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Mey, Thurso, Caithness, Highland,
Scotland, KW14 8XH

01847 851473

01847 851475

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Open 13th May - 30th Sept 2014; daily; 10.00am - 5.00pm. Closed temporarily end of July and early August. As dates vary from year to year, please check website.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

If possible

House Open for Viewing: Yes

13th May -30 Sept 2014; daily; 10.20am - 4pm except for end of July and early August. Please check website.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes


Best Times of Year to Visit:

July, August September generally but May/June for Spring display

To see:
Admission Prices

Castle, grounds and gardens
Adults £11.00; Child (5 -16) £6.50;
Concessions & coach parties £9.75.00 pp;
Family £29.00
Gardens only £6.50 per person; Family £19.00

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Partially disabled access only to castle, please telephone in advance.
Dogs allowed only in the walled garden.
A new viewing tower has recently been built in the walled garden. There is also an animal centre for children, (but much enjoyed by many adults too).
Parking is free. Special area for parking cars with dogs.

Garden Features & Events

24th May: 10k Run

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

List of accommodation locally and other useful information can be found on our website Under 'Links'.


Captain's Galley, Scrabster, Thurso 01847 894999

Inns & Pubs:

Castle Arms Hotel, Mey 01847 851244 Northern Sands Hotel Dunnet, 01847 851270

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

John O'Groats - 8 miles Thurso - 14 miles Wick - 20 miles

Description of Garden

The walled garden is in the classic Scottish walled garden style with vegetables in the middle and herbaceous borders and fruit trees around the sides. Two new rose gardens are now are now coming into their own. The East Garden has a large round bed of primulas and wooded policies.

History Of Garden

In 1952 Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother bought the Castle of Mey and began to repair it and develop the gardens. She opened the gardens to the public in that year under Scotland's Garden Scheme and every year since this policy has continued. HRH the Prince of Wales, as President of the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust takes considerable interest in the garden.

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