Places to visit

Menstrie Castle

Menstrie Castle

Menstrie Castle

A classic Scottish fortress in miniature

  • Discover an imposing 400-year-old castle.

  • Explore the exhibition dedicated to the founding of Nova Scotia.

  • Examine the curious shape, scale and details of the building.

  • Stroll around the former mill town of Menstrie.

At the foot of the Ochil hills, Menstrie has all the markings of a classic Scottish fortress, with its miniature turrets and solid stone walls. However, this castle was actually a cosy mansion house, built by the Alexander family in 1560 as much for comfort as defence.

Inside Menstrie Castle, you’ll find a museum dedicated to the founding of Nova Scotia in Canada by Sir William Alexander, who was born here in 1577. Sir William was one of a host of aristocratic owners in the castle’s history, and was Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to James VI.