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Venue Review: Houstoun House, Livingston

Macdonald Houstoun House We come to a favourite venue of the Jiggers – Macdonald Houstoun House! Location It is in quite a nice secluded spot near Livingston just west of Edinburgh, and has acres of woodland around it. Quirky Features Houstoun House’s historical claim-to-fame is that they were visited by Mary Queen of Scots, so it’s a fairly historic building! It’s … Continued

Venue Review: Dundas Castle, by South Queensferry

Dundas Castle The Jiggers are a regular choice for weddings at Dundas Castle. Location Dundas Castle has been transformed into a 5-star ‘Exclusive Use’ venue and is secluded in its own vast estate by South Queensferry, just west of Edinburgh. Quirky features The Castle is made up of 3 main buildings: The Auld Keep (built in 1416 for the purpose of … Continued

Venue Review: Mar Hall

Mar Hall This luxury golf resort has played host to the Jiggers many times since it opened for events a few years ago. Location It’s near Bishopton, a short distance from Glasgow, in its vast acreage of woodland estate. Easy access just off the M8. Quirky Features It’s a huge Victorian Scottish Mansion, and has great views overlooking the River Clyde and … Continued

Venue Review: The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh The Jiggers have played at the Royal College of Surgeons many times for both weddings and corporate events. Location The Royal College of Surgeons is in Edinburgh’s Old Town and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world, having been given the Seal of Cause in 1505. We have no idea what … Continued

Venue Review: Macdonald Crutherland House

Macdonald Crutherland House The Crutherland is another venue where the Jiggers perform a lot. Location It’s just by East Kilbride, south-east of Glasgow, and has 37 acres of countryside around it. Quirky Features Built in 1705 as a manor-house, there are lovely gardens for wedding photographs, and the rooms and bar area are all very comfortable. What makes it a good venue? … Continued

Venue Review: The Signet Library, Edinburgh

The Signet Library The Jiggers have played at the Signet Library many times for both weddings and corporate events. Location The Signet is right in the heart of the historic Old Town, just a stone’s throw from St Giles’ Cathedral. St Giles’ Cathedral has nevertheless requested that you don’t throw stones at it, as its windows are expensive… Quirky features It’s … Continued

Venue Review: Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow

Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens The Jiggers have played at several weddings at One Devonshire Gardens over the years. Location It’s set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the west-end of Glasgow. Quirky Features “One Dev” is a five-star boutique hotel made up of a collection of neighbouring Victorian townhouses. They’ve kept the original period features such as … Continued

Venue Review: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Gardens The Jiggers have been invited to play many ceilidhs at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. Location The Royal Botanic Gardens are just to the north of the city centre. It’s easily accessible for transport/parking, but it still feels like a more suburban setting. Quirky Features The magnificent Victorian Temperate Palm House is the tallest of its … Continued

Venue Review: St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow

St Andrew’s in the Square The Jiggers ceilidh band plays at Saint Andrew’s in the Square regularly throughout the year. Location It’s in Glasgow city centre, near to Glasgow Cross. Quirky Features The building is a beautifully restored 18th Century former church. The main auditorium has plenty of natural light and the grand solid oak floor is ideal for ceilidh dancing. … Continued