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Thurso, Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)|www.castleofmey.org.uk|
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Until Prince Charles opened this luxury B&B in the old grain store just across the fields from his late grandmother’s Scottish holiday home, the Castle of Mey, it was slim pickings up here in terms of upmarket holiday accommodation.
The 17th-century granary has been painstakingly restored and converted into a cosy, chintz-clad guesthouse with stellar green credentials, of course, by the Prince’s Foundation.
There are 10 individually designed rooms and suites in fabulous fabrics, a log fire-basted drawing room and a corridor lined with black and white photographs of the Queen Mother enjoying blustery picnics – one for Royalist road trippers.
There are sweeping views out across the Pentland Firth to Orkney, and it’s the perfect pitstop if you’re driving the North Coast 500.
The Caithness coast is wild, windswept, sheep-pricked and empty – a vast sweeping landscape with big, open skies. The cliffs are dramatic and seabird-swooped, the beaches dune-backed and endless.
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