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The Queen Mother’s Castle

The Castle of Mey was the private home of the Queen Mother, bought after the death of her husband... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Truly inspirational visit

The house is a beautiful homage to the well-loved Queen Mother. The artefacts are all original... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marlborough, United Kingdom
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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 September 2016

everything is excellent and well worth seeing, steep stairs in the castle in some parts guides really know there stuff gardens are better seen when flowers are in bloom

4  Thank Cedric J
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 April 2017 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!!!

3  Thank mmackay54
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank SusanC4948
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank yachtscot
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Sophie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Allan C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Cherry A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a quick visit here in September before we got the boat to Orkney. We have been before 10 years ago, and the last time spent all day and then indulged in the coffee shop. This time we only had 2 hours so it...More

Thank Travel_Teddybears
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited this lovely place on way fro m John o Groats to Thurso, very glad we did. The tour throughout the castle was excellent by the various guides. Very good cafe with home made food. Would highly recommend.

Thank enrico12_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

gorgeous castle with enchanting gardens and lovely sycamore forest. The walled garden is very lovely. The North Sea and Orkney in the distance and inside the garden sweet peas, herbs, espalier fruit trees.

Thank Airdre G
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Visiting the UK provides an opportunity to visit more castles than you might have thought ever existed. This one is different in that the Queen Mother used it as a retreat. The furnishings are as if it was recently used.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 8 October 2018

My wife was keen to visit but I found the visit just as interesting. The lass who showed us round was very entertaining.

Thank John_Drummond
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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
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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