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Castle of Mey

Attractions in Thurso, Caithness.

The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when Her Majesty generously gifted it with an endowment to the Trust. The castle is situated on the north coast of Caithness, in the parish of Canisbay, about 15 miles east of Thurso and six miles west of John O'Groats. It stands on rising ground about 400 yards from the seashore, overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. It is thought t...

7 Day Forecast For Castle of Mey

Our 7 day weather forecast for Thurso updated throughout the day, making it ideal for planning leisure activities, travel and events. Read more about our weather forecasts.

Tuesday 20th August 2019

On Tuesday 20th August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:43 and will set at 20:47. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 11.7°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. There could be quite a strong breeze in the air today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 30mph.

12am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
11°C (53°F)
Wind 17mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1009mb
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
10°C (51°F)
Wind 18mph
Gusting to 30mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
11°C (52°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 79%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
10°C (51°F)
Wind 15mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
10°C (50°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1016mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
10°C (50°F)
Wind 8mph
Gusting to 15mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1017mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
10°C (51°F)
Wind 3mph
Gusting to 5mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
10°C (50°F)
Wind 11mph
Gusting to 18mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1020mb
Humidity: 80%
Visibility: 1.2mi
Wednesday 21st August 2019

On Wednesday 21st August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:45 and will set at 20:44. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 18.8°C. A light shower is possible, 2mm of rainfall is possible today. It could be quite a gusty day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 26mph.

12am
Patchy light drizzle
Patchy light drizzle
13°C (56°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 13mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 3.1mi
3am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
12°C (53°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 19mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
11°C (52°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 26mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1017mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
14°C (57°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 14mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1016mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
17°C (64°F)
Wind 14mph
Gusting to 16mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 81%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
18°C (65°F)
Wind 14mph
Gusting to 17mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1013mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Light rain
Light rain
17°C (63°F)
Wind 15mph
Gusting to 19mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 89%
Visibility: 5.6mi
9pm
Light rain
Light rain
14°C (58°F)
Wind 19mph
Gusting to 22mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 5.6mi
Thursday 22nd August 2019

On Thursday 22nd August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:47 and will set at 20:42. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 16.6°C. A few showers are expected, 3mm of rainfall is possible today. It could be quite a gusty day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 27mph.

12am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (55°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 18mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
12°C (54°F)
Wind 14mph
Gusting to 22mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
12°C (53°F)
Wind 15mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 83%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 80%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
15°C (60°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 20mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 78%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
16°C (61°F)
Wind 18mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 17mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1010mb
Humidity: 76%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Moderate rain
Moderate rain
13°C (56°F)
Wind 24mph
Gusting to 27mph
Rain: 3mm
Pressure: 1010mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 4.3mi
Friday 23rd August 2019

On Friday 23rd August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:50 and will set at 20:39. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 13.2°C. A few showers are expected, 3mm of rainfall is possible today. It could be quite a gusty day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 44mph.

12am
Light rain
Light rain
12°C (54°F)
Wind 21mph
Gusting to 44mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 1008mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 5.6mi
3am
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
12°C (54°F)
Wind 18mph
Gusting to 37mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1009mb
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 1.2mi
6am
Light rain
Light rain
12°C (54°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 5.6mi
9am
Light rain
Light rain
12°C (54°F)
Wind 9mph
Gusting to 17mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 5.6mi
12pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
12°C (55°F)
Wind 11mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1015mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
13°C (55°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 11mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1016mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Light rain
Light rain
12°C (54°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 1017mb
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 5.6mi
9pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
12°C (54°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 28mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Saturday 24th August 2019

On Saturday 24th August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:52 and will set at 20:36. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 20.1°C. A few showers are expected, 3mm of rainfall is possible today. It will be quite a breezy day, with a maximum expected wind speed of 26mph.

12am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 11mph
Gusting to 17mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Clear skies
Clear skies
14°C (57°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (57°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 26mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 83%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
15°C (60°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 21mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
18°C (64°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1017mb
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 1.2mi
3pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
20°C (68°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1015mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
18°C (64°F)
Wind 1mph
Gusting to 2mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 89%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Moderate or heavy rain shower
Moderate or heavy rain shower
16°C (61°F)
Wind 3mph
Gusting to 5mph
Rain: 3mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 93%
Visibility: 4.3mi
Sunday 25th August 2019

On Sunday 25th August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:54 and will set at 20:33. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 17.1°C. A few showers are expected, 4mm of rainfall is possible today. It could be quite a gusty day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 23mph.

12am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
13°C (56°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 9mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
12°C (54°F)
Wind 1mph
Gusting to 1mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 1010mb
Humidity: 95%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
12°C (53°F)
Wind 11mph
Gusting to 20mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 1010mb
Humidity: 96%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
14°C (57°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 6mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 95%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
16°C (61°F)
Wind 9mph
Gusting to 11mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
17°C (62°F)
Wind 19mph
Gusting to 23mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1013mb
Humidity: 84%
Visibility: 5.6mi
6pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
16°C (60°F)
Wind 14mph
Gusting to 16mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 78%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Clear skies
Clear skies
14°C (57°F)
Wind 10mph
Gusting to 11mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1016mb
Humidity: 83%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Monday 26th August 2019

On Monday 26th August 2019 the sun will rise at 05:57 and will set at 20:31. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 10.3°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. There will be a gentle breeze in the air today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 18mph.

12am
Clear skies
Clear skies
10°C (50°F)
Wind 9mph
Gusting to 18mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1015mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi

About Our Weather Forecast For Thurso

Our weather forecast for Thurso is updated throughout the day and has been found to be very reliable for planning activities such as days out, leisure, travel, events, fishing, golf and gardening.

For activities that rely on weather forecasts for safety or financial reasons, such as farming, flying, sailing and shipping, we have found our forecasts to be reliable, but we always recommend that you compare several weather forecast sources to ensure you are able to plan your activities safely.

Castle of Mey

Thurso
Caithness
KW14 8XH

01847 851227

The Castle of Mey was the property of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1952 until 1996, when Her Majesty generously gifted it with an endowment to the Trust.
The castle is situated on the north coast of Caithness, in the parish of Canisbay, about 15 miles east of Thurso and six miles west of John O'Groats. It stands on rising ground about 400 yards from the seashore, overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands. It is thought that a fortified granary occupied the site originally.

Constructed on a z-plan, the castle was built between 1566 and 1572. Seen from a distance, its turreted aspect is very striking. The jutting towers and corbelled turrets are typical of that period of the 16th century, particularly the chequered character of the corbelling of the smaller turrets. The parapet of the large turret is supported on winged cherub heads as corbels, similar to those on Carberry Tower, Midlothian.

There are numerous gun slits throughout the ground floor, several in the angles of the tower and more at first-floor level. The round arched entrance to the courtyard, on the north aspect is unaltered.

The walled garden and parkland to the west and the east border and parkland to the east are protected by the Great Wall of Mey - 12 feet high - which gives very necessary protection from the severe gales and salt spray.

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