Things to do in and around Alloa
There’s so much to see in Scotland, our country is steeped in history and there are many attractions that you can visit, especially in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
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Closer to home we have some amazing sites to visit that really are worth checking out when you have free time and want to soak up some local culture.
1: Alloa Tower: Mary, Queen of Scots and her son, James VI, both spent part of their childhoods here, and this, the largest surviving ‘keep’ in Scotland is well worth a visit. Dating back to the 14th century it was built to guard a ferry crossing on the river Forth. https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/alloa-tower
2: Tullibody Heritage Centre: Discover the story of Tullibody and its long history. The exhibitions include a miniature model of the village amongst other fascinating historical archives and materials. https://www.clacks.gov.uk/visiting/heritagecentre/
3: Andy Scott Sculpture Trail: This is a must do, a walking trip discovering Andy Scott pieces. Beginning in Alloa Town Centre and on to surrounding villages including Tullibody, Clackmannan, Sauchie and Alva, the trail features six unique works: The Journey’s End, I Can See for Miles, River Spirit, Air Spirit, Fox Boy, and Lifeline. https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/andy-scott-sculpture-trail-p669151
4: Dollar Glen: Just a short drive from Alloa this stunning park has deep gorges, Castle Campbell, waterfalls, and lovely woodland walks, perfect for leisurely days out taking in breath-taking scenery. https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/dollar-glen
5: National Wallace Monument: If you have never been to this magnificent monument, do it now! Standing high above the fields where William Wallace led his troops to victory at The Battle of Stirling Bridge, the climb up to the top is challenging, but the views are worth it. https://www.nationalwallacemonument.com
6: Stirling Castle: This incredible castle is one of the largest and most important in Scotland. Historically and architecturally it has incredible stories to tell. The castle sits at the top of Castle Hill commanding spectacular views from every angle. There is always something special happening inside the walls of this awesome structure. https://www.stirlingcastle.scot
7: The Japanese Garden: The garden began its long life in 1908 and has gone through many challenges over the years, including being badly vandalised. But now, it has been transformed and the work continues each day to make the experience of visiting the Japanese garden a serene and uplifting one. Just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Alloa, nuzzled in the grounds of Cowden castle, this is a wonderful experience, especially for garden lovers. https://cowden-garden.myshopify.com/pages/background