This bold medieval keep may look forbidding but inside it’s full of art and riches – not to mention intriguing tales. The tower dates back to the 14th century and was built to guard a strategically important ferry crossing on the nearby River Forth.
It became the ancestral seat of the Erskine family, the Earls of Mar and Kellie. This family have played a pivotal part in Scotland’s history through the centuries and were loyal supporters of the Stuart monarchs. Mary, Queen of Scots and her son, James VI, both spent part of their childhood here under the guardianship of the Erskine family.
Alloa Tower was lavishly updated by John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar, who created an 18th-century mansion within the ancient walls.
From your first sight of Inglewood House, you know you have arrived somewhere truly special. Set in 25 acres, this stunning Jacobean mansion house has been sympathetically transformed into a luxurious boutique hotel and spa with new woodland lodges. It is now the perfect destination for weddings, relaxing spa breaks, romantic weekends, conferences and other events or celebrations.
Alloa, a lively market town, has recently benefitted from a regeneration programme which has led to enhanced streetscapes, enhanced shop fronts and public art installations.
With a good mix of cafes and local and high street names, Alloa is also developing a name for itself as a home for independent, artisan shops selling creative goods made locally.
From the first sight of Inglewood House, you know you have arrived somewhere truly special. From the grandeur of the grade A listed Jacobean mansion to the luxury of our brand new Lotus Spa, Inglewood House is a perfect place to relax in style.
Designed to respect the body’s complex physiology, ELEMIS spa-therapies work in natural synergy with the skin, body and mind. Every treatment is specifically designed to offer a unique experience, using powerful massage sequences and the most potent actives available in the world today.
Find what you’re looking for at Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village. Nestled at the foot of the stunning Ochil Hills and house big names such as Nike, M&S, Adidas, GAP, plus much more all at discount prices! With free parking, a kids’ play area and loads of events taking place throughout the year, shopping at Sterling Mills is a breath of fresh air. Visit their website to find out more.
What more fitting a place to find a pub than in a genuine old brewery? This one used to be Maclays Thistle Brewery and dates back to the 19th century. It’s a history reflected in the displays of old bottles behind the bar and in wall cabinets, as well as in architectural features such as the high sloping ceiling. Along with the mezzanine level, it makes for a pub full of character, popular with a mixed crowd of students, workers, families, football fans and older regulars – pretty much anyone who enjoys a friendly welcome and a Belhaven Best.
Alloa Leisure Bowl is a swimming pool and leisure facility in Alloa.
Splash out at the Leisure Bowl in the 25 by 12 m swimming pool with a 50 m twin chute flume, relax in the sauna and turkish bath or visit the beautician at Beauty Within.
For those seeking something more active, try indoor bowling, squash, aerobics, step, bodypump and even box-a-cise.
Our hives are based around the Forth Valley producing natural, raw honey. Our honey cannot be confused with “blended” honeys found in most supermarkets. The colour of our honey will vary with the changing seasons and the flowers our bees feed on.
They are a Scottish company, passionate about creating, making and sharing beautiful, nourishing and rejuvenating skin products.
They choose the loveliest oils and butters, gently fragrance them with Essential Oils, creating products that you can confidently use on your skin and then get on with your life!
In a busy and hectic world they need to know your skin is getting the best attention from ethical, natural & luxurious products
All their serums, oils and soaps contain Thistle Oil, a beautiful oil that helps to re-balance and nourish our skin in combination with 100% natural ingredients.
Siabann Skincare evokes our beautiful country and is never tested on animals….just our lovely children & friends.
We are delighted that you are holding your ceremony in Clackmannanshire. Your civil ceremony may be held at the Registration Office, Speirs Centre or at any other non-religious venue.
The ceremony room at The Speirs Centre can accommodate ceremonies of up to 40 people. A marble fireplace, tasteful decoration and flower arrangements complete the setting.
The staff at the Registration Office can offer all legal advice to marriage in Scotland.
Other services provided by staff are Birth, Death, Marriage and Civil Partnership registration; Citizenship Ceremonies; European Passport Return Checking Service; issue of replacement certificates.
