday, so her parents effectively turned their mansion into a castle by adding a jaw-dropping ballroom. Quite the birthday gift, isn’t it?
Complete with minstrels’ gallery - from where music would be played - and ornately decorated vaulted ceiling, it was a testimony to both the prestige of the family and their dedication to their daughter. In fact, the beautiful carved fireplace that sits at the head of the ballroom bears the date 1912, marking her 21st birthday.
What a venue. What a day. Thank you Achnagairn!Dawn, One of our Blushing Brides
Since then our ballroom has seen countless celebrations, from weddings to anniversaries, parties to galas, and everything in-between. The grand scale of the space facilitates its versatility as it transforms from church to banquet hall to dancefloor with ease.
With such a rich history it’s difficult to pick our favourite ballroom moments, but we’ve collated a few choice picks in the gallery below. Scroll through for inspiration, and see if you can’t picture yourself twirling across the floor, celebrating your special moment.
If you’d like to see the space with your own eyes, please do get in touch to book a show around with one of our fabulous team. They’ll be more than happy to talk you through any queries you may have, showing you everything our beautiful ballroom can offer.