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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.

Monday 09th December 2019

On Monday 09th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:49 and will set at 15:19. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 4.2°C. A light shower is possible, 1mm of rainfall is possible today. Moderate Gales are possible. Please watch out for local weather warnings, with a maximum expected wind speed of 77mph.

12am
Patchy light rain
Patchy light rain
4°C (39°F)
Wind 37mph
Gusting to 77mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 5.6mi
3am
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
4°C (39°F)
Wind 36mph
Gusting to 72mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 992mb
Humidity: 60%
Visibility: 5.6mi
6am
Patchy sleet possible
Patchy sleet possible
4°C (39°F)
Wind 36mph
Gusting to 63mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1001mb
Humidity: 61%
Visibility: 5.6mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 32mph
Gusting to 50mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 63%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 26mph
Gusting to 39mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1011mb
Humidity: 63%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1013mb
Humidity: 64%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Clear skies
Clear skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 8mph
Gusting to 12mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1015mb
Humidity: 58%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 26mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 64%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Tuesday 10th December 2019

On Tuesday 10th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:51 and will set at 15:19. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 10.3°C. A light shower is possible, 1mm of rainfall is possible today. Moderate Gales are possible. Please watch out for local weather warnings, with a maximum expected wind speed of 72mph.

12am
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
6°C (43°F)
Wind 28mph
Gusting to 36mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1009mb
Humidity: 73%
Visibility: 1.2mi
3am
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
7°C (45°F)
Wind 32mph
Gusting to 44mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1003mb
Humidity: 74%
Visibility: 1.2mi
6am
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
7°C (45°F)
Wind 39mph
Gusting to 55mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 995mb
Humidity: 75%
Visibility: 1.2mi
9am
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
9°C (48°F)
Wind 47mph
Gusting to 72mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 986mb
Humidity: 79%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
10°C (50°F)
Wind 41mph
Gusting to 70mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 977mb
Humidity: 78%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Light rain
Light rain
8°C (46°F)
Wind 29mph
Gusting to 43mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 976mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 5.6mi
6pm
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
7°C (45°F)
Wind 33mph
Gusting to 43mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 979mb
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 5.6mi
9pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
7°C (44°F)
Wind 34mph
Gusting to 45mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 982mb
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Wednesday 11th December 2019

On Wednesday 11th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:52 and will set at 15:19. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 4.6°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. Moderate Gales are possible. Please watch out for local weather warnings, with a maximum expected wind speed of 68mph.

12am
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
4°C (39°F)
Wind 36mph
Gusting to 68mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 68%
Visibility: 5.6mi
3am
Clear skies
Clear skies
4°C (40°F)
Wind 35mph
Gusting to 61mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 62%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
4°C (40°F)
Wind 33mph
Gusting to 51mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 32mph
Gusting to 53mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 66%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
3°C (39°F)
Wind 33mph
Gusting to 51mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Light sleet showers
Light sleet showers
3°C (38°F)
Wind 35mph
Gusting to 61mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 983mb
Humidity: 65%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Light snow showers
Light snow showers
3°C (38°F)
Wind 38mph
Gusting to 56mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 983mb
Humidity: 76%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Light sleet showers
Light sleet showers
4°C (39°F)
Wind 37mph
Gusting to 58mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 983mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Thursday 12th December 2019

On Thursday 12th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:54 and will set at 15:18. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 4.1°C. A few showers are expected, 3mm of rainfall is possible today. Moderate Gales are possible. Please watch out for local weather warnings, with a maximum expected wind speed of 52mph.

12am
Light sleet
Light sleet
4°C (39°F)
Wind 38mph
Gusting to 52mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 5.6mi
3am
Patchy sleet possible
Patchy sleet possible
4°C (39°F)
Wind 31mph
Gusting to 45mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 75%
Visibility: 5.6mi
6am
Clear skies
Clear skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 23mph
Gusting to 33mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 983mb
Humidity: 69%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 20mph
Gusting to 33mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 980mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 25mph
Gusting to 38mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 974mb
Humidity: 81%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Light rain
Light rain
3°C (39°F)
Wind 27mph
Gusting to 45mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 969mb
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 5.6mi
6pm
Light rain
Light rain
4°C (39°F)
Wind 15mph
Gusting to 31mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 964mb
Humidity: 84%
Visibility: 5.6mi
9pm
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
4°C (39°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 9mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 962mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Friday 13th December 2019

On Friday 13th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:55 and will set at 15:18. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 4.4°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. Moderate Gales are possible. Please watch out for local weather warnings, with a maximum expected wind speed of 72mph.

12am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
3°C (37°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 28mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 962mb
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
3°C (39°F)
Wind 36mph
Gusting to 72mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 963mb
Humidity: 89%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
4°C (40°F)
Wind 34mph
Gusting to 61mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 966mb
Humidity: 81%
Visibility: 1.2mi
9am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
3°C (37°F)
Wind 32mph
Gusting to 68mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 969mb
Humidity: 74%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
1°C (34°F)
Wind 28mph
Gusting to 59mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 971mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 5.6mi
3pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
0°C (33°F)
Wind 26mph
Gusting to 55mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 974mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Light sleet showers
Light sleet showers
1°C (34°F)
Wind 24mph
Gusting to 51mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 976mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Light snow showers
Light snow showers
2°C (36°F)
Wind 22mph
Gusting to 41mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 977mb
Humidity: 71%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Saturday 14th December 2019

On Saturday 14th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:56 and will set at 15:18. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 2.6°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. , 1mm of snow is is also possible.It could be quite a gusty day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 37mph.

12am
Light snow showers
Light snow showers
2°C (35°F)
Wind 19mph
Gusting to 37mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 979mb
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
2°C (36°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 29mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 980mb
Humidity: 69%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
2°C (36°F)
Wind 10mph
Gusting to 17mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 981mb
Humidity: 66%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
2°C (35°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 9mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 982mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
1°C (34°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 10mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 982mb
Humidity: 70%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Moderate or heavy snow with thunder
Moderate or heavy snow with thunder
1°C (33°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 983mb
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 3.1mi
6pm
Patchy moderate snow
Patchy moderate snow
1°C (34°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 22mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 984mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 4.3mi
9pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
1°C (35°F)
Wind 2mph
Gusting to 4mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 986mb
Humidity: 72%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Sunday 15th December 2019

On Sunday 15th December 2019 the sun will rise at 08:57 and will set at 15:18. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 3.2°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. It will be quite a breezy day, with a maximum expected wind speed of 14mph.

12am
Light snow showers
Light snow showers
3°C (37°F)
Wind 11mph
Gusting to 14mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 987mb
Humidity: 85%
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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