People may soon be catching ferries from Larne to Troon
to get married in Scotland, if a call by the Registrar General for Scotland is heeded.
George MacKenzie noted that the latest Annual Review of Demographic Trends showed 23 per cent of couples married in Scotland came from outside the country, but suggested this number could increase and more venues could become popular.
"The majority of those were to Gretna, while Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle are also very popular places to get married," he observed, with the former location enjoying an historic reputation due to its role in marrying runaway young lovers from England.
Mr Mackenzie said this was a "romantic notion", but still said more could be done to "boost up" visitor numbers.
Such action may help bolster the development of certain locations as resorts for weddings, like attractive rural spots.
Many celebrities have gone for lavish weddings at Highland castles, such as Madonna when she married Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in 2008.
Posted by Mark Robinson