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The Castle of Mey

The Castle of Mey
25 x 36 cm

The Castle of Mey is one of the main visitor attractions in Caithness, and closely associated with the late Queen Mother. She bought it in a run-down state shortly after the death of her husband King George VI. Over the years she supervised renovation works and the construction of a garden, which is one of the popular features of the castle. The property is now managed by The Castle of Mey Trust, but HRH Prince Charles maintains the Royal connection by visiting for a few days each year.

For me, the attraction is not the tourist trail, but the solid presence and sense of history of the castle in this bleak northern landscape.


  1. The greens in this are luminous.....and although I don't see green in the white window casings, somehow reflect back up into the windows. It must be the tiny edge of white outlining the dark interior windows.

  2. Nice painting Keith, I like how you have captured the atmosphere in the sky.

  3. so clever how you make that castle sit in its landscape keith
    and such a fine balance between detail and mood

  4. I wish I could say that I had planned to get that effect, Maggie.

  5. Thanks Stuart. I was pleased with the sky - it makes the castle look powerful and imposing.

  6. Yes, any more detail would have spoiled the mood, I think, Rob.

  7. Keith, I like the way you keep things looking so simple. The sky is gorgeous, and I love the tone of the greens in the foreground.

  8. I don't remember you doing anything like this before Keith. I really like the dark tones in the castle and the sky above it. Superb work.

  9. Thanks John, I don't paint buildings as much as open landscapes, unless they are dramatic ones like this.


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