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.
Take a whistle-stop tour through Scottish history at Scotland’s oldest keep.
Alloa Tower retains many medieval features. Look out for the stone well on the first floor, built into the tower walls; the magnificent beamed ceiling in the Solar; and, for those on the trail of grislier history, the dungeon, which is thought to be even older than the tower.
The marvellous Italianate staircase and art collection are highlights of the 18th-century remodelling.
During your visit, you’ll hear tales of curses, ghosts, fortunes and titles lost and regained, and the building’s ruin, rescue and restoration.
Dare you look into Alloa Tower’s spine-chilling dungeon?
Take time to admire the artwork by Henry Raeburn and Van Dyck, along with precious china and silverware, all from the Erskine family’s private collection.
Climb all the way up to the roof, from where the views of central Scotland are spectacular.
Younger visitors can dress up in costumes.
Time your visit to coincide with one of our regular Living History events, when the tower’s servants, lords and ladies of days gone by return to guide visitors around.
Car parking is available.
Guided tours are available if booked in advance – and at Living History events.
School visits are available by arrangement and focus on Mary, Queen of Scots and the 1st Earl of Mar.
Guided tours for groups of up to 40 people can be arranged but must be booked in advance.
Coach parking is available 50m from the tower entrance.
Please call 01259 211701 for further details.
Parking at the entrance to the tower is possible by prior arrangement.
The ground floor is accessible for wheelchairs but there are stairs to the Great Hall on the first floor and a narrow, steep, spiral staircase with a handrail leads to the upper floors and roof-walk.
The shop, toilet and refreshments area are all accessible.
A film about the tower and slides of the portraits are available on request.
Large-print interpretation and an audio-visual presentation with induction loop and subtitles are also available on request.
Alloa Tower is located in the town centre of Alloa.