Leith Hall Garden and Estate

Leith Hall Garden and Estate

Top Tourist Attractions

Leith Hall has played witness to Scottish history since 1650, with ten generations of the Leith-Hay family having lived here until just after World War II. They donated the house to the National Trust for Scotland along with all their furnishings and art.

Leith Hall Garden And Estate

Leith Hall is a country house in Kennethmont, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was built in 1650, on the site of the medieval Peill Castle, and was the home of the Leith-Hay family for nearly three centuries. Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, Leith Hall and Garden features extensive herbaceous borders and a fine collection of alpines and primulas in the rock garden.

Leith Hall is one of the hidden gems in the Trust and is very much a family home. Visitors will also enjoy the beautiful gardens, including the rock garden which is being restored to its original 1900s design, the Moon Gate, orchard, and vegetable garden.

There are spectacular views of the surrounding hills, three-waymarked walks through mixed woodland, and an 18th Century stable block and ice house.

  • Nature Spotting

Leith Hall Estate has a diverse mosaic of mixed woodland, grassland, meadow, and parkland. This bio-diverse area is rich in protected and uncommon species. Here are our top wildlife picks to experience when out and about on our trails. Each has an ‘easy to see’ rating, a fun fact, and a top tip for when and where to look.

Scottish wildcat; which roams extensively in the Clashindarroch area. Wildcats are an ‘edge’ species, that patrol the outsides of woodlands and fields to ambush their prey of rabbits, other small mammals, or birds.

Kingfisher; These sparrow-sized, agile fishers have an orange and white head-stripe and an orange breast. Colorful indeed! They nest in burrows on riverbanks. Look for kingfishers in summer, perched on branches or flying low over the water.

Otter; they’re semi-nocturnal and they tend to hide underwater when we’re around, we feel privileged to get a glimpse of them. Otters are present all year round – look out on the bridge for their spraint (poo), which is distinctive with visible bones in it.

Teal, is shy ducks with a habit of flying almost vertically away from any disturbance. Because of this, the collective name for teal is a ‘spring’. In the mating season, the male is particularly colorful with a green patch over his eye, outlined in yellow. Teal can be seen on the pond in winter.

Badger is the great excavator of the estate. They dig burrows called setts, which can be multi-level and complex. The striking white forehead stripe can make them difficult to spot in the undergrowth. The badger is Britain’s largest land predator. Badgers are present throughout the year and are most likely to be seen at dawn or dusk.

  • Walks

Pond walk; it’s an easy walk with a distance of 1/2mile (0.8km). This is an all-abilities trail around the pond on a well-surfaced level path. A short detour along a grass path takes you to the bird hide with views over the upper pond. A further detour leads to the 19th-century ice house.

Craighall Trail; it’s a moderate walk (height climbed 80m). Distance covered 1 ¼ mile (2km).

A steep grass path through woodland and farmland leads up Craigfall Hill to an impressive viewpoint with a seating area.

  • Music room

One of the last additions to Leith Hall, the music room was added by the Laird, Colonel Alexander Sebastian Leith-Hay, in 1868 and was originally used as a billiard room.  Decorated in a Victorian style, it has the original wallpaper and carpet. The three sash and case windows are disproportionate to the space and demonstrate Victorian grandeur in design. 

  • Leith Hall Estate trails

The large trail network at Leith Hall estate has been checked, and large parts of the trails are currently closed.

  • Leith Hall’s kitchen garden                                                                                                         

With daylight seemingly ever-present, midsummer in northeast Scotland can feel surreal. Look out for the Filipendula camtschatica here at Leith Hall – it’ll be 4 meters tall by summer.

In midsummer, it’s all about the kitchen garden, where we grow and sell heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables. As the risk of frost starts to decrease in June, the tender runner beans and pole beans are planted out and the cloches are taken off the pumpkin plants. Carrot, beetroot, and pea seeds are sown directly into the ground, and the early potatoes and broad beans are almost ready to harvest.

  • Events

Many upcoming events can be enjoyed.

A lovely place to see with fantastic colors and a peaceful setting.