Fancy a wedding ceilidh? Not sure what to expect?

Celebrate your special day with a bit of Scotland’s culture and a traditional Scottish ceilidh. From the Flying Scotsman to Strip the Willow, traditional dancing is the name of the game.

Couples-to-be always ask lots of questions about ceilidhs at Eskmills. Dawn, our Event Manager at Eskmills Venue shares her top tips for making the most of a Scottish-style knees-up at your wedding.

Dress comfortably

“A ceilidh is a really lively affair, and you won’t be able to leap about if you’re in those killer party heels. Bring something a little more practical for during the dances, such as comfortable ballet pumps – you can always go back to glam when the ceilidh is done.”

Cover up

“I don’t mean dress in a onesie. You’re likely to be kicking and jumping, so unless you’re happy to flash your undies, it might be an idea to dress for the celebrations in stylish but comfortable trousers…or keep a pair of shorts handy! That’s not just a tip for the ladies, either – men in kilts, you have been warned!”

Be social

“A ceilidh is meant to be social event, and is a really fun way to meet and chat to people. So flash your partner a smile, have a giggle about the steps or ask someone to dance – this is no time for anyone to be hiding at the edge of the dancefloor!”

Keep refreshed

“With any luck, you’ll be dancing your socks off for a couple of hours – and this is no slow dance. So keep yourself hydrated and take the chance to have a breather every so often – that’s what our new bar is there for!”

Ask for help

“The beauty of a ceilidh is that you can enjoy it whether you get it wrong or right – don’t get too hung up about it. But if there’s a step you need to know, or you need a partner, just ask someone. If that someone is a member of staff or guest wearing a kilt, it’s a pretty safe bet they’ll be able to help.”


“You’re dancing with your family and friends – so just have fun! Don’t worry too much about knowing all the dances, just be prepared to get stuck in, give it a bash and enjoy yourself.”
Oh…and watch for bruises the next day!
(we do have a stock of Arnica, though – just ask our friendly team.)