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The Castle & Gardens of Mey

Mey, Thurso, Highland, KW14 8XH

The Castle & Gardens of Mey

Mey, Thurso, Highland, KW14 8XH

With a rich and bloody history that involves aristocratic brothers locking one another up and fratricide, the Castle of Mey on the northern shores of Caithness in Scotland is a historic treasure to savour. The castle was built by the fourth Earl of Caithness in the 1500s and where once it was a grand estate for grand people, it fell into disrepair in the early 20th century. It was in 1952 when the Queen Mother was visiting the area that she came upon this sad building. Herself a new widow and the edifice matching her mood, she bought it and went about restoring the house and gardens into the glorious place you see today. Don’t miss the lovely traditional Scottish walled garden with fruit and vegetables and herbaceous plants which includes the rose-strewn Shell Garden where her Majesty would sometimes sit in the sun with her corgis.

The Castle & Gardens of Mey also has a Garden:

The Castle & Gardens of Mey (Garden Section)

Information on The Castle & Gardens of Mey , Mey , Thurso

Opening Times: 15th May to 30th Sep, Daily: The Castle, 10:20-16:00. The grounds and gardens: 10:00-17:00. Closed 25 Jul - 7 Aug inclusive.
Admission: Prices vary. Adult - £11.75, Concession - £9.75, Child - £6.50
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome (Children under 5 Free)
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (On leads in the grounds only.)
Location: Fourteen miles east of Thurso on the A836, six miles west of John O´Groats on the A836.
Facilities: Baby changing facilities, Animal Centre, Coaches welcome, Free parking with special area for dogs, Gift shop, Guided Tours of the Castle, Limited disabled access to the Castle, Full access to visitor centre, gardens & grounds, Tearoom

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