Walk: The Two Towers (Clackmannanshire)

Clackmannanshire | Clackmannan | Half day walk | ★★★

[Alloa Tower]

Not quite Lord of the Rings-standard scenery despite the name, but this walk sums up Clackmannanshire in a nutshell. Clackmannan, the forgotten old county town, complete with Tolbooth, Mercat Cross and the Clach Mannan - a boulder named after the Celtic God Manau. Alloa, the sprawling new capital, with excessive numbers of supermarkets and declining industry, is the complete opposite. Both are home to impressive tower houses however, probably dating back to the 1300s. Hilly farmland provides the outward route to Alloa, with flat wetland and fields for the return - a surprisingly varied walk.

[Clackmannan Tower seen from the return route]

📌 Walk: The Two Towers (Clackmannanshire) ★★★
Start / finish at the Tolbooth (street parking), Main Street, Clackmannan village centre, G.R.: NS 911919 ///belonging.indoors.presuming

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 80 m | ⌚ Half a day | Easy
Features: Clackmannan Tolbooth, Clach & Mercat Cross; Clackmannan Tower; Alloa Tower
Terrain: Faint grass and dirt paths to Alloa, cycle paths and pavements in Alloa, then tracks to return to start.

Route & map

Start & Clackmannan - Clackmannan Tower - west, north then east to Back Wood - Alloa Tower via Black Devon burn and Comely Bank - start via Black Devon wetland


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep and cows.
Weather: Plenty of sunny intervals, temperatures in the high teens.

Also on this walk

📌 Alloa Tower ★★★
Description: Ancestral home of the Erskine family, dating to about 1368.
Alloa Park, 5-min walk southeast of Alloa town centre, G.R.: NS 889925 ///clumped.richly.tactical
Friday to Monday afternoons, April to October | £6.50 adult / £5 child / free for National Trust for Scotland members

📌 Clackmannan Tower ★★
Description: Attractive tower house once occupied by descendants of Robert the Bruce, with an excellent hilltop location.
King's Seat Hill, 5-min walk west of Clackmannan town centre, G.R.: NS 907920 ///sleeper.grant.scarecrow
Always (exterior only) | Free

Anything else? No vehicle access to Clackmannan Tower - if not doing the whole walk, park at the walk start point and use the start of the route detailed above to reach the tower.

[Clackmannan Tower]

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