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Scottish Gaelic Allmhagh Mòr
Alloa as seen from the Clackmannan Tower
Alloa as seen from the Clackmannan Tower
Coordinates 56 ° 7 ′  N , 3 ° 48 ′  W Coordinates: 56 ° 7 ′  N , 3 ° 48 ′  W
Alloa (Scotland)
Residents 20,417 2011 census
Post town ALLOA
ZIP code section FK10
prefix 01259
Part of the country Scotland
Council area Clackmannanshire
British Parliament Ochil and South Perthshire
Scottish Parliament Clackmannanshire and Dunblane

Alloa [ ˈæloʊə ] ( Gaelic : Allmhagh Mòr ) is a Scottish town in the Council Area Clackmannanshire . It is located in the Central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Forth about ten kilometers east of Stirling and 13 km north of Falkirk . In 2011 Alloa had 20,417 inhabitants. It is the administrative center of Clackmannanshire.


Alloa developed on the site of a ford with a ferry dock. The Alloa Tower , completed in 1497, was installed as a defense system. After eight years of restoration, it was opened to the public in time for the 500th anniversary of its completion in 1997.

At the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, Alloas began to grow into an important port city. This set positive impulses for the local industry. At that time, Alloa was home to the textile industry, sawmills, rope mills, shipbuilders and sailmakers. In addition, Alloa was well known and important for its breweries, coal mining and glass processing. After the end of the First World War , however, the port increasingly lost its importance. From 1795 to 1880 the city with the Alloa whiskey distillery was the location of a nationally important distillery. The now demolished Carsebridge whiskey distillery in Alloa was operated from 1799 to 1983 and was at times one of the world's largest producers of grain whiskey .

Although the name Clackmannanshire is derived from the nearby town of Clackmannan , today Alloa is the administrative center of the county. Almost half the population of Clackmannanshire live there.


The A91 runs directly north of Alloa and connects the city to the trunk road network. In 1850 Alloa was connected to the railway network. The station was served by several lines, the Stirling and Dunfermline Railway , the Kincardine Line , both operated by the North British Railway , and the Alloa Railway , operated by the Caledonian Railway . In October 1968, however, the station was closed. 40 years later, the station was reopened in 2008 and is now regularly served by the Croy Line of First ScotRail .


By Alloa Athletic FC are in Alloa a professional football club, who played previously in the top Scottish league. The home games are played in the Recreation Park . There is also a sports center and golf course in Alloa.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ List of Gaelic expressions
  2. 2011 census
  3. a b c Entry in the Gazetteer for Scotland
  4. Information about the Alloa distillery
  5. ^ Presentation of the Carsebridge distillery on
  6. Introducing the Carsebridge distillery on
  7. Information about the Recreation Park.

Web links

Commons : Alloa  - collection of images, videos and audio files