New Slains Castle at Sunset - Cruden Bay - Aberdeenshire - Scotland by Yannik Hay


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The Earls of Erroll, chiefs of Clan Hay, were a powerful family in the area for generations. The family prospered after William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll, married the daughter of King William IV. Francis Hay, 9th Earl of Erroll, built New Slains Castle after James VI had destroyed his castle, known as Slains Castle near Collieston, after the Hays participated in the rebellion of 1594. But, over time, misfortunes befell the Hays – and in 1916, the castle and contents were put up for sale.
The castle was then sold in 1916 and fell into disrepair in the first quarter of the 20th century, after more than 300 years of occupation by the Errolls. The castle was bought by Sir John Ellerman of the shipping line. He in turn gave it up in 1925 and its roof was removed to avoid paying taxes. That led to the inevitable ruin seen today.
Once a major stronghold and occupying a large area, it consisted of a massive 15th century keep, a fragment of which survives, and a courtyard defended by ditches. The castle was originally a property of the Comyns but passed to the Hay Earls of Erroll early in the 14th century.
In the late 19th century, the 19th Earl of Erroll entertained many celebrities at the castle. Some believe it was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the castle of Count Dracula. In 1948, the Earl of Erroll accorded the title Slains Pursuivant to his newly revived private officer of arms and appointed Michael Maclagan to the position. The current holder of the office, Peter Drummond-Murray of Mastrick, is a retired banker and an authority on heraldry.
Bram Stoker was staying in a local hotel in Cruden Bay when he heard of Slains Castle – which he saw as ‘the castle of the dead’. It may have helped to inspire his writing of the novel, Dracula.
The ruin of the 13th century Old Slains Castle lie about 6 miles to the Southwest. The older castle, also a family seat of the Errolls, was blown up by James VI as a punishment for their part in the 1597 plot by the Earl of Huntly against him.
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Location: Cruden Bay, North East coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Date: 2010-09-20
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 320
Shutter Priority: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F/6,3
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm@300mm
Photoshop CS5 for Mac – Camera Raw 6.41

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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  • Adri  Padmos
    Adri Padmosover 3 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing capture is this, Yan; well done!

  • Many thanks Adri for stopping by to take a look, so greatly appreciate your visit and very kind words!!!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Excellent pov and perspective Yannik! It gives the land and castle as surreal feeling. Love that moon and the colors are so great as well!

  • Thank you very much Joanne for the compliment. This is the first sight we had. See you on the 6th with the group :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 3 years ago


  • Thanks so much dear Vitta for the compliment. Cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Awesome! What a wonderful capture, Yan! Amazing lighting!

  • Thank you very much Mike for the great comment. And thx for the sun and the timing when we arrived at the spot. We rushed driving there because it was a long drive and we didn’t want to miss it. We saw the sun coming down quite fast and I wanted to take photos of this castle since many years. It was on my bucket list. And I achieved it :) I am so pleased. I took many photos of it from in and out and of the view on the North Sea from there. Just splendid! I understand why Bram Stoker was inspired for the writing of his book Dracula. I could just imagine myself living in those days and how it must have felt on the edge of the cliffs like that and watching the Norsemen trying to invade Scotland from there. It served as a watching post as well.
    Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • And I am looking forward to see you on the 6th :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wanda Dumas
    Wanda Dumasover 3 years ago

    Wow! This is fantastic! Love the POV and lighting, and that moon!!!! Gorgeous!

  • Thank you very much dear Joanne for the great comment. Looking forward to see you on the 6th :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Fabuoius work Yannik!

  • Many thanks for stopping by to take a look, so greatly appreciate your visit and very kind words!!!

    – Yannik Hay

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Yannik, Great history also!

  • Many thanks for stopping by to take a look, so greatly appreciate your visit and very kind words!!!

    – Yannik Hay

  • shallay
    shallayover 3 years ago

    I like the sense of possibility this angle creates – almost a peek at its heyday. Have to say that names like Errolls and Clan Hay send shivers up my spine – and Slains Castle – the title already an inspiration for a book…

  • Thanks greatly and yes it did inspire Bram Stoker. I could imagine why when I stood there in the castle looking at the North Sea from the windows. It’s all in ruin but you can feel what it must have been like in those days.
    Take care :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Amazing colours here – not some you generally associate with Bonnie Scotland!! Like your POV too…. super sidebar, Yan! Well done!

  • Thank you very much Bonnie for the compliment. And thx for that wonderful warm light of the setting sun. At this angle, and after e rainy day, in late afternoon, the sky cleared and the angle of the rays made the colour orange very bright. Everything was that colour. Cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 3 years ago

    sensational capture

  • Many thanks for stopping by to take a look, so greatly appreciate your visit and very kind words!!!

    – Yannik Hay

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