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A proper castle!

I’m not a royalist by any means but my wife is and she was very keen to visit the Castle of May... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Adelaide, Australia
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Fit for a Royal Widow

This is presented as the home of the late Queen Mother being the only house she ever owned. Gifted... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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Opening times for The Castle and Gardens of Mey in 2018 will be from 1st May to 30th September inclusive, but will be closed from 25th July to 7th August inclusive. Please check our website for updates.
Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
+44 1847 851473
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’m not a royalist by any means but my wife is and she was very keen to visit the Castle of May, used by the late Queen Mother for a few weeks every year. It is what I would call a ‘Proper’ castle in that...More

Thank pakabay
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is presented as the home of the late Queen Mother being the only house she ever owned. Gifted to a Trust ( Prince Charles being President and annual visitor)it is full of her personal belongings - just as she left it. Our entertaining Guide...More

Thank mikeandros
Reviewed 5 days ago

I was very taken by the Castle of Mey. It was lovely to see the inside of a royal residence which was so very homely and comfortable. The soft furnishings are beautiful and there's lots of interesting pictures and items to look at. The guides...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The Castle of Mey was a most wonderful delight to visit. Hearing the staff speaking so lovingly about the Queen Mother brought the place to life - a place one could engage with...

Thank Lol S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Queen Mother’s home in Caithness and an absolutely beautiful spot. A real opportunity to see behind the scenes of a wonderful woman in this fantastic attraction. Good soup in the cafe as well.

Thank GregQ28
Reviewed 1 week ago

Reasonable entrance fee. Explored the gardens and visited the animals. Toured the castle with an excellent guide Jacke Johnstone. Such a personable place.....

Thank Penny M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The new visitor centre is magnificent. Having precured tickets, we had plenty of time for coffee and cake before our tour slot. Like something from Willy Wonka, our group (of a bakers dozen) gathered around the front door waiting for the great doors to open....More

Thank andrewschumm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only home actually owned by Her Majesty The Queen Mother, then gifted by her in Trust to the local community, fulfilling her wish that it should bring prosperity to the community which had made her so welcome, now flourishing through tourism and employment. As...More

Thank skypilot60
Reviewed 1 week ago

I’m not too keen on stately homes but as we were in the area we decided to visit the Castle of Mey, the only home the Queen Mother privately owned. What a pleasent surprise. Yes it is a very commanding building but inside it is...More

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were part of a tour group. We arrived in the rain so we didn't see it at its best. It is most famous as a home of the lat e Queen Mother and is now owned by Prince Charles. In spite of the rain...More

Thank LightAleCavalier
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13 May 2018|
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Response from Arl99 | Reviewed this property |
We drove up from Glasgow and stayed at the Hotel Melvich in Thurso (you can see my review on this). It was about 32 miles away and took 50 minutes. From Perth it is about 250 miles and will take a little under 5 hours to... More
Elizabeth B
2 May 2018|
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Response from 57dotty | Reviewed this property |
My answer is as already relayed by the other two people. The shaded area for the dogs and the exercise area, but they are not allowed in the walled garden or the animal centre. Having said that the gardens do not cover a... More
30 December 2017|
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Response from Jan H | Reviewed this property |
The only steps are inside the Castle. Most steps are short, but I think there are about 3 levels to the Castle. I don't remember them being difficult. It is a short distance from the car park to the entrance to the Castle... More