The Castle of Mey
The Castle of Mey is located on the north coast of Caithness, Scotland six miles west of John O’Groats. 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.
Having acquired the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland, The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens you can see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here, as well as shorter visits at other times of the year.
From childhood His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay spent much time at the castle. Surrounded by the sweeping landscapes of Caithness and views of the Pentland Firth across to Orkney, he became inspired to contribute something of lasting local value.