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.


The generous businesses in Alloa town centre have donated prizes worth over £1000 and YOU could win the lot! It’s easy to enter.  All you have to do to enter is:

Make a purchase in a participating “Love Local” business which will entitle you to an entry form.

Fill in the details so we can contact you if you win.

Post it in the Love Local competition box in store.

One lucky winner will be draw at 5.00pm on the 20th December 2019.

Participating Businesses:

Aitken Butchers, Alloa Kilt Hire , Alwin Cakes, Anna’s Larder, Baby Embroider Me, Bar Aldo, Boots, Brotherzz, The Fresh Fish Place, Flowers by Arrangement, Forefront Stage School, Hair FX, Home Zone, McFarlanes the Jewellers, McMichaels Sony Centre, Mists of Time, New Fangled Design, Nicholson Flowers, The Old Brewery, Rhona McCallum Hair, Sense Scotland, Smart Specs, The Kitchen, The LadyBird Tearoom, The Royal Oak, Therapy Zone, Timpsons ,Truly Scrumptious, Wetherspoons , X-Change and more…..

Terms and Conditions – Entry forms will only be accepted for participating businesses. Age restrictions may apply to some prizes. All prizes are non-exchangeable or returnable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Meeting Father Christmas is one of the experiences that makes the festive period so magical, so why not visit him this year for free in Alloa town centre.

There’s nothing that Father Christmas loves more than talking to children, so he uses his super special powers to fly all over the county in November and December and he’ll be visiting the Liberal Club, Mar Street, Alloa on the 23rd & 30th November 7th, 14th from 10.00am – 4.00pm and 21st December 10.00 – 1.00pm

Children will have the opportunity to deliver their Christmas letter in person to Santa, have a chat and a tug of his beard and receive a small complimentary treat. Don’t forget to take a souvenir picture to keep the memories alive.

There will also be a “Quiet Santa afternoon from 4.00pm – 6.00pm on Friday 20th December for children who do not like noise, fuss or just need that extra bit of time to chat. This session is by booking only via info@alloafirst.co.uk or calling Alloa First on 01259 211 977.

Entry Forms for the Christmas Treasure trail can also be collected and returned to Santa’s helper. More information about the treasure trail can be found at alloafirst.co.uk/whats-on

Don’t forget to leave out a treat or two for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. The cheeky elves have told us he likes smelly socks, but we think he would rather tuck into a tasty mince pie!

What's on in Alloa

Tue 19

Make your light shine

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 21

Meet the author – Mark Leggatt

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri 22

Dining in the Dark

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 23

Santa’s Grotto

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 23

Wreath Workshop & Sparkling Tea

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm