All about Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Alloa is a former burgh in Clackmannanshire in Scotland’s Central Lowlands. It is located towards the foot of the Ochil Hills on the north bank of the Firth of Forth, east of Stirling and north of Falkirk.
The town was once a barony burgh and is now the administrative headquarters of Clackmannanshire Council, with a population of just under 20,000 people. The town’s economy was mainly reliant on trade with continental Europe through its port, but competition from contemporary ports forced it to close in 1970. After the demise of the town’s principal industry, the economy now revolves around retail and leisure; only one brewer and one glassmaker remain.
Clackmannanshire is Scotland’s smallest county, located just over the Firth of Forth. With the majestic Ochil Hills to the north, the settlements of Alva, Tillicoultry, and Dollar welcome you with their tower houses, castles, woollen mills, and exquisite gardens.
The Ochils, which are cut through by deep glens, provide numerous wonderful treks, walks and rambles. The trek to the summit of Dumyat, near Menstrie, is one of the most popular. Dollar Glen, at the other end of the range, is a lovely wooded valley with a tight gap. Castle Campbell, a major Clan Campbell fortress from the 15th century, is perched around it.
The Hillfoots are known for transforming weaving from a village industry to an industrial one, and the area once housed Scotland’s second-largest weaving centre. The Dollar Museum continues the theme by spinning the tale of the settlement, whereas Menstrie Castle dates from the 16th century. Look even further back in time to the freshly restored Alloa Tower, a 14th-century tower house with massive walls.
Clackmannan has a tower that is even older, and Gartmorn Dam is Scotland’s oldest man-made reservoir. It’s now a wildlife haven, with tens of thousands of wintering birds, located in the middle of the Country Park and Nature Reserve.
Sir John Erskine, the 6th Earl of Mar, designed the reservoir to power the pumps that emptied his Sauchie mines. Alloa’s economic development was sparked by the water power his project offered, with industries such as textiles, mining, brewing, and glass making being the chief drivers of the local economy.
The area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is a popular wintering spot for migratory wildfowl. Many birds also spend the entire year at Gartmorn and breed there in the summer. The dam also offers a range of attractive walks for nature lovers (not just ornithologists!).
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