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Castle of Mey

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Added on 08 May 2017,

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Type of sights

Castle/palace

 

Name and address

Castle of Mey

GB-KW14 Thurso

Geodetic coordinates

58.647387 -3.224769

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Castle of Mey
Castle of Mey
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 (10 km) west of John o' Groats.

The lands of Mey belonged to the Bishops of Caithness. The Castle of Mey was built between 1566 and 1572, possibly on the site of an earlier fortification, 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 passed to George Sinclair's younger son William, founder of the Sinclairs of Mey, although it later became the seat of the Earls. The Castle's name was changed to Barrogill, and the structure was extended several times, in the 17th and 18th centuries, and again in 1821 when Tudor Gothic style alterations were made, to designs by William Burn. Barrogill passed out of the Sinclair family in 1889, on the death of the 15th Earl, and in 1929 it was purchased by Captain FB Imbert-Terry. The Castle was used as an officers' rest home during the Second World War, and in 1950 the estate farms were sold off.

Royal residence

Barrogill Castle was in a semi-derelict state when, in 1952, the estate was 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. It is now open. The Trust opened a new Visitor Centre in early 2007, and the visitor numbers for that year topped 29,000.

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Wikipedia contributors, 'Castle of Mey', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 4 May 2017, 06:40 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Castle_of_Mey&oldid=778618159> [accessed 8 May 2017]

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Hours of opening:

Opening times for The Castle and Gardens of Mey will be from 17th May to 30th September inclusive, but will be closed from 29th July to 9th August inclusive.

The castle is open every day in season from 10.20 am until last admission at 4.00 pm.

The visitor centre, tearoom, shop, grounds and animal centre are open every day during the normal season from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Nearby cycle routes and tours

Route nameTypeDist. to route

Shetland - Dover

Route

1,5 km

EuroVelo: North Sea Cycle Route - part Shetland to Harwich

Route

1,5 km

Land’s End to John o’Groats

Route

1,5 km

Added on 08 May 2017,

last edited by »biroto-Redaktion« on 08 May 2017