Castle of Mey

★★★☆☆

castle of mey

The Castle of Mey (formerly Barrogill Castle) is located in Caithness, on the north coast of Scotland, about 6 miles (9.7 km) west of the village of John o' Groats. In fine weather there are views from the castle north to the Orkney Islands.
The Castle of Mey was built between 1566 and 1572, by George Sinclair, 4th Earl of Caithness. Originally a Z-plan tower house of three storeys, it had a projecting wing at the south-east, and a square tower at the north-west. The Castle's name was changed to Barrogill, and the structure was extended several times, in the 17th and 18th centuries.
In 1952, the estate were purchased by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the widow of King George VI, who had died earlier in the year. The Queen Mother set about restoring the castle for use as a holiday home, removing some of the 19th-century additions, and reinstating the Castle's original name. She regularly visited it in August and October from 1955 until her death in March 2002; the last visit was in October 2001.
In July 1996, The Queen Mother made the property, the policies, and the farm over to the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, which has opened the castle and garden to the public regularly since her death.

Anything wrong with the information about this place ? Do you want to add more details ? Please  click here...

If you want to change some of the information or you want to add new information, please send us a message:

Your message:x



Location
Caithness, Scotland, United Kingdom
view map

Built
16th century

Rate this castle


Leave a comment

Your name:


Your comment:


Before submiting, you might want to check our terms of service and posting rules

Before submitting you might want to check our terms of service and posting rules

Do you have a nice picture of this place ? Please upload it here:

Image attach might not work on older mobiles
Your Name (optional): if you want to be credited with the picture





See also