Today, The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known when in Scotland, formally opened The Granary Lodge, a new bed and breakfast in the grounds of The Castle of Mey in Caithness.
The Prince’s Foundation, of which The Duke is President, has worked to create The Granary Lodge, a ten-bedroom development overlooking The North Sea to Orkney that will open to its first guests on 6th May.
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 Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust, of which The Duke of Rothesay is President. The Queen Mother set about renovating and restoring both the castle and its gardens and parklands, which extended to about 30 acres. Following this, she spent three weeks in August at the castle, returning for about 10 days in October each year.
Robert Lovie, director of outreach for The Prince’s Foundation, said: “We are delighted that The Prince’s vision for The Granary Lodge has been realised and hope the development means more people will visit the North Highlands of Scotland to experience its unique offering to tourists. Our team has completed a wealth of hard work in recent months and is pleased with the result, which we hope will encourage people to spend longer in beautiful Caithness, an area so close to the heart of His Royal Highness.”