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 th...

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.

Friday 14th August 2020

On Friday 14th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:31 and will set at 21:01. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 16.9°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 9mph.

12am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
14°C (56°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1020mb
Humidity: 89%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
13°C (55°F)
Wind 2mph
Gusting to 3mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
13°C (55°F)
Wind 3mph
Gusting to 5mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 84%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Overcast skies
Overcast skies
14°C (57°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 4mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
16°C (61°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 5mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 80%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
17°C (63°F)
Wind 8mph
Gusting to 9mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 82%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
16°C (61°F)
Wind 7mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 83%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Clear skies
Clear skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 9mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Saturday 15th August 2020

On Saturday 15th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:33 and will set at 20:58. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 18.9°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. It will be a very clam day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 8mph.

12am
Clear skies
Clear skies
14°C (58°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 89%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Clear skies
Clear skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 90%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 3mph
Gusting to 5mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
15°C (60°F)
Wind 2mph
Gusting to 2mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1020mb
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
18°C (64°F)
Wind 2mph
Gusting to 3mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1020mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
19°C (66°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 6mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1020mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
18°C (64°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Clear skies
Clear skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1020mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Sunday 16th August 2020

On Sunday 16th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:36 and will set at 20:56. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 20.4°C. Today is expected to be a dry day, with a very low chance of rain. It will be a very clam day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 10mph.

12am
Clear skies
Clear skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Clear skies
Clear skies
14°C (56°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1019mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 10mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
16°C (61°F)
Wind 7mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1018mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
19°C (66°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 6mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1017mb
Humidity: 85%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
20°C (69°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1016mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
20°C (67°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 6mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1015mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
16°C (61°F)
Wind 7mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1016mb
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Monday 17th August 2020

On Monday 17th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:38 and will set at 20:53. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 20°C. A few showers are expected, 3mm of rainfall is possible today. There will be a gentle breeze in the air today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 12mph.

12am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 9mph
Gusting to 12mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1014mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
14°C (56°F)
Wind 8mph
Gusting to 11mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1013mb
Humidity: 90%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 7mph
Gusting to 12mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
16°C (61°F)
Wind 7mph
Gusting to 8mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1012mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
19°C (66°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1010mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
20°C (68°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1009mb
Humidity: 87%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
18°C (64°F)
Wind 6mph
Gusting to 10mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 1008mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
16°C (60°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 7mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 1008mb
Humidity: 86%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Tuesday 18th August 2020

On Tuesday 18th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:40 and will set at 20:50. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 17.9°C. A few showers are expected, 4mm of rainfall is possible today. There could be quite a strong breeze in the air today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 21mph.

12am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
15°C (59°F)
Wind 7mph
Gusting to 12mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1008mb
Humidity: 93%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
14°C (57°F)
Wind 8mph
Gusting to 15mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1007mb
Humidity: 96%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
13°C (56°F)
Wind 5mph
Gusting to 11mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 98%
Visibility: 1.2mi
9am
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
15°C (59°F)
Wind 2mph
Gusting to 4mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 1005mb
Humidity: 98%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Light rain shower
Light rain shower
17°C (63°F)
Wind 3mph
Gusting to 5mph
Rain: 2mm
Pressure: 1005mb
Humidity: 98%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Light rain
Light rain
18°C (64°F)
Wind 18mph
Gusting to 21mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1005mb
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 5.6mi
6pm
Light drizzle
Light drizzle
17°C (63°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 19mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1005mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 1.2mi
9pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
16°C (60°F)
Wind 12mph
Gusting to 14mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Wednesday 19th August 2020

On Wednesday 19th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:42 and will set at 20:48. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 16.3°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 24mph.

12am
Cloudy skies
Cloudy skies
14°C (57°F)
Wind 16mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 92%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 15mph
Gusting to 24mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 91%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
13°C (56°F)
Wind 14mph
Gusting to 22mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 90%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9am
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
14°C (58°F)
Wind 8mph
Gusting to 11mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 90%
Visibility: 6.2mi
12pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
16°C (60°F)
Wind 4mph
Gusting to 4mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1006mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
3pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
16°C (61°F)
Wind 9mph
Gusting to 10mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1005mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
6pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
15°C (59°F)
Wind 13mph
Gusting to 15mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1005mb
Humidity: 88%
Visibility: 6.2mi
9pm
Partly cloudy skies
Partly cloudy skies
14°C (57°F)
Wind 17mph
Gusting to 20mph
Rain: 0mm
Pressure: 1004mb
Humidity: 89%
Visibility: 6.2mi
Thursday 20th August 2020

On Thursday 20th August 2020 the sun will rise at 05:45 and will set at 20:45. It will be a mild day, with temperatures reaching around 15.2°C. A light shower is possible, 1mm of rainfall is possible today. It could be quite a gusty day today, with a maximum expected wind speed of 22mph.

12am
Light rain
Light rain
15°C (59°F)
Wind 19mph
Gusting to 22mph
Rain: 1mm
Pressure: 1003mb
Humidity: 94%
Visibility: 5.6mi

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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