Primrose Street, Alloa
Alloa Tower
Copper brewery remains of the defunct Thistle Brewery, Alloa
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You don't need any other reason to visit Alloa than the train journey from Stirling. We are so used to the train these days that we can forget that on the other side of the carriage window is often some wonderful scenery. After many decades without a railway, Alloa has been reconnected to the line, and the result is a glorious short hop over the River Forth with stunning views of the Wallace Monument and the Ochil Hills.
So, even if the town had nothing whatsoever of merit that might excite a tourist's curiosity, it would still be a journey worth making. But the thing about Alloa is that it does in fact have something to see. It has an ancient tower, as fine a tower as you will find anywhere. But alas and alack, all is not a bed of roses, for it is closed in the winter; the tower, that is, not Alloa. And in this small town you will be hard pushed to find a pub that stocks the local brewery's ales. Sad, huh? We moan about the loss of local industry and the heavy traffic on our roads, and yet instead of supporting local industry by drinking a locally-produced ale (that tastes, incidentally, utterly delicious), we drink foreign puddle water that masquerades under the name of lager and which has been transported halfway across the country, if not the world.
Go to Alloa, and demand to drink Alloa Ale.
PRIMROSE STREET, ALLOA
ALLOA TOWER
THISTLE BREWERY REMNANTS
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How to
GET THERE

You can get a train to Alloa from Glasgow Queen Street Railway Station. The service also passes through Stirling.
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