The Castle of Mey: A Complete Guide

Along with Dunrobin Castle, The Castle of Mey is one of the iconic historic buildings along the north east section of the North Coast 500.

Formerly owned by the Queen Mother, the castle retains many of the loving details and touches of its time as her home.

Where is the Castle of Mey
The Castle of Mey is on the North coast of Scotland in the historical county of Caithness. It is around 120 miles north of Inverness and 270 miles north of Edinburgh.

Who owns the Castle of Mey
The Castle of Mey was formerly owned by the Queen Mother from 1952 - 1996. It is now owned by the Castle of Mey Trust.

When is the Castle of Mey open
The Castle of Mey is open from May to September annually. See current opening times.

What to do at the Castle of Mey
You can:
* take a guided tour around the castle rooms (free as part of entry to the castle)
* visit the walled gardens
* visit the Animal Centre and surrounding woodland

A two-hour visit enables you to see both the interior rooms of the castle and the grounds.

Is the Castle of Mey dog-friendly?
Dogs are permitted in the woodland, but not in the castle or the walled gardens.

Where to eat
The castle has a tearoom serving freshly made sandwiches, soups, cakes and teas.

Where to shop
The Castle of Mey gift shop sells a range of local products including pottery, books, biscuits, jams and souvenirs.

Where to sleep
At the Castle of Mey: The castle has self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation.

B&B and self-catering accommodation near the Castle of Mey: There are a number of bed and breakfasts along the North Coast 500 route.

Hotels: Nearby hotels include the Forss House Hotel near Thurso and Mackays Hotel in Wick.

Camping: There are campsites at John O’Groats, Dunnet, Thurso and Wick.

How to get to the Castle of Mey
By car: on the A836, the Castle of Mey is 14 miles east of Thurso and 6 miles west of John O’Groats.

By bus: the number 80 route operated by Stagecoach runs from Thurso to Mey. Read more

What is the nearest airport to the Castle of Mey?
The nearest airport is Wick-John O’Groats which flies locally to Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Inverness Airport flies to UK and Scottish destinations as well as Amsterdam.

Where next
West: to Durness
North: to Orkney
South: to Inverness

Consider also exploring the nearby areas of Dunnet and John O'Groats.

Further resources
View the journey from John O’Groats to Wick


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