Mey, East and West

   MEY, EAST and WEST, townships, in the parish of Canisbay, county of Caithness; the one containing 262, and the other 149, inhabitants. These places lie in the northern part of the parish, partly on the shore of the Pentland Frith, and derive their name from the early and luxuriant verdure on what is called the Bank-Head, in the spring months. The bay here abounds with lobsters, and a few boats are engaged in that species of fishery. On the coast are some curious rocks known as the Men of Mey, near which is one of two ferries in the parish to the Orkney Islands, the other being at Huna Inn. The loch of Mey, situated a little to the eastward of the Ratter burn, is a fine sheet of water, about three miles in circumference. The village lies on the main road from Huna to Castletown, and about eighteen miles north-north-west of Wick, and has a post-office. The population of both townships are chiefly fishermen.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

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