Castle of Mey

Castle and Historic Building in Caithness

Mey Castle
CC BY-SA 40 / August Schwerdfeger

The Castle of Mey or Barrogill Castle is located in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, about 6 miles (10 km) west of John o’ Groats. In fine weather there are views from the castle north to the Orkney Islands.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to save it and today it is a lasting tribute to her commitment to the local community.

Visitors to the castle will see the rooms used by Her Majesty when she stayed here, the most commonly expressed opinion by visitors is how homely and comfortable it feels.

The Castle of Mey appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Caithness!

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Visiting Castle of Mey


10.20am-5pm May-Sep, last entry 4pm


adult/child £11.75/6.50

Address: Castle Of Mey, Mey, Thurso, Caithness, KW14 8XH
Duration: 20 minutes

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