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The Castle and Gardens of Mey

Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
+44 1847 851473
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Nice place for a leisurely visit

We had a really interesting guide (James) who gave amusing anecdotes about the Castle and made the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Southport, United Kingdom
One of Scotland's 'must-visit' castles

Scotland has an almost over-whelming number of castles from romantic ruins to ancient strongholds... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lincoln, 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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  • Average4%
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“queen mother” (238 reviews)
“walled garden” (69 reviews)
“royal family” (44 reviews)
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Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
+44 1847 851473
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a really interesting guide (James) who gave amusing anecdotes about the Castle and made the visit much more interesting than a standard tour. We found the castle to be a warm, almost homely place and it is easy to understand why it w...More

Thank paddy274
Reviewed 5 days ago

Scotland has an almost over-whelming number of castles from romantic ruins to ancient strongholds and grand Victorian mansions. The Castle of Mey is in the top division though with a lovely setting on the north coast and beautiful gardens to explore. There is also a...More

Thank NeilSK
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We arrived just in time to get on the final tour of the day 4.00pm en route to getting the ferry across to Orkney. It was explained we were too late to explore the gardens as they close at 5.00 and the tour was fifty...More

Thank mandhLancs_England
Reviewed 6 days ago

This little castle is a must do if you are in the area. It has been left as if the Queen mother has just left with all her possessions, clothes and photos on display. There is a guide in each room to tell you a...More

Thank 19dad
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely experience visiting the late Queen Mothers home. A lot of it is just as she left it. The guided tour is very informative and a lovely experience. The walled gardens are a must to visit, also the animals must be an...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the trip north to the holiday home of the late queen mother on the recommendation of the proprietor of the B&B we are staying in. My wife was very keen but not being a big fan of the Royals I was less enthusiastic. However,...More

Thank Lederz
Reviewed 1 week ago

A real must to visit. The castle and gardens are a delight and the cafe too. There is even an animal centre aimed at children. The guides are knowledgeable and clearly enjoy their jobs.

Thank Thelma A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really enjoyed visiting this castle. It wasn't huge that you may get bored of looking round but not too small that its over quickly. The guides in each room were very very informative and its worth listening to the stories. The Royal family still...More

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not anticipated stopping here when I created my itinerary but I loved the entrance and decided to stop for a visit. I enjoyed visiting the gardens, castle and farm animals. The ladies at the gift shop were so nice and helpful. Thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank 132Karen132
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you are visiting Dunnet bay area, you must stop by this estate and visit this lovely castle, steep in royal connection. We were glad we did just that!

Thank robkins
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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