Local First image which displays six images of local businesses including a hairdresser, cinema, jewellers and Alloa Tower.


Here at Alloa First, our priority is to keep all visitors and locals safe and healthy. Our fantastic wee town is well known for its community spirit and collaboration amongst those who live, work and visit. Our small businesses and organisations will be waiting for you when we all return to normal and there will be plenty to keep you entertained when you next visit.

So in the meantime, please look after your nearest and dearest. Please help the NHS by Staying at Home and following the government guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK.

If you do go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times. You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
• One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
• Any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
• Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

Welcome to Alloa

Often underrated, the historic town of Alloa boasts an exciting collection of unique independent specialist shops as well as high street names.

With plenty of places to eat and drink as well as cultural and leisure amenities and surrounded by the scenic Ochil Hills, you’ll be surprised at how much our town has to offer. To make visiting the town centre even more convenient, all our car parks are FREE. So why would you go anywhere else?

History of Alloa

Set in the heart of Scotland, between the River Forth and the Ochil Hills, Alloa is a town steeped in history. The town developed at a ford and ferry crossing on the River Forth and expanded rapidly during the early industrial revolution. The main industries were glass-making, textiles, coal mining, ship building and brewing.

Goods were exported via railways and the Harbour, and the money flowed in. Local clients were able to afford to employ the top architects of the day for their houses, churches, offices and banks. However, Alloa does retain much of it’s historic architecture namely the Tobias Bauchop house, Paton’s Mill Kilncraigs, Northern Glass Cone and Inglewood House to name a few.

Alloa’s main attraction is the carefully restored Alloa Tower. This medieval tower is Scotland’s largest and oldest keep. It was built on land acquired by the Erskine family before passing into the hands of the Earls of Mar. Standing on the parapet, the Firth of Forth stretches away before you. Alloa Tower is one of many which can be discovered on the ‘Tower Trail’ through the area. Other buildings of interest include the Alloa Town Hall and Library, built in 1886 – 1889 and the old Church of St Mungo with its graveyard and 17th century tower.

What's on in Alloa

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