Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother first saw the then Barrogill Castle in 1952, while mourning the death of her husband, King George VI. Falling for its ruined isolated charm, and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to save it.
Her Majesty purchased the Castle, returned it to its original name of Castle of Mey and spent 2 years renovating the castle and its parkland. Included in her restoration was the delightful walled garden that, thanks to 12-foot high ‘Great Wall of Mey’, is protected from the fierce winds and salt spray that blow in from the Pentland Firth. She even managed to nurture her favourite old rose, Albertine, into scented abundance behind the Great Wall of Mey.
Enjoy your tour of the Castle and her gardens today with your guide and learn more about why this property was so close to The Queen Mother’s heart and also about Prince Charles’ commitment to the future of Castle of Mey.
During your time here enjoy refreshments and home-baking in the castle’s tearoom. On the way back to the pier, you will have a brief stop at Duncansby Head, the most northerly point on the British mainland, which is an RSPB reserve and home to a lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson in 1831.