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 see today. For almost half a century she spent many happy summers here and shorter visits at other times of the year.
The Castle & Gardens of Mey have held Visit Scotland's highest award of a 5-star quality assurance grading every year since their first unannounced visit in 2007, along with a gold award for Green Tourism. Their annual assessments include all aspects of the castle, gardens, animal centre, gift shop and tearoom.
These are great accolades for the castle and visitor centre, and well-earned recognition for all the hard work and enthusiasm of the staff.
We hope that you will enjoy your visit to The Castle & Gardens of Mey, including the wonderful tearoom, shop and animal centre.