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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.
13th May -30 Sept 2014; daily; 10.20am - 4pm except for end of July and early August. Please check website.
July, August September generally but May/June for Spring display
Castle, grounds and gardens
Adults £11.00; Child (5 -16) £6.50;
Concessions & coach parties £9.75.00 pp;
Gardens only £6.50 per person; Family £19.00
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.
24th May: 10k Run
List of accommodation locally and other useful information can be found on our website Under 'Links'.
Captain's Galley, Scrabster, Thurso 01847 894999
Castle Arms Hotel, Mey 01847 851244 Northern Sands Hotel Dunnet, 01847 851270
John O'Groats - 8 miles Thurso - 14 miles Wick - 20 miles
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.
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.