Explore Leith Hall gardens

AS part of the Scotland Gardens Open scheme, the team at the National Trust for Scotland property, Leith Hall Gardens near Huntly, is offering guided tours round the magnificent gardens.

Home of the Leith-Hay family for more than three centureis, the surrounding grounds have been developed into a horticultural delight.

The estate in total covers 286 acres, while the very varied cultivated gardens extend over six acres, with some wonderful views.

There is all-year round interest with herbaceous borders, flowering trees and bushes and ornamental grasses.

Leith Hall’s stunning gardens are one of the Trust’s hidden gems. From the top of the garden there are spectacular views of Aberdeenshire and the surrounding hills.

At 186m above sea level it is the highest altitude garden in the National Trust for Scotland’s care and boasts a coldest recorded temperature of -28 degrees centigrade!

But the south-facing slope of the garden makes it an ideal location for many plants from all over the world to thrive.

Evening guided tours are being held throughout the summer from July 26 to August 23 at 7pm and booking is esssential.

Tickets are priced at £5 and admission includes tea and cake.