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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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Bonnybridge, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The commanding view over the valley from Castle Campbell is well worth the uphill walk to get there. You can see for many miles past the village of dollar. It takes less than hour to see the castle and the markers are quite informative. Plan on 10 minutes to walk to it.

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Kirkcudbright, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
21 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the castle but did have a bit of difficulty finding it. We didn't realise it was as far from the town. There are two car parks and I would advise you to use the top one as it is quite a long walk up a steep hill and then you still have a walk to... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Absolutely beautiful views from the castle! We parked up the hill at the steep car park - very narrow road. We walked up to the castle and it was breath-taking. The staff was extremely helpful and gave us suggestions for places to go after we toured this castle. The views from the top are amazing - we had a clear... More

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N. Ireland
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33 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It's a steep and bumpy drive up to Castle Campbell but oh, so beautiful. We parked in the small top car park and walked at little while in the gorgeous fresh, fragrant forest air, over a stream and there nestled in the hill with steep ravines either side was the castle. Staff were friendly and enthusiastic and let us explore... More

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Larbert, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Unless you are very interested in Castles I recommend visiting Castle Campbell on a clear sunny day as personally I think it's the fantastic framed view from the front Castle lawn that makes the visit special. If you have the time and are able I'd recommend you take a picnic, park in the village and walk up the glen to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stayed 3 nights at the hotel and my mother and I were delighted with the accommodation and the food. Had a great family meal on the friday. Delicious three course meal and great value for £14.95. Great breakfast choice of mixed grilled breakfast including haggis , scrambled eggs and smoked salmon and other options. All the staff were attentive... More

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Dolphinton, United Kingdom
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The views from the castle are fantastic, you can see for miles!! We were able to get parked in the top car park so it wasn't quite as far a climb up as it could harper been. The walk from the car to the castle was very pleasant. The member of staff who greeted us was very nice and friendly.... More

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I stayed here for three nights whilst going to a wedding at Castle Campbell on top of the hill. The staff are all very friendly and the food on the restaurant is good. The breakfast is hearty and I have returned home about 4 pounds heavier after eating a full Scottish breakfast every day, great black pudding and haggis. Ian... More

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