This 400-year-old castle in the former mill town of Menstrie at the foot of the Ochil Hills is part of the Clackmannanshire Tower Trail, along with Alloa Tower, Castle Campbell, Clackmannan Tower and Sauchie Tower.
Unlike these fortified medieval towers, however, Menstrie Castle is a crenellated manor house. Despite standing at only three storeys tall, it still looks very imposing, sitting as it does in the middle of a small housing estate.
Although it's not a Trust property, the Trust worked closely with the then Clackmannanshire County Council to save the castle from demolition.
The ground floor houses a fascinating slice of Scottish-Canadian history in a museum dedicated to the founding of Nova Scotia by Sir William Alexander, who was born here in 1577. The Trust looks after the rooms on the ground floor that show the exhibition and the upper floors are now private flats.
Menstrie Castle is owned by Clackmannanshire Council and managed on their behalf by the National Trust for Scotland.
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