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.

Food and Drink in Alloa

There’s something for everyone in Alloa when it comes to eating out.

Whether you’re looking to grab the perfect latte and slice of cake, have a long leisurely lunch or celebrate a special occasion there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. There are also plenty pubs and bars with friendly staff offering a wide range of beers, wines and spirits so you’ll find everything you want for a pre-dinner drink, or a catch up with friends. If it’s just a quick snack or food to eat on the go, you’ll also find a wide range of takeaways and bakeries serving tandoori, Chinese, pizzas, burgers, baguettes, subs, pakora, pies and other fresh baked fare. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

What's on in Alloa

Fri 20

Connect Alloa Youth Nights

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 21

Margaret McGregor Solo Exhibition

September 21 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Sun 22

Margaret McGregor Solo Exhibition

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon 23

History Talk

September 23
Mon 23

Margaret McGregor Solo Exhibition

September 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm