The Castle of Mey
The UK’s most northerly inhabited castle
The Castle of Mey, also known as Caithness Castle, has a long history. It is the UK’s most northerly inhabited castle, and sits here in the north coast of Scotland. It is only a half-hour drive from Mackays Hotel. Previously, the castle was in the ownership of the Queen Mother. Today Prince Charles still visits at least once a year to stay for a few days in the summer.
A 16th Century Scottish Castle
Of all Caithness tourist attractions, the Castle of Mey is high on the to-visit list for many. That’s because it stands as a beautiful building that would be worthy of a visit regardless of where it was. Built between 1566 and 1572, its turrets, towers and cherub heads all make for a stunning piece of architecture.
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The castle’s recent history began in 1952 when the Queen Mother bought what was, by then, a castle in poor condition. Over the next 40 or so years she set about restoring the house and gardens, creating a landscape for everyone to enjoy. Since 1996, the castle has been held in trust to ensure it can continue to open for visitors each year.
Exploring the castle
Things to do at the Castle of Mey
As well as touring the castle and extensive grounds, there is also an animal centre which adults and children are invited to enjoy. Here you’ll find sheep, chickens, geese and chipmunks amongst other animals. You might also get a chance to meet Alice, the castle’s resident donkey!
The castle also has a visitor centre, making it a great place to find thoughtful gifts to take home. Here you’ll find clothing made in the Queen Mother Check, as well as handcrafted glassware and freshly made local produce. There is also a tearoom to enjoy a quiet scone and warm drink whilst relaxing during your time here in the north of Scotland.
Is Castle of Mey dog friendly?
You are welcome to walk your dogs on a lead in the castle grounds. However, no dogs are allowed in the Castle, Animal Centre nor into the Walled Garden unless they are guide dogs. Please also make sure you pick up after your dog, and be careful when walking your dog near livestock.
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How to get to there
You can reach the Castle of Mey by driving along a lovely coastal section of the A99 from Wick. Then travel inland on the way back on the B876. You can enjoy a lovely circular route to get to the castle and back, and it is most definitely a perfect day trip to take from Mackays hotel. Find out more about visiting the castle here.
Other sights to visit near the castle
Of all the hotels in Caithness, by staying at Mackays Hotel you will be ensuring you are perfectly set for a great holiday near plenty of things to do. We are right on the coast, giving you easy access to the beach. All along the coast are stunning sights, like the Geo of Sclaites, a range of gorgeous beaches and even another old castle to explore. So book your stay with us today and enjoy the Castle of Mey and so many other beautiful sights here in Caithness.