Mey House can be found on the edge of the village of Mey in Caithness, in the far north-east of Scotland. Situated between John O’Groats and Thurso, it provides an ideal stopping point for visitors to the Castle of Mey (<1 mile), John O’Groats (6 miles), Dunnet Head (6 miles) and the Orkney Islands (2 miles to the Gills Bay ferry and 12 miles to Scrabster).
THE CASTLE & GARDENS OF MEY
As the Queen Mother’s former residence, this 16th century castle provides a wonderful insight into her life as well as some of the local history. A visit to both the Castle and its beautiful gardens is highly recommended and you can share in the pleasure of this homely abode, which Prince Charles still loves and visits every summer.
Recognised as one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points on mainland Britain (Land’s End being the other), John O’Groats is famous for the large number of walkers, cyclists and other travellers who complete the LEJOG (or JOGLE) challenge, often for charity, travelling the full 876 miles of that infamous journey. Other tourists visit the famous John O’Groats sign to capture their visit on camera and support local trade at the variety of shops and craft studios on site.
If you wish to visit the most northerly point of Mainland Britain, then visit the Dunnet Head peninsula. Located 12 miles west of John O’Groats, it provides excellent views over to the Orkney Islands including the majestic cliffs of Hoy. The Dunnet Head lighthouse takes a commanding position whilst minor fortifications built in World War 2 to protect the Naval force at Scapa Flow can also be seen.
Comprising of about 70 islands and skerries, the Orkney Islands are situated about 6 miles from the north-east coast of Scotland. Each island has its own unique character and individuality, with fascinating history, wildlife and attractions. Whether you choose to visit the World Heritage Site, ‘The Heart of Neolithic Orkney’, the capital, Kirkwall, with its characterful narrow Main Street including gift and craft shops, cafes and restaurants or prefer one of the many beautiful deserted beaches or hills across the islands, you’ll certainly not be disappointed.
Located 12 miles from Mey House, Thurso is the most northerly town on mainland Britain. Renowned for its year-round surfing opportunities, it also features the Caithness Horizons Museum and Visitor Centre which charts the story of the county of Caithness, a variety of traditional shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as a Tesco’s supermarket.