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Castle and Gardens of Mey

Mey, Thurso

The most northerly castle on the Scottish mainland, it was built between 1566 and 1572. The castle was acquired by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1952 and renovated and restored by her. For almost 50 years she spent every summer here. Sheltered by a 12-foot high wall from fierce winds and salt spray, this traditional two acre garden is a delight with its generous herbaceous borders and beds full of scented roses. The immaculate kitchen garden grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Woodland walks, castle shop, tearoom and Animal Centre.

Opening Times

2017 opening dates for The Castle and Gardens of Mey are from 17th May to 30th September inclusive, but will be closed from 28th July to 9th August inclusive. Please check the website as this is subject to change.

The Castle is open from first entry at 10.20am to last entry at 4.00pm.

The visitor centre, tearoom, shop, grounds and animal centre are open every day during the normal season from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Pricing Details

Adult: £11.50
Senior/Group: £9.75
Child: £6.50
Family: £30.00

Trip Advisor



Visit Scotland
5 Stars


Castle and Gardens of Mey

The Castle of Mey
KW14 8XH
Phone: 01847 851473
Fax: 01847 851475
Castle and Gardens of Mey
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