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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
Owner description: Dramatically situated above Dollar Glen is the forbidding looking 15th-century fortress, Castle Campbell. The castle was the lowland stronghold of the... more » 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. « less
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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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Lusaka, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

Take your time and walk up Dollar Glen to the castle. Some places are quite steep but the views are worth every step, you can catch your breath in the castle gardens overlooking the village.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Nearly put off by the 45 minute walk up hill and down dale in drizzling rain. Wear good walking shoes and go at your own pace and you won't be disappointed . There are two levels to park we parked at the first level which made it a longer walk. Once in the castle head to the top to see... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Hidden away - you need to be brave and wind your way up the narrow little single track road to the car park and then a bit of an up and down walk to the castle (so wear sensible shoes). Once you get there, you will find a lovely building, in good overall condition. Don't expect anything on the scale... More

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We parked at first car park and walked the rest of way up but v e r y steep. Found you can take car up to a higher car park which was badly indicated. Still quite a walk to the entrance. We didn't pay to go in but took, some photos and went back via the glen which was absolutely... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The castle isn't much to see BUT . . . the hike to it was something that definitely needs to be put on your to do list while you're touring Scotland!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Take your time and walk up Dollar Glen to the Castle. Some places are quite steep but the views are worth it, you can catch your breath in the castle gardens overlooking the great views of the village.

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Kinghorn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

A favourite castle of mine. But be warned it's a steep climb even from the top car park. The pot holes to that are very deep so sports cars or low profiles best to use the lower picnic car park. No cafe so take a snack.

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Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This castle is set at the top of a glen, it is a steep hill to walk to get up to it, the path is tarmacadam all the way up, you can take a car up to a small car park, but the road up is single track and you still have a bit to go to the castle, I... More

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Perth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

A wonderful afternoon spent at Castle Campbell. A short up and down walk to the attraction which suddenly springs into view with its magnificence. Entry is a few pounds and for that you have plenty to occupy yourself for a few hours. The castle itself is compact with structurally sound areas and remains of what was .... it's great for... More

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