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Ally - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Loire

Ally is a relatively large rural community (over 3,000 ha) which has 13 hamlets in addition to the main village. The latter is placed on an anchor point remarkably well chosen, sheltered from the north wind (cold north wind) for example, and giving to the south. The village is located north-west of the department of Haute-Loire, south of Auvergne, on the border of the department of Cantal. It is a plateau of curiosities with its mines of antimony and its windmills.

Altitude between 549 m (Pradal) and 1,109 m (Novechaze volcano).

Ally would undoubtedly be of Arabic origin, some facts and writings go in this direction... but mystery. Nevertheless, the presence of man in this territory is much earlier. The presence of Gallo-Romans is proved by the very ancient exploitation of the silver and antimony mines. Ally was on the crossing of the road linking Saint-Flour (Cantal) to La Chaise-Dieu (Haute-Loire), then staked by many planted stones (today lying in the brush) Easily during winter snow storms.

In the Middle Ages, the Rochefort of Ally, then lords of the place, reigned over the whole territory. From the eleventh century, a castle stood proudly above the main village with its five towers, connected by a very high wall, and dominated the whole town. The peasant houses, the wash house (11th), the cemetery and the church (12th century) were clustered around them.

Geographical information

Latitude45.1596470 (N 45° 9’ 35”)
Longitude3.3141980 (E 3° 18’ 51”)
AltitudeFrom 549m to 1109m
Surface area31.13 km²
Population145 inhabitants
Density4 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLe Puy-en-Velay (39 mi, 1h05)
Insee code43006
IntercommunalityCC des Rives du Haut-Allier
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Mercoeur4 mi (10 min)
Celoux4.3 mi (10 min)
Villeneuve-d'Allier5.6 mi (14 min)
Saint-Austremoine5.8 mi (22 min)
La Chapelle-Laurent5.9 mi (14 min)
Saint-Ilpize6.1 mi (15 min)
Chazelles6.7 mi (22 min)
Lavoûte-Chilhac6.9 mi (17 min)
Saint-Cirgues7.1 mi (16 min)
Rageade7.1 mi (22 min)
Chastel7.5 mi (28 min)
Saint-Just-près-Brioude8.8 mi (16 min)
Blassac9 mi (19 min)
Chilhac9.6 mi (23 min)

Things to see and do

Ally has an important tourist heritage: 5 of the 10 windmills of the 19th century are located on the banks of the river Pradal, in a small chapel of miners in the Pradal, bridges, local stone crosses, bread ovens, ruins of the castle. Rehabilitated, of which 3 visit. A mine of lead argentiferate and antimony of the Gallo-Roman era has been put in safety and is traversed, the mine of Rodde. Since 2005, one of the largest wind farms in France occupies the plateau and represents a logical sequel to the many old windmills... to visit also.

A stop on the charming village square takes place between the twelfth-century church and the banal oven at the Ally-Baba Tavern with its collection of minerals from around the world, its bakery-grocery (specialty rye bread and macaroons), Or at the inn run by several families of farmers on the plateau for a moment terroir.

Events and festivities

Fête patronale, the last weekend of August.

Night hike of the windmills and potée auvergnate, the first Friday of August.

Festival "Mine de Rien..." or "L'Air de Rien...", every year alternately at mine or mills, the last week of July.


Village of Ally on the set
Village of Ally on the set
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Moulin-lodging of Montrome in Ally
Moulin-lodging of Montrome in Ally
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Church of Ally (XIIe)
Church of Ally (XIIe)
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Entrance to the Rodde mine galleries
Entrance to the Rodde mine galleries
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Authentic Pargeat Mill and Wind Turbines
Authentic Pargeat Mill and Wind Turbines
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Tuesday 7 july
Min. 8°C - Max. 23°C
Wednesday 8 july
Min. 9°C - Max. 29°C
Thursday 9 july
Min. 12°C - Max. 33°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Guided boat ride on Lake Garabit-Grandval
Nature and the great outdoors60 € to 180 € Val d'Arcomie (14.8 mi)
Maiden flight above the Cantal mountains
Sports sensations50 € to 350 € Coltines (16.7 mi)
Donkey trek for the whole family
Nature and the great outdoors50 € Laval-sur-Doulon (17.2 mi)
Vélorail Cézallier
Entertainment26 € to 50 € Allanche (19.2 mi)
House of Amethyst
Entertainment3 € Le Vernet-Chaméane (23 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Country walk in Livradois Forez
HikeEasy2h00Champagnac-le-Vieux (16.5 mi)
The Golden Snake
HikeEasy1h30La Chaise-Dieu (22 mi)
Folgoux and the arboretum
HikeIntermediate3h00La Chaise-Dieu (22 mi)
Around the Loire
HikeEasy1h30Lavoûte-sur-Loire (29 mi)
Land of legends
Car itineraryEasy2h00Vorey (29 mi)


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