Alloa (Received Pronunciation /ˈæloʊə/; educated Scottish pronunciation /ˈaloʊa/; Scottish Gaelic: Alamhagh, possibly meaning “rock plain”) is a town in Clackmannanshire in the Central Lowlands of Scotland. It is on the north bank of the Forth at the spot where some tell it ceases to be the River Forth and becomes the Firth of Forth. Alloa is south of the Ochil Hills, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east of Stirling and 7.9 miles (12.7 km) north of Falkirk; by water Alloa is 25 miles (40 km) from Granton.
The town, formerly a burgh of barony, is the administrative middle of Clackmannanshire Council. Historically, the economy relied heavily upon trade between Glasgow and mainland Europe through its port. This became increasingly uncompetitive and the harbor stopped dynamic in 1970. Any far ahead marina project is likely to focus on tourism past Stirling or Granton rather than importing or exporting goods since downstream ports considering Grangemouth can accommodate larger vessels. The local economy is now centred upon retail and leisure in the past the suspension of major industries; only one brewer and one glassmaker survive today. Parochially, Alloa was linked considering Tullibody. The towns are now distinct, albeit similar to Lornshill in the middle, and Alloa is about twice the size of its north-western neighbour. The population of Alloa was estimated to be approximately 20,730 residents in 2016.