Castle of Mey, Caithness
(on the North Coast 500 Road)
The Castle of Mey was built by the 4th Earl of Caithness, for his second son William Sinclair. Following his death, the Castle passed to his third son, George Sinclair, who founded the family of the Sinclairs of Mey and whose descendant succeeded to the Earldom in 1789. He changed the name of the castle to Barrogill Castle.
The castle then became the seat of the Earls of Caithness. In 1819, the 12th Earl commissioned the architect, William Burn, to make various ambitious alterations to the castle.
This was when the grand entrance and the dining room were added. The Castle was given away after the death of 15th Earl. It was later sold to Captain F B Imbert-Terry, who subsequently sold it to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1952.