The Queen Mother’s beloved Caithness home, the Castle of Mey begin their search for a new Head Gardener

The Trustees of the Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust are looking for a new Head Gardener.

The challenges of the Caithness climate require the expertise of an enthusiastic person with a passion for continuing to develop the beauty of the Gardens of Mey, which are open to the public during the summer. The walled garden is a sheltered haven where the Queen Mother particularly enjoyed the Shell Garden during her regular visits to the Castle of Mey.

The Head Gardener is responsible for organising their own work, the Under Gardener’s work and supervising his activities.  The Head Gardener must be experienced in garden planning, seed and plant ordering, propagation, greenhouse work and the cultivation, pruning and care of all common flowers, roses, shrubs, fruit and vegetables.

The post with private accommodation is currently available.  Applications in writing to




For more information please contact Martin Hunt on 0131 552 0341 or at

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About the Castle of Mey

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother first saw what was then Barrogill Castle in 1952, falling for its isolated charm and hearing it was to be abandoned, she decided to save it. Having acquired the most northerly inhabited castle on the British mainland, The Queen Mother renovated and restored it and created the beautiful gardens that now surround it. 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, built between 1566 and 1572, 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. The towers and corbelled turrets are typical of that period, particularly the chequered character of the corbelling of the smaller turrets.  The Castle is acknowledged to be one of the finest surviving examples of a Z-plan castle.

For more information please visit  or contact 01847 851473.

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