Imagine our delight to discover this gem of a country inn at the edge of Menstrie in Clackmannanshire. Built in 1874, the castle has a long and vivid history. Originally a country house for one of the Johnstone brothers, it was architecturally patterned after Balmoral Castle. Through takeovers and wartime burnings the castle has been rebuilt from ruins and is now open for overnight and dining guests.
Our assessment: an outstanding value.
Upon your arrival, you’ll quickly learn the main floor of the castle is designed for guests’ comfort, with quaint drawing rooms for enjoying the paper or sipping a before or after dinner cocktail. Guest rooms are well-appointed and furnished with luxury in mind. In fact, our family suite contained two king-sized beds plus a spacious sitting area and claw-footed tub bath.
Staff is solicitous and friendly. Dinner in the restaurant did not disappoint. Service was elegant and beautiful, and the cuisine was contemporary and exceptional. In the morning, a full Scottish breakfast is included with your tariff to round out your experience. The castle is also available for special events.
Menstrie, By Stirling
Telephone: 01259 763360