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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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A fun castle with a good hike!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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New Bern, North Carolina, United States
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Lacombe, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Even though it was a wee bit of a walk up the Dollar Glen, it certainly was worthwhile visiting this castle. The setting is wonderful and with great views of Dollar and the glen. Trees were just greening up, so leaves did not block any views. Well worth the 5.5 pounds per person. I like it that this location was... More 

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

From the minute you see the castle, you know it is steeped in history. The journey up can be by car , foot or wooded glen. Whichever you choose, you win!! The staff are the friendliest,we have met on our visits. They were genuinely pleased to see visitors and were a wealth of information. Castle itself is only partly accessible... More 

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Leeds
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It is a steep climb up the hill to the castle, which is not suitable for cars. Well worth it for the view from the top of the castle.

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Brampton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We were recommended to go as it's a good day out and a good place for a picnic. Firstly the signage once you get into close proximity isn't great, we drove past the turning, very small sign. Once parked up in the first car park, it doesn't say you can drive up the hill further to the actual car park... More 

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perth uk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I took my grandchildren on saturday in the rain and they thoroughly enjoyed it. The walks around the castle can be muddy so it is best for children to wear boots if they have them. The views are lovely. Our kids are 3 years and 7 years old and they managed the paths, probably better than us when we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This was the first real castle I visited as a boy. It's authenticity still holds 40+ years later. For those feeling energetic the walk up castle road and down the glen is a welcome addition to the excursion.

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Dollar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Such a beautiful castle. The grounds are well maintained and the views and surrounding walks are just lovely. Gentleman working today was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!

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