The Castle And Gardens Of Mey


Castle Of Mey, Mey, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH

    Make your visit to Caithness memorable by visiting the unique Castle and Gardens of Mey.

    Have a delicious snack in the tearoom, browse in the shop and check out the animal centre or just wander in the grounds and gardens and view the magnificent scenery across the Pentland Firth to Hoy, the nearest of the Orkney Islands. On a clear day the Old Man of Hoy can be seen on the horizon.

    Latest News: Marry at the Castle of Mey. See website for details.

    Climb the new Tower in the walled garden for a better view of the fantastic scenery.

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to save it and today it is a lasting tribute to her commitment to the local community.

    Visitors to the castle will see the rooms used by Her Majesty when she stayed here, including her bedroom and the most commonly expressed opinion by visitors is how homely and comfortable it feels.

    Access to the Castle is, unfortunately, limited for the disabled and it is advised that arrangements should be made in advance by telephone.

    The animal centre is ideal for children and adults alike. Please do not take dogs to the animal centre or into the walled garden.

    Visitors from abroad can pick up a translation of the castle information either from the shop or at the castle door in the following languages: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

    The castle is located on the A836 between Thurso and John O'Groats, 8 miles west of John O'Groats.
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    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times Castle 10.20 am to last entry 4.00pm. Grounds and gardens 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
    18 May 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

    The Castle and gardens will be closed during the last week in July and the first week in August. Please check the website.


    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site Tearoom in visitor Centre serves hot lunches, snacks, childrens' packs. Table Licence.
    • Shop Gift Shop in Visitor Centre. Tickets for Castle or garden, grounds, etc. are sold here.


    • Public Toilet Facilities Toilet facilities available in Visitor Centre.


    • Coastal Location

    Special Requirements

    • Disabled Citizens Gardens, grounds and visitor centre accessible but limited access to Castle
    • Dogs Welcome In grounds only. Sheltered parking in trees. Information at Ticket Office


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available Available in Visitor Centre
    • Children Welcome Under 5 free 5-16 reduced rate

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden Some special tours available please see website
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Spaces nearest Ticket Office reserved.
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street Coaches park along the wall beside the Castle.
    • Free Parking On-Site

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