Leith Hall (Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) by Yannik Hay

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  • 3rd Placement in the Top Ten in the Beginning With H challenge in Architecture – The British Isles group on the 2010-11-15
  • 5th Placement in the Top Ten in Twins challenge in Architecture – The British Isles group on the 2011-02-10
  • Featured in Architecture The British Isles group on the 2010-10-15
  • Featured in Your Country’s Best group on the 2010-10-06.

Listed building in Listed Buildings in Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Historic Scotland: ref: http://hsewsf.sedsh.gov.uk/hslive/hsstart?P_HBN...

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In my quest for my scottish roots, part of my plan when going to Scotland, was to take photos of the castles that belonged in one point in time to the Clan Hay. I visited 3 of the castles and Leith Hall is one of them. Read the story down below…

_Leith Hall is a manor house in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Built in 1650,on the site of the medieval Peill Castle, and run by the National Trust of Scotland since 1945, Leith Hall is set in a 286 acre estate with scenic gardens. The manor was the home of the Leith-Hay family for nearly four centuries.
Extensions were added to Leith Hall in 1738, 1810 and in 1904. In 1745, Andrew Hay of Rannes hid at Leith Hall after the Battle of Culloden where he fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie and eventually escaped to France.
During the First World War it became a temporary hospital and housed over 500 patients.
The house contains fine china, family portraits and tapestries and some interesting clocks. The hall is noted for its gardens, set in stages with each sheltered by a wall or hedge and each with its own special character. The gardens contain flowering trees and shrubs, roses, fruit, vegetables and ornamental grasses. A little stream winds its way through the gravel paths and stone crevices and at the top of the garden, near the 18th century curved stables, is the circular “Moon Gate” leading to the old turnpike road, once the main thoroughfare to Aberdeen. There are also two nature trails, each about one and a half to two miles long. The gardens also contain two ponds and a birdwatching site.

Leith Hall gardens
The hall is reportedly haunted, and has been subject to an investigation by Most Haunted. This ghost is believed to be Laird John Leith III who was killed on Christmas Day in 1763 in Aberdeen at Archie Campbell’s Tavern in the Castlegate during a drunken brawl in which he was shot in the head, after he reacted angrily to a fellow diner who accused him of adulterating the grain sold from Leith Hall. The ghost of John is said to appear in great pain with a dirty white bandage over his head and covering his eyes, wearing dark green trousers and a shirt. In 1968, one guest awoke during the night to see John in highland dress, his head covered in bloody bandages, standing at the foot of the bed. Other apparitions have also been sighted. Several writers who’ve stayed at the manor have reported seeing paranormal phenomenon. Elizabeth Byrd wrote about her experiences in her book A Strange and Seeing Time and describes the time that she rented the East Wing of Leith Hall with her husband in 1986. Alanna Knight has also written about her ghostly encounters at Leith Hall.
The gardens and grounds are open to the public, but the house is closed_
ref: Wikipedia

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Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Date: 2010-09-20
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/200 sec.
Aperture: F/7,1
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM@27mm
Photoshop CS5 for Mac – Camera Raw 6.2

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 4 years ago

    Excellent image!!

  • Thank you very much for the compliment Vitta :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • John44
    John44about 4 years ago


    Well seen and captured! Very lovely composition
    A beauty

  • Thanks a lot dear bro :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for admitting my work to the group :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for admitting my work to the group :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • TonyCrehan
    TonyCrehanabout 4 years ago

    Nice shot Yanik

  • I’m very pleased that you like it Tony. Thank you :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • SharonD
    SharonDabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Yan. I’d soo love to be with you,lol.

  • Thank very much Sharon for the compliment :) It would have been great to visit with a Redbubble gang :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for admitting my work to the group :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonabout 4 years ago

    Nicely framed – Great shot!

  • Many thx Duncan for the great comment, cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work, Yan!!

  • I’m so pleased that you like it Wendi. Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • foppe47
    foppe47about 4 years ago
    Again.. excellent photo..


  • Thx heaps Foppe for the great comment :)

    – Yannik Hay

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