Castle of Mey

© R Jobson

Canisbay, Caithness

In the Footsteps of the Queen Mother

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.

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).

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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Price on Request

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

Contact details

RobbieMac Tours & Ancestry

RobbieMac Tours & Ancestry
Pentland View

Key facilities

  • Disabled Parking

Tour information


  • Invergordon
  • Inverness
  • John o' Groats
  • Mey
  • Thurso
  • Wick


1 Day


  • Coach
  • Driver guide
  • Minibus
  • Small coach


  • Bespoke
  • Large Group (31+)
  • Medium Group (17-30)
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Castles
  • Film and TV
  • History

Tour Stops

RobbieMac Tours & Ancestry

Tour company information

RobbieMac Tours & Ancestry

Enjoy a great Scottish Highlands 'Experience' with: -Ancestry & Clan Tours & Ancestral Research (Walk in the footsteps of your Ancestors) -Bespoke /Custom Tours in the Far North -Corporate & Events Management Tours -Step-on Guiding - your vehicle or ours

Opening times

Monday - Sunday GMT 06:30 - 21:00

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