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Address: 1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1259 742408
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Description: Dramatically situated above Dollar Glen is the forbidding looking...
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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Great castle with stunning views

We have been to many castles and this is one of our favourites! The setting is a highlight -- it's located high up, or more accurately, there is nothing below it so views from the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

We have been to many castles and this is one of our favourites! The setting is a highlight -- it's located high up, or more accurately, there is nothing below it so views from the top are spectacular. On the clearest of days you can see for over 50 miles, according to the friendly guy in charge of the site,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

On our unrestored castle road trip of Scotland this last minute addition came out to be our favorite castle of the trip. The kids loved running around and figuring out the rooms and the life of the inhabitants. The flowers and gardens were gorgeous. And the walk albeit steep and the driving one lane road a nail biter, added to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Castle Campbell is my favorite castle in Scotland, hands down. The main reason for that is its setting, nestled at the top of Dollar Glen. If you are up for a hike, the best experience is to start in the town of Dollar, at the entrance to Dollar Glen. You will walk through a park and into a forested glen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We visited Castle Campbell on our way out of Stirling. A very nice castle. There is a short walk to the castle from the parking lot. The surrounding area is very pretty. The castle is bare and it is self guided. But it is interesting and the grounds are so pretty and very well kept up. The flowers were in... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This castle is amazing. Set in beautiful grounds it is well preserved and maintained. The guy in the office was very helpful and explained where everything was. Very pleasant manner. There is quite a hike to get to it from the lower car park but you can use the road up to the other car park to get you closer.... More 

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Stirlingshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Though this castle is not very big there is still plenty to see. It is difficult to get to, the parking is very limited and there is a steep grade to negotiate to get to the castle. Once you are there though the views are great, the staff is friendly and helpful and there is plenty to see. I always... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

We visited Castle Campbell for my husband's birthday. What an idyllic walk! We met parked in Dollar rather than right at the top. By chance we spoke to some dog-walkers who recommended that we take the path up to the left, over the bridge, rather than up the main path. It was ideal for our children (age 7 +5). It's... More 

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New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

One of the best things about visiting this castle is the hike up to it. You walk across the parking lot to a trail that leads down to the small stream. As you start to hike up towards the castle you will walk beside a waterfall. Make sure you wear good shoes cuz you will get muddy. Bridges and stairs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

One of best preserved but sadly the walk to the castle from base car park was a killer for my disabled wife & me. Views not to missed. Castles built in the the most unlikely location

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Essen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This castle is really worth a visit. It has great views and quite a lot to explore. When we visited we were really lucky because the member of staff on duty was the nicest on our entire trip to Scotland (and be assured: all the people who we met who work for Historic Scotland were really nice). He took quite... More 

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Additional Information about Castle Campbell

Address: Address: 1.5 Km north of the A91, East of Stirling, Dollar FK14 7PP , Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1259 742408
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Clackmannanshire  >  Dollar
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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