Situated on the country's most north-easterly tip with views in fine weather to Orkney, Caithness's Castle of Mey has good reason to stake its place in the roll call of Scotland's most iconic - and beautiful - buildings.

Aristocracy and royalty (including the Queen Mother) once called the castle home, but it had never opened its doors to be utilised as a shoot location until very recently ­- when The Herald magazine secured a world exclusive to use its walled gardens and interiors as the backdrop to a round-up of Autumn/Winter 2014 looks.

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The shoot's outside scenery was complemented by elements within the styling that maximised some of the country's best resources, including tartan from Alexander McQueen and Scottish lace cuffs from Judy R Clark - all shown to their best potential on a red-headed model, naturally. 

Inside, the castle's wealth of period features and traditional furnishings ensured the feel of ladylike glamour remained contextual with gowns by Nina Ricci and Temperley.

To top it all off, headwear for the scenes came courtesy of Glasgow-based milliner William Chambers, whose hats and head-pieces have achieved something of a celebrity following.

Fashion: Eva Arrighi

Photography: Mark Mainz

Imaging: Damian Shields