Castle and Gardens of Mey

The Castle of Mey, Thurso, Caithness, Scotland KW14 8XH
Telephone: 01847 851473

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to save it. Having acquired the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland, The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.

Today, the Castle and Gardens of Mey are one of Visit Scotland’s Five Star visitor attractions. In addition to the castle and gardens, there is an animal centre, gift shop and tearooms for visitors to enjoy.

The annual Mey Highland Games is also an event not to be miss. (The fact that they continue to thrive is largely due to the patronage of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.) Held in fields just west of the village of Mey, the Games include traditional events such as piping, Highland Dancing, tossing the caber and putting the shot. For many, the highlight of the afternoon is the tug o'war final which is usually umpired by Prince Charles.