Garden - Dunrobin Castle, (Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland) by Yannik Hay

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The formal gardens were laid out in 1850 by Barry, the architect who built the Victorian extension to Dunrobin and also the Houses of Parliament in London.

An old castle turned into a French-style chateau by Victorian additions overlooks an Italianate seaside garden with box parterres with colourful bedding displays, pools and fountains. Fine herbaceous borders, topiary, potager and a garden of wooden pyramids supporting roses, clematis and vines. Look out for: Giant rhubarb, California lilac, Buddleias, Fuchsias and old Roses, views over the Moray Firth to the Cairngorm mountains. Daily falconry displays.ref:

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_Dunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland. It is the seat of the Countess of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It is located 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Golspie, and approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Brora, on the Dornoch Firth close to the A9 road. Nearby Dunrobin Castle railway station, on the Far North Line was originally a private station for the castle. Dunrobin’s origins lie in the Middle Ages, but most of the present building is the work of Sir Charles Barry, the architect of the Palace of Westminster in London, who greatly extended the building in 1845. The resulting house has a “French Renaissance meets Scots Baronial” style.

The lands of Sutherland were acquired, before 1211, by Hugh, Lord of Duffus, grandson of the Flemish nobleman Freskin. The Earldom of Sutherland was created around 1230 for Hugh’s son William, and a castle is first recorded on this site in 1401. It was possibly built on the site of an early medieval fort (the dun of the place-name). The earliest castle was a square keep with few, and small, windows, looking out from a cliff top position, probably surrounded by a defensive curtain wall. Each floor of the keep was vaulted. The Earldom passed to the Gordon family in the 16th century. In the 17th century, the keep was extended with the addition of a large house, built around a courtyard to the south-west.
During the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the Jacobites under Charles Edward Stuart stormed Dunrobin Castle without warning, as the Clan Sutherland supported the British government. The 17th Earl of Sutherland, who had changed his surname from Gordon to Sutherland, narrowly escaped them through a back door.[citation needed] He sailed for Aberdeen where he joined the Duke of Cumberland’s army. On the death of the 18th Earl in 1766, the house passed to his daughter Elizabeth, who married the politician George Leveson-Gower, later created 1st Duke of Sutherland. In 1785, the house was altered and extended again.
Sir Charles Barry was retained in 1845 by the 2nd Duke of Sutherland to completely re-model the castle, and to change it from a castle to a house in the “Scottish Baronial” style, that had become popular among the aristocracy. Barry had been the architect for the Palace of Westminster, home to the House of Commons, and was much in demand. The 14th-century tower, and the 17th and 18th-century extensions, were retained, and survive within Barry’s 19th-century work.
In 1915 the building was in use as a naval hospital, when fire damaged much of the interior. Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer was engaged to renovate the house following the First World War. When the 5th Duke died in 1963, the Earldom and the house went to his niece, the current Countess of Sutherland, while the Dukedom had to pass to a male heir, and went to John Egerton, Earl of Ellesmere. Between 1965 and 1972, the house became a boy’s boarding school. Since 1973 the house and grounds have been open to the public, with private accommodation retained for the use of the Sutherland family._ ref: Wikipedia

Location: Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland, UK
Date: 2010-09-23
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
ISO: 320
Shutter: 1/80 sec
Aperture: F/4,5
Metering Mode: Partial
Copyright: Yannik Hay
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II USM@35mm
Lightroom 3.6
Photoshop CS5 64 bits for Mac – Camera Raw 6.6

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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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 3 years ago

    superbe jardin!! la lumière et les couleurs sont magnifiques ;)

  • Je suis très contente que tu aimes cette photo. On a été très chanceuse pour ce beau soleil de fin d’après-midi en Écosse ;)

    – Yannik Hay

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    Loving all those shades of greens Yannik, this is strikingly beautiful!

  • This is so sweet of you Swaby, thank you very much :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    stunning capture and Location.

  • I’m very pleased that you like it Julie. Thanks greatly :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 3 years ago

    Wow…this is magnificent!!

  • I’m very pleased that you like it Wendi. Thanks greatly :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 3 years ago

    Wow!! Beautiful!!

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Keith. The sun finally cleared the sky and we had this wonderful light :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent Image! 03/01/2012
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  • Thank you greatly Deborah for the feature! I am very honoured :)

    – Yannik Hay

    JUSTARTalmost 3 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you very much Sylvia. Have a great day :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature of this beautifully designed garden bathed in wonderful light !

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Trish. It was raining all day as a scottish weather then the sky cleared in the end of the afternoon :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful image

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Tina. Cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much for the wonderful comment Charmienne. I’m very pleased that you like it :)

    – Yannik Hay

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