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“Castle of Mey” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Castle and Gardens of Mey

The Castle and Gardens of Mey
Thurso KW14 8XH, Scotland
01847 851473
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Thurso
Type: Castles, Gardens
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Nairn, United Kingdom
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“Castle of Mey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Most interesting windswept castle which was owned by the late Queen Mother. It is on the north coast of Scotland and is well worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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“Don't Miss It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

I so enjoyed visiting the Castle of Mey, the late-Queen Mother's castle which she restored after the King's death. She said at the time that she discovered the castle was for sale and in great disrepair that the castle looked sad, and so was she, so they belonged together. The tour is fascinating, as well as the castle. I truly felt her presence while I was there. It is a very special place...and she was a very special woman. You will truly get to know her on a personal basis if you visit her beloved retreat.

Visited September 2012
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“A homely castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This castle was the only residence actually owned by the late Queen Mother and has been largely left the way she had it. For just on fifty years she spent the summer here having purchased it in a run down state just prior to the death of her husband, King George VI. Her old blue walking coat and boots are still inside the front door. There is further evidence of her love of 'blue' in the decor within the castle. It was obviously a homely and comfortable residence which surely illustrates the the type of person that she was. For example, some of the carpet is quite worn and the excellent friendly and knowledgable guides indicated that she saw no need to replace the carpet!
Although it is a guided visit you will not be hurried through it and the guides are happy to answer questions. There is also a walled garden and the castle farm plus a visitoe centre. Well worth a visit is the nearby Canisbay church that she attended.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting, tranquil and full of history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The Castle has been left exactly as to how the late Queen Mother had it. The tour is great and the guides so helpful, and you go at your own pace. The Gardens are wonderful and a credit to the Team that looks over them. The visitor centre serves good food.

Visited October 2012
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Warwickshire, U.K.
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“Intimate, interesting, informative, if you're near Thurso give it a whirl...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Was met at the entrance door by our guide in trews, a small group of just 10 of us were introduced to the quirky world of the Royals, threadbare carpets, Queen Mothers studded wellies, corgi's stainless steel feeding bowls, each of which would have been individually filled with either chicken, beef, cabbage, or other basic foods. The Castle of Mey reminded me of a miniature low-budget Downton Abbey with all the rigid seperation by status and protocol with origins in the dark ages. The gardens were not at their best when we visited, probably a bit late in the year.
Good points : excellent friendly & informative (ex.Guards) guide, intimate tour, not rushed.
Bad points : anbiguous signage in parking areas, gift shop stocked a number of over-priced 'Castle of Mey Products' that were either manufactured or processed overseas.
Well worth a visit....

Visited September 2012
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