Alloa Tower

Historic Buildings & Homes

Alloa Park, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 1PP

    Fully restored and furnished, Alloa Tower is the largest surviving keep in Scotland, dating back to the 14th century.

    It was home to successive generations of the Earls of Mar, who played host to and were guardians of many Scots monarchs.

    Here, so legend has it, Mary Queen of Scots was reconciled with Darnley and shortly thereafter granted the 5th Lord Erskine the much-coveted earldom in 1565. One tradition holds that Mary's infant son, later James VI and I, died shortly after his birth and was replaced by the baby son of the Earl of Mar.

    The Tower has seen six major alterations, the most dramatic being the sweeping Italianate staircase and dome added in the early 1700s by the 6th Earl of Mar. But it still retains original medieval features such as the dungeon, first-floor well and magnificent oak roof timbers. Fully restored and furnished to a high standard, the tower contains a unique collection of family portraits and silver on loan from the present Earl of Mar and Kellie. On the ground floor, visitors will find a DVD presentation that tells the story of the tower’s restoration.


    3 Historic House
    Opening Times
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    23 March to 29 April, Fri-Mon, 1-5
    3 May to 31 August, Thur-Mon, 1-5
    1 September to 28 October, Fri-Mon, 1-5


    • Shop


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • Switch Card


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Hearing Loop Audio-visual presentation with induction loop and subtitles.


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Alloa Tower is located in the town centre of Alloa.

    By road
    off A907

    By bus
    First Bus (No. 60) to Alloa from Stirling; 08708 727271. Mackie's Coaches stop in the town centre, from where the tower is just a short walk; their contact number is (01259) 216180

    By train
    Nearest train station is Alloa, with direct services to Stirling and Glasgow


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    • Parking provided for visitors

    Ticket / Information / Gift Shop [where applicable]

    • Information available in alternative formats
      • Large print (at least 14 point)

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