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

Currently unavailable for purchase

Available to buy on…

Leith Hall Gardens (Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) by 

4 Top Ten
3 Favs

  • 6th Placement in the top ten in Gate In The Wall challenge in Architecture – The British Isles group on 2011-07-05
  • 6th Placement in the top ten in Treasured Gardens challenge in English Heritage and National Trust (UK) group on the 2010-12-14
  • 7th Placement in Ornemental Gates in Architecture – The British Isles Group on 2012-03-16
  • 10th Placement in Fences With Gates challenge in ShuTTerBugS group on 2011-10-18

Listed building in Listed Buildings in Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Historic Scotland: ref:

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

Link to Calendar:

Location: Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Date: 2010-09-20
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/60 sec.
Aperture: F/5
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Tamron 28-300@84mm
Photoshop CS5 for Mac 32 bits – Camera Raw 6.2


travel, garden, landscape, nature, walls, stone, scotland, aberdeenshire, clan, hay, manor, green, leaves, autumn

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.

View Full Profile


  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 3 years ago

    Truly an enticing photo for people wishing to visit. Excellent capture.

  • Thank you very much Barbie for the nice comment. I liked a lot walking through it to visit. Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Oh gosh that gate looks so inviting! It just beckons me to come and explore! You hear so much about the green gardens of the British Isles and how lovely they are and this image is a testament to that!

  • Thank you very much Joanne for the great comment :)
    Yes, it is a very nice garden, rich of greens even at that time of year. We enjoyed walking around.
    Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Ray :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Audrey :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Beautiful garden! Lovely and inviting capture!

  • Thank you very much Angie for the great comment and for favoriting it. All the best :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Sarnia :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful landscape!!! ♥ ♥

  • Thank you very much Cee, I’m pleased that you like it. Cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Rick  London
    Rick Londonover 3 years ago

    Very nice A++++++++++++++++++

  • Thank you very much Rich for your visit and great comment. All the best!

    – Yannik Hay

  • SharonD
    SharonDover 3 years ago

    Great looking place Yan.

  • Thank you very much Sharon. It’s always nice to read you. Have a great day :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    So beautiful Yannik! I love the lush color!

  • Thank you very much Rosie for your nice comment and compliment. Have a great day :)

    – Yannik Hay

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait