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.