Places to visit

Menstrie Castle

Menstrie Castle

Menstrie Castle

The museum at Menstrie Castle is no longer under the stewardship of the NTS and is now closed.

Owned by Clackmannanshire Council, most of Menstrie Castle has been converted into private accommodation. One section of the Castle, built by the Alexander family in 1560, remained open as a museum under NTS care. The Museum told the story of 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.

You can find out more about another influential family who played a part in Scotland's history by visiting Alloa Tower in nearby Alloa, Clackmannanshire. Alloa Tower was the home of the Earl of Mar and Kellie, staunch supporters of the Stuart monarchs, both Mary, Queen of Scots, and her son, James VI,  who both spent part of their childhood at Alloa.  A bit further west and you could try your hand at battle action by visiting the Bannockburn Visitor Centre. Here you can take on the English Army in an interactive game that puts you in charge of medieval combat. 

Please contact Clackmannanshire Council if you require further information.