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

Leith Hall (Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) by 

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Run by the National Trust of Scotland since 1945

Late afternoon, captured on the side of the estate. The orange tree caught my eye and I had to include it in the composition.

Listed building in Listed Buildings in Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

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

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: 320
Shutter: 1/160 sec.
Aperture: F/6,3
Metering Mode: Evaluative
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM@32mm
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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  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Oh this is such pretty scenery! Love the contrast of that orange tree with the wonderful stone architecture! Excellent composition, I wouldn’t have left it out either!

  • Thanks so much Joanne. The yellow tree was like a sun shining on the estate. Have a great day :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Wonderful shot, Yan!!!

  • Thank you very much dear Wendi :)

    – Yannik Hay

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thx greatly Sylvia :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Damienne Bingham
    Damienne Binghamover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image, the tones and treatment is very striking!

  • Thank you very much Damienne. All the best :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • DionNelson
    DionNelsonover 3 years ago

    Really nice shot!!

  • Thx greatly :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Audrey :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful place Yan! Would love to look through there!!!!

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

    – Yannik Hay

  • HormonManyer
    HormonManyerover 3 years ago

    Hi Yan,
    Very interesting photo with “overwarmed” color tones… Strange to say, I love them! Very pleasant overall view, IMHO the foreground’s a bit too much but probably others like it just this way. However, if the days / weeks are on the mentioned foreground this is the best calendar image posted here so far! So, everything depends on our point of view. :) Nice job overalll, thanx for sharing.
    Best regards, László

  • Belated thank you for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit. :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 3 years ago

    A beautiful scenic capture sweetheART lovely place ;~} Valz

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 3 years ago

    Superb capture, Yan!

  • Thanks so very much for your awesome comment. I truly appreciate you stopping by for a visit.

    – Yannik Hay

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