Places to visit

Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower

Alloa Tower

Largest surviving keep in Scotland

  • Discover Alloa Tower: ancestral home of the Erskines, guardians of the Stuart royal children.

  • Explore the home of the 6th Earl of Mar, leader of the 1715 Jacobite Rising.

  • Admire the opulent 18th-century interiors.

  • Don’t miss the medieval Solar, with its original oak roof timbers.

  • Climb to the top of the tower to enjoy views stretching across nine counties.

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.