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The Castle and Gardens of Mey

Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
+44 1847 851473
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Tearoom visit

After a long visit to Duncansby Head we were passing the Castle of Mey - a very picturesque Castle... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2016
Lucerne, Switzerland
Amazing Castle

Really enjoyed my visit and tour of the this beautiful Castle that was once owned by the Late Queen... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2016
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Opening times for The Castle and Gardens of Mey in 2017 will be from 17th May to 30th September inclusive, but will be closed from 28th July to 9th August inclusive. Please check our website for updates.
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Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

After a long visit to Duncansby Head we were passing the Castle of Mey - a very picturesque Castle with a big history. We didn't plan on visiting the castle, mostly because we were running late (closes at 4pm). But since we just arrived shortly...More

Thank Bandit-One
Reviewed 17 September 2016

Really enjoyed my visit and tour of the this beautiful Castle that was once owned by the Late Queen Mother. so interesting to see how she enjoyed life there so much and the full history of this beautiful building. Well worth a visit

Thank Yorkie1948
Reviewed 17 September 2016

The sun shone the day we visited The Castle of Mey. We had travelled from Scrabster port and the coach took us to see this beautiful home. The castle is only open in the summer, but we were blessed with good weather. We were taken...More

Thank James N
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

A real treat here for those interested in British royal history. The former home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother this building is presented as if the former owner may return at any time. Fascinating photographs illustrate the period 1955 through to 2000. Well worth...More

Thank Marc449
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Although we didn't visit the castle we stopped for lunch in the delightful cafe. To sit and eat lovely food with such a great view over to Hoy was amazing.

Thank Polly C
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Doing the NC500 I was not overly bothered to visit but our friends wanted to and so glad. It was like the Queen Mother had just left everything as we saw it - her books, video tapes (Fawlty Towers a favourite) and the famous gin...More

Thank Essexboy10
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Down a long treed driveway to this quaint castle. Lots of available, free parking. Get tickets for timed guided tours in the visitor center gift shop. Tours are limited to 12 people so get there early. You can wander the gardens and marvel at the...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Staying at John O'Groats one of the places on our list to visit was the Castle of Mey we arrived just after opening time.There were timed visits into the castle and there were twelve of us in the first group. Our guide ( her name...More

Thank negativecamber
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Very much enjoyed our visit to the Castle of Mey. Comfortable visitor centre with tempting shop and cafe full of delicious goodies. We loved our tour of the castle, ably led by guide Blain who gave just the right amount of information. The rooms have...More

Thank sunshinelover978
Reviewed 12 September 2016

An excellent tour of the Queen Mother holiday retreat. Gives you a real personal view into the life of the royal family

Thank TravellerBasingstoke
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19 May 2017|
Response from wahaejock | Reviewed this property |
2-3 Hours depending on whether you go to the Café for refreshments and of course oor lovely weather. I hope this was a helpful.
Gary K
8 March 2017|
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Response from CastleofMey | Property representative |
Hi Gary, Thank you very much for your query and I am delighted to be able to answer of your questions: The Castle and Gardens of Mey is situated on the North Coast of Scotland 8 miles west of John O'Groats. You can get to... More