We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Castle and Gardens of Mey

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 1847 851473
10:00 - 05:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 05:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 544 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 350
  • 118
    Very good
  • 24
  • 6
  • 5

Visited here on Easter Monday as it is open for the Easter Weekend and was not to busy but would be real busy at the height of the season. Paid the entrance fee at the gift shop... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fochabers, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

544 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 503: English reviews
Fochabers, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
144 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited here on Easter Monday as it is open for the Easter Weekend and was not to busy but would be real busy at the height of the season. Paid the entrance fee at the gift shop [£11.50 for one adult I believe group/family tickets are available.] and wee look round and took some photos until time for the tour... More 

Thank wahaejock
Devon, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our tour round castle mey. The tour guides were very knowledgable and we certainly felt like we got value for money as it was a long informative tour considering the size of the building. Although we didn't eat in the cafe the smells were fantastic. The grounds were beautiful and well maintained.

1 Thank Gabby_0487
castleofmey, Administrator at The Castle and Gardens of Mey, responded to this review

Hi Gabby, we are all delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour, hopefully next time you visit you will have time for lunch! Thank you for spending part of your Easter with us. Best wishes Shirley More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

took a chance that Castle would be open despite one source saying it would not be open until May. Caught a guided tour just in time. One small point. While group kept waiting at front door for a guide to arrive- canopy over the door way? Our guide was very good and knew the Queen mum personally. Amazing to get... More 

Thank Comp21
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
47 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There were not any clear entrances, many people were backing up, turning around just to find the entrance to park. Looked like a beautiful place, may it is wonderful. However, I ended up entering the parking area via the exit, turning around and exiting the property down the wrong way street.

Thank Eric S
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have just been to the tearoom at the Castle of Mey and was horrified to find that they charge £6.50 for a ham sandwich. The profit on that sandwich must be astronomical!!!! Unless your very wealthy avoid this cafe!!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on the first open day of the year at Easter. Whilst the garden was open it was too early in the spring season but none the less fascinating. A visit to the Castle of Mey is fascinating and the Castle is full off the Queen mothers fabulous sense of fun and humour a real insight. As usual with... More 

Thank Andy72S
Kilmacolm, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good to visit if you're in the area holidaying or going to John O'Groats. Knowledgeable staff, excellent facilities, the cafe does a mean tea and scones, and good parking. Great for kids at the pet farm and fabulous scenery. You can either have a guided tour around the castle itself or walk round the grounds and garden. Check when the... More 

Thank MammyM7
Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I visited with my children in September 2016 and we enjoyed a very interesting tour and had a lovely afternoon out at the Castle. We had tea and cake in the tearoom and the kids loved the freedom to run about the grounds. I would highly recommend the Castle of Mey as a day trip for families as we really... More 

2 Thank valcal05
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Visited with my Mum to celebrate her 70th birthday and in the beginning the staff were pleasant, polite and helpful. The ensured my Mum who had bad knees and couldn't take the stairs took the lift so she could see the Queen Mother's room upstairs and her lovely collection of dresses. Things took a rapid nose dive when I was... More 

4 Thank Miss M
Management response:

Dear Miss M, Thank you very much for your comments, how lovely it was to meet both you and your Mum in September and we are delighted to hear you found the staff pleasant, polite and helpful until this incident which we, as a team, were horrified to hear about. At the time I could offer no explanation as to... More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

I had been wanting to visit the Castle of Mey for a while, so was really excited to visit. We visited with my daughter who was just under 1. The staff were excellent and very hospitable. The cafe and shop are great. The tour was really interesting and we loved the small far that is greatfor children. We will definitely... More 

1 Thank Sarah T

Travellers who viewed The Castle and Gardens of Mey also viewed

Thurso, Caithness and Sutherland
Thurso, Caithness and Sutherland
John O'Groats, Caithness and Sutherland
Thurso, Caithness and Sutherland

Been to The Castle and Gardens of Mey? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Castle and Gardens of Mey and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Castle and Gardens of Mey staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?