The Abbey Kirk offers weddings to couples wanting a charming, unique and tranquil experience. The Kirk itself can seat 70-100 people comfortably for an intimate and romantic religious or civil ceremony. There is the option of spilling out into the Kirk grounds for larger crowds, or even having the wedding ceremony on the riverbank.

We were absolutely delighted to be in Abbey St Bathans and use the Old Kirk and river site for our wedding celebration. We felt so special in such a beautiful setting and everyone shared our love for this perfect spot. Your warmth, help and kind spirit made us feel welcome and at home. We are so grateful and it will also be a special place for us.
— Ailsa Lochead

The Kirk grounds are ideal for wedding receptions of up to 200-250 people and are fully accessible for marquees and other tented accommodation, caterers and the like. Combined with the adjacent 4 acre Kirk Field there are endless possibilities to create an unforgettable wedding event. There is also car parking for up to 120 vehicles. 

The Kirk offers beautiful backdrops for your wedding photography. There are also opportunities to incorporate the impressive nearby Abbey Mansion House.

We have lots of local contacts including caterers, marquee providers, local accommodation, and suppliers of local produce including beer, cider, fish, meat and vegetables. As we are in Scotland, no licence is needed to get married, just a registrar or a Minister to conduct the ceremony. 

Had an amazing wedding yesterday, such a beautiful place full of lovely people.
— Vicky Isles
Thank you for this amazing venue, so beautiful, we had a wonderful wedding, everyone had a ball.
— Scott Laverie

Concerts & Cèilidhs


Concerts, cèilidhs and musical events are a regular feature at the Abbey Kirk. Fèis Rois have played at Abbey Kirk for the last 3 years and say the Church provides the best acoustics of all the venues they visit on their tour of the Scottish Borders.

The Romanian Oak, donated by the local Abbey Timber sawmill, provides an excellent dance floor. For larger groups there are weatherproof electricity points in the Kirk grounds sufficient for amplification and lighting for outdoor events.

We all thoroughly enjoyed the ceilidh concert last week. It was so good, so cosy and generally such a well organised and relaxed affair. We really appreciate what you have done with the Old Kirk so bravo! Hope you have many more brilliant events.
— Alison Landale
Second visit to Abbey St Bathans and I’m falling in love with the place!
— Jonny Hardman
Great party, great fun and we were the last to leave as always!
— Jessica Walker

Lectures, Meetings & Community Functions


There are regular community events all year round including the annual Hogmanay party for all ages, and Raft Race and Barbecue at the end of the summer holidays.

There are coffee and tea facilities in the Kirk kitchen plus folding tables and chairs for meetings. Recent events have hosted short evening lectures for an archaeological group and an open day for a visiting agricultural college. 


Dinner Parties

The Church can conformably seat, wine and dine 60 people for a brilliant alternative venue for a dinner party. There is kitchen equipment inside, and we have an excellent track record for bringing in catering, such as hog roasts.

Thank you so much for such a wonderful party at the Abbey. You have been so clever with the church and it is lovely to see a building used for the next generation as we all, people and buildings, need to adapt to survive. It was lovely to see how beautifully the marquee sat next to the river with the candles - a perfect setting. Thanks so much for a lovely party.
— Peter, Sam and Karen

Church Services


The Abbey Kirk is still used for church services in the Duns and District Parish; baptisms, funerals and at Christmas and Easter as well as for weddings.

There is a portable grand electric keyboard for music and the original altar table and minister's chair. The interior can easily be changed to accommodate refreshments after a service. 

Just wanted to say very many thanks for your help. It was very special to us to have our daughter’s christening at the Abbey Kirk
— Lisa Dale
For many of the grandchildren this was the first visit to Abbey St Bathans to say goodbye to our Granny. Thank you for a beautiful service and and the lovely sunshine. We will treasure today.
— Kate Strauss



The Abbey Kirk blends an ancient site, a historical building and a modern multipurpose events space. With our contacts and recommended suppliers we can help you create any kind of event you desire.