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Castle Campbell

1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
01259 742408
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Dollar
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Cultural
Owner description: Dramatically situated above Dollar Glen is the forbidding looking 15th-century fortress, Castle...
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Type: Castles, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Dramatically situated above Dollar Glen is the forbidding looking 15th-century fortress, Castle Campbell. The castle was the lowland stronghold of the powerful Campbell earls of Argyll, who were seldom far from the major political and religious events of late medieval Scotland. Attractive terraced gardens.The imposing ruin stands in solemn isolation upon a narrow ridge, overlooked by a crescent of the Ochil Hills. Two precipitous ravines hem it on either side, through which thunder the Burn of Care and the Burn of Sorrow. The setting couldn’t be more dramatic.The oldest part of the stone castle was built in the early 15th century. At that time it was called ‘Castle Glume’. Around 1465 it passed through marriage to Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll. This powerful Highland chief needed a secure but impressive Lowland seat at the heart of the realm, within easy reach of the main centres of the royal court. Castle Glume fitted the bill perfectly. In 1489, the earl changed the name to Castle Campbell. And there the Campbells stayed for the next 200 years, until they tired of all those steps and relocated to Argyll’s Lodging, a fine townhouse beside Stirling Castle.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014 via mobile

We visited on the St Andrew's day weekend, parking just out of Dollar and then approaching the castle from up the hill behind from which there are stunning views of the Firth of Forth. The custodian in the ticket office was very pleasant and helpful and we enjoyed our visit of this place which has obviously seen so much history.... More 

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Visited at the weekend with my husband, 20 month old son and my folks, we read the sign at the bottom that says you shouldn't drive up the hill wish we hadn't we climbed up a very steep hill which there was no warning about and when pushing a buggy it's not ideal. If we had known about these thing... More 

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Castle Campbell, responded to this review

We were sorry to hear you struggled on your recent visit to Castle Campbell. Our print and website do reference the uphill climb and the average walking time but we agree that it could be difficult to negotiate your way with a buggy not designed for outdoor terrain. Castle Campbell is a beautiful monument in a glorious setting which is... More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Parts of the Glen are dangerous, especially the part at the double waterfall which isn't fenced off. The majority of the walk is fenced, down the bottom of the Glen, but one of the most dangerous parts near Sochie Falls and the Burn of Sorrow after you cross the bridge isn't! Be careful while walking here!!

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ByHistoricScotland, Manager at Castle Campbell, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Castle Campbell. Whilst the castle is situated in Dollar Glen, responsibility for this land actually sits with the National Trust for Scotland and not ourselves. Any issues regarding the glen should be directed to them. More 

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

beautiful hike year round with a 500 year old castle. Great value for a historic walk around a very neat castle. Fantastic views of the valley and surrounding hills.Good for kids and adults. Lots of stairs as you would expect. Great food in town of dollar.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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32 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

We made the mistake of reading the sign which said don't drive up but the potholed road would have been ok and saved a lot of steep walking - the walk back down through the glen was nice Another good castle to visit great views out as well

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Interesting and easy to get around ideal for kids with a short attention span. Some great walks to along the burn of sorrow and up it the hills . There's also the Kings Seat in Dollar for some refreshments afterwards

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Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The tour guides at the castle were so helpful and full of information. They made sure my grand-kids were involved in the whole experience with a game involving things of history/interest. It made sure the kids went into everything to answer the questions and they got a prize at the end of the visit. Well Done! My uncle drove us... More 

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Colorado
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

There are definitely bigger castle ruins, but Castle Campbell is great if you are in the area. The best of it may be the surrounding area. Just the grounds are nice, but the walk to it, especially if you go the "scenic route" (which is down through what like a non-tropical rain forest) is phenomenal. Great water falls. It is... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Castle Campbell was closed by the time we got there (a constant issue in Scotland, as most sights close at 17:30). Nonetheless, we were able to explore some of the woodland around it, which was dramatic and beautiful. Castle aside, I'd recommend making the trip here just for the walks around the forest. The castle itself was built in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

There is a long steep climb from the carpark but it was worth it. A small parly restored castle. The walk back through Dollar Glen was magical with a stream and moss everywhere.

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