A Ancient Castles in Central and Stirling
Menstrie Castle was originally home to a branch of the Clan MacAlister, who later anglicised their name to Alexander. The castle was the birthplace of Sir William Alexander, who became 1st Earl of Stirling and later was James VI's Lieutenant for the Plantation of Nova Scotia. An exhibition in the Nova Scotia Commemoration Room tells the story of this ill-fated scheme. The castle was also the birthplace of Sir Ralph Abercromby (1734-1801). Menstrie Castle is a three-storey castellated house that was home to a branch of the Clan MacAlister and was the birthplace of Sir William Alexander, later 1st Earl of Stirling. The property is over 400 years old.
Although it's not a Trust property, the Trust worked closely with the then Clackmannanshire County Council to save the castle from demolition.
The Trust looks after the rooms on the ground floor that show the exhibition. The upper floors have been converted into flats.
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Central and Stirling
The Stirling and Falkirk areas are littered with ancient battlefields from the time when Scotland was not considered worthwhile to conquer any further North than Stirling. Falkirk itself has little to offer other than Callendar park and the extraordinary Falkirk Wheel whereas Stirling has much more to entertain the tourist. Stirling old town, underneath the Castle, can be accessed from the train station but there are also key attractions that are spread out around the city and the surrounding countryside and thus are easiest accessed by car.