Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, Thurso

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Queen Elizabeth transformed Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust from a crumbling seaside castle to her holiday home in the 1950s. Originally built in the 1500s, the outside is undoubtedly built for defensive purposes, both against the harsh Scottish weather and fierce enemies. Inside, however, the castle preserves the charm and subtle touches of the Queen Mother. Now open to the public, take a guided tour to get personal anecdotes from the guides who knew the Queen Mother personally. Stroll through the botanical gardens where she spent a good portion of her time. Pay a visit to the castle barn to feed the animals. Using our online itinerary creator, Thurso attractions like Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Arrived here as soon as it opened. Greeted by friendly staff at the entrance to the car park. There is a visitor centre with a shop and cafe and toilets just by the car park. We had a timed entry... 
    Arrived here as soon as it opened. Greeted by friendly staff at the entrance to the car park. There is a visitor centre with a shop and cafe and toilets just by the car park. We had a timed entry...  more »
  • We tried to visit this castle & Gardens. We checked the website first to see if we could take our dog as didn't want to leave him in the motorhome. Yes it says Pet Friendly! Great. Not what we were.....  more
    We tried to visit this castle & Gardens. We checked the website first to see if we could take our dog as didn't want to leave him in the motorhome. Yes it says Pet Friendly! Great. Not what we were.....  more »
  • For a quiet few days, with stunning views in all directions, please try the Granary Lodge at Castle of Mey. The rooms are classically furnished and styled with high class bedding and little extras.....  more
    For a quiet few days, with stunning views in all directions, please try the Granary Lodge at Castle of Mey. The rooms are classically furnished and styled with high class bedding and little extras.....  more »
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  • The grounds and the caste have been well cared for and it's definitely worth a visit. The walled garden is beautiful, unfortunately though, you can't get inside the corner tower. There is a small petting area just along from the castle with chicks and lambs etc, the lady there was lovely and knowledgeable. The castle is interesting, there's lots of quaint items inside with stories to be had from the guides in each room. All of the guides were great, very polite, knowledgeable and good with my kids. We had a lovely day, the only think I'd say is, I felt we didn't have access to very much of the castle. You only get around one floor then it's down to the kitchen and out. I'd hoped to see the bedrooms and maybe get up to one of the towers for a nice wide angle picture of it all. I'd still recommend it though, it's worthwhile. Keep in mind though when picking your time to visit, the gardens and the cafe both close at 4pm, which I felt was a little early, especially for the cafe. We only just made it in time! On a footnote, the toilets were one of the cleanest I've been too, they were actually lovely. *Please note, disappointingly, no photography is allowed inside.
  • Avoid this at your own risk..If you are proud of our Royal family you must visit. The gardens are amazing and well looked after and presented. The guides are locals and know who they are there to look after. They all have very interesting stories to tell of the history and the family who holiday there. Very highly recommended
  • Beautiful place, the garden has a diversity of colourful flowers and everything looks is cared by the personnel. The guides inside the Castle are very acknowledged and explained how the Mother Queen used to live in each stance during her summer holidays. The place looks well cared and all the stories the guides told us make me transported to another time. Every pound is worth it, highly recommended a stop there. Furthermore you can enjoy a variety of delicious meals in the Tearoom and buy a souvenir in the Gift Shop, so you have the full combo in your visit.
  • Beautiful building with very interesting history. The guides are very knowledgable and go out of their way to inform their guests. Full of pictures of the queen mother, who owned it, and interesting items collected over many years. The walled garden is spectacular and well worth a stroll through. The restaurant was staffed by very cheerful people. I had coffee but more substantial food was available. Over all, well impressed.
  • What a lovely experience. The tour felt so personal which was down to the personnel who took us through each room. You really got an insight as to how the Queen mother lived in this beautiful home. Gardens gorgeous too. Worth every penny.

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