For replacement Scottish Certificates, please see http://www.scottishcertificates.org.uk
Photowalk – Discover and enjoy some hidden treasures in Clackmannanshire, Central Scotland…
Whether you are a visitor or a local resident, here is a great and very fun way to discover Clackmannanshire, in Central Scotland. Although this photowalk is not really like a traditional workshop, Jeremy -your host- will take the time to teach you the basics on how to use your camera (DSLR or Mirrorless) in the most efficient way possible, if you need it.
Since opening at the start of 2008, Alloa has gone from strength to strength. Located on the High Street right in the centre of the town’s shopping area, the store has been delighting locals, shoppers, neighbouring businesses and students with their amazing cakes, great coffee and exceptional customer service. As one of the biggest stores it’s certainly stunning to look at, with the first of our specially designated children’s areas and plenty of big, comfortable seats for lounging around in.
The route heads north from Route 76 at North Castle Street, in the centre of Alloa, near the council offices in Lime Tree House. It follows a narrow, traffic-free lane through the town for under half a mile, until it crosses the dual carriageway (A907) just west of the roundabout near Alloa Railway station and the ASDA supermarket. Follow the signs for Route 767 north east over the railway foot bridge. The route follows the railway path and some sections of cycle path through countryside, with views of the dramatic Ochil Hills. After 3 ¼ miles you arrive at the southern outskirts of Tillicoultry (Visitor Information Centre), one of the six Hillfoots settlements which are strung along the southern edge of the Ochil Hills. There are plans to extend Route 768 from Alva to Tillicoultry. After a further 3 ¼ miles, the Devon Way ends near playing fields to the south of Dollar. Regarded as the most attractive of the Hillfoots villages, Dollar was originally built to service the residents of Castle Campbell, the ruins of which are about a mile north of the village up Dollar Glen. The village also has shops and cafes, a museum, the grand Dollar Academy and a nearby campsite.
Rob Mullholland was chosen to design this major piece of public art as part of the Imagine Alloa project, now situated at the top of Alloa High Street.
The sculptures are made from marine grade polished stainless steel which has a highly mirrored surface. Each figure standing at over 2.7 meters and nearly a ton in weight creates its own shape and form.
The polished mirrored profiles constantly alter in appearance as the light and weather changes throughout the day. The mirrored surfaces are slightly distorted, this was intentional as Rob wanted to create a more interesting reflection and to invite the viewer to look into this altered image of their surroundings in a new way.
They are interactive and allow the public to create their own interpretation and meaning. In essence the figures stand passively absorbing and reflecting the people and day to day life of the town, capturing and momentarily recording the constant flow of daily life. The sculptures celebrate modernity change and growth of the town.
The Bobbing John, Wetherspoon is based in Alloa, Clackmannnanshire has Wi-Fi & TV Screens, go and enjoy one of their great meals at great prices.
This sculpture was conceived as a tribute to the role of the emergency services and armed forces in society. However, rather than develop a traditional figurative sculpture, Andy Scott once again imbued this artwork with a number of elements and symbols, and referenced figurative influences.
The hand is derived from the gauntlets which appear on the heraldic coat of arms for Clackmannanshire. It is sculpted in a semi-abstract and deliberately angular style, symbolising the uniforms and machinery associated with the military and emergency services, and is lifting the figures in a benevolent gesture of support.
These figures revisit the traditional mother and child motif often found in figurative sculpture. The mother reaches upwards in gesture while holding to the massive hand for support, and the child reaches outwards fearlessly yet holds on to the mother. Is the child offering help or asking for help?
The figures are festooned with stars, symbolising the celestial references of most religions, without implicitly adhering to any particular religion.
Closer inspection reveals the child figure has winged feet, a reference to the classical figure of Hermes and his role as the protector of travellers, appropriate for a sculpture at a busy junction.
This sculpture also incorporates the work of renowned Scottish poet Jim Carruth. His short poem ‘Lifeline’ is a series of phrases which have been laser-cut from steel and welded to the sculpture, and lend the artwork an additional layer of interpretation.