Brook Street
Alva, Clackmannanshire
Scotland, FK12 5AW
Telephone: 01259 769638
Email:mail@thebollcottages.co.uk

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Location

Alva lies right at the foot of the Ochil Hills. The Ochil Fault, movement of which gave rise to the steep southern scarp of the Ochils, coincides approximately with the old road along the base of the hills.

The spectacular Alva Glen cuts into the Ochils immediately north of the town. Alva Burn flows from the glen, through Alva, and into the River Devon.

To the east of Alva Glen, and parallel to it, is the Silver Glen, where silver was mined at one time.

Facilities

Alva has many shops, three Christian places of worship: a small but growing Baptist fellowship, a well established Church of Scotland and St John Vianney Roman Catholic; a few pubs, a small library and a medical practice. There are two large parks - Johnstone Park and Cochrane Park, which contains the local hall (Cochrane Hall). Every second Saturday in July, Johnstone Park is host to the Famous Alva Games, the last highland games event in Clackmannanshire. The McArthur Braes, at the foot of Alva Glen, was once a formal park that has fallen into neglect; it is now being regenerated.

Transport

Alva is on the main A91 Stirling to St Andrews road. Bus services run to Stirling and to Alloa (via Tillicoultry), and (less frequently) to St Andrews.

Recreation

For more than 150 years, the annual Alva Games have been held in the town.

Between 1937 and 1954, Alva Glen was famed for its annual Illuminations, which drew visitors from across Scotland. In 2004 the Illuminations were revived.

Economy and industry

During the Industrial Revolution, Alva developed as a textile manufacturing centre and the woollen mills provided employment for locals and emigrants to the area.

On the site of the town's post office there used to be an old weaving shed, which was rented out to William Nicholl and Son, a locally famous cabinet maker and upholster. This shed was also haunted by the sounds of looms spinning on the uninhabited first floor.

Alva
Clackmannanshire
Scotland
Alva lies right at the foot of the Ochil Hills. The Ochil Fault, movement of which gave rise to the steep southern scarp of the Ochils, coincides approximately ...

As Scotland's smallest historic county, it is often nicknamed 'The Wee County'.



Scotland is derived from the Latin Scoti, the term applied to Gaels, people from what is now Scotland and Ireland and the Dal Riada who had come from Ireland to reside ...

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