Castle of Mey and Gardens


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Phone number:01847 851473

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. It is the most northerly castle on the British mainland and The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.

There is now a Visitor Centre with tearoom, gift shop and toilets, plus an Animal Centre and museum. There is a look-out tower in the walled garden, giving wonderful views of the Orkney Islands. More information, including prices and opening times is on the Castle of Mey website.

The Castle and Gardens of Mey have held Visit Scotland's highest award of a 5 Star quality assurance grading every year since their first unannounced visit in 2007 and now holds the Green Tourism Gold Award.


Opening Times

Normal opening times for The Castle and Gardens of Mey will be from 7th May to 30 September inclusive, but will be closed in 2014 from 28th July to 9th August inclusive.

Coach/group visits can be arranged in season.

The castle is open every day in season from 10.20 am until last admission at 4.00 pm.

The visitor centre, tearoom, shop, grounds and animal centre are open every day during the normal season from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.