British royal family opens Scottish Highlands hotel

Prince Charles opened the Granary Lodge where travellers can check in for under Dh800

Royal fans take note: you can now sleep in a hotel owned by the British royal family in the grounds of a Scottish castle in Thurso. And the best part is, a night’s stay will only cost you £155 (Dh723).

Located on the grounds of the Castle of Mey in Caithness in Scotland's Highlands, The Granary Lodge is a 10-bedroom guesthouse that has been redeveloped under the watch of Prince Charles.

Rooms in the former storage building and outhouse are styled in cottage chic decor with floral wallpaper, handmade rugs and free-standing roll bathtubs. Each of the eight guestrooms come with dramatic North Sea views, as do the two luxury suites which also have a private lounge.

The cosy drawing room has arched ceilings, an open fire and exposed wooden beams. Old photographs of the royals decorate the narrow entrance way.

Room rates include a full Scottish breakfast served in the dining room with views out to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Great Britain. But guests will need to be early risers to enjoy it as check-out time is 10.30am, despite a rather late 4pm check-in on your day of arrival.

Located in the grounds of Castle Mey, guests can opt to take a tour of the castle that was used by the queen mother as a place of respite when she was mourning the death of her husband, King George VI.

Michael McCuish from the national tourism agency for Scotland commented that The Granary Lodge is a good choice for visitors looking to experience a true taste of Scottish hospitality and adventure. "The property is on the world famous North Coast 500 route, which offers stunning vistas and world class culinary experiences. It's also perfectly situated to provide guests with the opportunity to experience the ruggedly beautiful northern islands of Orkney, which can be visited on a day trip," said McCuish.

Known for its dramatic cliffs and coastlines, Caithness has plenty to offer visitors. Travellers can spend days birdwatching at nearby St John's Pool bird hide, looking out for puffins at Duncansbay or seal spotting in the local harbours. A drive to the iconic John O'Groats signpost on the UK's north-eastern tip takes only 20 minutes.

The Granary Lodge redevelopment was managed by The Prince’s Foundation and the lodge will be operated by The Queen Elizabeth Castle of Mey Trust.


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