Despite standing only three storeys tall, Menstrie Castle is very imposing. Before entering, take time to read the interpretation board outside, which gives a good account of the story of the castle and its owners. These include the 1st Earl of Stirling and military commander Sir Ralph Abercromby.
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. Only the ground floor is open to the public – the upper floors are private tenement flats.
- Children’s quiz sheets are available at the property.
- Take time to explore the surrounding village of Menstrie, which has a selection of eating places and shops.
Even though, strictly speaking, it’s a crenelated manor house rather than a fortified tower, Menstrie Castle is part of the Clackmannanshire Tower Trail. This also includes Alloa Tower, Clackmannan Tower, Castle Campbell and Sauchie Tower.
Parking is available in front of the property.
Group visits are welcome by prior arrangement. Contact 01259 211701 (Alloa Tower) for more information.
There are two steps into the castle.