The Walled-Garden at the Castle of Mey

Garden at the Castle of Mey, watercolour, 13 x 18 cm

The Castle of Mey is the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland. It is a popular tourist attraction, and one of the landmarks on the North Coast 500 route. The castle was acquired in 1952 by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, after the death of her husband, King George VI. It was in a neglected state and likely to be abandoned, so she decided to purchase and save it from ruin. She spent many summers there for the rest of her life, and one of her pleasures was the walled garden. In this sheltered environment, with the help of her gardeners, she cultivated roses and grew vegetables, and created a lush oasis in the harsh northern climate.


  1. Hi Keith!... What a lush lead in this floral entrance is to this ancient walled relic! Wish that there were more "protectors of heritage" to save a view to an important past. Here... they just molder away! Thanks for sharing this delightful to the eye wc tribute!

    Warmest regards and Good Painting!

    1. Hi Bruce, there's plenty of mouldering here too! We are fortunate to have a few national organisations that preserve the more important places, but there are lots of smaller buildings that have to rely on private individuals and commercial schemes.

      Mouldering ruins do make good subjects though!

      All the best,


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