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Little visit

Stopped here after a walk Visited along with a friend and we had tea and scones ! This was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thurso, United Kingdom
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Lovely bit of history

I found the caste of Mey really interesting and you could tell the queens mother made it a home... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped here after a walk Visited along with a friend and we had tea and scones ! This was very yummy! Staff were lovely and restaurant was nice plenty of room for my pram ! Baby Changing facilities were good! There was also some benches...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank sl8ogn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I found the caste of Mey really interesting and you could tell the queens mother made it a home that was lived in. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and we all really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank laurapM1000HH
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable informative tour, beautiful surroundings in the garden, cool petting zoo which was a highlight for the kids in our family. The cafe was fine although fairly expensive and only a small choice of food. Castle is easily found between Dunnet and John O...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 662clairei
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Castle of Mey was not quite as remote as depicted in The Crown. It does stand above the cliffs of the north coast of Scotland overlooking the Orkneys but turn around and there are houses in sight and Thurso is not that far away....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Christine O
Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

.closed to public but we couldn’t drive past without taking some photos ... beautiful location - didn’t see much of the castle & walled gardens but definitely worth a stop.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pamellisinternatinal
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The Castle of Mey was the private home of the Queen Mother, bought after the death of her husband and restored by her. It is a fairly small castle which still has many of her belongings with some interesting woodland and walled gardens. We visited...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 October 2018

The house is a beautiful homage to the well-loved Queen Mother. The artefacts are all original pieces and the staff all have stories to tell of past royal visits which bring the visit to life.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank yachtscot
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

My mums cousin was asked to deal with the Gardens here by Prince Charles which always made me intrigued to go see it after hearing so much about it when I was younger. I finally got the chance to go this August. I actually ended...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sophie A
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Pre-planning our holiday from Australia, I planned to drive from Inverness to Dunnet Head, John O'Groats, and read the the Queen Mother's Castle was on our way. Couldn't resist. Arriving after a rather windblown quick visit to Dunnet Head we made for the Castle. Decided...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Allan C
Reviewed 26 October 2018

Of all the castles I visited in Scotland this was my favorite. The Queen mother was a grandmother and her castle spoke to that title. Her home was well worn and filled with the treasures of a lifetime, It was a comfortable retreat for her...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cherry A
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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
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