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The Castle & Gardens of Mey has a car park in front of the Visitor Centre, including disabled spaces close to the entrance, and we also offer additional parking spaces for coaches, campervans and motorbikes. These are signposted as you drive in.
Getting here couldn't be easier with our quick guide to public transport in and around Caithness.
For visitors staying in Thurso and travelling to the Castle by bus, arrangements can be made to pick up and drop off at the end of the Castle Drive. Please telephone beforehand to arrange this. Otherwise it is a beautiful walk from the top of the drive to the Castle approximately 10-12 minutes on flat ground. Bus services are operated by Stagecoach, the following timetable is valid until 15 October 2019.
The Number 80 Bus leaves Thurso Olrig Street Monday to Friday at 05.51, 06.08, 06.50, 06.58 (schooldays only) 08.35, 10.40, 12.40, 15.45, 17.35 and on Saturday at 07.20, 09.05, 11.05, 13.05, 15.05, 17.55.
Return times from Mey to Thurso are Monday to Friday at 07.42, 09.34, 11.47, 13.32, 13.52, 16.37, 16.55, 17.34, 17.46, 18.45 and 17.27 and on Saturday 07.52, 10.17, 12.17, 14.17, 16.17, 18.56.
Unfortunately, there is no Sunday Service for the bus.
From the East:
- Follow the A99 from Wick to John O'Groats. Once you have reached John O'Groats turn left onto the A836 for 6 miles to reach the Castle of Mey.
From the West:
- Follow the A836 from Thurso along the coastline for 14 miles before arriving at the Castle of Mey
Train tickets can be bought from Scotrail to reach the far north. Thurso Train Station is approximately 14 miles away from the Castle and Wick Train Station is approximately 23 miles away. Further transport i.e. bus/car is needed to continue on to Mey.
You can fly to Wick John O Groat's Airport from Aberdeen or Edinburgh and then it is a short 23 mile journey on the A99/A836 to the Castle of Mey.
Alternatively you can fly into Inverness Airport from various national and international airports and drive on the beautiful A9 north for 120 miles.
Check out the airport websites listed on our Links page for further information.
Shady Parking for Dogs
We appreciate that some of our visitors take their dogs as well to enjoy the sights at the Castle of Mey. There is very little shade in the car park so if you are worried about leaving your dogs in the car, please ask in the Visitor Centre for directions to the dog parking area in the woods.
You are welcome to walk your dogs on a lead in the grounds, but please do not take them to the Castle, Animal Centre nor into the Walled Garden (unless they are guide dogs).
We ask that you please pick up after your pet and take any 'gifts' away with you. Please take great care in the presence of livestock, particularly cows with calves as their reaction to dogs can be very unpredictable.