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Castle of Mey
Canisbay, Caithness © R Jobson

In the Footsteps of the Queen Mother

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January — December

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A tour of Caithness with a local guide, around our dramatic coastline and through the favourite places of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The Castle of Mey is a living testament to her determination and efforts to save the castle from ruin.

In the Footsteps of the Queen Mother, Caithness


A bespoke private tour of Caithness in the Northern Highlands, with a local guide around our dramatic coastline and through the favourite places of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, at Mey.


  • Pickup. Itinerary order will change depending of location of pickup!
  • John o’Groats with its’ mecca of cafes, tourist outlets and Highland Shop AND the ever popular ‘Journeys End’ signpost
  • Travel via Canisbay Church, Canisbay where the Queen Mother worshipped during her holidays – once belonged to the Sinclairs of Mey.
  • Travel to Mey. A Standard Guided optional extra – Private Tour of the Castle of Mey will give you a great view of the castle and contents (as it was when she passed away in 2002). Built by 4th Earl of Caithness. Tour type to be agreed beforehand.
  • Visit her beloved Gardens of Mey – sit in her chair, enjoy the flowers and scents.
  • Visit the Animal Centre of rare breeds – roaming through the shady woods on the way.
  • Call to the Visitors Centre and enjoy lunch or a cream tea, and perhaps some elegant shopping. Note her favourite blue plaid is used in the decor in the visitors centre.
  • Travel along the Pentland Firth. On a clear day you can see the Orkney Islands and nearby Stroma Island sights that she so loved.
  • Enjoy the views across to her friend’s home, from where she first caught sight of the ruinous castle that he saved.
  • Stop to view over to Thurso Castle once home of her friends – now a ruin.
  • Return.

Historic Caithness is truly the most dramatic and photogenic part of the Northern Highlands of Scotland, and a living testament to the determination and efforts of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in refurbishing and saving this castle that we are able to enjoy this today.

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Rainproof/waterproof coat with hood.
  • Camera.

Pick up

  • Inverness, Dornoch, Thurso, Wick, Castle of Mey, Invergordon or Scrabster – or location to be agreed when booking
  • Cruise ship passengers are met by the guide outside service port gate, a short walk from the gangway.

Tour duration

  • Day or Extended Day Tours to be agreed when finalising tour.
  • Times: 09:00 – 17:00 or as arranged (tours for cruise ships will be aligned to times in port).


  • Professional driver/guide
  • Indemnity insurance
  • Small Group Tour (3 max sedan or 7 for MPV)


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees
  • Personal travel insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be supplied at time of booking.
  • Bring suitable clothing, coat and footwear. Scotland can have four seasons in one day!
  • Bring camera and notebook.
  • We attempt to provide accessible locations in our tours, however due to the antiquity of some sites, not all are wheelchair accessible. If you so have special needs advise us for this tour and we can make some special arrangements in advance for you.

Responsible Travel & Tourism

We commit to making our world a little bit better, one step and one experience at a time by:

  • Membership of: Green Tourism, National Trust, RSPB, World Wildlife Foundation
  • Working with ‘local businesses and services’ to build our tours
  • Raising the % of meals on offer, based on local cuisine and local produce
  • Regular rubbish pickups at the local scenic point

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RobbieMac Tours

We are ‘Good-to-Go’. RobbieMac Tours has achieved certification & has redesigned our current tours to comply with COVID restrictions with the need for social distancing, lots of fresh air, sanitising and the wearing of facemasks – and frm this our 'Wee Walks Tours' were born. Great Scottish Highlands 'Experiences' with: -Bespoke & Custom Tours & Walks -Ancestry & Clan Research & Tours -Corporate & Events Management Tours -Step-on Guiding

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Monday - Sunday GMT 06:30 - 21:00

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