Originally built as a staging inn for mail coaches which came via the coast road from Wick. In the 1861 census it was listed as the Prince of Wales Inn but by 1871 it had become the Berriedale Inn and you can still see the iron rings for hitching horses beside the front door. The hotel continued as a coaching inn for the Castle of Mey. The Berriedale Arms was converted into a hotel during the 70's and 80's and has various upgrades by previous owners. The name was finally changed to the Castle Arms Hotel in the mid 80's as guests thought that the Berriedale Arms was in Berriedale and not Mey.
The Hotel retains much of its character and charm with the thistles above each of the dormer windows and a cockerel above the main entrance. Currently there are 2 rooms inside the main hotel and 4 rooms around the courtyard which was originally the old stable block. We have a restaurant which uses locally sourced seasonal produce and has a warm and relaxed atmosphere. The restuarant is only open to residents for the 2019 season from May onwards, with a limited menu choice so guests must make their menu selection and book a table before their arrival. Meal serving times are limited to between 6pm and 8pm. There is also a friendly well stocked bar that you can relax in after a days sightseeing, or you can choose to sit in our quiet lounge and read or play games. There is a selection of books and games to choose from. Wi-fi is only available in public areas and is free, however as fibre optic cabling has not yet reached us the signal can be weak and occasionally lost altogether. Similarly mobile phone signals are almost impossible to find within the buildings and even outside can be hard to locate. These problems are totally outwith our control and as fibre optic is not due to reach us for at least another year or two will continue indefinitely.
The hotel is situated on the North Coast 500 (A836) in the village of Mey and only a short distance from the late Queen Mothers Highland home, the Castle of Mey. We are on the main tourist route for Thurso and John O'Groats and have six acres of woodland to the rear of the hotel which is open to our guests for dog walking or to enjoy an evening stroll, with the possibility of encountering deer through the trees. Please be aware that neighbouring fields may contain sheep or cows so it is best to keep your dog on a lead.
Mey and the surrounding area boast an abundance of sea birds and other wild life as well as wonderful beaches, coves and harbours to discover and explore. Plus attractions such as Camster cairns, Duncansby Stacks, Wick Heritage Centre and the Flagstone Trail to name but a few. Other activities in the area include sea and trout fishing, pony trekking, archery and golf amongst other things.We also have free secure overnight storage for bicycles and free parking for cars and motorbikes.
Below are some recent photos of the exterior.
Some recent photos of the rear courtyard area