Neidpath Castle lies about a mile west of Peebles in the Borders. It was built in the 14th century by Sir William de Haya, Sheriff of Peebles, replacing an earlier castle which belonged to the Fraser family. The Hays were royalists and Neidpath withstood Cromwell's forces longer than any other castle in the South of Scotland. However, Cromwell's cannons succeeded in the end and caused much damage to the castle, as they did to so many other historic properties. Although it was partially repaired, the Duke of Queensberry, who took over the castle in 1686, allowed it and its gardens to fall into ruin, and the upper part of the wing of the tower had collapsed by 1790. Today, only the main block and south range remain roofed. The castle has been a source of inspiration for the 19th century authors Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth, and some of the scenes in films The Bruce, Merlin and Joan of Arc were shot here.
The Duke of Queensberry subsequently gave the castle to his son, the Earl of March. In the 16th century, Neidpath was known as "Jedderfield". Today, it is privately owned by the Earl of Wemyss but is sometimes open to the public and it can be hired for functions such as weddings. At the moment it remains closed though I do recall having seen around it some fifteen years or so ago. If you are interested, you can see some pictures of the inside of the castle if you follow this link.
This picture was taken during an afternoon walk in January two years ago. Here I was walking back towards Peebles along the north bank of the River Tweed (you can see the location if you click on Map:view). There was some low sunlight on the castle but the valley was really quite dark so I needed to use a tripod. The lady wearing a red jacket and approaching the "kissing gate" in the foreground was a stroke of good fortune but unfortunately she's a bit blurred on account of my slow shutter speed.
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npecanhuk (68104) 2014-01-20 17:28
Very interesting and attractive place!
Very beautiful picture!
The details of the castle are so eye-catching and together with that dry vegetation it's nice and scary at the same time! The presence of that woman puts us in present time! Wasn't she there, we could be transported back in time... o well, I forgot about that fence too! LOL
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, black & white borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week,
Didi (58042) 2014-01-20 21:03
Very nice deep vertical composition, very good frame quality
Best wishes for 2014
jjcordier (77816) 2014-01-20 22:48
Très belle composition associant ce château magnifiquement éclairé et ce promeneur coloré.
saxo042 (37596) 2014-01-21 1:22
The vertical format is perfect here with all these very strong vertical lines, enhanced by the tree that follows the whole picture. The person here is a very good eye-catcher and the castle above looks very impressive from this angle. An interesting note too!
holmertz (43275) 2014-01-21 1:47
I can well understand that this place has inspired writers and filmmakers. Who wouldn't find a castle like this and its surroundings exciting? It looks very much like taken out of a fairytale. The vertical shape of the composition is a perfect and natural choice considering the tree, that you used very well as a frame, and the tall castle. It doesn't disturb me at all that the lady may be slightly blurred. Not just her bright clothes but her mere presence contributes so much to the impact of the composition.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-21 1:50
now that is one impregnable castle! It looks so magnificent in this wonderfully composed capture. A real sense of its setting and textured beauty. The lady adds a reference point for the scale and dominance of this amazing structure. Well done!
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-01-21 2:20
A great sense of perspective and depth in this image. I think that this is accentuated by the trunk of the tree in the near foreground reaching from the base of the image, up the slope and beyond the height of the castle. I don't think that I would have noticed the blur if you had not mentioned it. A lot of good, strong compositional elements here.
lousat (79772) 2014-01-21 5:19
Hi John,absolutely beautiful!! What a composition,a very elegant and original way to show us this serious architechture,great choice of the moment with the best light to warm up the colors and the purple lady like the umbrella on a colorful cocktail! Great quality as usual,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-21 10:53
composizione e taglio perfetti per un gradevole scorcio paesaggistico della Scozia.
Come tuo solito, nitidezza, colori e contrasto al top della qualità.
Molto bella la luce dorata che illumina il soggetto.
Ciao e buona serata
chawax (19566) 2014-01-21 13:48
A very nice POV on this castle and the path to go there. The golden light on the castle is very nice. Good exposure and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,
Royaldevon (31763) 2014-01-21 14:49
We nearly visited this place in October.
It was a good idea to include the section of the tree trunk. It commands attention in the f/g, produces a good sense of depth and follows the tall vertical lines of the castle very precisely. The trunk itself has fine textural details and I find that the twigs act like tendrils, reaching out to link with the castle.
The light on the castle is lovely, it does bring out the colours well.
It is not important about the clarity of the figure, she is a link between the two features and adds a little vibrancy.
My warm regards,
carlo62 (36065) 2014-01-21 16:01
un castello enorme, ben fotografato, con la bellissima presenza della signora bionda e con i vestiti molto colorati, un contrasto che attira l'attenzione.
Bel taglio verticale, con molti particolari da osservare.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-01-21 21:53
A grand wee castle here and a bonnie lassie all in her super coloured top, against the browns greens of the landscape and the glorious stone.
Super Pov, leading us up the path.
Well managed.(I was about to add with my last smiley when it disappeared, don't know what happened their, sorry)
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2014-01-22 9:25
this castle is the stuff of legends, and I can really see why it featured in so many films and shows. You captured its texture so beautifully here, and under such perfect light, while the woman in the scene shows the scale wonderfully. this place is huge!! I look at this photo and a thousand stories start to form in my mind. Brilliant image, I love this.
All the best
annjackman (20371) 2014-01-22 23:47
That was a slow shutter speed! Of course using your tripod meant that there was no problem with the sharpness of the castle. The lady was kindly in bright colours but she does look a touch ghostly walking along as a slight blur. The light on the tower is beautiful and I guess what attracted you to take this image. A great vertical format nicely anchored by the gate in the FG. Very well done and I enjoyed reading your note as usual.
Best wishes, Ann
jhm (141921) 2014-01-23 2:57
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Scotland one of the most beautiful countries for photographers through the a lot castles and nice country sites.
You use a tripod this gives a very sharp picture, but it's not always possible for transport, certainly not with my bike, I have a light and heavy tripod.
These picture is very well taken out of a very nice angle, you placed the castle excellent to the right side, this give space for the tree.
The lady in red is a nice extra touch to you picture.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Enjoy the day ahead,
COSTANTINO (57871) 2014-02-03 6:46
is this a scenery from a fairy tale???
wonderful magic place to inspire
writers and painters I like the contrast
between the high castle and the human
appearance into the forest
this castle looks so pround standing
on the top of the hill
you used also fine warm colors
have a nice evening
ourania (34357) 2014-02-16 6:19
the aspect of the castle, its history and its present condition are fascinating. You chose a superb point of view that makes the most of the sweet afternoon light, includes a very interesting context and makes the castle look so imposing. Depth and details are great, I like the connection of the tree trunk, the gate, the lady, the path and the castle. The colours are lovely and romantic. The lady is an eye-catching presence and the blur can evoke hurried movement and make part of the story that unites all the elements within the frame. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21104)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-01-12
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-20 17:07