Alva in Scotland is a small town in Clackmannanshire. It is one of the towns situated right at the foot of the Ochil Hills. These towns are collectively referred to as the Hillfoots Villages or simply the Hillfoots
Alva has many shops, a few pubs, a small library and a medical practice. There are two beautiful parks - Johnstone Park and Cochrane Park, which has a local hall named Cochrane Hall. The McArthur Braes, at the foot of Alva Glen, was once a formal park that was previously neglected is now refurbished. The Stirling street, golf course, War memorial and Lady Aberdeen home are some other prominent places worth a visit.
The town has both a primary school and a secondary school. Alva Academy takes pupils from several primary schools in the Hillfoots area. There are many prominent building in Alva like the Strude Mill, a former woollen mill that has been restored and converted to flats. It stands above the town at the base of the hills, and is clearly visible from some distance away.
In the past Alva was renowned for its woollen mills. The Mill Trail Centre (Phone 01259 769696) located near the Cochrane Park permanently displays the old woollen industry including Audio-Visual Show, Working Woollen Mill, Mill & Craft shops, Ochil View Coffee Shop, Play Park and Tourist Information Centre. The spectacular Alva Glen cuts into the Ochils situated towards the northern side 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 in the past. The annual Alva games which has 150 years of history is a highlight of this town. Between 1937 and 1954, Alva Glen was famous for its annual illuminations, which attracted huge number of visitors in and around Scotland. In 2004 the Illuminations were revived to add more attractions to it.
Alva Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodation in Alva
Cromlix House Hotel
Kinbuck, By Dunblane, Stirlingshire, Stirling, FK15 9JT
Cromlix House Hotel is located in a beautiful 2000 acre estate near Stirling as its background. It will take only a 40 minutes drive from Glasgow and 50 minutes drive from Edinburgh to reach this hotel. Even though refurbished this hotel still retains its original character and feature of the beautiful old building, the charming chapel is thus perfect for conducting wedding ceremonies. Cromlix House has a beautifully decorated interior, which is furnished throughout with antiques, fine furnishing and paintings. The beautiful interiors and lush green exterior of this hotel offer you a pleasant stay in Alva.
The hotel boasts 14 rooms, which ranges from standard bedrooms to master suites which offer comfort and luxury to an equal extend. The reception and rooms services are of the best in the industry. Dining at Cromlix is an experience to be savoured. The award winning chef of this hotel prepares a fresh menu daily only using the finest ingredients to excel your level of expectation. Country pursuit options include fishing, clay shooting or you can simply enjoy the wildlife nearby.
Returned from a stay at Cromlix House, I had to let people know what a true gem Cromlix is. Cromlix offers peace, seclusion, serious pampering in a luxury setting, Charming staff, a fine restaurant and amazing value on an out-of-season break.
Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel
Grange Road, Polmont , Falkirk, FK2 0YB
Mac Donald Inchyra Grange hotel is located just 15 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport and a 20 minute drive from the Stirling city. You can enjoy the flavours of the world's great dishes prepared for you by Scotland's top chefs, complimented by carefully selected wines from the Old World and the New. The health clubs, beauty parlour and the fitness centre allow you to stay fit. The refurbishment work carried out retaining the architectural beauty of the past has transformed this period Manor house into a luxurious hotel that is designed to meet the requirements of the 21st century.
There are 98 luxurious bedrooms available in this hotel. This Four Star Inchyra Hotel has been beautifully decorated and refurbished accordingly to make the guest more comfortable as ever. You can also add up your comfort level by choosing the rooms included in the luxury category including executive or superior rooms. You are offered a wonderful experience of fine dining in the award winning Priory Restaurant. Rooms are equipped with all sort of basic amenities to make your stay a pleasant one.
Inchyra grange hotel is a great hotel. The food is of great taste and the staffs were friendly. I have no hesitation in recommending this hotel. We had a great time while our stay in Inchyra.